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1921 - 2016 (95 years) 53rd 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

North St. north to Center Rd. in Clinton 2.8 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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2749 North St., Clinton 44216

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

Towpath Trail

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Oxbow Trail 1.2 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on Oxbow Trail and enjoy views of the Cuyahoga River. The trail travels by the Overlook.

Cascade Valley Metro Park

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Cherry Lane and Fernwood Loop Trails 1.5 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on Cherry Lane Trail, an easy-to-travel loop that connects to Fernwood Loop Trail at a 110-foot-long suspension bridge, taking visitors across a 45-foot-deep ravine.

Dogs are not permitted at the Nature Realm.

Nature Realm

Firestone Metro Park

Redwing Trail 1.1 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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2620 Harrington Rd., Akron 44319

Experience peaceful views of the Tuscarawas River and hike over a wetland on a wooden boardwalk to earn spree credit.

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Rock Creek Trail 1.2 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield 44286

Earn spree credit on Rock Creek Trail, which travels along Rock Creek, lined with sycamores, and crosses bridges through scenic beech-maple woods.

Furnace Run Metro Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Alder Trail 1.4 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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550 Frazier Ave., Akron 44305

Earn spree credit on Alder Trail, which leads through the woods to Alder Pond, where an accessible boardwalk takes you through a cattail marsh.

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Gorge Metro Park

Gorge Trail 1.8 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44223

Earn spree credit on Gorge Trail, which provides access to Mary Campbell Cave. The trail quickly becomes rugged as it passes through stunning rock-ledge formations.

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Hampton Hills Metro Park

Adam Run Trail 3.2 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 loop trail follows the glacial terrain left from the last ice age as well as open fields and meadows near Top O' the World. There are several seasonal stream crossings, making it difficult not to get your feet wet.

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 new nature center!

Silver Creek Metro Park

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Indian Spring Trail 2.2 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls 44262

Indian Spring Trail passes its namesake spring before looping back through two types of forests. On its way, the trail also passes by wetlands, ponds and a stream.

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.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Silver Creek Metro Park

Pheasant Run Trail 1.2 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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5000 Hametown Rd., Norton 44203

Hike Pheasant Run Trail for spree credit. This trail winds through fields and woods and around small ponds.

Silver Creekl 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

Wood Hollow Metro Park

Downy Loop Trail 1.2 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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2121 Barlow Rd., Hudson 44236

Earn spree credit on Downy Loop Trail, which travels through beech-maple woods before entering an open area, crossing the entrance drive and returning to the parking lot. Boardwalks and several bridges enable hikers to traverse wet areas. Distance measured is from the trailhead to the park entrance drive.

Wood Hollow 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, 2017.


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

2016 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)

  • Sunday, October 2, 1-3 p.m.

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

  • Sunday, October 23, 1-3 p.m.

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

  • Sunday, November 6, 1-3 p.m.

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

  • Saturday, November 12, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 26, 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3, 1-3 p.m.
2016 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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