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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
Hike any Summit Metro Parks trail to earn spree credit. Only one Hiker's Choice trail hike will count.
Hike eight or more trails to receive hiking rewards!
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
Forms cannot be redeemed after March 31, 2017.
Volunteers will help attach your new shield to your staff on the following dates:
Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg)
Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton St., Akron)
Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Lodge (4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield)
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron)
Earn spree credit on naturalist-led hikes. For more details, click here or call 330-865-8065.
Please check back in September 2017 to download your form and sign up for this event!