Season of Lights – Boardman Township Park

Enjoy a holiday drive through the Park to marvel at the beautiful light displays. It’s free and is open from 6pm to 10pm each night. Tune into 88.9FM to enjoy the music with the light show.

When: December 2-January 6, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman

 

Winter Nights – Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks

During Saturdays in December, Winter Celebration: Frozen in Time is open late until 7pm. Visitors can experience the outdoor light display and the Toy Workshop and Reindeer Games. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Cafe.

When: Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown

 

Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas drive-through holiday light display features one million lights in 80 holiday scenes. In addition to the light displays, guests can stop by Santa’s Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food, live holiday music, crafts, face-painting, and pictures with Santa. $10 donation per vehicle requested.

When: Thursdays-Sundays, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Open nightly December 13-26, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave, Columbiana, 330-482-2282

 

Downtown Youngstown

The annual Youngstown Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 30, from 4:00pm-8:00pm in Downtown Youngstown.  Festivities include the parade, Christmas Tree lighting and Santa’s arrival. Following the parade, the lights will be on display for the season on Central Square and Federal Street.

 

Home Light Displays

Be sure to check out some of the local home light displays. This listing will be updated:

Canfield Christmas Lights
Animated light display. Tune radios to 107.7FM.
Where: 333 Fairview Ave, Canfield

Christmas on the Boulevard
A holiday light show synchronized to music on 99.9FM.
Where: 2829 Poland Village Blvd., Poland

 

For information on the many holiday events in the Mahoning Valley, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

While the leaves are slow to change this year, there’s still beautiful fall foliage views to see. And if you’re searching for the absolute most Instagram-worthy photo spots in Mahoning County, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing some of the best local spots to capture fall views.

 

Mill Creek MetroParks

If you ask a local, “where can I go in Mahoning County for the best fall foliage?” – there’s a 99% chance that they’ll say two words: Mill Creek. And we don’t disagree! Mill Creek MetroParks is home to some of the most beautiful trails, bike paths, bridges, ponds, lakes, gardens, you-name-it, in the area. But with the park spanning across 4,400+ acres of Mahoning County, we thought it might be helpful to narrow down the very best spots to see fall foliage in Mill Creek.

 

Lanterman’s Mill is one of Mahoning County’s most iconic historic landmarks, and an ultra-popular photo spot. Fun fact: The Mill was built in 1845-46 and still operates today! And while the park has many water features, we recommend visiting Lake Glacier and Lily Pond. The surrounding trees reflected in the water make for some pretty picturesque scenes. And make sure you don’t leave without visiting the Mill Creek Park Suspension Bridge aka the “Cinderella Bridge.” Its lacy arches and tall spires have been the backdrop to countless engagement photos- and you’ll understand why once you visit. Long story, short- you can’t go wrong with a visit to Mill Creek during the fall.

 

Anything else outdoors?

Of course! Both Berlin Lake and Lake Milton are also home to beautiful foliage in the fall. Berlin Lake is one of Ohio’s largest inland lakes, stretching over 3,000 acres and it’s open for public use.  Insider tip: take US 224 and cross Berlin Lake (right here). There’s space to park your car and take photos, making it a perfect vantage point to see the water and trees. Lake Milton is equally as beautiful with a 4-mile mountain bike trail and you can also visit Lake Milton State Park for plenty of photo ops.

 

Sip ‘n See

Believe it or not, you don’t have to fly to California for great vineyard views. There are several wineries right in Mahoning County, with many sporting beautiful fall foliage. Take a seat on the patio at The Vineyards at Pine Lake for a shimmering scene of Pine Lake surrounded by trees. Halliday’s Winery also offers views of water (Lake Milton) and foliage. Not close enough? Visit Myrddin Winery and literally sit among the trees!

 

And while you’re sipping and seeing all the fall foliage, why not collect some stamps too? Grab a Wines of the Valley Wine Trail passport and earn custom wine charms at six of our wineries with each glass of wine you purchase! Here’s all the details.

 

Hidden Gem

One spot that even the locals might not think to visit for fall foliage is actually Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium. If you’re there to catch a Penguins game (next home game is November 10), the stadium’s tall stands offer a spectacular view of the city and changing leaves.

