HIKING

For all hikes, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear, waterproof hiking boots are best. It is suggested to have a hiking staff or trekking poles on every hike. Carry plenty of water and food or snacks, especially if you will be gone during lunch. If you have paid for lunch, be sure to make your lunch at breakfast and take it with you. Signup sheets will be in the Dining Hall. Meet at the trailhead 15 minutes prior to hike time. You are responsible for your own transportation. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
Schedule subject to change. 

Hikes can also be done on your own.

THURSDAY – April 30 • Hikes

Hike will start after the evening program

Night Hike Camp Manatoc • NO BT

2 to 5 miles – Difficult – 1 to 3 hours.

Night hike on one of the inter Camp Manatoc Trails. Headlamp required. Hike leader Kat LoGrande.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions: Camp Manatoc Scout features. Hike in Camp Manatoc.

Directions: Meet at Trading Post Shelter

FRIDAY – May 1 • Hikes

6:15am-

Sunrise Hike at Camp Manatoc • NO BT

2 to 5 miles – Difficult – 1-3 hours.

Sunrise Hike on the inter-camp trails or just camp roads.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Directions: Meet at Trading Post Shelter in camp.


8:30am-3:30pm

Akron Section PT 1 to PT 7 • ALL BT

14.8 miles – Difficult – 7 hours.

The remoteness of this section is quite amazing. The Akron Section is one of two sections that contain very large proportions of off road trail. And only 4% is recorded on sidewalk. Buckeye Trail weaves in and out of the Valley like a snake; many of the stops are among the most picturesque to be had in all of Northeast Ohio. The trail itself is a narrow singletrack mixed with abandoned roads and wider lanes. It can be very rocky and rooty at times, so watch your step! For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. In the Akron Section, the Buckeye Trail (BT) passes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including several units of both Cleveland Metroparks and Metroparks Serving Summit County. Included are cliffs, waterfalls and many artifacts from the Ohio & Erie Canal. Hike Leader Jim Gilkey.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, mostly single track tread, some widened and hardened trail, a gravel road, grassy surfaces, quite a few ups and downs, some asphalt and brick surfaces as well. A few creek crossings and bridges, both wooden and fiberglass. Deep ravines and some Pine Forests.

Special Attractions: The only junction of the Buckeye Trail between 3 Sections. Medina, Akron and Bedford. 25 foot Log bridge, Creeks, deep ravines. Flood plain. 200 foot elevated boardwalk! Houses that were once abandoned with the Town of Jaite. Now these houses are being used by the National Park Service. Blue Hen Falls and the Piano Stairs. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Boston Mill Visitors Center. Cuyahoga River and the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The Pine Lane Trailhead. Be sure to check for map updates on the BTA Website! Hike in Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Hudson Parks, Camp Manatoc.

Directions:  Meet at Pine Lane Trailhead then Carpool to Deer Lick Cave and Hike back to Pine Lane Trailhead  Google map to Pine Lane Trailhead.


9:00am-11:30am

Brandywine Falls from Boston Mill Visitor Center • NO BT

5 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 2.5 hours.

This will utilize more than one trail. The OECTT, Stanford Trail, and the Brandywine Gorge Loop Trail. Starting at the Boston Mill Visitors Center, you will pass thru the Village of Boston to the OECTT. Heading North to the connector trail to the Stanford Trail and Stanford house. You will cross a few creeks with bridges on your way to the Brandywine Gorge Lopp Trail. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Jessica Tarr

Terrain: This hike will be on flat towpath surface in the beginning. Then continue on a dirt path with some trail hardening. There will be many ups and down. There will also be stairs. Hiking poles are a good idea.

Special Attractions: Boston Mill Visitor Center, Stanford House, Brandywine Falls, Ohio Erie Canal Towpath. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions: We will carpool to the Boston Mills Visitor Center.Google map to Boston Mills Visitor Center.

 


9:00am-12:00pm

Kendall Lake Area Trails • NO BT

6 miles – Moderate – 3 hours.

