Berlin Lake (US Army Corps of Engineers) webpage
Berlin Lake webpage
Berlin Lake map
Mahoning Valley Trail webpage
Mahoning Valley Trail map
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For those interested in shorebirds, the best areas to find them are the mudflats north and south of the Price Street Bridge. To get to this area, go south about 1 mile from the OH-225 bridge and turn west on Price Street. Cross the bridge and enter the large parking area on your right. From this point, one can see several acres of mudflats when conditions are right. By crossing the roadway and hiking the west shoreline, south of the bridge, you can explore over a hundred acres of mudflats. Further southwest, this area opens up to reveal mudflats that cannot be seen from any road. The mudflat areas, both east and west of the OH-225 bridge, are also choice locations for shore birding. This area has also been a very productive region in recent years. Parking here, though, can be difficult as there is no parking available in the immediate vicinity of the bridge. Parking is permitted, however, if you go beyond the “No Parking” signs and walk back to the bridge area. The US-224 bridge area, later in the season, from late August through November, can also be very rewarding. The best strategy here is to park at the west end of the bridge and walk south along the west shoreline. Here you can walk miles of shoreline and mudflats encountering cove after cove of choice habitat. This area has also been a good area for migrating waterfowl, raptors, and gulls.
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
About Berlin Lake
Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio at the junction of Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties. The lake is located on and is accessible from US-224 and OH-14 and OH-225. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Berlin Lake in 1942 on the Mahoning River. The Congressionally authorized purposes were flood control, low flow augmentation, water quality control, and water supply. Berlin Lake has a mean depth of 23 feet with a maximum depth of 55 feet. Annual water level fluctuations can be as much as 20 feet. Mud, sand, and gravel make up most of the bottom composition. Rock ledges can be seen along the original river channel at low pool level.
From Berlin Lake webpage
About the Mahoning Valley Trail
This trail begins at Deer Creek Reservoir (14514 Price Street Northeast, Alliance, Ohio 44641) west of OH-225 and continues to Gaskill Drive. Parking lot just north of Earley Hill Park. The route includes 260-foot free span bridge over Deer Creek, 100-foot boardwalk under OH-225, and an on-road section using Greenbower Street and Rockhill Avenue. Future plans will move the trail off the road and south to the City of Alliance.
This scenic trail offers fishing access to the Mahoning River and a great view of a bottomland hardwood forest. Spring flowers are abundant along the trail and include jack in the pulpit, false Solomon’s seal, and swamp buttercup.
The Mahoning Valley Trail has been adopted by the Rotary Club of Alliance, the club sponsors cleanup projects along the trail throughout the year.
Deer Creek Reservoir to Gaskill Drive, 4.46 miles
The Stark County Park District prohibits the use of motorized vehicles in this park and on its trails. Sections of the trail may not be suitable for wheelchair access. Weather may impact the accessibility of trails, always use caution.
From Mahoning Valley Trail webpage
Restroom facilities can be found at the headquarters building, the picnic area by the dam, and the Circle Restaurant in Deerfield.