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December 2020 – It may be chilly outside, but fresh air and wide-open spaces are good for you! Explore one of these many activities, parks, and trails in Stark County to keep active this Winter.

In times of social distancing and many people feeling cabin fever, it is important that you get your immediate family outside, breathe in the fresh air, engage in physical activity, and unplug from technology.

Remember to please follow the direction from public health authorities including the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and the Stark County Health Department – including social distancing of 6 feet apart.

Explore these Winter Activities: Winter Hiking | Ice Skating | Sled Riding | Cross-Country Skiing | Canton Light Festival

Winter Hiking Parks & Trails

Admire the beauty of the snow and head out to the trails that are open for hiking year-round. In the winter months, it is extremely important to consider safety while hiking.

Tips for Hiking in the Winter

  1. Stay dry and warm by dressing in layers made out of synthetic materials, fleece, wool, or down. Make sure to always wear a hat and gloves to prevent heat loss and to protect your fingers.
  2. Choose the proper footwear. Shoes or boots with a waterproof coating to help keep snow and water out. Traction or slip-on spikes that go over your shoes help increase traction.
  3. Remember UV rays are still out! Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective hats are just important to wear in the winter as they are in the summer.
  4. Stay hydrated – the rule of thumb is 8 oz. of water per hour you are outdoors.
  5. Always use caution where ice and packed snow make footing hazardous.
  6. Do not climb on the rocks and stay back from the bluff edges.
  7. As a courtesy and for the safety of everyone, always yield to skiers and avoid walking in ski tracks.   
  8. Obtain trail maps before venturing into unfamiliar areas by exploring Stark Parks parks & trails using ParkFinder.

  • Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail: Enjoy 25-miles of the iconic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Begin your hiking and biking adventure at one of the 14 trailheads. The shady, flat terrain parallels the Tuscarawas River through deciduous forests and rural and urban landscapes. The Towpath Trail and bordering parklands follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal through the cities of Canal Fulton and Massillon and the Village of Navarre. This Stark County section is part of the 110-mile Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which extends north all the way to Cleveland and south to New Philadelphia.
  • Wilderness Center: This 619-acre site has 10 miles of hiking trails with several connecting routes. On the trails, you can see old-growth forest, meadows, prairie, wetlands, Fox and Sugar Creeks, Wilderness Lake, and a pond. You can truly wander through nature for hours.
  • Petros Lake Park: Entrance located at 3519 Perry Dr. SW. The park is home to a one-mile Mindfulness Walk with ten mental health stations along the route. Perfect for you to explore nature and take a break from everything in the world.
    • Mindfulness Walk | 1.0 Miles Trail Length: Ten stations promote relaxation, focus and awareness, reflection, and embracing the present moment. Examples include a zen sand garden, a musical instrument, stacking stones, and a labyrinth
    • Bluebird Trail | 0.5 Miles Trail Length: This mowed grass trail provides a scenic filed setting dotted with benches and is designated a “no-mow” area for wildlife. Nest boxes along the trail are frequented by bluebirds and tree swallows as they feed on insects during flight.
    • Petros Lake Loop Trail | 1.2 Miles Trail Length: This limestone trail loops around the 13-acre Petros Lake. Goldfinches and bluebirds fly in the meadow while several wildflower plantings and wildlife food plots attract a variety of butterflies.
  • Walborn Reservoir: Entrance located at 11324 Price St. NE, Alliance. Natural surface trails take you through pine woods, oak and hickory forests, and wildflower areas.
    • The Shoreline Trail | 2.31 Miles Trail Length: This natural surface trail wraps around the quiet and rugged shoreline from Price Street to Reeder Avenue taking you by a spillway and dam. You may see white-tailed deer, wild turkey, osprey, bald eagles, and migrating waterfowl.
    • Marina Loop Trail | 0.56 Miles Trail Length: Start behind the Walborn Marina and travel under a canopy of pine trees to a popular fishing peninsula before looping back to the other side of the parking area, or continuing onto The Shoreline Trail.
  • Quail Hollow Park: Entrance located at 13480 Congress Lake, Ave. Hartville. Quail Hollow Park features over 700 acres of rolling meadows, marshes, pine, and deciduous woods surrounding a 40-room house.
    • Mountain Bike Trail | 3.27 Miles Trail Length: A moderate level, Mountain Bike Trail loop passes through forests.
    • Multi-Use Trail | 1.2 Miles Trail Length: This trail is for hikers and equestrians on the southwest side of the park travels through a deciduous forest.
    • Hiking Trails | 5.25 Miles Trail Length: The Nature for All trail is an asphalt paved trail. Other trails are a natural surface and go near vernal pools, wetlands, coniferous and deciduous forests.