Lake Loop, Cross Country Loop and Salt Run are a trilogy of well-loved trails that offer scenic distance, bridges to hike/run across and plenty of eyefuls to take in. Run across the road at the Lake Trailhead for another wonderful distance and you’ll find that you have many more miles of moderate trail. Salt Run Trail is perhaps the most difficult of the three; some rate it as moderate, others might find its hilliness and woody, root-laden ground difficult. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Bill McGovern.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, some widened and hardened trail, a gravel road, grassy surfaces, quite a few ups and downs.

Special Attractions: Lake Shelter, remnants of a past snow slide, Pines and streams. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions: Trailhead is .7 miles from Camp Manatoc. Carpool. Google map to Virginia Kendall Lake Shelter.

 


10:00am-12:30pm

The Ledges, Pine Grove and Forest Point Trails • NO BT

5.5 miles – Moderate – 2.2 hours. 

These trails are part of the Virginia Kendal Unit of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For many generations, people have been coming to the Ritchie Ledges area to enjoy its unique natural beauty.Dramatic rock cliffs, the weathered rock, the graceful hemlocks and the cool water oozing from the cracks in the rocks all seem more like the Canadian North woods. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Jan Geho.

Terrain: This hike will be on all dirt surfaces except for a very short paved section near our rest stop. The terrain is semi-hilly with no major ascents or descents. The trail around the ledges is rocky and I would recommend your use of hiking poles. Good hiking shoes with good tread are also recommended. There are no stream crossings although there will be morning dew on the grass which does contribute to wet feet for those without waterproof footwear. There are also some steps.

Special Attractions: Top ‘O the ledges overlook, Kendall ledges, Ice Box Cave Octagon Shelter. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions:  Meet at Octagon Shelter at camp, carpool to Ledges Trailhead. Google map to The Ledges Shelter.


1:00pm-2:30pm

The Tree Farm Trail  • NO BT

2.75 miles – Easy to Moderate – 1.5 hours.

The Tree Farm Trail, accessed via the Horseshoe Pond Trailhead, is located off Major Road. This trail loops through gently rolling woodlands, beginning and ending near Horseshoe Pond. Hike Leader: Lynda Warner

Terrain: A gently rolling wide trail with straight lines. Mostly all dirt surface

Special Attractions: Horseshoe Pond, Abundant wildlife

Directions:  We will carpool to the Tree Farm Trail.  Google map to Tree Farm Trail

 


1:00pm-3:30pm

Deer Lick Cave Loop • SOME BT

4 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 2 hours.

The Deer Lick Cave Trail is one of the longer loop trails in the Brecksville Reservation. It crosses at least 6 streamed valleys formed by tributaries flowing to Chippawa Creek, and reaches high ridges with views into these Valleys.The trails destination is a sandstone formation called Deer Lick Cave, reached halfway around the loop. The Deer Lick Cave trail is a good choice for a long, rugged, and scenic hike. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Larry Grewe.

Terrain: This hike will be on ALL dirt surfaces with many up and down grades including one very long ascent.    This hike will include some small creek crossings. There is only a very short distance of paved trail and road walking at both the beginning and end of the hike.  Poles are a must and wear hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.

Special Attractions: Deer Lick Cave, Brecksville Nature Center. Hike in Cleveland Metroparks.

Directions: We will carpool to the trailhead at the Brecksville Nature Center (9000 Chippewa Creek Dr, Brecksville, which is 9.8 miles from Camp Manatoc. .Google map to Brecksville Nature Center.

 


1:30pm-3:30pm

Richfield Heritage Preserve • SOME BT

2 miles – Easy to Moderate – 2.0 hours.

Richfield Heritage Preserve: Former Girl Scout camp consisting of 336 mostly wooded acres. The Buckeye Trail enters from Oviatt Rd near SR 303 and covers almost 2 miles of relatively easy trail with some minor ups and downs. The trail passes by Kirby Mill and dam, the Kirby House, and the temporarily drained Lower Lake. You next pass Garfield Hall with the bounce floor then follow the trail north along the stream that flows between Lake Linnea, the upper lake, and the lower lake. After crossing the upper lake dam the trail follows around the NW shore of the lake and comes out onto Gemini Rd where it crosses a bridge over the stream that feeds into the upper lake. The BT then passes several Adirondack shelters and comes out onto the north main road and turns south passing Chagrin Valley Cabin, Coach House, North House, and Amity House finally reaching the parking area and Gund Hall. The trail turns east and follows the main drive out to Broadview Rd where it leaves Richfield Heritage Preserve property. Hike leader Pat Hayes

Terrain: This hike will be on dirt/gravel roads, some grassy surfaces, and some dirt trail. Some hills

Special Attractions: Kirby Mill and Dam, Garfield Hall, Chagrin Valley Cabin, Coach House, and the Amity House. Hike in Richfield Heritage Preserve, Managed by Richfield Joint Recreation District.

