Akron Outdoor Activities

Akron Outdoor ActivitiesIf pressed to find the city of Akron’s best feature, many would agree that this friendly city shows its true beauty in the scenic gardens and parks that fill it. Natural beauty abounds, and the great outdoors calls residents and visitors to take advantage of its many wide-open spaces, forests, trails and lakes.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Built on 70 acres of country estate, the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens consists of a 65-room manor, the seventh largest house in the US, and ten outdoor gardens. See traditional English and Japanese gardens without ever leaving the country, or visit the conservatory to learn more about the rare plants this facility grows.

Address: 714 N Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303 - MAP
Phone: (330) 836-5533
Web: www.stanhywet.org

Ohio & Erie Canalway
The expansive Ohio & Erie Canalway covers hundreds of square miles along the first 110 miles of this famous canal. A National Heritage Area, the Ohio & Erie Canalway preserves miles of rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that sprung up along its waters. Enjoy the outdoor beauty of America’s Byway as you walk down one of the 48 trailheads nearby.

Address: 47 West Exchange Street, Akron, OH - MAP
Phone: (330) 374-5657
Web: www.ohioanderiecanalway.com

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Visit Northeastern Ohio’s largest and best park. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers guests access to 51-square-miles of outdoor wilderness right next door to the city. The only national park in Ohio, this green valley attracts visitors with its wild meadows, lush forests, hiking and biking pathways, waterfalls, winding rivers and lakes, perfect for sailing and fishing.

Address: 4570 Akron Peninsula Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264 - MAP
Phone: (330) 657-2752
Web: www.nps.gov

Seiberling Nature Realm
Don’t have time to leave the city? Escape the urban hustle and bustle at the Seiberling Nature Realm, located in Sand Run Metro Parks. Find peace and tranquility in the great outdoors as you walk the pathway meandering through the trees; learn about the horticulture and wildlife of the Akron area in the Visitors Center; observe the animal activity on a naturalist walk; and much, much more!

Address: 1828 Smith Rd., Akron, OH 44313 - MAP
Phone: (330) 865-8065
Web: www.summitmetroparks.org

Lock 3 Park
Get out to Lock 3 Park for some fun! Jam out to concert series during the warmer months and celebrate the winter at the seasonal ice skating rink and sled-riding hill. This outdoor amphitheater is Akron’s hub of outdoor excitement and the city’s greenest entertainment venue–pack a blanket and a picnic, and you are set to enjoy the show!

Address: 200 S Main St., Akron, OH 44308 - MAP
Phone: (330) 375-2877
Web: www.lock3live.com

Deep Lock Quarry
Explore an old sandstone quarry at Deep Lock Quarry. Hike along the miles of challenging outdoor trails to get a view of Akron that you cannot see from anywhere else. Once you reach the top, you can look out across the forest, past the Cuyahoga River and down to the milled, swamp-like floor of the quarry.

Address: 5779 Riverview Rd., Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, OH 44264 - MAP
Phone: (330) 867-5511
Web: www.summitmetroparks.org

Sand Run Parkway
The huge Sand Run Parkway covers over 990 acres of rolling hills, blossoming meadows, sharp ravines and high ridges. Inside this parkway, you’ll see hundreds of native wildlife, from red-tailed hawks to red foxes. Let your own inner animal out as you challenge yourself on the outdoor trails, or work off your extra adrenaline at the well-kept soccer field.

Address: 1350 Sand Run Pkwy, Akron, OH 44313 - MAP
Phone: (330) 867-5511
Web: www.summitmetroparks.org