The Summit County MetroParks, established in 1921, includes 9,000 acres within the 13 parks and 6 conservation areas, including over 120 miles of trails.
Programs and Events
The Summit County MetroParks system offers programs and events for every age group throughout the year. These include Hiking Sprees, where participants can earn neck lanyards or a hiking staff; a Trout Derby for children to earn prizes for catching tagged fish; Concerts in the Park or by the Lake; Free Lake Swimming days; the STOMP Bicycle Adventure where visitors of all ages bike an 11-mile family fun ride and enjoy a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad ; Fall Family Outings full of hayrides, music and food. All events are FREE, except for the STOMP Bicycle Adventure.
Shelters and Pavilions
Shelters are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis unless it is posted as reserved. Summit County residents can reserve an open air shelters or enclosed pavilions up to six months in advance by calling 330-867-5511. Non-Residents can reserve up to four months in advance. Prices ranges from $40 to $295 per day.
Enjoy swimming in two of the Metro Parks: Munroe Falls Metro Park and Silver Creek. Daily admission is $4 per adult and $3 per child. Season passes also available.
Summit County Metro Parks and Trails Overview
Cascade Valley Metro Park is an urban park near downtown that has over 7 miles of hiking trails, a baseball field, three lighted softball fields, and two soccer fields. Enjoy scenic views of the Cuyahoga river at their picnic shelter.
- At the Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, hike to the old quarry where you can climb to the top for a gorgeous view of the forest and the discarded mill stones that are scattered throughout the 15 miles of trails. The park provides access to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, picnic area, and fishing access to the Cuyahoga River.
- Firestone Metro Park is home to abundant animal life in the meadows and forest, including foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and more than 175 species of birds. The park includes 3.5 miles of trails, playing fields, and areas for cross-country, sledding, and fishing.
- Furnace Run Metro Park runs along Furnace Run Stream that was recently repaired to protect aquatic wildlife and fish. This park includes three miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, fishing, a sledding hill, and a pavilion that may be reserved.
- Goodyear Heights Metro Park is in the heart of the Goodyear Heights neighborhood. The park features a large playing field, over five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, areas for sledding, and ice skating. There is a shelter and a pavilion that may be reserved.
Gorge Metro Park offers 155 acres of breathtaking views of the gorge that was formed when glacial debris cut through where the Cuyahoga River use to run. There are seven miles of hiking trails, fishing, picnic areas with grills, restrooms, and a shelter to enjoy.
- Hampton Hills Metro Park provides rugged trails for a more strenuous hike with the reward of breathtaking views of the Cuyahoga Valley. A picnic area also available.
Liberty Park includes two miles of trails through wetlands, a city-run recreation area of ball fields, soccer fields, a playground, a dog park, and a picnic shelter.
Munroe Falls Metro Park provides over two miles of trails, lake swimming, fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, picnic areas, and shelters, boat rentals, a playground, a soccer field, and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts.
- F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm offers over two miles of paved and unpaved trails, a large visitor's center, a 16-acre arboretum, gardens, three ponds with observation decks, and picnic areas.
O'Neil Woods Metro Park has close to two miles of trails that were once created by white-tailed deer, these trails provide scenic views of the Cuyahoga River Valley. Picnic areas available.
Sand Run Metro Park has over 14 miles of trails in its 987 acres of cool, shady forests as well as a soccer field, jogging trails, sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, two pavilions, and two shelters.
Silver Creek Metro Park has many wide open spaces in its rural environment, explore over 6 miles of hiking and bridal trails, swim, fish or rent a boat in their lake, or enjoy the many picnic areas or shelter.
The Bike and Hike Trail is 33 miles of trails through the country where you can enjoy scenic views of the Cuyahoga River and its wildlife.
- The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail runs through the Akron, Barberton, and Clinton areas for those that like to hike, run, bike, or cross-country ski.
Admission to the Summit County Metro Parks is free, with some programs and events charging a small fee. Most parks close at dusk.
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
975 Treaty Line Rd
Akron, OH 44313-5837
(Last updated 12-11-06)