The Berlin Lake Trail is a 2.2 multipurpose trail crossing Berlin Lake.
Parking is available on north trail entrance on SR 224, approximately 1.5 miles east of Deerfield Circle. Parking for the south trail entrance is located on Kirkbride Rd. off of SR 14, approximately 2 miles southeast of Deerfield Circle. Turn left on Kirkbride Road.

North entrance: 10228 ST RT 224, Deerfield, OH 44411 (Deerfield Twp)                                                                                      South entrance: 232 Kirkbride Rd, Deerfield, OH 44411 (Deerfield Twp)


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

History and 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 constructin 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.

Rules Summary

• Open dawn to dusk
• No motor vehicles
• No alcohol or other intoxicants
• Pets must be leashed; please pick up after your pet
• Stay on trail
• Pass on the left and signal before passing
• No jumping or fishing from bridge

Park Activities


Nature and Historic Appreciation






Cross Country Skiing






Trails to shoreline fishing