 

Don’t miss all of the great opportunities to witness fall’s changing colors in Mahoning County! Share your fall photos with us @YoungstownLive or #VisitYoungstown. For more information on local parks, lakes and wineries, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

Sprawling acres of lush green vines, freshly-curated wine and a glistening lake can only mean one thing: The Vineyards at Pine Lake. Family-owned and located in Columbiana, this stop on the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail is bustling with energy during its busiest time of year, harvest season! And today we’re traveling behind the vines with a look at the harvest process and VPL’s upcoming Harvest Festival.

 

Behind the Vines of Harvest Season

The Vineyards at Pine Lake is home to over 3,600 grape plants- so you can imagine that getting those grapes from vine to glass is no simple feat. But amid the season’s hustle and bustle, winemaker Joe Glista went live to give us all a behind-the-scenes look at each step of the wine harvest process. Here’s the cliff notes:

 

Step 1: Harvest the Grapes

Starting in the last week of August, Joe and his crew headed to VPL’s 4.5 acres of vines for the first step in wine harvest: collecting the grapes. With “grape forks” in hand, the team cut the grapes from their stems, dropped them into buckets and sent them off to the crusher. Watch the video here.

 

Step 2: Crush and De-Stem

Over 15 tons of grapes eventually make their way to the crusher and de-stemmer machine, located on VPL’s crush pad. The machine pulls the grapes through rubber rollers that squish out the juice and send the remnants down to the de-stemmer. The end result? Grape material ready for fermentation and stems ready for the compost pile. See the machine here.

 

Step 3: Start Yeast Fermentation

Once the grapes are smushed and separated from their stem counterparts, it’s time to ferment. Joe adds a sugar and water mixture to increase the sugar levels. He then adds tempered yeast to the bin and lets it convert the sugar to alcohol. Watch the video here.

 

Step 4: Punch the Cap

As the yeast does its job, the grape skins and stems (aka the “cap”) float to the top of the bin. Why? Because the added yeast releases CO2 gasses, causing the material to float. Thus in order for red wine to have the right color and flavor, Joe must press down the skins using something called a punch down tool. See how it’s done here.

 

Step 5: Start Malolactic Fermentation

This step in fermentation involves adding beneficial bacteria that converts malic acid into a much smoother and easier-to-drink lactic acid. Watch it added here.

 

Step 6: Press Wine Off the Skins

Once the flavors are right, the wine and grape mixture is shoveled into VPL’s bladder press. This machine pushes the grape skins to the outside and drains the wine into a collection bin. The grape material is collected in a bag and the wine travels into a massive tank. See the machine here. Note: this is the last video posted, but not the last step in winemaking. Check back to VPL’s Facebook page in the next few weeks for the rest of the process.

 

If you’re like us and thinking “this is awesome, how do I see more?!” You’re in luck! On Saturday, Oct 20 from 1-7 p.m., The Vineyards at Pine Lake is offering the ultimate wine harvest experience at their first-ever Harvest Festival.

 

What’s Happening at Harvest Festival?

A lot. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., you’ll have the chance to celebrate the wine harvest season with the release of VPL’s first estate-grown wine, exclusive wine tasting tours, hands-on sessions, live music, food, craft beer from Birdfish Brewing Co., games, face painting, local vendors and more. Here’s the schedule:

1:00 – 1:45       Vineyards White Release

2:00 – 3:30       Vine to Bottle Tour*

3:30 – 5:00       Parents Wine Blend Class/Kids Dessert Creation Class*

5:30 – 7:00       Vine to Bottle Tour*

 

*How to Get Tickets

Although admission to Harvest Festival is free, you won’t really get the full wine harvest experience unless you grab tickets to one of the event’s interactive sessions. And in our opinion, they’re more than worth the price. Bringing a date? Reserve tickets for the Vine to Bottle Tour, which includes wine tastings, for just $15/person. You can choose from two different tour times, starting at either 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Have kids? Grab tickets to the Parents Wine Blend Class for $20/adult and your kids get to create a dessert with VPL’s Executive Chef for free. All ticket details and links can be found at vplharvestfestival.eventbrite.com.

