Perfect spots for cross-country skiing, snowshoes

by Stephanie Fellenstein Published:

According to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park website, there are several areas and trails that are ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Take some time to check them out this winter. Suggested areas:

Cross-country skiing

• Bike & Hike Trail: a straight, flat area maintained by Metro Parks, serving Summit County. An ideal section is north from Route 303. The trail follows the eastern border of the park for at least 10 miles.

• Ledges Field: (405 Kendall Park Road, Peninsula 44264) The field is next to the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road. The large, flat open area is perfect for beginners.

• Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail: The 19.7-mile trail is an easy multi-purpose trail. According to the website, the Hunt Farm to Peninsula section is especially scenic.

Snowshoeing

• Pine Grove Trail: Accessed through the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Lake, the 3.5-mile trek is moderately strenuous and includes some drainage steps.

Both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

• Boston Run Trail: (501 Streetsboro Road, Boston Heights 44236.) The trail can be accessed from Happy Days north parking lot on Route 303. The 3.5-mile trail is an advanced, intermediate route with steep terrain through mixed woodlands.

• Cross Country Trail: (5249 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264.) The 2.5-mile trail is designed for cross-country skiing. It can be accessed from Kendall Lake on Truxell Road or Little Meadow parking lot on Quick Road. The intermediate/difficult trail passes through mixed woods and old fields. It has several steep hills.

• Oak Hill Trail: (3901 Oakhill Road, Peninsula 44264). The 1.5-mile loop trail is accessed at Oak Hill Trailhead on Oak Hill Road. The easy-to-moderate trail passes through mixed woods and a pond.

• Plateau Trail: A 4.9-mile out loop around the Oak Hill plateau. The trail is described as moderately difficult with two steep hills.

• Tree Farm Trail: The 2.75-mile loop trail can be accessed at Horseshoe Pond on Major road. The easy-to-moderate trail passes through open fields, rolling hills and into coniferous tree stands.

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