Sandwiched between downtown Akron and the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Cascade Valley Metro Park is part of the 14,000+ acre Summit Metro Parks system. The park was named for the small river cascades that can be seen all over the park, but the true attraction of Cascade Valley is the steep bluffs that stand nearly 130 above the river. A deck stretches out from these bluffs and makes for one of the most dramatic views in all of Ohio. Adjacent and just upstream from Cascade Valley Metro Park is the Gorge Metro Park, which preserves a deep and rocky downstream from a 60-foot tall dam.

Oxbow Trail: 1061 Cuyahoga Street, Akron

Length: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: This trail goes through a stretch of floodplain and then ascends up the side of the valley and then descends with views of the valley below 

Sources: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/ParksAndTrails/CascadeValleySouth.aspx

Cascade Valley Metro Park

Address: Cascade Valley Metro park, South Akron, Ohio

North Schumacher Valley area

1690 Cuyahoga Street, Akron


Schumacher Trail:

Length: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

Description: This is a very difficult and hilly hike that gives you a closer look at the beautiful scenery of Summit County


Valley Link Trail:

Length: 2.8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The Valley Link Trail is a one way trail that links Cascade to Sand Run Metro Park


Oxbow and Chuckery Area


Chuckery Trail: 837 Cuyahoga Street, Akron

Length: 2.4 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

Description: On the trail is the Indian Signal Tree, which was shaped by the American Indians. the trail follows a small section of the Cuyahoga River and ascends into the hills above the river and then loops back down to the river


Overlook trail: 354 Sackett Ave, Akron

Length: .5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This is a flat trail that leads to the crown jewel of the park; the river overlook. The river is 125 feet below you. This is a great place for photos