Upcoming Events . . .

Directions to BTA Barn at Tappan Lake (83949 Beale Road, Cadiz OH)

Location: Take I-77 to US-250 east (just south of New Philadelphia). Follow US-250 past Tappan Dam almost to the end of the lake. There is a causeway with a sign that reads "Tappan Lake Park". Turn right (this road would also take you to Deersville). Approximately 3.1 miles from the US-250 turnoff is Beall Rd. on the right. Follow this dead-end road (be sure to take the left leg not the right curve) and go a total of 1.3 mi. to where it ends at the BTA Barn down a long gravel driveway.

Contact: Mary Hamilton at

2018 EVENTS

Link to Meetup Events


Find even more events on and off the Buckeye Trail hosted by our local chapters and other BTA groups at... http://www.meetup.com/pro/buckeyetrail/

 

April 20-22, 2018

2018 BTA MorelFest

Location: BTA Barn near Deersville OH

Description: Come and Join us for a weekend of Hiking, Music, Food, Camping, and of course... Morels!!

Camping: Limited camping for a fee will be allowed at the BTA Barn.

Meals: Bring a dish to share for Saturday night's potluck supper. Sunday's pancake breakfast is free, but you must be a registered MorelFest attendee to attend. Bring your own food for all other meals.

Registration: Registration has closed. You may visit the BTA Morel Fest page for full details.

Additional Info: Visit the BTA Morel Fest page or the Facebook page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/139449016771861/

NOTE: Depending on weather conditions, this event may be postponed until the weekend of May 4-6.

Contact: Muskingum Lakes Chapter at

April 21, 2018

Sharing Trails with Horses - For Hikers, Bikers and Other Trail Users

Description: Saturday, April 21, 10am – 12 Noon: Whether you're a hiker, biker, jogger or dog-walker, learn how to safely approach horseback riders sharing park trails. Horses and riders from Rich Bradshaw Training Stables of Burton will demonstrate trail etiquette and non-threatening ways to approach and safely co-exist with horseback riders, teaching how to get “inside the brain” of a horse to understand some of their body language. Please bring your children, strollers and dogs for a chance to meet the horses; no additional horses, please. Join the Geauga Park District for this program.

Location: The West Woods 9465 Kinsman Rd., Novelty, Ohio 44072, Picnic Shelter Parking Area

Contact: Dottie Drockton at

April 21-22, 2018

Scioto Trail Section Work Weekend

Description: Re-benching the trail tread and heavy vegetation management between Davis Rd. and Pike Lake Dam. (Points 32-36, Feb 2102 Scioto Trail Section map). We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at Pike Lake State Park group campsite.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

April 25-29, 2018

2018 Buckeye TrailFest at Camp Oty'Okwa

Location: Camp Oty'Okwa in Hocking County OH

Contact: See the TrailFest web site for more details.

April 29, 2018

BTA Board Meeting

Location: 10:00AM - at Buckeye TrailFest, Camp Oty'Okwa

Contact: President

April 30, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: - Monday - 7:00PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at Rodman Public Library in Alliance OH and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Rodman Public Library, 215 E. Broadway Street, Alliance, OH 44601

Contact: Nicole Brown at the library 330-821-2665 x 107 or via email

May 5, 2018

Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail

Program: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio

Presenter: Andy Niekamp

Description: On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue‘s stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

Location: 8:00pm University of Cincinnati, 201 Braunstein Hall, 2825 Campus Way Cincinnati, OH 45221

Contact: For more information contact Greater Cincinnati Grotto

Note: Andy Niekamp's book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail" will be available for purchase.

May 5-6, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - New Straitsville Section

Saturday: Meet on Griggs Road (C-40) about 1000 feet west of SR-668, Point 30. Coordinates: (N39.61951 - W082.33544). Leave at 9:30AM to carpool to Old Stone Church Hollow trailhead, Point 23. The hike is about 10.4 miles.

Sunday: Meet at Boch Hollow State Preserve West Trailhead on SR-664, south of Point 34. Coordinates (N39.62738 - W082.43182). Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Griggs Road, west of Point 30. The hike is about 9.3 miles.

Lodging: Hocking Hills State Park Campgrounds

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

May 5-9, 2018

Bowerston Section Work Week

Description: The crew will be re-benching tread and managing vegetation along the trail near Clendening Lake.

Camping: Camping will be at the BTA Barn at Tappan Lake, an historic English-style barn that the BTA has worked to preserve and restore with the help of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District . These facilities offer a range of accommodations including restrooms, making it ideal for all types of campers.