 

 

 

This harvest season, take advantage of this beautiful vineyard located in southern Mahoning County! And when you visit, don’t forget to bring your Wines of the Valley passport, purchase a glass of wine and earn your stamp and wine charm. Looking for more winery events in Mahoning County? Visit our Facebook page or take a look at the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

Okay, we’ll say it: IT’S FALL Y’ALL! Sweater season has officially arrived & we’re here to make sure you don’t stay on the couch for another movie marathon. Instead, visit Youngstown & Mahoning County for the many fall-tastic happenings. Keep scrolling for our ultimate guide to fall – festivals, pumpkin pickin’ & spiced lattes included.

Raid the stores for lederhosen and practice your guten tag – Oktoberfest is next week and you won’t want to miss it. The new Rhine Haus Bier Hall (opening soon) is celebrating big September 28-30 with their first-ever Youngstown Oktoberfest. Expect authentic German cuisine, live music, pretzel tosses, beer belly contests and a lot more on Phelps Street in downtown YO, right next to Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts. If you get lost, just follow the polka music & pierogi scents. 

Mahoning County fall fests = your one-stop shop for all things fall. Pick any weekend from now until October 28 and celebrate the season at White House Fruit Farm. Their Fall Celebration Weekends include a petting zoo, pony rides, food vendors, caramel apples, cider, donuts – the list goes on. It’s family-friendly and extremely popular among locals and visitors. The fall fare continues with Molnar Farms’ Fall Fest on Saturday, September 29 from 9am-5pm. Find home décor from 20+ featured vendors. The Boardman Rotary is hosting its 42nd Annual Oktoberfestival on Sunday, September 30. Check it out at Boardman Township Park from 9am-5pm (pro tip: wear comfortable shoes). And if you’re one of those “it’s not fall until October” kind of people, then wait until the Fall Festival happening at Lamppost Farm on Saturday, October 6. It’s open to all ages, with hayrides, games, demos & fall food for purchase.

We can’t promise you’ll find the Great Pumpkin, but we can at least tell you where to find lots of pumpkins n’ patches in Mahoning County. During the first three weekends of October, visit Mill Creek MetroParks Farm for their Pick a Pumpkin events. It includes a tractor ride ($1) out to their patch, a pumpkin ($3) and decorating session. White House Fruit Farm’s pumpkin pavilion is also now open to visitors. But, for those that are ready to get elbow-deep in pumpkin goop, head to Fellows Riverside Gardens for Pumpkin Carving October 11-13. All carved pumpkins will then be showcased in their Pumpkin Walk at Twilight on Sunday, October 14 (date night anyone?).

Disclaimer: the following events might lead to nightmares. Haunted house lovers and fans of fear, the Canfield Scaregrounds is where you need to be. Open every weekend from September 28 – October 31, the Canfield FairScaregrounds is home to six terrifying attractions (think: barn of evil, haunted circus, zombie massacre). For ticket prices and discounts visit canfieldscaregrounds.com. In other spooky news, you can take a tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, October 27. Enjoy The Twilight Zone performed on stage at the Hopewell Theatre, or see The Addams Family performed by YSU Theater October 19-28.

This season, local shops are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to fall-themed goodies. Here’s where you need to go:

  • Branch Street Coffee Roasters: check their Instagram for all the deets on their new fall flavor releases
  • High Octane Coffee Co.: try their pumpkin iced latte & specialty ice cream
  • Handel’s Ice Cream: seasonal flavors include caramel apple, pumpkin pecan & pumpkin ripple (lots of locations)
  • White House Fruit Farm: pumpkin donuts (the best), pumpkin roll, apple cider, pies & anything else you could possibly want
  • The Orange Avocado: a quaint juicery now serving pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie smoothies

 Make the most out of this season and get your fall on while in the Youngstown area! Out of date night ideas? See a performance at Hopewell Theatre. Ready to carve pumpkins? Pick the perfect one from the MetroParks Farm’s patch. Craving sweets? We bet those White House pumpkin donuts are calling your name. To stay up-to-date on upcoming fall events in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our Facebook page or take a look at the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

Believe it or not, we are two weeks away from the largest county fair in the state of Ohio! Mahoning County’s Canfield Fair is back and better than ever for its 172nd year! Mark your calendars for August 29-September 3 and head out to the fairgrounds for entertainment, rides, food, animals and more.

