As an ardent outdoors person, I love spending time in nature. Whether I’m hiking, biking or skiing, I’m a happy camper. Oh yes, I love camping, too. But, I’m also an avid reader. So when my favorite activities collide, I’m in heaven. Two of my favorite hiking books are written by local authors. And they both feature trails in Cleveland Metroparks. Even though we all start out with good intentions, we tend to get stuck in a rut (pun intended) and stick to the same trails. This year, make exploring new trails your new year’s resolution. Either one of these books will help you find and navigate new trails. Who knows, you may discover your new go-to hike. Happy Trails!
Best Hikes Near Cleveland
By Joe Baur
Looking for a hike that’s dog or kid-friendly? Looking for great views or wildlife viewing? There is a trail finder guide listing the correct hike for you. To make your experience as carefree as possible, Baur includes information on fees and permits, contacts, nearby attractions, restaurants, accommodations and canine compatibility. He even includes zero-impact and wilderness safety tips and techniques.
Joe Baur is an author, writer, filmmaker and podcaster whose work appears in a variety of domestic and international publications. He's the director of numerous travelogues and short documentaries from across the globe as well as the host of the Without A Path travel podcast, featuring conversations with writers, photographers and other professionals whose lives have been heavily impacted by travel.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cleveland: Including Akron and Canton
By Diane Stresing
Looking for hikes within and a little outside the Greater Cleveland area? Diane Stresing points hikers to the best outdoor trails and rambles within easy reach of Cleveland including Akron and Canton. Stresing includes hikes in nine Cleveland Metroparks Reservations plus a hike through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She divides the hikes by county, but then also provides a handy guide to the best hikes for children or solitude and hikes featuring wildflowers, lakes or waterfalls. In all, there are 11 categories you can use to personalize your hike. Novice hikers will appreciate the tips on trail etiquette and how to make a typical hiker’s first-aid kit. Veteran hikers already know how invaluable mole skin is!
Diane Stresing grew up in Columbus, moved to the Cleveland area in 1989 and currently lives in Kent. When she is not hiking, biking or spending time with her family, Stresing is a copywriter, hiking guide author, tree hugger, soccer mom, cyclist, v.e.r.y slow runner, photobug and blogger.
Look for other nature-themed books at any Cleveland Metroparks Nature Shop.