Berlin Lake Trail


232 Kirkbride Rd., North Benton, OH 44449
10228 U.S. 224, Deerfield, OH 44411

Berlin Lake Trail

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minimalist graphic of person skiing     minimalist graphic of person on a bicycle     minimalist graphic of person walking with backpack and walking stick    Graphic of Maple Leaf     minimalist graphic of overhead of hiking trail     Fishing
Park Activities: cross-country skiing, cycling, hiking, nature & historic appreciation, trails to fishing access 


  • ADA accessible
  • Benches
  • Information kiosks
  • Mile markers
  • Nearby Berlin Lake Recreation Area and Wildlife Areas for camping, hunting and fishing
  • Two trailhead parking areas: 10-car asphalt lot on SR 224; 10 car limestone lot on Kirkbride Rd.

Special notices

  • No motor vehicles
  • No horses

Portage Park District Rules and Regulations


Trail IconTrail NameMilesSurface TypeRatingDescription
multipurpose trailBerlin Lake Trail2.2limestone paved1This multipurpose trail was built on the former Lake Erie, Alliance and Wheeling RR, making it a smooth and flat walk or ride with pristine views of the Berlin Lake Reservoir and surrounding woods and wildlife area. 

    History & Resources

    This 2.2-mile limestone-paved trail was built on the former Lake Erie, Alliance and Wheeling Railroad, constructed between 1875 and 1877. Ownership changed to New York Central RR then Penn Central RR. The bridge was rebuilt in 1942 with the construction of the Berlin Reservoir damming the Mahoning River. The railroad was abandoned between 1972 and 1976.

    Trail development was made possible thanks to a variety of individual and organization donations, fundraising by the Berlin Lake Association, boy scouts, volunteers, state grants and through the cooperation of Deerfield Township, ODOT, US Army Corps of Engineers and ODNR.

    The Berlin Lake Trail was initiated by the Berlin Lake Association back in 2006 when members with a vision for the future approached the Portage Park District to partner in its development. The Park District was granted a sublease on the trail from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, who leases the land from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The trail opened in fall 2011.

    Photo Gallery

    Cyclists and Birdwatcher on trail   Landscape Photo from Berlin Lake Trail   Berlin Lake   Berlin Lake Trail  berlin lake   berlin lake