Directions: Meet at Gund Hall at Richfield Heritage Preserve. Trailhead is 8.5 miles from Camp Manatoc. Carpool.Google map to Richfield Heritage Preserve.

 


2:00pm-4:00pm

Plateau Trail and Oak Hill Trail • NO BT

5 miles – Loop Trail – Moderate to Difficult – 2 hours. Additional optional 2 miles.

We will be joining the Hilltop Hikers on this hike to explore Oak Hill and Plateau Trails. Our hike starts at the kiosk near the restroom. We will first hike the Plateau Trail going clockwise around the loop. For mileage, our hike includes the Hemlock Point spur where we will pause to view a pretty waterfall across the ravine. After returning to the parking lot (5 miles), for those wishing more, we will then go counterclockwise on the Oak Hill loop trail for an additional 2 miles. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Lynn Lenart, Hilltop Hikers

Terrain: This hike will be on dirt/gravel and grassy surfaces with some hills. Ravines and stream crossings have bridges. Good hiking shoes with good tread are recommended. If you usually use hiking poles, then bring them. Elevation change: Plateau Trail is 200 feet and Oak Hill Trail is 50 feet.

Special Attractions: Cathedral-like evergreen tree section. Several ponds and a beautiful mixture of hemlocks and deciduous trees. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions: Trailhead is 5.2 miles from Camp Manatoc. We will carpool to the Oak Hill Trailhead at 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula. Google map to Oak Hill Trailhead.

 


Hike will start after the evening program

Night Hike Camp Manatoc • NO BT

2 to 5 miles – Difficult – 1 to 3 hours.

Night hike on one of the inter Camp Manatoc Trails. Headlamp required. Hike leader Kat LoGrande

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions: Camp Manatoc Scout features. Hike in Camp Manatoc

Directions: Meet at the Trading Post Shelter in camp.

MAMBA SERIES • Any time hikes (hike whenever you want)

ANYTIME

Green Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

2.1 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 1 hour.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions:  Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate, Climbing Tower and Wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man-made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.


ANYTIME

White Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

2.2 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 1 hour.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions:  Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate, Climbing Tower and Wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man-made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.


ANYTIME

Blue Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

2.5 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 1 hour.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions:  Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate, Climbing Tower and Wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man-made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.


ANYTIME

Red Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

4 miles – Difficult – 2 hours.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions:  Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate, Climbing Tower and Wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man-made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.


ANYTIME

Orange Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

4.2 miles – Difficult – 2 hours.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions:  Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate, Climbing Tower and Wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man-made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.


ANYTIME

Yellow Camp Manatoc Trail • NO BT

5.2 miles – Difficult – 2.5 hours.

Explore the Camp Manatoc inter-camp trails. Six trails marked by different colors. All beginning at the same Trailhead / Starting point. All ending in different locations. Be careful to pay attention because they are difficult to follow in some places. You can come across Minnehaha Falls, a pine forest, Lake Litchfield, and ferns. Wildlife may include wild turkey, owls, deer, squirrels, and maybe even a coyote.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Special Attractions: Minnie Ha Ha Falls, Old Lake Marnoc, Archery range, Manatoc Council Ring, Manatoc Main Gate,Climbing Tower and wall, Lakes Litchfield and Okchanya, Parade Field, Swimming Pool, Man made Earth Dam. Hike Camp Manatoc.

Directions: All Camp Manatoc Colored Trails start in the same location. Use the Meeting Location Link to see where on camp they start. Or you can just pick up one of the Colored Trails anywhere you would like. Meeting Location Link.

