Fall Hiking Spree, Trekking Through Autumn in Summit, Medina counties


Summit Metro Parks and the Medina County Park District are both offering fall hiking events this autumn.

Summit Metro Parks’ 59th annual Fall Hiking Spree officially starts Thursday and runs through Nov. 30.

A first-time participant who completes eight hikes will earn a hiking staff and metal shield. A veteran spree hiker will earn a shield. Hikes can be completed on a person’s own schedule and at their own pace.

A Monarch butterfly lands on a flower along the Celebration Trail at Cascade Valley Metro Park, which is part of the 2022 Summit Metro Parks' Fall Hiking Spree.

The full list of 2022 spree trails and hiking forms are available at summitmetroparks.org/hiking-spree.aspx. Guided hikes also are listed on the website. This year’s spree celebrates native plants and their role supporting local wildlife.

The event began in the mid-1960s as a way to encourage people to visit a variety of trails. Every year, an estimated 50,000 people participate in the spree, with an average of about 15,000 finishers.

Bert Szabo:Summit Metro Parks’ first naturalist who helped start the park district’s Fall Hiking Spree dies at 101

Fall Hiking Spree rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive rewards ($10 for first-year hikers and $5 for veteran hikers).

Black-eyed Susans, native wildflowers in Ohio, grow abundantly along the Celebration Trail at Cascade Valley Metro Park, which is part of the 2022 Summit Metro Parks' Fall Hiking Spree.

Hiking forms are available online, in the September/October issue of Green Islands magazine and by visiting the FA Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Road, Akron), Liberty Park Nature Center (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg) or Summit Lake Nature Center (411 Ira Ave., Akron). Forms have also been placed in a dropbox outside the park district’s administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Road, Akron), at kiosks countywide and in all Acme Fresh Market locations.

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