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December 2021 – 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.

Explore these Winter Outdoor Activities: Parks & Trails | Ice Skating | Sled Riding | Cross-Country Skiing


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 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 – 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. https://starkparks.com/parkfinder/

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 to 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 at the Hall of Fame City Ice Rink in the beauty of Downtown. Admission to skate is $2 and skate rental is $2. NOW OPEN DAILY FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON!


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.


Jackson Township North Park (Artificial Ice Skating Rink): Enjoy skating on the 80-by-100-foot artificial rink in the parking lot located next to the Jackson Amphitheater. The skating rink is open daily from 8AM-8PM and skaters must bring their own skates. Double-bladed skates are not permitted on the surface. Don't have your own skates? Jackson Township will be lending skates Thursdays 4PM-8PM, Fridays 4PM-9PM, Saturdays 12PM-9PM and Sundays 12PM-5PM for no fee. Skates are first come, first serve and there are 75 pairs available.


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 $10 for public skate times and $4 for skate rental. Check their website for more information on open skate times and to reserve your skate time online today.


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 the hills for the FREE wintertime fun!


Enjoy these Top Sled Riding Hills in Stark County as compiled by Northeast Ohio Family Fun: 


  • 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 its 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.

Allison Gromofsky

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Allison Gromofsky is the Promotions & Grants Manager 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. Allison is a Stark County native and loves to work, play and live in Canton, with her husband, Andy. Have an update or comment about the blog? Reach out at allisong@visitcanton.com

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