 

What’s Happening?

Not sure which day you should visit the Canfield Fair? Take a look at the major events happening each day:

  • Wednesday, August 29: Senior Day | Guided Senior Shuttles are available from 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, August 30: Youth Day | activity tent, free high school band show and the Junior Fair Youth Day Program
  •  Friday, August 31: World’s Largest Demolition Derby (8pm), Bike Nite (starts at 3pm)
  •  Saturday, September 1: Canfield Fair Championship Truck and Tractor Pull (7pm), Draft Pony Pig Iron Derby
  •  Sunday, September 2: Matthew West featuring Hawk Nelson & I Am They (6pm) | worship services in the morning
  •  Monday, September 3: Toby Keith (8pm), Rooster Crowing Contest, Harness Racing

 For a complete list of the Canfield fair events, times and locations, visit the digital Canfield Fair program.

 

What Else Can I Do?

The special events (listed above) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to see and do at the Canfield Fair. Over 400 vendors fill the grounds, featuring food, crafts and everything in between. Massive buildings are filled with 4H projects, wood carvers, artists, flowers and our personal favorite, pumpkins. Animals can be found in several of the barns located around the fairgrounds, housing everything from rabbits to dairy cows. Old-fashioned and brand new farm machinery sit on display. Visitors can take advantage of the special kids’ activities or senior resting spaces when they need them. And hundreds of fair food trucks await with fresh cut fries, funnel cakes, corndogs, you name it. Overwhelming, right? Luckily there’s a map!

 

What’s New?

So there’s food, entertainment, animals…what about the rides? This year, the fair is adding ten new rides to its already-impressive lineup- including a full-scale roller coaster. Another ride, called the Tornado, can spin in five different directions. Overall, the new rides are larger than your average carny coaster which means more fun and less waiting time. And according to Canfield Fair president Dave Dickey, the new rides are “Cedar Point quality rides.”

 

What Will It Cost?  

It all depends on when you want to go and what you want to do! View the gate admission prices for each day of the fair. If you’re visiting the fair for multiple days, you can purchase a 3-day ticket pass for $15 or 6-day pass for $30. On Wednesday, senior admission is $4 and on Friday, it’s $6. On Thursday, children 12 years & under get in for free. All major events and fair rides have separate ticket costs. More information is located on the official Canfield Fair website.

 

With plenty of food, fun rides and ample entertainment, the Canfield Fair is just 16 short days away from opening day! For more exciting events happening in the Youngstown area, check out the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

 

Photo credit: Top photo was taken by @kimbooher and bottom left photo was taken by @mandabees_headbands.

Celebrate your patriotism with friends and family at one of the many fireworks shows in Youngstown & Mahoning County! And along with fireworks, there is also a variety of fourth of July festivals and celebrations happening. Below you’ll find times, dates and more details about each local festivity.

Canfield Rotary Fireworks Fest
When: Saturday, June 30
The annual Canfield Rotary Fireworks Fest is on June 30 this year, held at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The event is family-friendly and gates open at 6:00pm. There will be live music by JD Eicher, photo ops with Disney characters, pony rides, bounce houses, demonstrations and fair food. The fireworks show will start once it’s dark, around 9:30pm. Attendance is $10 per car load.

Celebrate Poland
When: Saturday, June 30 
Celebrate Poland is a great two-day event, this year on June 29 and 30. Friday includes live music from Disco Inferno, bounce houses, local food vendors and Strawberry Festival. The annual Firemen’s Parade is also on Friday, starting at 6:00pm. Saturday is full of activities, including Poland Idol, arts & crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, live DJ and more. Fireworks will end the event on Saturday, starting at dusk.

Austintown Fireworks Celebration
When: Sunday, July 1
The Austintown Fireworks Celebration will be held at the Austintown Plaza. Gates open at 3:00pm and the fun starts at 4:00pm. Fireworks will begin at 10:00pm.

