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Fall Hiking Spree

Sep. 1 ~ Nov. 30

Photo: Cuyahoga River

56th 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, drop off the form to receive your rewards (see below for details)

Additional forms available at Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County.

Cheeks Speaks

Fall Hiking Spree Trails

Hiking the Cuyahoga logo

This summer marked 50 years of renewal since the Cuyahoga infamously caught fire in 1969. As a result of the environmental movement sparked by the fire, we now enjoy dramatically cleaner waterways. Celebrate by "Hiking the Cuyahoga"—nine of this year's 13 designated spree trails feature the river or its tributaries, allowing you to complete your spree hikes while honoring, exploring and discovering this exceptional river. ("Hiking the Cuyahoga" is optional—as always, any eight hikes from the list below can be completed to earn a 2019 Fall Hiking Spree shield.)

Bike & Hike Trail

Towpath Trail

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Gorge Metro Park

Liberty Park

O'Neil Woods Metro Park

Silver Creek Metro Park

Hiker's Choice

Get Rewarded

Hike eight or more trails to receive hiking rewards!

Receive Your Rewards in Person

We have safe, outdoor pickup! Bring your completed form:

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
Welcome Kiosk (near the parking lot)

1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313

Weather permitting, Tuesdays, Fridays & select weekend dates* June 23-August 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*July 18, July 26, August 15 & August 23

Liberty Park Nature Center
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg 44087

Weather permitting, Sunday August 2 and Monday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, call 330-865-8060 to confirm event status.

Credit card payment only for out-of-county hikers. Forms cannot be redeemed after August 28, 2020.

couple hiking in park during fall day, 2019 hiking shield
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.

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.

Scheduled Events

2019 Fall Hiking Spree Shield Assistance Dates

Is attaching the hiking spree shield more challenging than hiking the eight trails? Summit Metro Parks volunteers will gladly attach it for you at no charge from 1 to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

Liberty Park Nature Center

9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Saturday, October 5

Furnace Run Metro Park / Brushwood Lodge

4955 Townsend Rd., Richfield
Sunday, October 27

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm

1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 16
Saturday, November 23
Saturday, November 30

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

2077 Newton St., Akron
Sunday, December 8

2019 Guided Hikes

naturalist leading a group for a hike in park during fall season

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


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