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Howland Township Park Wetland
Photo by Carole Gobert
The two wetland trails at Howland Township Park were built on land on Mosquito Creek deeded to the township by the Mahoning River Consortium which had purchased it with Clean Ohio funds. Clean Ohio funds have also been used at various stages of development of the trail system and boardwalks.
Access to the Boardwalk Trail (built in 2008) is at the southwest corner of Howland Township Park. From the park entrance, turn left and park along the road just before it turns to the right (north). Signs point the way to a dirt path that leads through the wetland to a raised 730-foot boardwalk which takes you over open water with the wetland on either side. The boardwalk is constructed of recycled plastic lumber. At its terminus stairs lead down into the wetland where often muddy trails enable you to explore further.
The original and more extensive wetland trail starts behind the pavilion at the northwest corner of the park. After a short distance, it crosses Anderson Avenue Northeast and continues for over a mile to North River Road. Anderson Avenue ends at a small complex that includes the dog pound. It is a good idea to walk out Anderson Avenue toward the sound of barking and check the wetland on either side of the road before continuing on the wetland trail. With the exception of a small boardwalk, the trail is unpaved and normally wet and muddy in places; waterproof footwear is highly recommended.
From Carole Gobert
About Howland Township Park
Howland Township Park encompasses 172 acres centrally located in the township. The park provides recreational areas for many family and sporting events throughout the year. The Howland Boardwalk Nature Trail is adjacent to the park and provides easy access to scenic walking trails.
From Howland Township Park webpage
There are several permanent restroom facilities in the park.