SCBC- 2021 Ephemeral Ride info
I’m planning a day trip ride on Saturday, April 24, simi- lar to the ride we led in April 2019. This year the plan is to have 2 rides scheduled, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I’m not scheduling the 1-mile hike in Poland Woods (Bluebell Trail) due to the added time that it takes. As in 2019, both rides are on paved surfaces, including trails and roads. The rides are listed as Open classification, and are easy (the rail- trail) to moderately hilly (the park roads). You can ride at your own speed and stop whenever you want. Helmets are required. If you can’t spend the day, it’s fine to join us for any part of the day.
The plan is:
- 9:30 a.m. - Start time at the Little Beaver Creek Green- way Trailhead (aka P.L.& W. Railroad Station) located in Lisbon at 232 S. Market St., Lisbon OH. It is an out and back 26-mile trail ride through the forested Little Beaver Creek valley, with the 13-mile turn-around at the Washingtonville trailhead. Sights will include the Teegarden covered bridge, the Leetonia beehive coke ovens park, and a beautiful ephemeral wildflower display – mostly trillium - between mile markers 4 to 6. www.traillink.com/trail/little-beaver-creek-greenway-trail/
- 12:00 (estimated) - to 2:00 - Riders will be on their own for lunch and other side trips. It’s about a 35-minute drive from Lisbon to Fellows Riverside Gardens. I plan to get a carry-out lunch from Inner Circle Pizza in Poland and eat at a picnic area in Mill Creek Park. There are picnic tables close to Fellows Riverside Gardens at the intersection of Price Rd and Milton Ave
near the Boathouse at Glacier Lake.
In this time slot, riders can take a relaxing walk around the gardens. Admission is free. There are beautiful displays of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and spring-flowering shrubs.
- 2:00 p.m. - Start time at the parking lot at Fellows Riv- erside Gardens. This is a 16-mile loop ride through Mill Creek Park. Starting at the north end, the creek gorge is quite deep. It’s another ride through the forest, with some hill climbs and scenic overlooks mixed in. We’ll be on park roads and trail seg- ments. Historic sights are Lanterman’s Mill and Falls (c.1845), the Silver Suspension Bridge (c.1895), the Mill Creek furnace (c.1830’s), the Old Log Cabin (c.1814) and the Parapet Bridge (c.1913). We should finish by 3:30, which will leave plenty of time to visit the gardens after the ride. The history of this area is really interesting. www.millcreekmetroparks.org
Rob Spaulding-president SCBC