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/

 

February 21, 2018

Discover the BTA

Description: - Wednesday - 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 Appalachian Outfitters 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: Appalachian Outfitters, 60 Kendall Park Rd, Peninsula, Ohio

Contact: Appalachian Outfitters at 330-655-5444

February 24-25, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - Akron Section

Description: Saturday: Meet in park parking lot south of Market Street, town of Canal Fulton, Point 28. Coordinates N40.88774 - W081.59814. Leave at 9:30AM to carpool to Snyder Avenue Trailhead, Point 24. The hike is about 9.9 miles.

Description: Sunday: Meet at Crystal Lakes Park Trailhead on Erie Avenue, west of Point 31. Coordinates: (N40.84612 – W081.53767). Leave at 9:00AM to car pool to Market Stree park parking lot, Canal Fulton, Point 28. The hike is about 5.3 miles.

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

March 8, 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: 7:00pm at Roads Rivers Trails 118 Main St, Milford, OH 45150

Contact: Roads Rivers Trails Facebook page

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.

March 9, 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: 7:00PM C.I. Beaver Hall, C.I. Beaver Park, 3696 Highmont St, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432 : Sponsored by Dayton Backpacker Campfire

Contact: More info

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.

Mar. 11, 2018

Spring Forward Hike - St. Marys Section

Register between 1-3pm at: Noble Township Hall

Sponsored by the Heritage Trails Park District

Mar. 15, 2018 at 7:15PM

“Grandma” Gatewood Program

Description: The 50-minute film about Grandma Gatewood followed by a Q&A with Bette Lou Higgins, of Eden Valley Enterprises. This program is free.

Location: Oberlin Heritage Center, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, Ohio

March 17-18, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - New Straitsville Section

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

March 18, 2018

Mentor Marsh/Buckeye Trail work day/hike

Description: - Sunday - 2:00PM. Two miles of Buckeye Trail thru Mentor Marsh spring cleanup. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves and a snack.

Location: Meet at Mentor Marsh Nature Center, 5185 Corduroy Road, Mentor OH.

Contact: RSVP to R. Donaldson at or 440-247-0777 or to the Bedford Section Supervisor at or 440-382-6277.

March 26-31, 2018

Shawnee Spring Cleanup at Shawnee State Park

Description: Show your appreciation for the big woods by volunteering to clean up waterways, trails, roadsides and more during this weeklong clean up. Register your group at the Park Office at 740-858-6652. Bags, buckets and litter tongs available for pick up at the park during orientation and sign in.

Note: The Saturday picnic for all volunteers will be on Sat. March 31 at noon at the Roosevelt Shelter House.

Contact: Jenny Richards, Naturalist, 740-858-665

March 27, 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: 6:30PM at Salem Township Public Library - Morrow Library, 535 West Pike St. Morrow, Ohio 45152

Contact: Salem Township Public 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.

April 7-8, 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.

Apr. 8, 2018

April Showers Hike - St. Marys Section

Register between 1-3pm at: Noble Township Hall

Sponsored by the Heritage Trails Park District

April 10, 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: 6:30PM Delphos Public Library , 309 W 2nd St, Delphos, OH 45833

Contact: The library for more info

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.

April 14-15, 2018

Old Mans Cave Section Work Weekend at Pretty Run

Description: New trail construction, re-benching of some existing trail tread, heavy trail maintenance, and vegetation management. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at 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

April 17, 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: 6:30PM at Dayton Metro Library - Main Library, 2nd Floor Community Room, 215 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402

Contact: More info

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.

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 is now open. 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 21-22, 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.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

April 26-29, 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 5-6, 2018

BT Circuit Hike - New Straitsville and Old Man's Cave Sections

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: Vegetation management, clearing dead falls, and re-benching tread as needed on the north and south sides of Clendening lake. (Points 18-21)

Camping: Camping will be at the BTA Barn at Tappan Lake

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: Re-benching the trail tread, Vegetation management, Paint blazes. We will leave for work at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm

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. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by May 16, 2018. 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

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: Re-benching the trail tread as needed, heavy trail maintenance, and drainage clearing.

Camping: TBD

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 30, 2018. 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

June 16-17, 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.

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 30-July3, 2018

Possible Trail Building Work Week

Description: Place holder for possible trail building work week

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: Trail maintenance of the Road Fork and Whipple Section's 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. 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. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by July 17, 2018. 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 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: Clearing vegetation from about 3 miles of trail from Independence Dam State Park until the trail crosses the canal on a bridge.

Camping: TBD

Meals: Bring your 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: New Straitsville section trail maintenance week in preparation for the BTA's Run for Blue Blazes Trail Marathon on Oct 6th. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: We will be camping at the Burr Oak State Park Group campground near boat dock 3.

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 Sept. 18, 2018. 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

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

Description: We will be building new trail along the north side of Caldwell Lake as well as heavy trail maintenance, vegetation management and bridge, puncheon or boardwalk construction near point 22.

Camping: TBD

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. 10, 2018. 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

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Old Mans Cave Section - Work Weekend at Pretty Run

Description: New trail construction, re-benching of some existing trail tread, heavy trail maintenance, and vegetation management. 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: Bring your 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: Continue building new trail in the beautiful 19,000 acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

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. 24, 2018. 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 3, 2018

BTA Board Meeting

Location: 10:00AM - at Shawnee, OH

Contact: President

 

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