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52nd 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 any combination of 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

Bike & Hike Trail

SR 91 / Brust Park Lot 2.4 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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130 N. Main St., Munroe Falls 44262

Hike the Bike & Hike Trail from SR 91 west to Silver Lake and back for spree credit.

Bike and Hike Trail

Towpath Trail

Big Bend Trailhead 1.6 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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1337 Merriman Rd., Akron 44313

Hike the Towpath Trail from Big Bend north to Portage Path and back for spree credit.

Firestone Metro Park

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Schumacher Valley Area 1.2 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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1690 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Earn spree credit on the hilly Schumacher Trail, where you'll get a close look at some of Summit County's most pristine scenery.

Furnace Run Metro Park

Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park

Quarry Trail 1.4 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula 44264

Discarded mill stones are scattered along the moderate Quarry Trail, which takes hikers through the woods to an old quarry.

Gorge Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Old Mill Trail / Brushwood Area 1.0 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield 44286

Hike through beech-maple woods for spree credit on Old Mill Trail.

Liberty Park

Gorge Metro Park

Glens Trail 1.8 miles – Rating: 2 (Moderate)
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1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 44221

Earn spree credit on Glens Trail, and enjoy views from the edge of the Cuyahoga River.

Munroe Falls 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 trails, which travels through ravines and over streams, forming a sort of figure eight with the park's Adam Run Trail.

Sand Run 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

Meadow Trail 2.0 miles – Rating: 1 (Easy)
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1088 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278

Start at the parking lot of the Tallmadge Meadows Area, and earn spree credit on Meadow Trail, which passes by the County Home cemetery and travels through woods, a shrub thicket, wetland woods and its namesake meadow.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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

Sand Run Metro Park

Parcours Trail 1.4 miles – Rating: 3 (Strenuous)
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995 Treaty Line Rd., Akron 44313

For spree credit – and a good workout – try this challenging hiking trail with numbered exercise stations.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Silver Creek Metro Park

Chippewa Trail 2.0 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.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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.

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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:

The 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

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, 2016.


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

2015 Shield Assistance Dates

Volunteers will help attach your new shield to your staff on the following dates at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313):

  • Date: Sunday, September 27 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, October 10 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Date: Sunday, October 25 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, November 7 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, November 14 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Date: Saturday, November 21 | Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
2015 Guided Hikes

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

Sign Up

Please check back in August 2016 to download your form and sign up for this event!

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