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Fall Hiking Spree

Sep. 1 ~ Nov. 30

Photo:  Himelright Lodge at the Valley View Area

58th 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, send us the form to receive your rewards (see below for details).

Group photo

Fall Hiking Spree Trails

Hiking the Cuyahoga logo

This year, the Fall Hiking Spree celebrates 100 years of Summit Metro Parks. In our centennial anniversary year, participants are invited to enjoy both the Fall Hiking Spree and Centennial Tour at the same time! Most Fall Hiking Spree trails are stops on the year-long, self-guided Centennial Tour. Earn double rewards in the parks that have been “Your Back Yard for 100 Years."

Towpath Trail / Wilbeth Trailhead

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Gorge Metro Park

Liberty Park

Silver Creek Metro Park

Springfield Bog Metro Park

Wood Hollow Metro Park

Hiker's Choice

Get Rewarded

Hike eight or more trails to receive hiking rewards!




Receive Your Rewards


Rewards are free for Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay for their spree rewards ($5 per shield and $10 for first-year hikers receiving a hiking staff and shield). 

AWARDS PICK-UP LOCATIONS
Nature centers are open Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5  p.m., Sun. 12 - 5 p.m. The 
administrative offices are open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Administrative Offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron)

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

Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg)

Summit Lake Nature Center (411 Ira Ave., Akron)

SHIELD ASSISTANCE DATES
Need help attaching your shield to your hiking staff? Volunteers will be available to assist you on the following dates :

Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg)
Saturday, October 9, 1 - 3 p.m.

Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton St., Akron)
Sunday, October 31, 1 - 3 p.m.

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron)
Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the auditorium at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather!
Saturday, November 6, 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 27, 1 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, January 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday, February 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 1- 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 1 - 3 p.m.
 

Summit Lake Nature Center (411 Ira Ave., Akron)
Please note: a small number of guests will be admitted to the building at a time. Others will be asked to wait outdoors. Please dress for the weather!
Saturday, November 20, 1 - 3 p.m.

2021 hiking shield
Each year you participate, you'll receive a new shield to add to your staff.  Watch our video for tips on attaching your shield to your hiking staff!
 

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