Our Buckeye Trail Towns provide destinations around which you can plan your outdoor recreation. Head here for a weekend or more and set up your base camp at a local campground, or enjoy creature comforts at one of the local motels or bed and breakfasts. There are hometown restaurants, shops, and other in-town amenities to complement your outdoor forays on the Buckeye Trail and other hiking trails, along creeks and rivers in your kayak, or out on mountain bike trails on your bike.
Get to know the backroads and byways and genuine friendliness of small town Ohio as you base your next outdoor expedition from a Buckeye Trail Town Community!
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Zoar, Ohio is our newest Trail Town and was dedicated on May 13, 2016 at TrailFest.Zoar Village was founded in 1817 in Northern Tuscarawas County, Ohio near the Tuscarawas River by a group of 200 German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their homeland. These Separatists thrived as a unique Society for more than 80 years, making Zoar Village one of the most successful communal settlements in American history. Today, Zoar Village is made up of approximately 75 families living in homes built from 1817 to the present. The Zoarites gave numbers to 26 of their houses while others, like the Bakery, were known only by name. Why? They used the numbers to help them in dispersing goods like milk, flour and butter. The tin pails used to carry milk were also marked with numbers, making it easy to get the right thing to the right house.
In the decades following the establishment of the Zoar commune, the Separatists experienced economic prosperity. The community was almost entirely self-sufficient and sold any surpluses to the outside world. In addition to agriculture, Zoar residents also worked in a number of industries, including flour mills, textiles, a tin shop, cooper, wagon maker, two iron foundries, and several stores. The society also made money by contracting to build a seven-mile stretch of the Ohio and Erie Canal. The canal crossed over Zoar's property, and the society owned several canal boats. The canal traffic also brought other people into the community, who bought Zoar residents' goods. By the second half of the nineteenth century, the community was quite prosperous.
The Buckeye Trail comes to Zoar past Ft. Laurens and using the Zoar Valley trail, towpath trails, and a foot bridge leading into Zoar. The North Country Trail connects to the BT here at Zoar. The Zoar Store and Visitor's Center is the first place for visitors to stop.
Click on the following link for a listing of local lodging, dining, shopping, and attractions: Historic Zoar Village
The City of Troy is a wonderful place for activity, recreation, and of course hiking. We are your hometown city with all of the things you remember. The old fashioned downtown, the corner bicycle shop, and a place to get ice cream, the kind of city you would feel at home in as you travel the Buckeye Trail. Placed along the Buckeye Trial are the Miami Shores Golf Course, Hobart Arena, Memorial Stadium, parks, and our re-developing Treasure Island Marina Area. The Miami County Park District is moving toward developing a primitive camping area just north of the city.
Significant investments are upcoming in Troy’s riverfront park area, with items such as a new outdoor amphitheater, a river and trails activities rental center. Also the future holds a dramatic revitalization of Hobart Arena.
Troy is located along I-75 just ten miles north of the interchange of I-75 and I-70. . Nearly all of the Buckeye Trail in the Troy area travels alongside the beautiful Great Miami River, inviting you to come and visit.
Learn more and plan your visit to Troy here:: Troy Ohio
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Piqua, Ohio is located along Ohio’s Great Corridor, on the banks of the Great Miami River, and is home to many historical points of interest, a charming downtown, an impressive parks system, and many other attractions and amenities.
The Buckeye Trail enters Piqua from the south sharing an alignment with the Miami Valley Trail system and paralleling the scenic Great Miami River Water Trail. After crossing over the river, the Buckeye Trail joins the former Miami & Erie Canal alignment and continues to Lock Nine Park in downtown Piqua. Upon arriving in downtown Piqua, hikers will find a chocolate and coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, and restaurant options offering good eats and refreshing beverages. Downtown is also home to the public library, post office, laundry services, and banking establishments. Fort Piqua Plaza and the YWCA and YMCA can also be found downtown. Just to the west of downtown is the Caldwell Historic District, home to many beautiful residential structures, places of worship, and a bed and breakfast.
As the Buckeye Trail heads west out of downtown it follows the Piqua Activity Trail for Health to French Park, and then turns north and follows and alignment alongside the calm waters of Franz Pond, Echo Lake, and Swift Run Lake. On this segment of the trail, hikers will pass by a prominent mansion serving as a bed and breakfast, picnic shelter facilities located in Fountain Park, and the tranquil beauty of Forest Hill Cemetery. As hikers continue north, at the edge of the community they will discover Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, a state historical site including an education center, and a canal boat ride on a preserved section of the Miami & Erie Canal.
Click on the following links for a listing of local lodging, dining, shopping, or attractions.
For more information about Piqua please visit:
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On September 5, 2014, Xenia became an official Buckeye and North CountyTrail Town. On September 10th, the Downtown Xenia Historic District was officially listed on the U.S. Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. With such milestones, Xenia is especially proud to share our newTrail Town status with our many trail loving friends.
