Akron, Ohio is a city that is home to some of the most remarkable and unique natural features in the world. From the Chuckery area to the Schumacher Valley, there are plenty of parks and green spaces to explore and discover. The Chuckery area is a prairie that is home to many rare plants and wildflowers. As you ascend the hill from the prairie, you will find a meadow where wild lupins bloom in mid-May.
Other rare species such as walnut trees can also be found in this area. The Schumacher Valley is one of the most rugged areas in Akron and is home to a canopy of oaks, American beeches, sassafras and black cherry trees. There are also herbs and wildflowers such as spring beauty, the cat in the pulpit, the rude anemone and the jewelry herb. The Metro Parks system was established in 1921 and was made possible in 1930 when the Northern Ohio Traction & Light Company donated 144 acres of land.
Today, Summit Metro Parks manages 14,000 acres in 16 developed parks, six conservation areas and more than 150 miles of trails. With 22.4 miles of the Ohio Erie Canal tow trail & more, there is plenty to explore in Akron.