Hiking and running in the Metro Parks can help you manage your weight, strengthen your heart and lower your stress level.
Begin your journey toward better health by joining a naturalist for these FREE programs in September:
Saturday, September 7, 3 p.m.
Sand Run Metro Park / Wadsworth Area
1400 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking the difficult 3.3-mile Mingo Trail. Expect a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Water bottle recommended. Good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.
Sunday, September 8, 9 a.m.
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area
521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Join other runners and explore your Metro Parks! Each month in fall we will run four to six miles of trails with varying difficulty. Before the run, learn what makes the park unique, then set out to see what's happening. This run will be a double loop of Indian Spring Trail for a total of four miles.
Thursday, September 12, 10 a.m.
Hampton Hills Metro Park / Main Entrance
2925 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron
Hike the challenging 1.6-mile Spring Hollow Trail with a naturalist to discover what the season has to offer. Expect stairs and uneven terrain. Good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.
Wednesday, September 18, 10 a.m.
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Join Naturalist Mike Greene for a stroll on the difficult Gorge Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. Good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.
Friday, September 20, 10 a.m.
Sand Run Metro Park / Mingo Pavilion
1501 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join Naturalist Sarah Putnam for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking the challenging Mingo Trail. Expect a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but you may want to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.
Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m.
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park / Entrance
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Enjoy this leisurely stroll with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way. Good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.
“These naturalist-led programs are a great way to get moving and explore the beauty of your Metro Parks in September,” said Naturalist Elizabeth Kresse.
The Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree is the largest and longest running event of its kind in the nation. First-year hikers who complete at least eight designated trails earn a hiking staff and shield. Veteran hikers earn the hiking shield.
Hiking forms are available online at summitmetroparks.org, the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), the park district's administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron) and all Acme Fresh Market stores.
Call 330-865-8065 for more information.