The City of Xenia was one of the first Ohio cities to fully embrace the “rails to trails” system in 1991, and is a hub to the largest bikeway network in the country. In addition to hiking trails, Xenia is “Ground zero” for four different rail conversions or trails in the region—with the Little Miami Scenic Trail, the Ohio-Erie Trail, the Creekside Trail and the new Jamestown Connector Trail all radiating from downtown. Nonprofit group Friends of Xenia Station continues making the Xenia Station a beautiful, clean respite for trail users. Xenia Station houses both the Greene County Parks & Trails Rangers and Sentinels and a mini-museum from the Greene County Historical Society. Across the street at 150 Miami Avenue, Buckeye Trail hikers can wander the Greene County Master Gardener’s Phenology Garden—an attractive real-life study in the annual cycles of plants and how they respond to seasonal changes in their environment. Before you hike, you may want to download a Xenia Historical and Architectectural Tour by foot or bicycle and enjoy learning about the structures and history of this area. To the north and east, Xenia boasts trail connections to many nearby universities -- including several of the oldest historically black colleges and universities and one new land grant college. Central State University, Payne Theological Seminary, and Wilberforce University are all three along our Ohio-Erie Trail and a short 4 mile hike from downtown. Add close proximity to Antioch College, Antioch University Midwest, Cedarville University, Clark State Community College and Wright State University and there are a multitude of activities and interests within hiking and biking distance.
With the help of their robust trail system, Xenia is experiencing a renaissance as an authentic downtown brought on by building renovations and by the continued efforts of Downtown Xenia Now, a public-private partnership recently formed to advance the economic and social vitality of Xenia by strengthening its core. An inaugural winner of the Benjamin Moore Paint What Matters contest in 2013, (see the video the community made for the contest), Downtown Xenia Now, in conjunction with the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, applaud Xenia businesses who have pledged special services to our trail users—offering incentives on food and coffee, pharmacies and foot massage, boot repairs and book sales, theatre performances and art galleries , bed and breakfasts and camping locations.
For more information about Xenia please visit:
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Dayton is located along the banks of the Great Miami River on Ohio’s Great Corridor and is known as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. Beyond the plethora of hiking opportunities; Dayton is a Bicycle Friendly Community situated at the center of the largest bikeway network in the country. The gem city also hosts some of the largest outdoor recreation events in the Midwest while being situated amongst 3 state designated Water Trails.
The Buckeye and North Country Trail wind along Dayton’s scenic rivers as the trail passes through several of Five Rivers MetroParks along land managed by the Miami Conservancy District. The trail through the Greater Dayton Region is one of the longest continuously off road sections along the entire BT and NCT at nearly 40 miles. Hikers are treated to the rich history of Dayton as the trail passes near sites of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and Deeds Point MetroPark where hikers walk up on a dramatic view of the Dayton skyline and more.
Dayton offers hikers a range of services from outfitters, camping, restaurants, and even outdoor guiding companies. The outdoor scene is strong and growing in the region with over 45 outdoor oriented businesses and 50 outdoor clubs creating a vibrant outdoor culture. Come hike, bike, paddle, fish, and more on the incredible natural assets of the Miami Valley…Get Out & Live!
Read more about Dayton and the BT here.
For a complete list of services, retailers, camping, and more go to outdoordayton.com.
For an overview of the trail in the Dayton area look for the blue dashed line on the Miami Valley Bikeways Map.
The Dayton Section is highlighted in: The North Country Trail: The Best Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips on America's Longest National Scenic Trail.
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Milford is the first Buckeye Trail Town and is an ideal setting for day hikers and backpackers. The city is located at the intersection of eight of America’s long distance trails See below for list of these trails, which together total over 22,000 miles of hiking and biking opportunities. The Buckeye Trail winds through Milford’s streets offering a pleasant way to explore the many facets of the town before you continue your trail adventure. Two sections of the Buckeye Trail connect in Milford (the Loveland and Williamsburg sections), making Milford a perfect spot to camp, resupply, and recharge before moving on with your Buckeye Trail, North Country Trail, or American Discovery Trail adventures.
The eight long distance trails - Buckeye Trail, North Country Trail, American Discovery Trail, Sea to Sea Long Distance Hiking Route, Underground Railroad Cycling Route, Ohio to Erie Cycling Route, the Little Miami Scenic River, and the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
Milford offers a variety of features including a charming main street, hiker friendly shops and restaurants, attractive architecture, several camping locations for through hikers, an interesting history and the beautiful 130 acre Valley View Nature Preserve". The trail follows sidewalks through town, permitting access to the above mentioned features, including a very trail friendly outfitter store (Roads, Rivers, and Trails – a Buckeye Trail supporter that offers Buckeye Trail Association members a 10% discount by showing your membership card). The trail passes some lovely historical homes as it wends its way to the woods and trails of the Valley View Foundation. There is plenty for the hiker to enjoy.
There are three camping locations within the Milford area: Valley View, Riverside II Park, and Jim Terrell Park (which has an Adirondack type shelter). For the latter two locations a permit is required and there is a small fee. See the Milford Parks page for the permit info.
Read more about Milford and the BT here.
Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF map.
Learn more by visiting http://www.milfordohio.org.
Google map of camping locations and recommended sites in Milford can be found HERE
Create a Trail Town in your neck of the woods
Chances are you already have a relationship with the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and other community partners. This program simply helps identify ways the town and the Trail can work together, plan together and capitalize on the benefits the BT can bring to the area. Contact Angie Sheldon our Trail Town Coordinator at
for more information.