SATURDAY – May 2 • Hikes 

6:15am-

Sunrise Hike at Camp Manatoc • NO BT

2 to 5 miles – Difficult – 1-3 hours.

Sunrise Hike on the inter-camp trails or just camp roads.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails and the occasional gravel road. Many ups and downs with uneven surfaces. Many ravines and maybe a stream crossing.

Directions: Meet at Trading Post Shelter


8:30am-2:30pm

Akron Section PT 7 to PT 15+ • ALL BT

13 miles – Difficult – 6 hours.

The remoteness of this section is quite amazing. The Akron Section is one of two sections that contain very large proportions of off road trail. And only 4% is recorded on sidewalk. Buckeye Trail weaves in and out of the Valley like a snake; many of the stops are among the most picturesque to be had in all of Northeast Ohio. The trail itself is a narrow singletrack mixed with abandoned roads and wider lanes. It can be very rocky and rooty at times, so watch your step! For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. In the Akron Section, the Buckeye Trail (BT) passes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including several units of both Cleveland Metroparks and Metroparks Serving Summit County. Included are cliffs, waterfalls and many artifacts from the Ohio & Erie Canal. Hike Leader Kat LoGrande

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, mostly single track tread, some widened and hardened trail, a gravel road, grassy surfaces, quite a few ups and downs, some asphalt and brick surfaces as well. A few creek crossings and bridges, both wooden and fiberglass. Deep ravines and some Pine Forests.

Special Attractions: Pine lane Trailhead, Village of Peninsula, Famous Lock 29, Deep Lock Quarry, Beaver Marsh, the Hunt House, Hail Farm Trail Connector, O’Neil Woods Metro Park, Summit County sewer facility (very stinky), Botzum mounds, Sand Run Metro Park. Be sure to check for map updates on the BTA website! Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit MetroParks, Ohio Erie Canal Towpath.

Directions: Meet at Pine Lane Trailhead and then carpool to Sand Run Metropark – Big Bend Trailhead. We will hike back to Pine Lane Trailhead . Google map to Pine Lane Trailhead.   Google map to Sand Run Metropark – Big Bend Trailhead.


9:00am-2:30pm

Order of the Arrow Trail • SOME BT

13 miles – Difficult – 5.2 hours.

During the early 1960’s, the Order of the Arrow Marnoc Lodge of the Akron Area Council, now known as the Great Trail Council, discussed the possibilities concerning the adoption of a specific trail located within the park system. By the fall of 1966, Marnoc Lodge organized a Trail Committee that worked with the Akron Metropolitan Park Service, who had jurisdiction of the park area at that time, to lay out and build the Cuyahoga Valley Trail. The trail received approval by the Activities Section of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America on October 6,1966 and this 13.1 mile trail received approval from the National Park Service in May 1967. The Lodge has been responsible for the care and maintenance of this trail which has been extensively used by scouts and the general public ever since. Hike leader Dale Sroka and Boy Scouts

Terrain: All surfaces will be used during this hike. Dirt trail, grassy surfaces, sidewalks, roads and Ohio Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Many ups and downs and lots of long flat trail. So a bit of everything. maybe a creek crossing.

Special Attractions: Camp Manatoc Scout features, Town of Peninsula, Cuyahoga River, OECTT, Specific trail markers, Hunt Farm, Virginia Kendall area. Hike in Camp Manatoc, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Town of Peninsula.

Directions: Meet at Trading Post Shelter in camp. Camp Manatoc Scout features, Town of Peninsula, Cuyahoga River, OECTT, Specific trail markers, Hunt Farm, Virginia Kendal area. This is a LINK to the Order of the Arrow Website.


9:00am-11:30am

O’Neil Woods Starting at Ira Rd. Trailhead • SOME BT

6 miles – Loop Trail – Moderate to Difficult – 2.5 hours.

We will be joining the Hilltop Hikers on this hike to explore the Buckeye Trail and O’Neil Woods. Our hike starts out heading south on the Towpath then a very short distance on Ira Road. We head into the woods on the Buckeye Trail. A small water crossing greets us near the entrance of the woods then it is up a large hill. We follow the Buckeye Trail to the Deer Run Trail in O’Neil Woods. After taking the Deer Run Trail loop we return by the Buckeye Trail. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Lynn Lenart, Hilltop Hikers

Terrain: Crushed limestone, road surface for short distance, and dirt trail. 3 large hills and one simple water crossing. Good hiking shoes with good tread are recommended. If you usually use hiking poles, then bring them. Elevation change: Buckeye Trail is 200 feet and Deer Run Trail is 239 feet.

