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. Remember the house side of the driveway is absolutely and strictly off limits. It is a private residence so please respect their wishes and stay on our side of the driveway and please do not block any roads.

Contact: Mary Hamilton at

2017 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/

 

 

March 4, 2017

BTA Board Meeting

Location: In Columbus OH at 10:00AM at the ODNR office at 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. E-1, Columbus, OH 43229. It is about 10 minutes east of I-71 Morse Road exit. The complex is located between Karl Road and Cleveland Avenue on the south side of Morse Road.
Folks will have to check in at the gatehouse, provide an ID and receive a temporary visitor’s pass.....

Contact: President

March 11-15, 2017

Work Party - Hocking Hills State Park

Description: New trail construction; heavy trail maintenance; vegetation management; bridge, puncheon or boardwalk construction; Rock work (boulders, steps, cribbing, walls, stepping stones, etc.)

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by March 5, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Camping: We will be camping at the Hocking Hills State Park Campground with heated showers and flush toilets. Camping GPS Coordinates 39.43806, -82.53761

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Mar. 12, 2017

Spring Forward Hike - St. Marys Section

Register between 1-3pm at: Noble Township Hall

Sponsored by the Heritage Trails Park District

Mar. 15, 2017 - 6:30PM

Peninsula Membership Drive

Location: The Winking Lizard Tavern, 1615 Main St, Peninsula, OH 44264

Description: Show your support for the Buckeye Trail Association by becoming a member and attending an evening with fellow Buckeye Trail enthusiasts. Enjoy the pizza buffet, hear BTA presentations, and perhaps win a raffle prize.

Information - Contact: Visit the Peninsula Member Drive page or contact Sally Sugar at

Mar. 19, 2017 - 2:00PM

Beginner's Guide to the Buckeye Trail

Location: The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Rd (Rt. 87), Novelty, OH 44072

Description: This presentation will give the history and evolution of Ohio's scenic hiking trail with an overview and characteristics of the trail's various unique sections. Also covered, will be basic tips for planning and hiking the trail either by selectively hiking parts, section hikes, or even a through hike, along with the advantages and challenges of each method. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Crooked River Chapter, Buckeye Trail Association members, volunteers, and hikers.

Come learn more about this amazing resource that is in our own backyard!

Contact: Randall Roberts at

Mar. 25-26, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Whipple Section

Description: Saturday: Meet at Berg Church parking lot on T-329 about 2000 ft. north of Point 12. (Coordinates: N39.50280 - W081.39787) Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to Eight Mile Road and SR-26. The hike is about 9.3 miles.

Description: Sunday: Meet on Buell's Run Road and SR-821, Point 15. (Coordinates N39.57394 - W081.42796) Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Berg Church parking lot. The hike is 9.6 miles.

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

Mar. 29, 2017 - 6:30PM

Beginner's Guide to the Buckeye Trail

Location: Appalachian Outfitters, 60 Kendall Park Rd Suite A, Peninsula, OH 44264

Description: This presentation will give the history and evolution of Ohio's scenic hiking trail with an overview and characteristics of the trail's various unique sections. Also covered, will be basic tips for planning and hiking the trail either by selectively hiking parts, section hikes, or even a through hike, along with the advantages and challenges of each method. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Crooked River Chapter, Buckeye Trail Association members, volunteers, and hikers.

Come learn more about this amazing resource that is in our own backyard!

Contact: Randall Roberts at

April 8-9, 2017

Work Weekend at Pretty Run in Old Mans Cave Section

Description: New trail construction, vegetation management, rock work (boulders, steps, cribbing, walls, stepping stones, etc.)

Camping: Camping will be at the Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34975, -82.62427

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Apr. 8-9, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Norwalk and Medina Sections

Description: Saturday: Meet at parking lot near camp store, Findley State Park, Point 29. Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to Barrett's Chapel, Point 24. The hike is about 11.5 miles.

Description: Sunday: Meet at Letha House Park parking lot on Richman Road about 1 mile east of Point 6, Medina Section. (Coordinates N41.11522 - W082.05724) Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Findley State Park. The hike is 10 miles.

Camping: Findley State Park Campground

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

Apr. 9, 2017

April Showers Hike - St. Marys Section

Register between 1-3pm at: Noble Township Hall

Sponsored by the Heritage Trails Park District

April 22, 2017 - 1:00PM

Beginner's Guide to the Buckeye Trail

Location: Penitentiary Glen, 8668 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Willoughby, OH

Description: This presentation will give the history and evolution of Ohio's scenic hiking trail with an overview and characteristics of the trail's various unique sections. Also covered, will be basic tips for planning and hiking the trail either by selectively hiking parts, section hikes, or even a through hike, along with the advantages and challenges of each method. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Crooked River Chapter, Buckeye Trail Association members, volunteers, and hikers.

