Akron, Ohio is home to some amazing bike, hike, and walk trails in Ohio. A short distance from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and housing a few of its own lengthy hiking trails, there are plenty of opportunities, and gorgeous hidden nature spots in, and around Akron.
1. Portage Lakes State Park — Wingfoot Lake State Park —993 Goodyear Park Blvd. Suffield, OH 44260
If you’re looking to do it all, kayaking, boating, swimming, hiking, and having a large group of people, Portage Lakes State Park will be able to accommodate all of your needs. It features many different lakes as well as a wetlands area that attracts many different species to the surrounding area. There are also events that take place in the park which showcase the multipurpose use of the park.
2. Cascade Valley Metro Park
Located in south Akron, this metro park offers a large range of different trails for you to explore. The Overlook area offers amazing views and a relatively easy trail which is great for children or beginners. More experienced hikers might enjoy the moderately challenging Highbridge Trail which has some beautiful views of the Cuyahoga river.
3. F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm —1828 Smith Rd. Akron, OH 44313
As well as having three walking/hiking trails, this park and nature realm is a great place for children or adults who want to learn while they hike. There includes seasonal exhibits as well as a great kids adrea and a on-site naturalist who is happy to answer any kinds of questions about the area and wildlife. This area houses many beautiful observation decks, ponds, and even a large ravine. This is a perfect place to take the whole family to enjoy and learn about the outdoors.
4. Treaty Line Area in Sand Run Metro Park —995 Treaty Line Rd. Akron, OH 44313
For those wanting to work up a sweat, the Treaty Line Area inside the Sand Run Metro Park
might be right for you. It features several challenging hills and workout stations that can further
challenge you during your walk. This trail is also pet-friendly and features restrooms and a
picnic area which makes it well suited for groups.