Fall Hiking Spree Hike Gorge Metro Park Gorge Trail 1.8 mile
...and for those who would like to join me for a longer hike, I will also be doing the Glens Trail and Bridges Glens Park Up by the Sheraton, as well as the riverside boardwalk past the Rockin on the River Area. Total hike would be around 6 miles with the Gorge Trail, Glens Trail & the side hike to Bridges Glens Park and the boardwalk past the Sheraton to the Rockin on the River Area.
First we will head out from the Gorge Metro Park on the Gorge Trail (Fall Hiking Spree Trail), this is an amazingly beautiful trail, please note that it is difficult terrain with lots of rocks, roots, and steps and is hilly and uneven. The Summit County Metro Parks has this to say about the Gorge Trail, "it provides access to Mary Campbell Cave, an easy half-mile walk from the parking lot. At the start of the trail, a short (half-mile, round trip) section earns Class B status and is good for users with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers. The trail quickly becomes more rugged as it passes through stunning rock-ledge formations. An upper section of the trail is even considered "primitive," earning Class D status." This trail is a 1.8 mile loop and Summit Metro Parks rates this trail as a 3 out of 3.
We will return to our starting point and for anyone who would like to continue the second part of this hike... (this will also be a chance to grab another water or grab a snack from your cars.)
Then after a bathroom/water/snack stop I will continue on with the second part of this hike we'll head out in the other direction on the Glens Trail which is the trail that runs along Front Street on the side of the park that the old Ohio Edison plant used to be located. Summit Metro Parks rates this trail as 2 out of 3. It is 1.8 miles long. The Glens Trail is littered with rocks and tree roots and is a moderately challenging hilly trail. This is a down and back trail. Before heading back on the Glens Trail, we will continue down via city sidewalk to the Bridges Glens Park and along the riverside board walk heading north past the Rockin on the River Area before returning on the Glens Trail to the Gorge Metro Park. This site makes for some great pictures and provides a unique view of the Cuyahoga Falls River and the natural waterfalls that Cuyahoga Falls is names for. The Glens Bridges Park is just up the street from the Sheraton Suites. We will also get to take another look at the river now that some of the dams have been removed.
Total hike would be around 5 miles with the Gorge Trail, Glens Trail & the side hike to Bridges Glens Park.
We will stop along the way to take pictures and take in the sites and sounds of the trails, so be sure to bring your camera, the Falls and river should be amazing with all of the rain that we have recently had.
Everyone please remember to bring water, it will be dry and warm and if desired a small snack to eat as hiking. Also hiking boots or tennis shoes are highly recommended. You might also want sun block and bug spray (with all of the rain).