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Dogwood Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Akron, Ohio that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 252 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

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Forest

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Trey Locke
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Hiking

Solid decline and incline. Does run close to the road. Fun little hike

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Gregory Soltis
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Hiking

This is a loop trail that you can access from two parking lots, the Shadowfield Lot in the valley and the North Hawkins Lot on the ridge of the valley. From the Shadowfield lot the trail, if you go to the left to hike in a clockwise direction, starts up the side of the valley and is steep with dense forest all around and plenty of mature trees. There are a few benches here and there along the trail to stop and rest and take in the forest. When you reach the summit, the trail opens into a big grassy meadow and runs the edge of it for a short while before you begin to descend back into the valley. The trail gently descends on this portion and curves to and fro making for interesting views of the path until you reach Sand Run Road near the Ford where the Sand Run Stream crosses the road. The path then follows the road, but not too close until you return to where you started. It is a more challenging trail because of the steep inclines. More people stick to the trails along Sand Run Road, so this is a good trail if you want some solitude. It is beautiful with plenty of singing birds, rabbits and chipmunks in the summer and is overall in shade which helps on a hot summer day.

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Katie Mosier
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Hiking

Decent, mildly hilly trail. Nothing too exciting. The woods are pretty, but you hike right along side the road for a quarter mile or so.

Dan Wagner
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Hiking

Quick and easy. Would be great to run after the initial ascent and pairs well with the Mingo Trail.

John Haller
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Hiking

Pretty intense at the start and end. Rude runners do not signal when passing. Only about 2/20 signaled. Got exercise ring just after first mile.

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Kay C
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Hiking

I started from the Sand Run trailhead. Starts with a fairly intense incline right off the bat. Path gets pretty narrow at parts and lots of people were not following the trail direction, which made it tricky to navigate with my big dog at times. I would agree with the moderate ranking, but might disagree with (young) kid friendly as there are some steep drops right off the narrow trail. Really pretty trail to start with some cool views, but ends by the road with less pretty views (if starting at Sand Run).

Samantha Csorba
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Hiking

Wonderful hike with some heavy uphill terrain. Some parts are a little slick when it rains so just be aware of that and wear good shoes. Road is visible partially throughout the path. Very scenic most of the way!!

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Benjamin Seger
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Jasen Mayle
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Rick Zimmerman
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Very bland. Didn’t take one picture having to do with the trail.

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elizabeth labbe
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Hiking

Nice trail. Very lengthy inclines. Once you walk it, you learn of different points of entry, in which case I would suggest doing it in reverse a second time from a different entrance. Not much to see, however, which is good if you're just looking for some exercise.

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Four-legged T.
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Hiking

Good trail, enjoyed it quite a bit. One tough climb that is at the end if you start at N Hawkins point. Some pretty steep drops right at the edge of the trail. Would not want to do in mud or snow.

Chad Riffle
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Amy Corinne Horns
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Running

There are some very steep parts for the first mile, that are not easy after rain or snow, poles help. This is a challenge for trail running and the last half is mostly downhill with some nice challenge for foot work. Add in Mingo Trail or even Valley and it’s a fun challenging run.

T. S.
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Hiking

Nice trail, big hill at the beginning if going clockwise. As another person said it can be scary when it's windy. I can confirm that. Few times I had branches (some large) falling in front of and behind me. I would not recommend this on a windy day or if a storm is coming. Thankfully I beat the rain, but not the wind. Still some mud up at the Hawkins area as well. Rest of trail was in good shape.

Martin Cartwright
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T W
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Seth Traugh
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Good trail, not as much heavy traffic as some of the other trails and has some great inclines.

Chance Driscoll
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HikingMuddy

Great trail!!! Lots of elevation for good ole Ohio. About 1/3 of the way (or 2/3 of the way If you take the loop the other way) you get a nice view and good place to relax at the N. Hawkins Area (looks like a good sledding hill for Winter). The trail zig zags a big down the hill and it makes it pretty fun! Lots of tree cover to keep you out of the sun. Only bad things: 1) Spring and fall can be pretty muddy so wear boots that time of year. 2) Don’t go on a windy day. There are tons of trees everywhere. I went on a particularly windy day (well over 20 mph winds), and it was a pretty scary place to be. Best of luck, enjoy your hike!

Catherine Fankhauser
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Hiking

wooooo! lots of incline! that was a good one. little mucky in the beginning.

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Brandi G
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Hiking

Really like this trail. It gives you a good work out with the inclines it offers. There is certain part where it can be muddy, Close to the Hawkins park area it’s the muddy part of the trail. really heavy deep mud after rain And takes a while for it to dry it up. You can bypass the part if you go through the field by the Hawkins Park area.

Stephanie Jones
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Michael Adam
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lovely trail. nice stiff start to get you going.

Aditi Sheth
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Hiking

Very fun Good workout

Robbie Schneider
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Hiking

I’d rate it higher if the Trail was a bit longer, but then it does get your heart rate up, either way you take it. I added another half way up the hill at the end to better my numbers.

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Kimberly Nold
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Mark Bellew
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I like this trail because it’s short and the hills get your heart pumping. I like to hike it in a counter clockwise direction so I can go down the steep hill first then climb back up and gradual switchbacks that will keep my heart rate up.

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Christopher Marsilia
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Decent for a metro park, good loop, steep climb on the return. Hooks up with several other trails, along the Sand Run Creek. We found the Mingo trail to be equally challenging, although part of it is the almost treadmill like jogging path. Symbols used to mark trails instead of names, without the legend difficult to know how far and where your going.

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