Boardman Park Independence Day Celebration
When: Monday, July 2
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Boardman Park for their annual fireworks display! Patriotic music performed by The Air Force Band of Flight will begin at 8:00pm, followed by fireworks. Concessions will be available during the show. If it rains, the band will perform inside Boardman High School, at the Boardman Performing Arts Center, and fireworks will be cancelled.

Fireworks in Downtown Youngstown
When: Wednesday, July 4
Watch Downtown Youngstown’s annual fireworks show near the Covelli Centre! The fireworks will begin at 10:00pm. This event is rain or shine and all are welcomed to share in the Independence Day celebration. Front Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic and the surface lots on Front Street will be open. All bridges will be open to enter the downtown area. Boardman Street will be open to vehicle traffic.

 

Don’t miss the local parades on Wednesday, July 4:

Canfield 4th of July Parade 
10:10am, The Green in Canfield
The 53rd annual Independence Day Parade leaves the Fairgrounds at 10:10am and circles the Green. From antique cars and marching bands, to clowns and patriotic floats, the parade has something for the whole family.

Struthers 4th of July Parade 
12:00pm, Fifth Street Plaza in Struthers

Austintown 4th of July Parade
12:00pm, Raccoon Road in Austintown

 

For more events happening in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

June is Ohio Wine Month, which makes it the perfect time to launch the new Youngstown area wine trail: Wines of the Valley! This is a great opportunity for wine lovers around the region to experience everything our wine scene has to offer while getting rewarded at the same time.

Travel the Wine Trail  

We invite you to visit each of our six participating wineries through the end of 2018 and enjoy the unique ambiance of each. Taking part in the wine trail is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Visit a participating winery and pick up a Wines of the Valley passport
  2. Purchase a glass of wine
  3. Get your passport stamped and receive a wine charm exclusive to that winery

 

That’s not all! Collect five or more stamps, redeem the tear-off portion of the Wines of the Valley passport at one of our redemption locations (noted below) and receive a keepsake charm box plus a bonus charm! This offer is good through the end of 2018, so you have plenty of time to travel the trail!

 

Participating Wineries

Mastropietro Winery (Passport Redemption Location)
14558 Ellsworth Rd. | Berlin Center | 330-547-2151

Established in 2005, Mastropietro Winery was the first winery in Mahoning County.  Their peaceful country setting overlooks a thriving vineyard that provides grapes for their estate-grown varietals. They also import grapes from Northern California for other wines. Visit for a welcoming and relaxing experience. 

 

The Vineyards at Pine Lake (Passport Redemption Location)
14101 Market St. | Columbiana | 234-759-3980

Situated on Pine Lake in southern Mahoning County, the expansive Vineyards at Pine Lake includes a tasting room with an outdoor patio and an event center. The delectable wine selection and on-site chef ensure you’ll have a memorable experience, while enjoying lake views.


Diletto Winery
9182 Youngstown-Salem Rd. | Canfield | 330-286-3925

Diletto is a neighborhood winery with a unique character. Specializing in fruit wine and hard cider, much of their fruit is locally sourced. Relax by the fire in Peacock Lounge or outside on the deck to enjoy this cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

 

Halliday’s Winery
2400 N.E. River Rd. | Lake Milton | 330-654-9463

Halliday’s Winery is nestled between picturesque Lake Milton and the manicured links of Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, serving great wine, food and beer from the region. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a night out or a relaxing meal with family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. 

 

Lil Paws Winery
17574 Mahoning Ave. | Lake Milton | 330-970-9463

Lil Paws Winery produces their own wines and craft beers on the premises with a commitment to quality. The winery boasts a relaxing atmosphere and an outdoor patio overlooking Lake Milton. They strive to provide a variety of wines that everyone will enjoy at an affordable price. 

 

Myrddin Winery
3020 Scenic Ave. | Berlin Center | 330-654-9181

Journey down a wooded path sprinkled with lights to the intimate Myrddin Winery. This quaint winery is perfect if you love events. They offer a full line-up of special events, murder mysteries, arts and crafts workshops and entertainment in addition to food and wine.

