It’s easy to take Akron’s outdoor recreational opportunities for granted—especially when we compare our backyards with those living in Colorado or Wyoming or Maine. Sure, residents of those states are blessed with amazing scenery and vast open spaces to explore by foot or on bike, but those of us living in Northeast Ohio have it pretty good too.
For example, did you know that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 125 miles of trails for us to enjoy, or that 57.6 miles of the 1,440-mile Buckeye Trail (which circles the state of Ohio) passes through Akron, with only 4% of that on sidewalks?
These trails range in difficulty from easy to advanced and there are plenty of different options for kids, older adults, and more serious athletes and trail runners. That’s pretty impressive considering that many of us live near a large city (Akron or Cleveland).
In addition, we are surrounded by several amazing park systems as well as numerous lakes and streams that offer abundant fishing and kayaking opportunities (including the Cuyahoga River which was just named River of the Year).
I mention all of this because at PCR Business Systems, we understand how important it is to be active outside of the office. We not only want to be happy and healthy for our families and ourselves, but being fit also makes us more productive at work.
We recently discussed how exercise and productivity go hand in hand. That, combined with spring being in full bloom, we thought this would be a good time to list a few of our favorite Akron hiking and running trails as well as some of the resources we use to help us get out the door and lace up our running and hiking shoes.
|Brandywine Falls Trail||1.4 Miles||Hiking||Moderate||Boston Heights, OH|
|3 Waterfalls Loop||7.5 Miles||Hiking||Moderate||Brecksville, OH|
|Buckeye Trail||57.6 Miles||Multi-Purpose||Easy to Moderate||Akron, OH|
|Ledges to Pine Grove||4 Miles||Hiking||Moderate||Peninsula, OH|
|Towpath Trail||87 Miles||Multi-Purpose||Easy to Moderate||Cleveland to Akron|
|Blue Hen to Buttermilk||1.6 Miles||Hiking||Moderate||Brecksville, OH|
|Dogwood Trail||2.3 Miles||Hiking||Moderate||Akron, OH|
|Sand Run Jogging Trail||6 Miles||Multi-Purpose||Easy||Akron, OH|
|More Hikes by NPS.GOV||Many||Mult-Purpose||Easy to Moderate||CVNP|
- Summit County Metro Parks
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
- Cleveland Metro Parks
Trail Running Groups
Please comment and let us know which trails are your favorites.