Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area

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Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area
Coordinates: 41.1500529, -81.5533327
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Tips for birding Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area
The Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area has beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. There is a nice bathroon (no sink) at the trailhead. In many places the trails are steep and/or narrow, so the trails are closed to hikers and are accessible by mountain bike only. The advanced trail crosses a small creek a few times and goes past three historic sewage sludge lagoons. One lagoon is now a marshy meadow. The other two still have open water and are used by Wood Ducks and swallows.
From Nancy Obryan

About Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area
Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area offers 7 miles of trails. Pets are not permitted, and trails are for bikes only. Helmets are required. Restrooms are provided. There is no drinking water.

Riders may choose from beginner, moderate and intermediate trails. When the area is completed, there may be up to 16 total miles, including advanced-level trails.
From Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area webpage

About Hampton Hills Metro Park
In 1964 the City of Akron needed flat land on which to build a water tower. It leased 116 acres of woods and ravines to Metro Parks in exchange for land within Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Three years later, Rhea H. and E. Reginald Adam donated 162 acres of adjacent farmland to Metro Parks, and the 278-acre Hampton Hills Metro Park was born. In 2010, the park district signed a lease for the adjacent Hardy Road landfill, bringing the park to its current size of 655 acres.

More than 10,000 years ago, glaciers retreated from Northeast Ohio, carving ravines and valleys. The glacially-formed Adam Run Valley is home to an unusual plant called rush, which lines the banks of the stream. Along the trails, oak, elm, sycamore, and black walnut trees provide habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife. A grove of white pine, planted by Girl Scouts in the late 1960s, offers visitors a cool, scented respite.

Today, at the Top O’ the World Area, open fields contain milkwort, ironweed, Queen Anne’s lace, goldenrods, and asters. Bluebird boxes, which are monitored by volunteers, rise above the meadow grasses. Each summer, bluebirds sit perched atop the nest boxes, watching for their insect prey. Other notable bird species include woodcocks, wild turkeys, and large birds of prey like red-tailed hawks. The hawks can be seen soaring above the meadows as they hunt for small voles and mice.
From Hampton Hills Metro Park webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Hampton Hills Metro Park map.