Yellow Creek Park
Yellow Creek Park encompasses a lovely 76-acre gorge area in the heart of Struthers, Ohio and is operated by Mill Creek MetroParks. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, picnic facilities, tennis, horseshoe, and basketball courts, and a playground. Experience the diversity of Yellow Creek Park as you hike its four challenging trails. The historic site of the Hopewell Furnace is accessible by trail when Yellow Creek levels are low. Shore fishing is permitted from March 1 – November 30. Yellow Creek Park offers two rental facilities:
- Yellow Creek Lodge is available for rental year-round and has a kitchen, fireplace, and seating for 80 people.
- Captain John Struthers Pavilion is available seasonally and accommodates 96 people.
Yellow Creek Park facilities may be rented through the MetroParks Administrative Office by calling 330.702.3000.
Click here to learn about our two pickleball courts at Yellow Creek Park.
Located in Yellow Creek Park, the historic site of the Hopewell Furnace is accessible by trail when Yellow Creek levels are low. Built in 1802, by Daniel and James Eaton (Heaton), the Hopewell Furnace was the first blast furnace in Ohio and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Hopewell Furnace remained in operation until 1808. A depletion of available hardwood, the result of timbering for charcoal, was one of the reasons that production from the furnace stopped.
In 1975, more than 160 years after the closing of the Hopewell Furnace, John R. White, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Youngstown State University, led three seasons of excavations at the site. His crews consisted of Struthers High School seniors, volunteers, and YSU archaeology students and graduates. Archaeological and metallurgical findings suggest that the Hopewell Furnace is the earliest blast furnace in North America to have used a combination of bituminous coal and charcoal for fuel in iron making.