Fall Hiking Spree Hampton Hills Spring Hollow

One of the park district's most demanding hikes the 1.6 mile Spring Hollow trail; forms a sort of figure eight with Adam Run Trail. Travels through ravines and over streams and includes a 30-foot bridge.

In 1964 the City of Akron needed flat land on which to build a water tower. It leased 116 acres of woods and ravines to Metro Parks in exchange for land within Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Three years later, Rhea H. and E. Reginald Adam donated 162 acres of adjacent farm land to Metro Parks, and the 278-acre Hampton Hills Metro Park was born. In 2010, the park district signed a lease for the adjacent Hardy Road landfill, bringing the park to its current size of 655 acres.

More than 10,000 years ago, glaciers retreated from Northeast Ohio, carving ravines and valleys. The glacially-formed Adam Run Valley is home to an unusual plant called rush, which lines the banks of the stream. Along the trails, oak, elm, sycamore and black walnut trees provide habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife. A grove of white pine, planted by Girl Scouts in the late 1960s, offers visitors a cool, scented respite.

Today, at the Top O' the World Area, open fields contain milkwort, ironweed, Queen Anne's lace, goldenrods and asters. Bluebird boxes, which are monitored by volunteers, rise above the meadow grasses. Each summer, bluebirds sit perched atop the nest boxes, watching for their insect prey. Other notable bird species include woodcocks, wild turkeys and large birds of prey like red-tailed hawks. The hawks can be seen soaring above the meadows as they hunt for small voles and mice.

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  • john r.

    I had a good time, gracias

    October 2, 2013

  • Jesus r.

    i was planing to but work stop me

    October 2, 2013

  • Chuck G.

    Just as an FYI the park to night is a county park. Any other sites that are part of CVNP though will be closed I read with the gates across preventing access to parking areas. So that may limit access to just a few places along towpath and pretty much eliminate anything at Virginia Kendal, Indigo Lake, Ira Road, Station Bridge ...

    October 2, 2013

  • Sarah

    I get off at 5:30 (give or take) so I'm coming right from work....please don't leave without me!!!

    October 2, 2013

  • Greg M

    This is a Summit County metropark, so it will not be affected by the shutdown. But, all the parking lots, restrooms, and visitors centers in federally-owned areas of the CVNP will be closed. The roads will remain open.

    October 1, 2013

  • Erica F.

    This park won't be affected, it's a county park.

    October 1, 2013

  • Erica F.

    There really isn't a gate at CVNP and they don't charge to use the park like they do at the other National Parks. Park should still be open but will not be ranger lead. I will lead the hike.

    October 1, 2013

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