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Fall Hiking Spree

Sep. 1 ~ Nov. 30

Photo:  Staghorn sumac 

About the Fall Hiking Spree

First-year hikers earn a hiking staff and shield. Returning 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 returning 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, stop by or send us the form to receive your rewards (see below for details).

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Fall Hiking Spree Trails

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This year’s spree celebrates native plants and their important role supporting local wildlife. Look for native plant signs – located at the start of each spree trail – to learn more. If you would like to welcome wildlife to your own yard and encourage biodiversity, be sure to visit our Wild Back Yards page to learn how you can make a difference.

Please visit our Alerts page before you hike to see if any closures or other alerts may affect your visit.

Towpath Trail / Barberton Trailhead

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Firestone Metro Park

Furnace Run Metro Park

Goodyear Heights Metro Park

Gorge Metro Park

Hampton Hills Metro Park

Liberty Park

Munroe Falls Metro Park

O'Neil Woods Metro Park

Sand Run Metro Park

Silver Creek Metro Park

Springfield Bog 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). 

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)

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

Hiking Spree Shield Assistance | 1 - 3 p.m.
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center

  • January 15
  • February 18
  • March 31
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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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