Winter Activities

The winter season offers a different perspective of a park and the life inside it. A walk on a trail can be a quiet tranquil getaway with a winter crisp and peaceful surrounding. Take advantage of the snowy solitude and get outside on your own or join Stark Parks for new ways to explore the snow. There is plenty to do including ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.  Don’t let the cold and snow dominate your health goals or mood!

Cabin Fever … A state of restlessness caused by spending too much time indoors or in a small space. The term is speculated to have first been used to describe early U.S. settlers’ experiences during long winter stays in their cabin awaiting the spring thaw. 


Cross-Country Ski Programs at Quail Hollow Park

Cure #1:  Cross-country skiing guided programs will happen on Saturdays at 9 a.m. in January and February, providing enough snow is on the ground at Quail Hollow Park.  Learn about cross country ski equipment, basic technique, and safety then practice in the snow around the park.  $20 per participant for equipment rental.  Rental fees (cash or check only) will be collected the morning of the program.   For ages 12 and up.

Look for the announcement if the Saturday skiing program will happen on Friday afternoon on this page, Facebook, or sign up to receive email updates on Winter Activities. 

Trails are not groomed for skiing.  We do not make our own snow. 


Cross-Country Skiing Rentals at Quail Hollow Park

Equipment rentals are available on weekends at Quail Hollow Park if weather conditions are adequate. 

Under the proper winter conditions, guests can enjoy cross-country skiing (rental area located in the lower level of the Manor House).  Rental includes ski boots, skis, and poles.  Please dress for the weather.

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.

Ages 6 and under:  $5/hour
Adults:  $10/hour
Golden Buckeye:   $8/hour
Groups of 10 or more:   $8/hour

Concessions and rentals are operated by the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association.

Smiling Woman on Skis
2020 Cross Country Skiing Class Dates (Weather Permitting)  All classes are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Registration is not required.  

January   4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


Cure #2: Interested in snow shoeing?  Intimidated by the looks? Don’t be!  Join Stark Parks for pop-up programs this winter on new state-of-the-art Eva snowshoes that are easy to put on and lightweight! 

Use the sign up form below to receive the alerts.   Location, start time, and distance will be emailed as programs are scheduled.  Registration will be first come, first-served.  There will be 11 pairs of snowshoes for each session.


Ice Skating

Cure #3: Ice skate on Sippo Lake in the designated area next to the Sippo Lake Marina. The area is open when the ice is at least four inches thick and the snow is cleared away. Ice conditions can be confirmed by calling 330-477-3552 or below! Signs will also be posted confirming the ice conditions.  Bring your own equipment.  A fire ring will be present.
Sippo Lake Marina, 5300 Tyner St., Canton 44708

Ice Skating is closed as of December 20, 2019



Cure #4: Feel the rush sledding straight down or around the bowl in the amphitheater area of Petros Lake Park in Perry Twp. The sledding hill is near the back of the park to the right of the baseball fields.
Petros Lake Park, 3519 Perry Dr. SW, Canton 44706

A newly designated sledding area will debut at Tam O’Shanter Park in Jackson Twp.  The sledding hill is located northwest of the clubhouse off Hills & Dales Rd. near the upper parking lot.  The area is a short walk from the parking lot.
Tam O’Shanter Park, 5055 Hills & Dales Dr. NW, Canton 44708


Hiking and Dressing for the Weather

Cure #5: Put on your winter gear and head out on the trails. You will probably find the winter backdrop great for a family photo or selfie during your adventure.  

Dropping temperatures and snowy landscapes mean you will need to spend a little more time preparing for winter adventures. Keep these winter tips in mind before your next visit.

Stay dry and warm by dressing in layers made out of synthetic materials, fleece, wool, or down. These materials will dry quickly and retain body heat even if they become wet. Think about having a base layer that pulls moisture away from the skin, an insulating layer for warmth, and a water/wind resistant outer shell. Avoid cotton because it allows moisture to stay on the skin, dries slowly, and will not insulate when wet. Wear a hat and gloves to prevent heat loss and protect fingers.

Choose the proper footwear. There is nothing worse than soggy, cold socks. Shoes or boots with a waterproof coating to help keep snow and water out are best.  Traction or slip on spikes that go over your shoes or boots help increase traction for walking, hiking, or running.

Keep your energy up by taking plenty of water to stay hydrated and packing trail snacks. The average person can burn 650 calories per hour by cross country skiing and snowshoeing. A good rule for any season is 8 oz. of water for every hour outdoors.

Use sun protection all year! Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective hats are just as important for protecting your skin and eyes in the winter as they are in the summer.


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