I have probably stopped at the Pilot Travel Center in Austintown, Ohio (exit 223 on I-80) a hundred times before I noticed the bike trail that runs right alongside the back parking lot. It’s easy to miss, behind a row of trees and down a slight hill, but the Mill Creek Metroparks Bike Trail runs about 11 miles between Austintown and Canfield Township, and is worth a visit. It is easily accessable by following Ohltown-Girard Road (the access road to the truck stop fuel line entrance) for just about 100 yards. I have found that the trail to the south of the truck stop is more scenic, but you can get a better view of the Meander Creek Reservoir and dam if you head north on the trail.
An even better view of the reservoir and of a local game reserve can be had by continuing just another mile or two down Ohltown-Girard Road. (Follow this map) This pretty country road is just two lanes with an adequate shoulder for walking or biking, and gets very little traffic. Like the Mill Creek Bike Path, it is mostly flat and easy to hike or bike.
UPDATE: In late October I returned to the Mill Creek Trail and found even more places to visit towards the north end of the trail. Click here to read about it.