National Recreation Trails Database


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The Stavich Bicycle Trail is the only bicycle trail in the U.S. that will take you through three different townships, two different counties and two different states.

Twelve miles long and eight feet wide, the Stavich Trail is paved with street-quality blacktop and sealed to provide a smooth, safe riding surface the entire length of the Trail.

Running parallel to the scenic Mahoning River and the rails of the former Youngstown-New Castle streetcar line, the Trail originates in Struthers, Ohio, and continues through Lowellville and Poland Township in Mahoning County, Ohio. From Poland Township, the Trail enters Pennsylvania in Hillsville, and passes through Union Township on its path to New Castle in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.

Over rolling hills, through farmland and wooded countryside, the Trail unfolds east and west to provide safe, barrier-free recreation all year long. In the spring, summer and fall, the Trail is open for bicycle riding, hiking, walking and jogging; in the winter, the Trail is used for cross-county skiing. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the Trail. Hours of use are from sunrise to sunset.

The Stavich Bicycle Trail was constructed and currently is maintained through private funding from the John and George Stavich families, and donations from local individuals. The Trail was dedicated in June 1983, and has been expanded and improved each year as a lasting gift to the people of Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: