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 if enough snow is on the ground at Quail Hollow Park.   Sign up for Winter Activity Alerts using the form below.

If proper weather conditions are present, an email will be sent out with dates and times.  Registration will be accepted in the order the responses arrive.  We will answer (via email) each request and confirm the reservation.

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 at the program.   For ages 12 and up.

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

Smiling Woman on Skis


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.  $20 per session.

We intend to travel around to a variety of parks and trails if weather permits.  

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 for the 2021 winter season.


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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