The winter season offers a different perspective of a park and the life inside it. A walk on trails that are usually busy can turn into quite the tranquil getaway, feeling as if you have the area to yourself. Take advantage of the snowy solitude and get outside on your own or join Stark Parks for new ways to explore the snow. With 13 parks and over 80 miles of trail, there is plenty to do including snowshoe hikes and cross country skiing programs this winter. Avoid cabin fever and discover how to enjoy Your Stark Parks all year!
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.
Cure…Don’t let the cold and snow dominate your health goals or mood! Get outside on your own or with us. Snowshoe hikes are scheduled throughout Stark County and cross-country skiing is planned for Saturdays in January and February, providing enough snow is on the ground. Ice skate at Sippo Lake, sled at Petros Lake Park, or take your family photo or favorite photo location with a winter backdrop.
While winter weather is upon us, the adventures at Stark Parks don’t stop just because of a little snow! Of course 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, like GORE-TEX, to keep snow and water out are best. 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.
Parks During the Winter