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Summit County’s Best Parks

Every year I am in complete awe of the scenery in NE Ohio parks. It’s as though it’s my first time taking in the breathtaking shades of orange, red, and yellow surrounding every trail. Hiking, walking, or biking the trails is an absolute must for me every week, even if it’s only for 20 minutes.  Don’t give up on these local gems as we transition to cooler temperatures and as the days begin to get shorter. The parks are just as beautiful in the winter, especially early in the morning or as the sun is setting. Plus, I must admit there’s nothing like that invigorating feeling you get after exercising outdoors in the winter. If you’re not into spending time outdoors throughout the cold NE Ohio winters, there’s still time to layer up and hit the parks this fall! A few of my favorite parks include: 


O’Neil Woods  

2550 Martin Rd., Bath 44333
Quiet and calm. 

Cascade Valley South 
Oxbow Trail 

1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron 44313
The steps that lead you up to the trail set the perfect tone for your hike up to the Overlook – a remarkable view of the Cuyahoga River 125 feet below. 


Babb Run 

2800 Sackett Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Surrounded by what seems like endless rows of trees and greenery, the further along you go into the woods the more you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest. A spring fed stream runs through the entire length of the park and if you don’t make too much noise you are bound to see some wildlife. 

Munroe Falls 

From the lake to the seemingly endless trails, this park has so much to offer. 

Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron 44313
Although a busier park, you can hike the trails, learn about nature and wildlife, and take a break to feed or watch the birds.

What’s your favorite park?

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