Come learn more about this amazing resource that is in our own backyard!

Contact: Randall Roberts at

April 22-23, 2017

Work Weekend in Scioto Trail Section - Tar Hollow State Forest

Description: After three years of closure due to logging in Tar Hollow, it is time to reopen the trail between points 2 and 4. This is the trail between the Tar Hollow State Forest Maintenance buildings on Clark Hollow Rd, and the Tar Hollow Fire Tower. Pruning, clearing, re-benching, blazing, this work party will have it all!

Camping: Camping will be at the Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34975, -82.62427

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

April 27-30, 2017

TrailFest at Yellow Springs OH

April 30, 2017

BTA Annual Membership Meeting

May 6, 2017 - 7:00PM

Beginner's Guide to the Buckeye Trail

Location: Moebius Nature Center, 929 E. Mennonite Rd., Aurora, OH 44202

Description: This presentation will give the history and evolution of Ohio's scenic hiking trail with an overview and characteristics of the trail's various unique sections. Also covered, will be basic tips for planning and hiking the trail either by selectively hiking parts, section hikes, or even a through hike, along with the advantages and challenges of each method. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Crooked River Chapter, Buckeye Trail Association members, volunteers, and hikers.

Come learn more about this amazing resource that is in our own backyard!

Contact: Randall Roberts at

May 6-7, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Whipple Section

Description: Saturday: Meet at Delancy School House Rd (C-18) and Keithtown Rd (C-7) about 4000ft north of Point 20. Coordinates: (N39.65238 – W081.56557). Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to Point 15. The hike is about 12.8 miles.

Description: Sunday: Meet at McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) and Onion Run Rd (T232). Coordinates: (N39.62024 – W081.70005), Point 24. Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Delancy School House Rd and Keithtown Rd. The hike is about 10.2 miles

Camping: Wood Grove Campground at 8605 Wood Grove Rd, McConnelville, OH 43756 (Point 3, Stockport Section)

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

May 13-17, 2017

Cleveland Metro Parks, Brecksville Reservation

Note: Due to the International Trails Symposium being held in Dayton May 7-10, we have moved this work party date to one week later(May 13-17) than originallly scheduled.

Description: Heavy trail maintenance, Rock work (boulders, steps, cribbing, walls, stepping stones, etc.), tent platform construction, locust cribbing likely used instead of stone.

Meals: Please bring your own.

Camping: Camping will be at the Cleveland Metroparks Ottawa Point Picnic area. Camping GPS coordinates 41.30163, -81.60005

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

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

May 20-24, 2017

AEP - Stockport Section

Description: Re-benching the trail tread, vegetation management, paint blazes.

Camping: Camping will be at AEP's Hook Lake (Campground A) Camping GPS coordinates 39.72945, -81.70509

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by May 15, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

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

June 3, 2017

National Trails Day

June 3-4, 2017

Defiance Section - Farnsworth/Providence Metroparks

Description: Assist Toledo MetroParks to trim back foliage along Towpath trail.

Camping: Farnsworth MetroPark Boat Launch 8801 S. River Road, Waterville. Camping GPS coordinates 41.4769, -83.74926

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 3-4, 2017

Shawnee Section - the Ballinger Property

Description: We will be mowing and pruning at the Ballinger property.

Camping: At the Ballinger property. Tent camping only. Camping GPS coordinates 38.81119, -83.26958

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 10, 2017

BTA Board Meeting

Location: Tecumsa Theater in Shawnee OH

Contact: President

June 10-11, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Medina Section

Description: Saturday: Meet at Orth Homestead Park parking lot on SR-252 just north of SR-18. Coordinates: (N41.16806 –W081.92581). Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Letha House Park on west side of Richman Road, about a mile east of Point 6. The hike is about 12.3 miles.

Description: Sunday: Sunday: Meet at Old Weymouth School parking lot at the corner of Remsen and Myers Rd, just west of Point 18. Coordinates: (N41.18533 – W081.79609). Leave at 8:30AM to car pool to Orth Homestead Park on SR-252. The hike is about 11.1 miles.

Camping: Willow Lake Park at 2400 Substation Rd, Brunswick OH 44212

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

June 17-21, 2017

Road Fork

Description: New trail construction, Re-benching the trail tread, vegetation management, bridge, puncheon or boardwalk construction. This will take place at Lamping Homestead, Caldwell Lake, or near point 22 of the Road Fork map.

Camping: Camping may be at Wolf Run State Park. Will update with any new information. Camping GPS coordinates 39.79133, -81.54037

Meals: Please bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 22-25, 2017

E.G.G.S. Hike

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event.