Special Attractions: Yellow Creek. Barn from William O’Neil’s farm, founder of General Tire and Rubber Company, gentleman farmer, raised thoroughbred horses and cattle. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit Metroparks.

Directions: Trailhead is 5 miles from Camp Manatoc. We will carpool to the Ira Road Trailhead at 3801 Riverview Rd, Peninsula. Google map to Ira Rd. Trailhead.


9:00am-11:30am

Ledges from Camp Manatoc • NO BT

5 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 2.5 hours.

Leaving from Camp Manatoc on inter-camp trails, you can join these trails are part of the Virginia Kendal Unit of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For many generations, people have been coming to the Ritchie Ledges area to enjoy its unique natural beauty.Dramatic rock cliffs, the weathered rock, the graceful hemlocks and the cool water oozing from the cracks in the rocks all seem more like the Canadian North woods. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Larry Grewe.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trails, dirt and gravel roads. Rocky surfaces and may be slippery when wet.

Special Attractions: Top ‘O the ledges overlook, Kendall ledges, Ice Box Cave Octagon Shelter. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Camp Manatoc.

Directions: Meet at the Trading Post Shelter in Camp.

 


9:30am-11:30am

Blue Hen Falls from Boston Mill Visitor Center • ALL BT

4 miles – Difficult – 2 hours.

This hike will head North on the Buckeye Trail from the Boston Mill Visitor Center. There is a really steep hill in the beginning before you plateau and descend the Piano Stairs. Continue to follow the Buckeye Trail past the Summitt County Engineers office. Be careful crossing Boston Mills Rd. After a descent on the old brick road and crossing a bridge you will follow a clearly marked side trail to Blue Hen Falls, about 100 feet. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Lynda Warner

Terrain: This hike will be mostly on dirt trail with many ups and down. There will be stairs and some very old brick road.

Special Attractions: Boston Mill Visitor Center, The Piano Stairs, Blue Hen Falls. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions: We will carpool to the Boston Mills Visitor Center.Google map to Boston Mills Visitor Center.

 


9:30am-3:30pm

Hike Aboard CVSR – Penninsula to Botzum, Towpath N to Akron PT 8 • SOME BT

7.3 to 9 miles – Moderate – 6 hours.

COST $5.00 – Join us for two stops on the Scenic Railroad, and an easy hike on the towpath with stops that will include Blue Heron nests; mammals, birds & aquatic life along the Beaver Marsh’s boardwalk; and serveral historical canal locks & buildings along the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (including the deepest lock on the O&E Canal.) Optional add-on loop, Deep Lock Quarry includes: discarded millstones and building foundations scattered along the moderate 1.4-mile trail, which leads through the forest to Deep Lock Quarry and vistas of the Cuyahoga River. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Bring $5 each (train fee), binoculars, and an on-the-go lunch & water. Multiple restrooms available along route. Hike leader Heather Johnson

Terrain: ADA Accessible! This hike will consist of CVSR train ride, then mostly flat crushed limestone trail and some asphalt. Optional Loop (not ADA): forested dirt trail with ups and down and uneven surfaces.

Special Attractions: Village of Peninsula, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), Canal Visitor Center, Botzum Trailhead, Blue Heronry, Beaver Marsh, O&E Canal Locks 24 – 26, The Hunt House, JohnnyCake Lock 27, Deep Lock Quarry & stairs, Deep Lock 28, Famous Lock 29

Directions: Meet at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula Depot, Park at Lock 29 Trailhead. Carpool.Google map to the Depot in Peninsula.

 


1:00pm-3:30pm

Adam Run & Spring Hollow Trails • NO BT

5.5 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 2.2 hours.

This hike will begin and end at the Hampton Hills Metropark Parking Lot.  From there we will hike the Adam Run and Spring Hollow Trails. This is a beautiful hike that will take us to “Top of The World“, a well known spot in the National Park. There should be good wild flowers also! For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike leader Sandy Barlett.