 

Book a Winery Weekend
Make the most of your Wine Trail experience and book a Winery Weekend at local hotels offering special rates (ask for special WINE TRAIL rates by CALLING hotels, do not book online):

Bella Fattoria Bed & Breakfast (at Mastropietro Winery) | 14560 Ellsworth Rd., Berlin Center | 330-720-2544
Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa | 385 W. Ohio Ave., Sebring | 330-938-0423
Courtyard By Marriott | 4173 Westford Place, Canfield | 330-533-6880
Best Western Plus Dutch Haus Inn & Suites | 150 E. State Route 14, Columbiana | 330-482-5050
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center | 7410 South Ave., Boardman | 330-726-1611
Fairfield Inn & Suites | 7397 Tiffany Blvd. South, Boardman | 330-726-5979
Hampton Inn | 880 N. Canfield-Niles Rd. (Rt. 46), Austintown | 330-544-0660
Home2 Suites | 5580 Interstate Blvd., Austintown | 330-505-9935

 

Transportation Options
Always drink responsibly. Designated driver encouraged. Both Uber and Lyft serve the Mahoning Valley and local ride services like Fab Cab (330-793-6666) and DD4Hire (330-259-0445) are great options as well.

 

Join the Conversation
Check out winesofthevalley.com for additional wine trail information. Join the conversation on social media by sharing your wine trail experience using the hashtag #WinesoftheValley.

For more information about all of Mahoning Valley’s happenings, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

As fairways regain their vibrant green hue and bunkers dry, it becomes time for avid golfers to plan their next golf getaway. With 12 diverse courses, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another destination in the Midwest with such great access to affordable, high quality golf courses. Find details about some of the courses below, along with course improvements!

 

Mill Creek Golf Course   

Mill Creek Golf Course features two 18-hole championship courses, designed by Donald Ross. Both courses are par 70 with four sets of tees. Selected by Golfweek as one of America’s 30 Best Municipal Courses, the South Course spans across flat terrain with tree-lined fairways. The North Course waves through tall trees and includes several natural hazards. At Mill Creek’s Fieldhouse, you’ll find a pro shop and a grille room, offering a wide variety of food and beverages.

What’s New?

The Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation recently received a $110,000 donation from the Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation. The donation will name the Hospital Foundation as a 4-year sponsor of the American Junior Golf Association Tournament, held in June. A portion of the donation will also go towards two beautification projects at the golf course entrances at 224 and West Golf Drive. To stay on top of Mill Creek Course updates, follow their Facebook page.

  

Kennsington Golf Club    

Designed by award-winning course architect Brian Huntley, Kennsington offers an 18-hole, 7,050-yard par 71 course. At Kennsington, enticing lakes, scenic ravines and tree-lined fairways enhance your golfing experience. After a round or two, enjoy food and beverages at the Kennsington Grille. The course is conveniently located adjacent to the Courtyard Marriott Youngstown Canfield – ask about Stay-and-Play Packages.

What’s New?

Kennsington Golf Club is getting ready for their upcoming junior golf camp! The camp will run from June 11 – June 15 and focus on putting, chipping, driving and iron play. The camp costs $150. To register, call Kennsington at 330-533-8733.

 

The Links at Firestone Farms   

The Links at Firestone Farms offers the challenge of a classic links-style course, without the links-style price. As you traverse this course, enjoy panoramic views of an 84-acre lake, along with plush fairways and over 50 bunkers. The Links provides a full-size driving range with all-grass tees, a chipping and putting green, fully stocked pro shop and snack bar.

What’s New?

The course’s driving range is currently under construction, but will make a great practice facility when finished! An official opening date has not yet been announced, but is predicted to be sometime mid-July.

 

Knoll Run   

Situated on 180 rolling acres, Knoll Run is a very challenging par 72 course. Water holes and doglegs will be found on the front and back nines. At Knoll Run, visitors are provided 18 holes, a putting green and chipping area, along with a pro shop and food & beverages.

 

For more information, download our Golf Guide. For more information about all of Mahoning County’s offerings, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

Did you have a chance to hike and bike the trails mentioned in our last blog? Well, whether you’re ready or not, Mahoning County has even more opportunities for you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Below, check out some of the area’s best hunting & archery ranges, along with fishing and boating locations.