Ice Skating

It’s the most magical time of the year and it’s time to lace up those skates for a romantic night of skating or just a way for the kids to exert their energy!

  • Hall of Fame City Ice Rink: Located in Downtown Canton in the open plaza beside the Stark County Courthouse, ice skating enthusiasts and beginners are invited to skate in the beauty of Downtown. Admission to skate is $2 and skate rentals are just an additional $2. You are more than welcome to bring your own skates, as well. Open Monday-Thursday 12 PM-7 PM, Friday and Saturday 12 PM-8 PM, and Sunday 12 PM-6 PM, weather permitting.
  • Sippo Lake Park: Ice skate on Sippo Lake in the designated area next to Sippo Lake Marina. The area is open when the ice is at least four inches thick and the snow is away. Bring your own equipment; ice skate rentals are not available. Ice conditions can be confirmed by calling 330.477.3552.
  • Center Ice Sports Complex (Indoors): Don’t feel like being outside in the frigid cold and you still want to go ice skating? Center Ice Sports Complex, located in North Canton, is a state-of-the-art sports facility that features an NHL size ice area. Admission is just $8 for public skate times and $4 for skate rental. 

Sled Riding

Kids or adults love the rush of sledding down a snowy hill all bundled up! After the next big snowfall, grab the kids, sleds, plenty of water and snacks, and head for the hills for FREE wintertime fun! Northeast Ohio Family Fun has you covered for the top sled riding hills. 

Enjoy these Top Sled Riding Hills in Stark County: 

  • Canal Fulton Christian Fellowship Sledding Hill | 2021 Locust St. S, Canal Fulton, OH 44614
  • Malone University Sled Riding Hill | 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44709
  • Petros Lake Park Sledding Hill | 3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton, OH 44706
  • Schneider Veterans Community Park Sled Riding Hill | 1714 Schneider St. NW, Canton, OH 44721
  • Silver Park Sled Riding Hill | 2930 S. Union Ave. Alliance, OH 44601
  • Tam O’ Shanter Park Sledding Hill | 5055 Hills & Dales Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
  • Wampler Park Sled Riding Hill | 1818 Main Ave. W, Massillon, OH 44647
  • Westbrook Veterans’ Memorial Park Sledding Hill | 13th Street NW, Canton, OH 44708

Cross-Country Skiing at Quail Hollow Park

Cross-country skiing guided programs will happen if there is enough snow on the ground at Quail Hollow Park. Trails are not groomed for skiing and Stark Parks does not make their own snow.

Snow-covered trails are not only beautiful for hiking, but they provide a great opportunity for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing! When conditions allow, Stark Parks staff will lead outdoor programs for these two snowy activities. Cross-country skiing will take place at Quail Hollow Park only, while the snowshoeing will take place at various trails around Stark Parks.

To get the program alerts, please submit your name and email address to the Winter Activity Alerts. Location, start time, and distance will be emailed as programs are scheduled. They will be first-come-first-served.

Illumination: Canton Light Festival

The Canton Light Festival is an outdoor art exhibition throughout downtown Canton in January and February.  View 8 locations along a 1.4-mile loop featuring light shows, projection mapping, and art installations each Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m.  Start at the Cultural Center for the Arts, and continue at your own pace and in your own space, to explore each of the outdoor light displays along the Illumination Path.  Get the mobile passport and be sure to check-in at each location.

Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays. Have an update or comment about the blog? Reach out at

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