Stavich Bike Trail
Stavich Bike Trail was constructed on the former Youngstown-New Castle streetcar line, along the Mahoning River and dedicated in June of 1983. The trail was one of 23 National Recreation Trails designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2003, celebrating “Healthy Trails, Healthy People.” The Stavich Bicycle Trail stretches westward from New Castle, across the state border, through the village of Lowellville and on to Struthers, Ohio. Several areas along the trail also boast colorful wildflowers and the beaver pond near the trail offers opportunities for watching birds and wildlife (turtles, beavers, snakes, fish, herons, ducks and more). Most of the trail is on level or gently-sloping grades, with a few very short steeper sections. The trolley track tolerated much steeper grades than conventional railroad lines. To date, ten miles of paved trail have been completed and the trail utilizes streets in some of the small communities it passes through. A trailhead is located on West Washington Street near Covert Road in Union Township.