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Welcome, friends of the Buckeye Trail. This group is open to all Buckeye Trail enthusiasts, whether you live in Central Ohio or not. All are welcome.

This group is for people who wish to learn about and do more with Ohio's Buckeye Trail. For over 1440 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.

The Buckeye Trail is identified by blue blazes, 2" wide by 6" high, on trees or poles. The trail is maintained and managed by the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA), an Ohio non-profit 501(c) volunteer organization.

The Buckeye Trail (BT) is the longest circular trail in the United States. The Buckeye Trail and the North Country Trail (NCT) share the same path for over 800 miles. The North Country Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4600 miles from New York to North Dakota. The American Discovery Trail (ADT) follows the Buckeye Trail for most of its route through Ohio. While the Buckeye Trail is primarily a foot trail parts of the Buckeye Trail can be explored by bicycle, horse, and car.

The Buckeye Trail needs your support! You can help the Buckeye Trail by hiking it, organizing hiking trips on it, getting involved in trail crew outings, and donating to the Buckeye Trail Association. Membership in the BTA is not required but recommended. If you wish to learn more or join the Buckeye Trail Association visit www.BuckeyeTrail.org.

If you have possible events for the group or any questions, you can send an email to CentralOhio@BuckeyeTrail.org.

Upcoming events (4+)

BTA Circuit Hike - Bowerston Section

Ohio 799

Saturday: Saturday’s hike will be from near Bowerston Section Point 18; parking is on Long Rd. just north of OH 799. (GPS coordinates N[masked] W[masked]) to Bowerston Section Point 21; parking on OH 799 just south of Bowerston Section Point 21 (GPS coordinates N[masked] W[masked]). This is a distance of about 10.4 miles.

Meet no later than 8:30 a.m. at parking just south of Point 21 on OH 799 to carpool to parking near Point 18 on Long Rd just north of OH 799.

Suggest bringing a day pack with your lunch and water. Please also watch the forecast and prepare.

Sign Up: Go to BT Friends Meetup site to indicate that you are attending: https://www.meetup.com/BuckeyeTrailFriends/

Contact: Jay Shutt at [masked]

Winter Campout at Pretty Run Preserve

Macedonia Church

Always a highly anticipated weekend by some die-hards, the BTA Annual Winter Campout is back! See you there.

What: Join us at the Pretty Run Preserve for camping, hiking, fire, and camaraderie. Stay the night or just come down for the day for a hike or hanging out by the fire.

Camping: We will be camping at the BTA's Pretty Run Preserve (Note: dog friendly, no electric, 4x4 vehicle access only - creek crossing with high entrance/exit)

What To Bring: Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Please bring your own food and water, equipment for cold weather, and chairs; we'll provide the fire.

Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own meals this year, but feel free to bring food to share.

Where: Pretty Run Preserve is on Macedonia Church Road (T-35) off of Macedonia Road (C-47).
* From US-33 take OH-664 southwest towards South Bloomingville.
* Take a left on OH-56 and an immediate right onto Goose Creek Road (CR-249).
* Turn right on Lowery Road (T-234) which will become Macedonia Road (C-47) after crossing the county line.
* Macedonia Church Road (T-35) is on the left at a sharp right turn in Macedonia Road (C-47). Macedonia Church Road (C-47) is not marked.
* On Macedonia Church Road (C-47), bear right at the junction with North Branch Road after passing the Macedonia Church.

Camping RSVP: Email [masked] by January 19th if you plan to camp. Space is limited.

Contact: Email [masked] with any questions.

BTA Circuit Hike - Bowerston Section

Ohio 800 & Marina Road

Sunday: Sunday’s hike will be from Bowerston Section Point 21; parking on OH 799 just south of Bowerston Section Point 21 (GPS coordinates N[masked] W[masked]) to Bowerston Section about .6 mile before Point 26 at OH 800 and Marina Rd. (GPS coordinates N[masked] W[masked]). This is a distance of about 11.7 miles.

Meet no later than 8:30 a.m. at intersection of Marina Rd & OH 800 to carpool to parking on OH 799 just south of Bowerston Section Point 21

Suggest bringing a day pack with your lunch and water. Please also watch the forecast and prepare.

Sign Up: Go to BT Friends Meetup site to indicate that you are attending: https://www.meetup.com/BuckeyeTrailFriends/

Contact: Jay Shutt at [masked]

BTA Circuit Hike – Bowerston & Belle Valley Sections

Bowerston

Saturday: Saturday’s hike is from Bowerston Section about .6 miles before Point 26, SR 800 @ Marina Rd., GPS Coordinates N[masked] W[masked] to Point 32 parking at intersection of Lodge Rd. and Half Penny Lane , GPS Coordinates N[masked] W[masked]. This is a distance of 11.0 miles. Meet no later than 8:30 a.m. at Lodge Rd. to carpool to SR 800 @ Marina Rd.

NOTE: Suggest bringing a day pack with lunch and water. Please also watch the forecast and prepare.

Sign Up: Go to the Friends of the Buckeye Trail Meetup site to indicate you are attending
https://www.meetup.com/BuckeyeTrailFriends/

Contact: Jay Shutt at [masked]

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