New Traditions: Take a Hike

Stark County is blessed with a vast network of trails to hike and walk. They include well-planned, well-marked paths, 90 miles of which are connected and maintained by Stark Parks.

Stark County is blessed with a vast network of trails to hike and walk. They include well-planned, well-marked paths, 90 miles of which are connected and maintained by Stark Parks.

Unlike so many other outdoor activities, hiking is a year-round endeavor. All you need is weather-appropriate clothing, a pair of sturdy shoes and a good sense of direction.

Here are some recommendations:

• Middlebranch Trail, Plain Township
• Gervasi Trailhead Station, Canton
• Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath; one of the oldest established trails in the state; encompasses Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas counties
• Cook’s Lagoon, Canton
• Petros Park Trail, Perry Township
• Devonshire Park, Jackson Township
• Hoover Park Trail, North Canton
• Walborn and Deer Creek Reservoirs, Lexington and Marlboro townships
• Crystal Spring Park Trailhead, Canal Fulton
• Craig Pittman Park Trailhead, Navarre
• Quail Hollow Park, Hartville
• West Branch Trailhead, Canton
• Buckeye Trail: 1,444 miles; encompasses the perimeter of the state

Local hiking clubs and organizations:

• Hilltop Hikers: hilltophikers.org
• Stark Parks Hike a Hundred Club: starkparks.com
• Buckeye Trail Association/ Blue Blazes: buckeyetrail.org

To learn more, visit:
• Stark Parks: starkparks.com
• Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath: ohioanderiecanalway.com
• Buckeye Trail: buckeyetrail.org
• Hiking Ohio Parks: hikingohioparks.com

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass