COA hiking

Who We Are

We are an all-volunteer outdoor recreational group serving Northeast Ohio.
Although primarily a gay and lesbian organization, our group welcomes all to participate in its activities.

Nature & Urban hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, and snowshoeing are just a few of the activities we enjoy, often with social time and a meal afterwards!


Please click on the Agenda tab to see the events as a list, especially on mobile.


Join COA

Mailing List

We use Google Groups for our newsletters and email notifications. You can subscribe by sending an email, or through your personal Google Account by navigating to our Google Groups page. Unsubscribe by sending an email here.

Leading a Hike with COA

Leading an Event

So you want to lead...
GREAT! Event leaders are what keep Out & About alive and growing. No leaders = no events. New volunteers coming forward to help will allow us to offer more hikes, bike rides, and a greater variety of activities. more

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Looking for Leader Information or something else? We've compiled a list of parks, activities and support groups you may be interested in. Let us know if you'd like something added to this list! more

Contact COA

Contact Us

For more information, please , visit our Facebook page, or simply meet up with us at any of our events, where the event leader will be happy to answer any questions you might have.


What's the mix of women:men, and how many people participate?

Typically the mix at our activities is 50:50 men:women. The group ranges from 15 on a cold and rainy day to 40 on a beautiful warm sunny day.

Are dogs permitted on hikes?

Dogs are welcome on most hikes. In some cases, due to the terrain or park regulations, we may not permit dogs, and we will include information on this on our calendar and in our mailing list notices. We ask that dogs be kept on a leash due to park regulations and group safety.

Is smoking permitted on the hikes?


Is it ok if I talk on my cell phone during a hike?

If you must take a cell phone call, please move away from the group.

Are some hikes/activities difficult?

Some hikes are difficult and some are easy - we offer activities at a variety of levels so that we can meet the requests of all of our members, who range in fitness and interest. We provide a description for each activity, on the calendar and in our mailing list notices, which will indicate the difficulty and any special precautions (e.g. mud, hills, distance).

I'm ready for a hike! What do I bring?

We recommend that you wear hiking boots because trails can be muddy at times and supportive boots will keep your feet comfortable. You may also want to bring water, a small snack, and a fanny pack for carrying these and any other items you may want to have with you. Be sure to check the weather before you leave for the event and dress appropriately.

Do I need a bike helmet for biking events?

Yes, yes, yes! For your safety, we require that you wear a helmet while participating in our biking events.