2018 Year of the American Beech

The Portage Park District is pleased to present the Wild Hikes Challenge, a program designed to encourage healthy recreation in our parks and trails while showcasing Portage County’s rich natural heritage that we are working to conserve. The theme for 2018 is the year of the American Beech to celebrate the role of this keystone species of our eastern Ohio forests, and to bring awareness to the leaf disease that has begun to affect the species in northeast Ohio. To participate, just walk, hike, skip, jog, run or stroll on 8 of the following trails before December 31st to earn a hiking staff (1st year) and/or a 2018 Wild Hikes medallion.

Hike on your own or join group hikes led by the Portage Trail Walkers (dates and times to be shared soon). You can join the hikes whether or not you take the Challenge.

Most of the designated trails are rated as easy, with length ranging from 1-3 miles. If hikers can’t make all of the listed trails, they are able to substitute up to 2 of the trails with ones of their own choosing within the Park District system. Suggested donations to help cover program costs are $5/medallion and $10/hiking staff. Our Foundation makes it possible to provide the hiking staffs and annual medallions. Hiking staffs are hand hewn by Hiram Farm workers in Hiram Township, Portage County OH.

To make a donation for a hiking staff and/or medallion, please make Checks out to:
Portage Park District Foundation
705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4
Ravenna, OH 44266

Download 2018 Wild Hikes Challenge Form