Meals: Meals will be prepared by the BTA Barn kitchen. You must contact Mary Hamilton at to reserve your meals.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

May 12, 2018

Morchella, Vino and the Buckeye Trail - 2:00 to 4:00PM

Description: Hiking the Buckeye Trail, searching for Morel Mushrooms, and Wine! Well, we are putting all 3 together for this Event! Come and meet new people who share a love for the Outdoors, Wine and Morel Mushrooms. Raven's Glenn's Chef will be preparing 3 variations of Morel Mushrooms, (Morchella) as Appetizers, paired with Award Winning Wine. Come and Join us for an afternoon of great food, amazing wine; hear a presentation about the Buckeye Trail and our locally held Morelfest!

Guest Speakers include Chuck and Beth Hewett who will talk about their thru hike of the BT and Julie Powell, chef and owner of More than Morel Mushrooms, LLC who will talk about Morel mushrooms.

Registration: Registration is required and limited to 60 attendees. Please register at the following: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=9ewty5eab&oeidk=a07ef3lqea898c9c977

Location: Raven's Glenn Winery, 56183 County Road 143, West Lafayette, Ohio 43845

Additional Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/314786192342558/

Contact: Brandon Bates at

May 19, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Saturday - 2:00PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at the Clark County Public Library in Springfield OH and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Clark County Public Library, 201 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45501-1080

Contact: Libby Banion or Steven Frock at 937-323-9751 or 937-323-1892

May 19-23, 2018

Stockport Section Work Week at AEP

Description: Once mined for coal, the forested AEP ReCreation Lands show the true resiliency of nature. Join the Buckeye Trail Crew in working to paint blazes, re-bench tread, and maintain vegetation. We will leave camp at 8:00 AM and work until 3:00 PM.

Camping: Camping will be at AEP's Hook Lake (Campground A) Camping GPS coordinates 39.72945, -81.70509. The portable hot shower will be available on site.

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers so contact Jay Holwick at by May 16, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

May 20, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Sunday - 1:30PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at Mary L Cook Public Library in Waynesville OH and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Mary L Cook Public Library, 381 Old Stage Road, Waynesville, Ohio 45068

Contact: Mark Reinemann at 513 897-4826

June 2-6, 2018

Akron Section Work Week at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Description: Come help the Buckeye Trail Crew and Crooked River Chapter in the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Ohio’s only National Park is home to countless natural wonders, including several remarkable waterfalls. The crew will be working to maintain the trail, including re-benching tread and clearing drainage.

Camping: The crew will be camping at Brecksville Stables Complex.

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers to contact Jay Holwick at by May 30, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 4, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Monday - 6:30PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at Avon Branch Public Library and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Avon Branch Public Library, 37485 Harvest Dr, Avon, OH 44011

Contact: Erika Bobka at 440-934-4743 or by email at

June 9-10, 2018

St. Mary's Section Work Weekend

Description: We will be building a boardwalk to breach trail erosion in the St. Mary's Section

Camping: TBD

Meals: Please bring your own food and water.

Contact: TMT Chair at

June 9-10, 2018 - NOTE Date change!

BT Circuit Hike - Bedford Section

Saturday: Meet in downtown Gates Mills Village, north of Point 17. Coordinates: (N41.51933 - W081.40447). Leave at 9:00AM to carpool to Harper Ridge Picnic Area parking lot, near Point 11. The hike is about 12.6 miles.

Sunday: Meet in the Chapin State Forest parking lot off Hobart Road, north of Point 22. Coordinates (N41.58889 - W081.37125). Leave at 8:30AM to car pool to downtown Gates Mills Village, Point 17. The hike is about 11.9 miles.

Lodging: Punderson State Park Campgrounds

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

June 21, 2018

Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail

Program: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio

Presenter: Andy Niekamp

Description: On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue‘s stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

Location: 6:00PM at the Willard Memorial Library (a Huron County Community Library), 6 W Emerald St, Willard, OH 44890

Contact: Huron County Community Library

Note: Andy Niekamp's book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail" will be available for purchase.

June 21 - 24, 2018

9th Annual EGGS Hike

Registration is now open for the EGGS Hike! Visit the EGGS Hike page for all the information and the links to registration.

June 30-July3, 2018

Edge of Appalachia Work Week

Description: The Edge of Appalachia Preserve is a 19,000 acre wonderland in the rolling hills of Southern Ohio. This work week will focus on continuing to build new trail across The Nature Conservancy’s Sunshine Ridge corridor. The Buckeye Trail Work Crew will leave the camp at 8:00 AM and work until 3:00 PM.

Camping: Camping will be at 1190 Long Lick Road, Stout, Ohio 45684.

Meals: TBD

July 10, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Tuesday - 6:00PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at NW Akron Branch Public Library and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: NW Akron Branch Public Library, 1720 Shatto Ave, Akron, OH

Contact: Tricia Bohanon by email at

July 12, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Thursday - 6:00PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at Fairlawn-Bath Public Library and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Fairlawn-Bath Public Library, 3101 Smith Road, Akron, OH 44333

Contact: Scott Schrade by email at 330-643-4614

July 14, 2018

Little Loop Challenge

Description: Let's hike the BTA's Little Loop again this year!

