Summit Metro Parks Your Back Yard for 95 Years
Sand Run Metro Park

Sand Run

Metro Park
Facebook Photo: Sand Run, water under Mingo Bridge

Park Areas

Big Bend Area

Address 1337 Merriman Rd.
Akron, OH 44313

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

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Towpath Trail Towpath Trail - - - There are 41 miles of the multipurpose Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Summit County. Summit Metro Parks manages half of that distance, from the southern boundary of Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the Stark County line, except about three miles in Akron.

Lone Spruce Area

Address 1350 Sand Run Pkwy.
Akron, OH 44313

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

Mingo Lodge

Address 1501 Sand Run Pkwy
Akron, OH 44313

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

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Mingo Trail Mingo Trail 3.3 C,D 3 The wooded Mingo Trail harbors a variety of wildlife and oak, beech and tulip trees. The trail becomes quite rugged, earning Class D status. Please note: The restroom at this location is only open when groups are using Mingo Lodge.

North Hawkins Area

Address 800 N. Hawkins Ave.
Akron, OH 44313

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

Old Portage Area

Address 1300 Sand Run Pkwy.
Akron, OH 44313

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

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Jogging Trail Jogging Trail 6.0 B,C 2 The Jogging Trail is the most popular in the park district, averaging more than 1,000 users a day, year-round. At the start of the trail, from the Old Portage Area, a one-mile (round trip) section earns Class B status and is good for users with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers.

Revere Road Lot

Address 2400 Sand Run Pkwy.
Fairlawn, OH 44333

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

Treaty Line Area

Address 995 Treaty Line Rd.
Akron OH 44313

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

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Parcours Trail 1.4 C 3 For a good workout, try this challenging hiking trail with numbered exercise stations.

Wadsworth Area

Address 1400 Sand Run Pkwy.
Akron OH 44333

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

Trail Icon Trail Name Miles Class Rating Description
Dogwood Trail 1.8 C 3 Explore shady valley and ridge-top terrain along the wooded and challenging Dogwood Trail.

Classes: A = Multipurpose  |  B = Accessible*  |  C = Basic  |  D = Primitive**  |  E = Bridle

Ratings: 1 = Easy  |  2 = Moderate  |  3 = Difficult

* Flat, easy trail or section with asphalt or crushed limestone surface.

See our  Spree For All page for more information about accessible trails.

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

Park Map

Sand Run Map

History & Wildlife

The 995-acre Sand Run Metro Park opened in 1929, but the area has been welcoming visitors for centuries. The land surrounding Mingo Pavilion was a campsite for Mingo Indians. Portage Path was once an important Native American trail between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers; later, it was the western boundary of the United States. A high ridge above the Wadsworth Area was a lookout point for General Elijah Wadsworth, who made his camp near the present-day Old Portage Area during the War of 1812.

In the 1930s, Sand Run Parkway and many of the surrounding shelters and structures were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1974, the park district's Administrative Offices were moved from Goodyear Heights Metro Park to Sand Run.

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Today, visitors can drive through the Sand Run stream at the ford which crosses Sand Run Parkway. In the cool, shady ravines of Sand Run and its tributary streams, hemlocks, ferns, skunk cabbage and large colonies of horsetails grow. Each spring, large-flowered trilliums and other seasonal blooms appear, including foam flower, bloodroot, spring beauty and trout lily.

The towering forest is home to red, gray and fox squirrels; screech, barred and great horned owls; and pileated woodpeckers. Red-tailed hawks roost in the treetops when they are not soaring over the ridges. Many rare species inhabit the park, including sharp-shinned hawks, butternut trees and native orchids.

A small wetland near Sand Run Parkway and Merriman Road is a popular attraction for many nature enthusiasts, as it is the location of a highly productive amphibian breeding area. Each spring, the parkway is closed on nights when spotted salamanders and other amphibians migrate for mating. Visitors may watch hundreds of amphibians such as spotted salamanders, spring peepers, wood frogs, American toads and green frogs crossing the road to mate.

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Activities
  • Biking
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Ice Skating
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Lodge
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Sledding
  • Soccer
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
  • Shelter
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Soccer
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom
Activities
  • Take a hike or enjoy the view
Amenities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restroom