Terrain: This hike will be on mostly dirt/gravel and grassy surfaces with some hills. There are a couple of stream crossings (they will probably be dry) and LOTS OF STEPS! Poles are recommended.

Special Attractions: Top ‘O the World area. Hike in Summit County Parks.

Directions: Trailhead is 6 miles from Camp Manatoc. Carpool to Hampton Hills Metropark.Google map to Hampton Hills Metropark Parking Lot.

 


1:30pm-2:30pm

Deep Lock Quarry • NO BT

1.4 to 2 miles – Moderate – 1 hour.

Discarded millstones and building foundations are scattered along the moderate 1.4-mile trail, which leads through the forest to Deep Lock Quarry and vistas of the Cuyahoga River. A trail link goes to the park’s namesake, the deepest lock on the Ohio & Erie Canal. There is a bicycle path link to the Towpath Tail from the parking lot. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Jessica Tarr.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, asphalt, crushed limestone. Along with ups and down and uneven surfaces.

Special Attractions: Quarry Steps, Canal Lock 28, Buckeye Trees. Hike in Summit Metro Parks.

Directions: Meeting location is Deep Lock Quarry Trailhead which is 3.2 miles from Camp Manatoc. Carpool. Google map to Deep Lock Quarry.

 


1:30pm-3:30pm

The Riding Run and Perkins Trail • NO BT

5 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 2 hours.

This hike will be on two of the National Park’s equestrian trails. This is a very beautiful diverse hike with lots of hills and a few creek crossings. Also expect some mud if it has rained. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Jan Geho.

Terrain: This hike will be on ALL dirt surfaces with many up and down grades including one very long ascent. This hike will include some small creek crossings. There is only a very short distance of paved trail and road walking at both the beginning and end of the hike.  Poles are a must and wear hiking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.

Special Attractions: The Everett Road Covered Bridge, Founders Wayside. Hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Directions: Trailhead is 4.3 miles from Camp Manatoc at the Everett Road Covered Bridge. Carpool.Google map to Everett Road Covered Bridge.

 


1:30pm-4:30pm

Sand Run Metropark • SOME BT

4 to 6 miles – Moderate to Difficult – 3 hours.

Explore shady valley and ridge-top terrain along the wooded and challenging Dogwood Trail. Climb the hill to the North Hawkins Area sled hill before descending back to the Sand Run valley.The wooded Mingo Trail harbors a variety of wildlife and oak, beech and tulip trees. The trail becomes quite rugged. If you’re looking for something other than a casual hike, challenge yourself on this trail with 20 numbered exercise stations. Each has a beginner and “par” level indicated on its sign. Trailside markers direct users to either walk or run at different intervals to enhance the workout. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Bill Hines.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, some widened and hardened trail, a gravel road, grassy surfaces, quite a few ups and downs, some asphalt surface as well.

Special Attractions: Sand Run Metro Park PDF Map

Directions: Trailhead is 9.1 miles from Camp Manatoc. We will carpool to Sand Run Metro Park. Google map to Sand Run Metropark.

 

SUNDAY – May 3 • Hike 


 9:00am – 12:00pm

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Ranger Led Hike • NO BT

6 miles – Moderate – 3 hours.

Lake Loop, Cross Country Loop and Salt Run are a trilogy of well-loved trails that offer scenic distance, bridges to hike/run across and plenty of eyefuls to take in. Run across the road at the Lake Trailhead for another wonderful distance and you’ll find that you have many more miles of moderate trail. Salt Run Trail is perhaps the most difficult of the three; some rate it as moderate, others might find its hilliness and woody, root-laden ground difficult. For the history and a description of the trails refer to the TRAIL GUIDE – CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. Hike Leader Ranger Pam Machuga.

Terrain: This hike will consist of dirt trail, some widened and hardened trail, a gravel road, grassy surfaces, quite a few ups and downs

Special Attractions: Lake Shelter, remnants of a past snow slide, pines and streams.

Directions: You can carpool to Meeting Location, Virginia Kendall Lake Shelter.Google map to Virginia Kendall Lake Shelter.