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1921 - 2016 (95 years) 54th annual Fall Hiking Spree
The annual Fall Hiking Spree is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the nation. Trails range from easy to challenging. Choose the trails best for you.

About the Fall Hiking Spree

First-year hikers earn a hiking staff and shield. Veteran hikers earn the shield. Spree rewards are FREE to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive their hiking rewards ($10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers).

To Participate
  1. Sign up below
  2. Download your participant form
  3. Complete at least eight designated trails (but only one Hiker's Choice) between September 1 and November 30 to receive rewards
  4. Update your form as you hike your chosen trails
  5. When you've completed a minimum of eight trails, drop off the form to receive your rewards (See form for locations)

Additional forms available at Acme Fresh Market stores.
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Fall Hiking Spree Trails

Towpath Trail

Clinton Trailhead north to Franklin Trailhead 2.8 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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2749 North St., Clinton 44216

Hike the Towpath Trail from North Street to Center Road and back for spree credit.

Towpath Trail

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Chuckery Trail 2.4 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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837 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on Chuckery Trail, and enjoy views of the iconic Signal Tree. The trail travels by the Cuyahoga River.

Cascade Valley Metro Park

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Seneca Trail 1.4 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on Seneca Trail, a partly unpaved loop leading hikers past pines, a deciduous forest and through an open prairie.

Dogs are not permitted at the Nature Realm.

Nature Realm

Firestone Metro Park

Willow Trail 1.6 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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2620 Harrington Rd., Akron 44319

Hike this trail, which loops past Little Turtle Pond, wetlands, the Tuscarawas River and the Tuscarawas Race, to earn spree credit.

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Old Mill Trail 1.4 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield 44286

Earn spree credit on Old Mill Trail, which travels through beech-maple woods and by the Brush Family marker.

Furnace Run Metro Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Piney Woods Trail 2 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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550 Frazier Ave., Akron 44305

Earn spree credit on Piney Woods Trail, and enjoy varieties of black cherry, oak and tulip trees.

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Gorge Metro Park

Glens Trail 1.8 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44223

Earn spree credit on Glens Trail, and see views from the edge of the Cuyahoga River. Springs flow from the ledges along this trail, providing water needed for liverworts. The views are breathtaking.

Gorge Metro Park

Hampton Hills Metro Park

Spring Hollow Trail 1.6 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on one of the park district's most demanding hikes. This trail covers the western portion of the park including "Lookout Post," which was used by American Indians as a fort and lookout over the Cuyahoga River. Erosion has caused the trail to change over time, revealing some interesting new areas to investigate.

Hampton Hills Metro Park

Liberty Park

Ledges Trail 1.1 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg 44087

Earn spree credit on Ledges Trail. Pass by a unique system of sandstone ledges, into Glacier Cave and to a wetland before traveling back to the trailhead over a long boardwalk. Be sure to stop in the nature center!

Liberty Park

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Meadow Trail 2 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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1088 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278

Meadow Trail passes by the County Home cemetery before traveling through woods, a shrub thicket, a wetland woods and its namesake meadow. Signs of coyotes can often be seen while hiking here.

Munroe Falls Metro Park

O'Neil Woods Metro Park

Deer Run Trail 1.8 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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2550 Martin Rd., Bath 44333

Earn spree credit on the challenging, aptly-named Deer Run Trail, which follows a path worn by white-tailed deer and provides scenic views of the Cuyahoga River Valley.

ONeil Woods Metro Park

Sand Run Metro Park

Dogwood Trail 1.9 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron 44313

For spree credit, explore shady valleys and ridge-top terrain along the wooded and challenging Dogwood Trail.

Sand Run Metro Park

Silver Creek Metro Park

Chippewa Trail 2 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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5000 Hametown Rd., Norton 44203

Hike Chippewa Trail for spree credit. You'll see mature trees grown from thousands of seedlings planted decades ago by Girl Scout troops.

Silver Creek Metro Park

Springfield Bog Metro Park

Prairie Trail 1.6 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp. 44312

This easy trail leads visitors through a restored, thriving prairie. During the summer and fall, a variety of wild sunflowers, asters and grasses make for a kaleidoscope of color. There are two observation platforms: one to look over Young's Bog and the other to look out on the manmade "baby bog."

Springfield Bog Metro Park

Hiker's Choice

Any Metro Parks Trail

Hike any Summit Metro Parks trail to earn spree credit. Only one Hiker's Choice trail hike will count.

Get Rewarded

Hike eight or more trails to receive hiking rewards!

Receive Your Rewards in Person
Bring your completed form to one of these locations:

Administrative Offices
975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313
Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Liberty Park Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg 44087
Noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Receive Your Rewards by Mail
Veteran hikers may mail their completed forms to the administrative offices, 975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Hiking shields are mailed flat.

Forms cannot be redeemed after March 31, 2018.


Each year you participate, you'll receive a new shield to add to your staff. We'll even assist you with attaching your shields to your staff.
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Scheduled Events

2017 Shield Assistance Dates

Volunteers will help attach your new shield to your staff on the following dates:

Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg)

  • Saturday, October 14, 1-3 p.m.

Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Lodge (4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield)

  • Sunday, October 29, 1-3 p.m.

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron)

  • Saturday, November 4, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25, 1-3 p.m.

Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton St., Akron)

  • Saturday, December 9, 1-3 p.m.
2017 Guided Hikes

Earn spree credit on naturalist-led hikes. For more details, click here or call 330-865-8065.

Sign Up

Please fill out the short form below to sign up for this event. You'll then be directed to download our participant form to use for your spree rewards.

We do not share your information with any third parties.

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