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Chuckery Area
837 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Overlook Trail
354 Sackett Ave., Akron 44313

Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313

Hours
6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Cascade Valley / South
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NAME

MILES

CLASS

RATING

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

SPREE


Chuckery

2.4

C

3

The trail gives hikers a glimpse of the Indian Signal Tree, reportedly shaped by American Indians, before passing the Cuyahoga River, crossing the parkway and heading uphill; then it loops back to the start.

 


Highbridge

3.2

C

2

Highbridge Trail offers a moderately challenging hike and it connects to Gorge Metro Park.

 


Overlook

0.5

B

1

The flat, easy Overlook Trail provides spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River, 125 feet below the Overlook Deck. Good for users with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers.

 


Oxbow

1.2

C

2

The moderate Oxbow Trail provides welcome refuge from the everyday hustle and bustle of urban life.

 

Class  A=Multipurpose  B=Accessible*  C=Basic  D=Primitive**  E=Bridle

Rating  1=Easy  2=Moderate  3=Difficult

*Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface that meets or exceeds ADA requirements.
See
Spree For All for more information about accessible trails. Click for OPDMD trails

** Rugged and challenging with uneven surfaces and steep, narrow routes


History & Wildlife

In 1833, hydraulic engineer and entrepreneur Eliakim Crosby built the Cascade Race, a waterway that powered the mills and businesses along the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Cascade Race helped transform Akron into a boomtown. Years later, Crosby built the failed Chuckery Race; traces of it can still be seen in this Metro Park.

Today, fish here are prey for belted kingfishers and great blue or green-backed herons. Beautiful white trillium grows in the floodplain woods each spring beside wild ginger and several types of violets. Summer and fall wildflowers also flourish, illuminating the landscape.

Several rare and unique natural features can be found within the Chuckery Area. South of the entrance drive, near the intersection of the Chuckery Trail, is a meadow that harbors many unusual plants and several species of showy wildflowers. Just up the hill from the meadow is a prairie, where wild lupines bloom about mid-May. Other rare species can be found individually throughout the park, including butternut trees – a species surviving despite the butternut canker disease threatening their range. Less conspicuous, but no less rare, are crinkled hairgrass, satin brome and southern hairy rock cress.

Amenities

The Oxbow Area offers a baseball field, three lighted softball fields and two soccer fields – all of which are used by the City of Akron’s Recreation Bureau. When not reserved for league use, the fields are available to park visitors. Cross-country skiing is possible on lower portions of both the Oxbow and Chuckery trails, and the Oxbow Area features a large sledding hill that is illuminated for nighttime thrill seekers. Scenic views of the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga rivers await picnickers at the reservable shelter atop the Oxbow Area hill.


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