Autumn offers a pleasing contradiction. The dying leaves of the season provide such lively color. Stands of trees of Stark County are canvases for strong reds, vivid yellows, bold browns and breathtaking oranges—all on a unifying background of fading green.
Tucked into the northeastern corner of Stark County, Alliance was formed in 1850 by the merging of three settlements — Williamsport, Freedom and Liberty. The small city of about 24,000 residents has had a few monikers.
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.