Contact: The Crooked River Chapter at

July 14-15, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - Old Man's Cave Section

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

July 21-25, 2018

Road Fork/Whipple Sections Work Week

Description: Join the Buckeye Trail Crew in the hills of the Wilderness Loop of the Buckeye Trail! This work party will require a little bit of everything, from re-painting blazes to weed-whacking. We will leave for work at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm.

Camping: Camping will be at the Little Muskingum Watershed Association building, located at SR26 and Thomas Ridge Rd (T 88) Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the building. Donations to the LMWA for use of the facilities are appreciated. Camping GPS coordinates 39.54184, -81.22484

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event! This is a Chuck Wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers to contact Jay Holwick at by July 17, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

July 28-29, 2018

BTA Board Meeting

Location: 10:00AM - at the BTA Barn, Deersville, OH; meals will be provided

Contact: President

Aug. 4-8, 2018

Defiance Section Work Week at Independence Dam State Park and Toledo Metroparks at Providence or Farnswork Parks

Description: Join the Buckeye Trail Crew in Dam State Park along the historic Miami & Erie Canal and beautiful Maumee River! Trail maintenance will mostly consist of clearing vegetation.

Camping: Information is coming soon!

Meals: This is not a Chuckwagon event, so volunteers must bring their own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

August 18-19, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - Bedford Section

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

September 1, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: Saturday - 1:00 - 2:00PM. The State of Ohio wears a necklace—a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio. Part of it is on roads, part is on wooded trail, and part of it wanders through cities and villages. Meet Chuck and Beth Hewett at Zoar Schoolhouse in Zoar OH and hear them tell the story of how they hiked the entire Buckeye Trail, and about the fascinating people and places they encountered on the way.

The Hewetts wrote about their adventures in the book, Wandering Ohio, which will be available for purchase at their presentation.

Location: Zoar Schoolhouse, 221 E. 4th Street, Zoar, OH 44697

Contact: Stephanie Toole at 330-874-3011 or 1-800-262-6195

September 8-9, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - Old Man's Cave Section

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

Sept. 22-26, 2018

New Straitsville Section Work Week at Burr Oak State Park

Description:

Camping: The crew will be camping at the Burr Oak Group Campground near Dock 3 of beautiful Burr Oak Lake.

Meals: This is a Chuck Wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers to contact Jay Holwick at by Sept. 18, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 6, 2018

Run 4 Blue Blazes Marathon

Description: Run for Blue Blazes is organized by the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) and supports the work of the Buckeye Trail. Participants can choose from four distances: Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles).

Location: The race starts and ends in downtown Shawnee OH.

Information: Visit the Run 4 Blue Blazes web page for all the details. Registration is OPEN!

Oct. 13-17, 2018

Road Fork Section Work Week - Wayne National Forest

Description: Join the Buckeye Trail Work Crew in the hills of the Wilderness Loop of the Buckeye Trail! The crew will be building new trail along the north side of Caldwell Lake as well as heavily maintaining trail, managing vegetation, and constructing a bridge, puncheon or boardwalk in the Wayne NF.

Camping: TBD

Meals: TThis is a Chuck Wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers to contact Jay Holwick at by Oct. 10, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Old Mans Cave Section - Work Weekend at Pretty Run

Description: Pretty Run Preserve is the BTA’s private hideaway, nestled in the gorgeous Hocking Hills. Located in the Old Man’s Cave Section of the Buckeye Trail, this property features a campground right along the trail. Join the Buckeye Trail Work Crew & folks from the Little Cities of the Forest Chapterof the BTA to help manage end-of-season vegetation. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at the Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34987, -82.62431

Meals: This is not a Chuckwagon event, so volunteers must bring their own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 27-31, 2018

West Union Section Work Week at Edge of Appalachia

Description: The Edge of Appalachia Preserve is a 19,000 acre wonderland in the rolling hills of Southern Ohio. This work week will focus on continuing to build new trail across The Nature Conservancy’s Sunshine Ridge corridor. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be near the maintenance building at 3223 Waggoner Riffle Rd. Camping GPS coordinates 38.74836, -83.46397

Meals: This is a Chuck Wagon event! That means that there will be free food (except Friday night) for the first 20 volunteers to contact Jay Holwick at by Oct. 24, 2018. Also, please consider donating to the Chuck Wagon to keep our volunteers fed!

Note: The portable hot shower will be available on site.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

November 3, 2018

BTA Board Meeting

Location: 10:00AM - at Shawnee, OH

Contact: President

 

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