July 1, 2017 - 2:00PM

Beginner's Guide to the Buckeye Trail

Location: Quail Hollow Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville, OH

Description: This presentation will give the history and evolution of Ohio's scenic hiking trail with an overview and characteristics of the trail's various unique sections. Also covered, will be basic tips for planning and hiking the trail either by selectively hiking parts, section hikes, or even a through hike, along with the advantages and challenges of each method. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the Crooked River Chapter, Buckeye Trail Association members, volunteers, and hikers.

Come learn more about this amazing resource that is in our own backyard!

Contact: Randall Roberts at

July 8-12, 2017

Whipple/Road Fork

Description: Trail maintenance of the Road Fork and Whipple Sections' off road areas. This will include chainsawing of downed trees, mowing, weed whacking, pruning, and possible freshening of blazes for a little over 30 miles in the heat of July. We will need all the help we can get.

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. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by July 2, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

July 15-16, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Belle Valley and Stockport Sections

Description: Saturday: Meet at Wood Grove Campground, Point 3 Stockport Section. Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to foot path on Chapel Drive (C-20) about one mile west of Point 27, Belle Valley Section. The hike is about 12.7 miles.

Description: Sunday: Sunday: Meet at foot path and McMannis-Riggs Road, Point 6, Stockport Section. Coordinates: (N39.63246 – W081.69874). Leave at 8:30AM to car pool to Point 3. The hike is about 12.0 miles.

Camping: Wood Grove Campground at 8605 Wood Grove Rd, McConnelville, OH 43756 (Point 3, Stockport Section)

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

July 22, 2017

Little Loop Big Event - One Group, One Day

Contact: Randall Roberts at

August 12-13, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Medina and Akron Sections

Camping: Willow Lake Park at 2400 Substation Rd, Brunswick OH 44212

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

Aug. 18-20, 2017

BTA Board Retreat

Location: BTA Barn near Deersville OH. See directions at the top of the page.

Contact: President

Sept. 9-11, 2017

St. Marys - Newport

Description: Construction of box steps at the site of the Newport BTA Bridge washout on the Miami and Erie Canal towpath just west of point 10 on the March 2014 St. Marys Section map.

Camping: Camping will be at the Lake Loramie State Park Campground. Camping GPS coordinates 40.36043, -84.35867

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Sept 16-17, 2017

Belle Valley Section in the Muskingum Lakes Chapter Region

Description: TBD

Camping: TBD

Meals: TBD

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

September 16-17, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Stockport Section

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

September 23-27, 2017

New Straitsville Section

- Work Week - Burr Oak State Park - Chuck Wagon Event

Description: Trail maintenance week.

Camping: At the Group campground near boat dock 3

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by September 18, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Oct. 7, 2017

BTA Blue Blaze Marathon

October 14-15, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Akron Section

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

Oct. 14-18, 2017

New Straitsville

Description: Reroute trail off road in the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest from West Old Stone Church Trail Head.

Camping: TBD

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 21-22, 2017

Old Mans Cave Section at Pretty Run

Description: Vegetation management; hopefully building a privy

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

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 21-22, 2017

Caesar Creek Grand Re-opening of the Buckeye Trail

Description: Come experience the "new" Buckeye Trail at Caesar Creek as we celebrate the conclusion of our 2 year plan to resurrect this trail. Historically one of the worst stretches of Buckeye Trail sections in the state, those who attend will find it to be near the top for its overall trail conditions and fabulous water views. Miles of trail have been reshaped and fortified to withstand years of traffic. Our 2 day celebration will include the option of backpacking the entire Buckeye Trail in the park (23 miles) or participating in section hikes on Saturday and Sunday. More details coming Summer of 2017!

Camping: Camping at the horse camp is available for registered backpacking and hiking participants.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Contact: Joel Timmons at

Oct. 27-29, 2017

All Chapter Backpack Hike at Burr Oak

Nov. 4-8, 2017

West Union Section - Edge of Appalachia

Description: Continue building new trail from where we left off in September of 2016.

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

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by Oct.30, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

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

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

November 18-19, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Stockport and New Straitsville Sections

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

Dec. 9, 2017

BTA Board Meeting

Location: In Columbus OH at 10:00AM at the ODNR office at 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. E-1, Columbus, OH 43229. It is about 10 minutes east of I-71 Morse Road exit. The complex is located between Karl Road and Cleveland Avenue on the south side of Morse Road.
Folks will have to check in at the gatehouse, provide an ID and receive a temporary visitor’s pass.....

Contact: President

December 9-10, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Akron Section

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

Page last updated Feb. 20, 2017