Hunting & Archery Ranges

On Target Outfitters
What is it?

Located in Canfield, On Target Outfitters is a family-friendly youth mentoring ministry, with 21 acres of indoor/outdoor space. On Target Outfitters offers classes that teach children how to safely participate in archery, fishing, hunting and camping. Throughout the summer, kids can attend camps that focus on these different outdoor skills. The indoor archery range is open to the public on Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons.

What’s Happening?

  • Archery Camps
  • Marksmanship Camps
  • Adventure and Survival Camps
  • Fishing and Hunting Camps

For more details about On Target Outfitters’ upcoming camps and events, visit their website at http://ontargetoutfitters.org/.


Berlin Lake Wildlife Area
You’ll find all sorts of upland game species distributed throughout Berlin Lake’s 7,991-acre Wildlife Area. The brushy uplands provide the perfect spot for rabbit hunting, while several woods and brushy areas make for great squirrel hunting conditions. Open wet meadows allow for woodcock hunting as well. An archery range is open sunrise to sunset and is free-of-charge.

 

Fishing & Boating

Lake Milton State Park  
If you’re looking for a fantastic place for water recreation, then Lake Milton is the park for you! At Lake Milton, boating, swimming and fishing are very popular. Designed for unlimited horsepower, boaters have access to three launch ramps. Expect to see a diverse array of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, walleye and muskellunge.


Berlin Lake
Right now is the best time to fish at Berlin Lake! Live bait and spinning lures have proven to be the most effective when fishing in this area. Here you’ll find largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, walleye, white and black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, brown bullhead and muskellunge.

 

Want more information on the hunting ranges and fishing locations of Mahoning County? Check out our new outdoor brochure! A digital copy can be downloaded straight from our website or a printed version can be mailed straight to you, upon request. For more details about all things happening in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!

We’re not sure about you, but our spring fever is at an all-time high while we wait for these pesky Ohio temperatures to finally warm up! Thankfully, Mahoning County is ready to treat our fever, with plenty of hiking and biking trails. Get outside, be rid of your spring fever and visit any of these parks’ fantastic trails!

Hiking & Jogging Trails

Mill Creek MetroParks
Difficulty: Easy | trails that are easy to navigate with minimal hills or rough terrain

  • Lily Pond Circle Trail (0.25mi)
  • Nature Trail For All People (0.1mi)
  • East Newport Trail (1.75mi)
  • Davies Wetland Trail (0.25mi)
  • East Golf (1.5mi)


Difficulty: Moderate | slightly longer trails with some steps and inclines

  • East Cohasset Trail (1.5mi)
  • West Cohasset Trail (1mi)
  • West Gorge Trail (1mi)
  • East Gorge Trail (0.5mi)

For a map of all Mill Creek hiking trails, visit this link.


Lake Milton State Park
Located in the northwest corner of this park is an easy, 1.25-mile nature trail. The trail is paved and accessible off Grandview Road near the beach. Another paved trail can be found near the Meshel Park area, off Mahoning Avenue.

Boardman Park
For a smooth and peaceful hike, visit Boardman Park’s 4-mile North Trail. Created out of asphalt pavement, this trail is ADA-accessible and great for families with small children.


Bike Trails


Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway
Mill Creek MetroParks is home to many great bike trails, however the longest and most significant is the MetroParks Bikeway. This path is part of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway. A 10.6-mile paved trail stretches from the Mahoning County/Trumbull County line south to Western Reserve Road. Additional expansion of the trail will begin this year. Restrooms and parking can be found at Kirk Road Trailhead, Mahoning Avenue Overpass and MetroParks Farm.

Stavich Bike Trail
The Stavich Bike Trail is the only trail in the United States to cross through two states and three different townships. Along this trail, cyclists will catch views of the Mahoning River, along with plenty of great spots for bird watching.

 

Want more information on the hiking and biking trails of Mahoning County? Check out our new outdoor brochure! A digital copy can be downloaded or a printed version can be mailed straight to you, upon request. For more details about all things happening in the Youngstown area, visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau website!