Please not the change in location for this meet-up. After speaking to the National Park Service, it became evident that the Boston Store could not handle our large group of snowshoers. The Boston Store normally has less than a dozen snowshoes on-site.
We are changing the location to the Winter Sports Center at Kendall Park Lake on Truxell Road (Kendall Park Road). The Winter Sports Center has more than enough shoes to accommodate our group. This park is an excellent area for snowshoeing.
Please have $5 cash available to pay for the rental. You will need a driver’s license or other ID that the NPS retains as a deposit during your rental period. Please arrive 15 minutes early. The NPS will only rent snowshoes if there is 4” of snow cover. You can call [masked] for current snowfall depth. In the event there is not sufficient snow, we will hike the trails.
Winter Sports Center
The Winter Sports Center is located at the Kendall Lake Shelter, on Truxell/ Kendall Park Road, two miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, in Peninsula 44264. For your safety, the Cuyahoga Nordic Ski Patrol monitors the trails and sledding hills.
The center, located within Kendall Lake Shelter, will only be open on the following dates when there are at least 4 inches of snow. It may be open additional days during heavy snowfall. Saturdays and Sundays, December 1 through December 23; daily, December 26 through 31; Saturdays and Sundays, January 5 through February 24; and the holidays of January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and February 18 (Presidents’ Day), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call [masked] for current snowfall depth
The weather has gotten colder. Snow and ice are on the trails. The warm sun seems like a distant memory. You can see your breath in the air. There are also many good things to celebrate about winter. The new year is a time to challenge yourself to be active and enjoy the snow, colder temps and natural beauty of our parks.
Through the winter, the Spin-off Cyclists, Akron Area Hiking and Movin’ Forward Weight Loss Support groups are collaborating to offer cures for cabin fever. Every other Saturday there are fun activities to see the parks at a slower pace and from a different perspective. Each offered with beginners in mind. It is your chance to be adventurous and experience something new.
January 5 – Snowshoeing on the Towpath at Boston Store
Here is a New Year resolution for you. Enjoy the Towpath Trail from a different point of view. We start the day at the Boston Store in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where we are renting snowshoes. The National Park Service rents these snowshoes for a mere $5 for the day. What a bargain! These are modern snowshoes and not the Rocky and Bullwinkle variety. If you can walk, then you can snowshoe!
Heading south on the Towpath, we pass under the I-271 and Ohio Turnpike bridges and across the boardwalk over the marshes. You are sure to enjoy the wildlife and beautiful river views. The Towpath is very quiet this time of year and offers solitude even within a group. Since most of the group will be new to snowshoeing, we will aim for an hour out and then turn to return to Boston Store. You are welcome to snowshoe whatever time your ability permits.
If you want to join the group for some post-snowshoeing socializing, we are gathering at the Winking Lizard in Peninsula after the hike to warm ourselves with food and libations.
In the absence of snow, we are hiking the Towpath for an hour or so.
Future Cure for Cabin Fever Saturdays
· January 19 – Ice skating at Lock 3 Park in Downtown Akron
· February 2 - Scavenger Hunt Hike at Towner’s Woods in Kent
· February 16 – Cross-country skiing at Kendall Lake in the CVNP
· March 2 – Photo Safari Hike at Quail Hollow in Hartville
· March 16 – The Lucky Charms Bicycle Ride from Blimp City Bike