Locals used to make the three-hour ride to Congress Lake Country Club in horse and buggy. Yes, three hours up Market Avenue on a dusty dirt road then. Congress Lake was called the Canton Outing Club. It is where people escaped on the weekends to enjoy the lake and scenery, since just after the Civil War.
“Cross-country skiing is great if you live in a small country.” Steven Wright wrote that joke. So it’s safe to say that he doesn’t slip Nordic ski boots on, bind a couple of boards to the bottom of his feet and slide off into the snowy countryside — not even when he knows he’ll reach the border quickly.
The task: Pick five of the area’s best and most scenic places to hike. The experts: Jared Shive, Stark County Park District, and Matt Cribbs, avid hiker and former guide who is Wilderness Education Association certified.