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Mill Creek Park–Stitt Pavilion Woods
Coordinates: 41.0429578, -80.6885591
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Photos by Bettyann Nagy
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About the Stitt Pavilion Woods
Please note that the Stitt Pavilion is a rental facility and access to the pavilion, picnic tables, and facilities is limited to permit holders. Birders may view birds from the parking areas, roadway, and the edge of the woods.

The Stitt Pavilion is like any typical park pavilion that is rented out for cookouts and family or business picnics, mostly during the summer and usually on weekends. A permit is required for use of the pavilion, its picnic tables, the grounds, and grilling area. There is a playground area and a grassy area. Woods surround the rest of the pavilion area.

The parking lot is large and there is another general parking lot across the street a few yards away. It is definitely free to access year round and can be easily accessed from the main park road which goes right past the driveway leading to the big parking lot. I was able to park in the lot and walk along the road and the edge of the woods around the pavilion. There are no trails in these woods. View birds from the parking lots and by walking along the park road and the edge of the woods.
From Bettyann Nagy

About Mill Creek Park
Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 by Volney Rogers as the first park district in Ohio. Mill Creek Park is the largest area of the MetroParks encompassing 2,882 acres of the MetroParks’ 4,400 acres. Recreation opportunities include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golf, tennis, volleyball, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding, and much more. Mill Creek Park offers 20 miles of drives and 15 miles of foot trails.

Mill Creek flows through the Park in a northerly direction supplying water to three lakes. Mill Creek Park extends along the Mill Creek Valley from Western Reserve Road to the confluence of Mill Creek and the Mahoning River.

The northern section of Mill Creek Park includes Lanterman’s Falls and the Mill Creek Gorge. This area offers breathtaking views with its cascading waters; steep hillsides, beautifully covered with deciduous and evergreen trees; bold sandstone outcroppings; and numerous grass-covered meadows. South of the gorge, the land is rolling and partly wooded.

Hitchcock Woods, south of US-224, includes dense woods and extensive wetlands, undeveloped except for primitive trails. The Mill Creek Preserve, acquired with grant monies in 2006-07, extends Mill Creek Park to Western Reserve Road and features a 102-acre Category 3 wetlands.

The Newport Wetlands, located at the southern end of the lake, provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Visitors can experience this complex web of flora and fauna by walking the Albert E. Davies Wetland Trail, a boardwalk through the wetlands with interpretive signs along the way. Kayakers can explore the wetland habitat through water trails inaccessible from land. Hikers can access West and East Channel and Islands Trails and West Newport Trail.
From Mill Creek Park webpage

Restrooms are located at many parking areas and trailheads throughout Mill Creek Park.

The Mill Creek Park trail guide shows the locations of restrooms and handicap accessible trails.