The Mingo Trail at Sand Run Metro Park in Akron, Ohio is a difficult 3.2-mile one-way trail, with a loop, that runs through the northern section of the park and features a beautiful woodland setting.
This trail is one of the more difficult hikes at Sand Run Metro Park, but boasts numerous hills which makes it a great trail for a workout. The trail begins by following a short spur trail that leads to the main loop for the Mingo Trail. At the loop, this hike continues counter-clockwise by taking a right-hand turn at the fork in the trail. The northern side of the loop is roughly 1-mile long and the southern side of the loop is about 0.5-miles long. Once you reach the western intersection, the loop will hit yet another fork in the trail.
At the western loop intersection, the trail follows a one-way path that leads to a western point along Sand Run Parkway and then back to the loop junction for a 1.1-mile round trip before continuing the loop. Hikers can choose to either take this spur trail out-and-back (hike from this junction, out to Sand Run Parkway, and back for 1.1-miles round trip), or skip the spur altogether and only hike the loop for a shorter distance.
Once back at the loop, hike back to the original trailhead and then follow the trail south along the road towards Sand Run Parkway. The trail will head back into the woods, just before Sand Run Parkway, and then cross Sand Run Parkway to continue on the other side of the street. The trailhead along Sand Run Parkway can be found just west of the road intersection.
Finally, the trail will run along Sand Run Parkway, heading east, until it ends at the junction with the Dogwood Trail (red blazes) and the Valley Link Trail (black blazes).
This track does not include the hike back to parking from this junction. If you plan to hike this trail and see every out-and-back section, you'll end up hiking closer to 4-miles total.
Parking: Hikers can find parking at 1501 Sand Run Pkwy Akron, Ohio - which is the address for the coordinates provided. The trailhead can be found just a short distance south from the parking lot (headed back towards the main road).
Pets: Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.
Biking: Biking is allowed on this trail.
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