2018 TrailFest Celebration

Save the date for TrailFest 2018 - April 25-29, 2018 at Camp Oty'Okwa, Hocking County, OH

Registration in now OPEN!

For all the details visit the 2018 TrailFest Celebration web page.

9th Annual EGGS Hike

2018 EGGS Hike Registration is open! You can now register for the 20, 40, 60, or 80 mile EGGS Hike. See the EGGS hike web page.

Little Loop Challenge

We'll hike the entire Little Loop in one day again this year. Visit the Little Loop Challenge page for all the details

2018 BTA Hike 50 + 5 Challenge

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, and Ohio is the first state to honor this moment by designating 2018 as Ohio’s Year of the Trails with Senate Concurrent Resolution 15! To celebrate both, we’re challenging ourselves to hike 50 miles on the BT and/or give back 5 hours of volunteer service to the trail we love.

Enjoy the BT! Give Back! Visit the Hike 50 + 5 page for all the details.

BTA Annual Awards

Each year we ask our membership to nominate associates who have performed their BTA functions in a special or outstanding way. It's time once again. Download the nomination form and be sure to return it by March 26, 2018. The awards will be announced at the 2018 TrailFest Celebration at the end of April.

BTA Morel Fest

The BTA Morel Fest is April 20-22, 2018 at the BTA Barn. For all the details and to register, visit the our Morel Fest web page.

4th Annual Buckeye Trail Run

2018 Buckeye Trail Run -- Blue Blazes Marathon! Registration is open! Full Marathon • Half Marathon • 10K Run • 5K - Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. http://www.buckeyetrail.org/run4blue.php, the Blue Blazes Marathon web page.

Tomfoolery Outdoors Follows the Blue Blazes!

Tom Helbig is an Ohio native, adventurer, motivational speaker and owner of Tomfoolery Outdoors. Tomfoolery Outdoors is dedicated to encouraging others to Live Active, Laugh More, Inspire All through adventure advocacy.

Tomfoolery started following the blue blazes around Ohio on the 1,400+ mile Buckeye Trail. He just completed the nations largest loop trail in September in the Road Fork and Whipple Sections. For more information about Tom's hike, where he's speaking, or to see what he was up to during his travel around the state, visit the Tomfoolery Outdoors Page.

Live, Breathe, Hike Membership Events

Periodically, the BT holds Member Drives in various location around the state of Ohio. Our last location was in Marietta OH on September 28, 2017 when we celebrated Tomfoolery Outdoors' completion of the Buckeye Trail! For more information, visit our Member Drive page.

The Buckeye Trail's Future Begins with You!

Together the Buckeye Trail Family accomplishes so much thanks to the work of our volunteers and the support of BTA members. Each year we ask hikers to join the tradition of giving back to Buckeye Trail by chipping in to support all of our good work. Click here for more information about our annual appeal.

Photo by Richard Lutz

Emma "Grandma" Gatewood Historical Marker

On May 28, 2016, the Ohio History Connection along with Trail Magic and author and relative of Grandma Gatewood, Ben Montgomery, erected a new historical marker dedicated to Emma "Grandma" Gatewood in the Cheshire Village Park in Cheshire, Ohio.

Live, Breathe and Hike Photo Contest

Anita Proxmire took 1, 2, and 3rd place in our Live, Breathe and Hike Photo Contest. Please visit our Live, Breathe, Hike Photo Contest page for all the details!

Thank you for Living, Breathing and Hiking Ohio’s Buckeye Trail!

Following the blue blazes of the BT leads us to great places, adventures, and people. We hope that your experiences on the BT inspire you to support the Buckeye Trail Association during our campaign to grow our membership, volunteerism, and enjoyment of our trail. Please visit our Live, Breathe, Hike page for more information.

Special Announcements . . .

Dates for the BTA's 2018 Work parties are available.

Special Offers for BTA Members. Road, Rivers and Trails is offering a 10% discount for all BTA Members, just show them your membership card, www.roadsriversandtrails.com.


Volunteer Opportunites . . .

Are you looking for ways to help? Our goal is to find you a volunteer position worthy of your unique talents, and one that excites and inspires you. For more information on available opportunities, contact Barry Unger, our Volunteer Coordinator at or register in the Volunteer Portal and you will be notified of opportunities. Remember that signing up in the software does not sign you up for any job, it just allows you to see opportunities. Register as a volunteer now!

Celebrating Volunteer Accomplishments . . .

There are not enough thank you wishes to go to all of these remarkable volunteers. This work is perhaps not as glamorous as making a trail from a path in the woods, but it is rewarding and vital to the success of the Buckeye Trail. THANKS.

  • Volunteer Leader Jim Gilkey continues to lead hikers around the state on monthly circuit hikes.
  • Herb Hulls and his team are preparing for the Run for Blue Marathon in Oct.
  • Joel Timmons and the adopters have worked diligently to improve the Buckeye Trail in the Caesar Creek Section.