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Popular Fall Hiking Spree Starts

Summit Metro Parks offers rewards for tackling the trails

The Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree is under way, and participants can earn rewards by hiking at least eight designated trails between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30.

First-year hikers earn a hiking staff and shield. Veteran hikers earn a hiking shield.

Rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive their awards ($10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers).

After completing each hike, you can sign and date your form if park staff and volunteers are unavailable. Parks are open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Hiking forms are available on the park district's website, at the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, the park district's administrative offices and all Acme Fresh Market stores.

For more information, call 330-865-8065.

The Fall Hiking Spree started in 1964 and remains the country's longest-running and most successful hiking program. Creator Arthur Wilcox called it a spree to give hikers the idea they were doing something fun instead of work.

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