Do you need to get outside in the fresh air? Here’s a list of hiking activities happening this month around the region. Bundle up and join naturalists who will lead you on a winter wonderland adventure on the trails.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these events are subject to change. Please check with venues before attending an event to ensure times and availability are valid and to understand health guidelines. Please follow state guidelines, including wearing face coverings, maintaining 6 feet apart from others and washing hands.
Winter One Hour Series. Here are some outdoor experiences and exercise that you can do in one hour: snowfall snowshoeing, cold picnics, bird watching, search for animal tracks, winter forest walks and more. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org
Cleveland Metroparks Winter Bucket List. Cross-country ski the fairways of Sleepy Hollow, sled down Engle Road Hill, take in ice sculptures at Edgewater Pier, discover new trails with the Virtual Centennial Trail 5K, take a naturalist-led winter thrill hike, explore giant snowy trees along White Pine Trail and much more. clevelandmetroparks.com
Snowshoeing. If you’re looking for an adventure that can be dialed back a notch, then perhaps snowshoeing is for you. Explore Indian Point Park (upper lot), the Environmental Learning Center, Pete’s Pond Preserve, Hell Hollow Wilderness Area, Hogback Ridge Park and more. lakemetroparks.com
Signs of Life Hike. Join a naturalist on a hike to discover what critters are still out and about during winter. Look for fur, scat, tracks and more. 1-3 p.m. Firestone Metro Park, Tuscarawas Meadows, 2620 Harrington Road, Akron, 330-865-8065, summitmetroparks.org
X-treme Winter Fun Day. Spend the afternoon having an “X-treme” amount of winter fun outside with friends. Try snowshoes, bring your sled for some fun downhill rides, learn about winter wildlife, and warm up by a fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Ages 5-10. 1-4 p.m. Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Road, Chesterland, geaugaparkdistrict.org
Winter Wandering Hike. Forge ahead into the New Year with a wintry wander through French Creek Reservation. Moderate hiking level. 2-3:30 p.m. French Creek Reservation, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, loraincountymetroparks.com
Whatever-the-Weather Venture. It may be a bit optimistic, but we’re hoping for snow for this one. If conditions are just right for snowshoeing, that’s what we’ll do. If not, we’ll take a cold-weather hike. Whatever the weather, let’s get outside. Ages 8-plus. 6:30-8 p.m. Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, 440-286-9516, geaguaparkdistrict.org
Stars of the Winter Sky. Join a naturalist as we look through telescopes at various celestial bodies in the winter sky. The moon, Mars, and Mercury should be visible. Find the double star in the Big Dipper’s handle. Learn about the constellations that show brightly only in the winter. 9-11 p.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org
Ice Age Adventure. Ice Age animals used special adaptations to help them survive. Use your imagination as you follow signs along the Inner Loop trail to take an interactive adventure with these animals. Allardale West Parking Lot, 401 Remsen Road, Medina, medinacounyparks.com
Winter Wildlife Survival Hike. Hike the Meadow Loop trail with a naturalist to learn about different strategies our local wildlife uses to survive winter months. 2-3 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, loraincountymetroparks.com
Family Hike: Winter Mammals. Stop by to explore the world of winter mammals on a hike through the woods with your family. Naturalists will be there to help guide your experience. 2:30-4:30 p.m. F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, 330-865-8065, summitmetroparks.org
Winter Wildlife Tour. Take an outdoor tour to learn more about the resident wildlife ambassadors, rehab patients and what goes on behind the scenes. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sippo Lake Park, Exploration Gateway, 5710-5712 12th St., Canton, 330-409-8096, starkparks.com
Full Moon Hike. Join the Stark Park staff for a 2- mile hike to celebrate the first full moon of the year. 9-10 a.m. Petros Lake Park, 3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton, starkparks.com
Animals Signs Hike. Hike to find signs that animals are out and about even in the winter. 2-3 p.m. Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Road, Avon, 440-937-0764, loraincountymetroparks.com
Wonders of Winter. Enjoy winter hikes, crafts and activities to uncover life in the forest when the weather turns cold. 1-3 p.m. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S. Park Blvd., 216-231-5935, shakerlakes.org
Do you have a winter hiking event? Please email [email protected] to to be added to this list!