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Mahoning River Water Trail inviting to paddlers of all levels

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WARREN, Ohio - Trumbull County is now home to the ninth water trail in Ohio.

Winding through some of the county's most scenic views, The Mahoning River Water Trail starts at Foster Park in Newton Falls and stretches nearly 23 miles to Packard Park in Warren.

"It's naturally there which is nice," said Project Coordinator with Trumbull MetroParks Zachary Svette. "All we had to do was put things along, you know, put in access points."

An idea that was generated 30 years ago, the water trail is finally becoming a reality opening a trail less traveled to any takers.

"They don't realize how pretty the Mahoning can be," said President of the Trumbull Canoe Trails Club Michael Danko. "There is actually a bald eagles nest on The Mahoning. Who'd ever think in Warren we'd see a bald eagle flying overhead?"

And its views like that, which is bringing more people out to enjoy the sport. Since 2001, the number of registered kayaks and canoes in Ohio has grown 110% making up nearly a quarter of all boaters in the state.

"When we look at our statistics of serious accidents, fatal accidents, we just don't see a huge trend with people in canoes and kayaks," said Northern Region Manager of Division of Watercraft Bill Staiger.

And to be sure that statistic doesn't change, safety precautions, like mile markers make it easier for boaters to know where they are, but more importantly easier for emergency personal to find them.

Overall, it's said the Mahoning is an excellent river for beginners.

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