BT in the News . . .

Richfield camp property (north of Akron) could open by summer

Latest update on Richfield's Camp Crowell Hilaka - The grounds of Crowell Hilaka will be open on weekends from 7 AM to 7 PM beginning on July 18th. Enter on the north side (Broadview Road, next to the Giant Eagle). The gate will be closed at 8 PM. The buildings are not yet open, and other areas are also closed for safety reasons.

Special Announcements . . .

Hike In, Pack On, Campout!

Thank you! We reached our goal of raising $5,000 by the Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood Solstice Hike and Campout to expand the number of campsites along our trail.

Coming Saturday, Oct. 24: The Buckeye Trail Association & Premier Races - FULL MARATHON TRAIL RUN on the Buckeye Trail

Experience 27 miles of rugged beauty on Ohio’s Buckeye Trail in Appalachia’s hill country in the first running of the “Run for the Blue Blazes” BTA Marathon. Registration is now open! For more information visit,

The 6th Annual E.G.G.S. Hike and Campout at Burr Oak State Park was held in June, in spite of the rain on Saturday! What is an E.G.G.S. Hike? 4 hiking challenges consisting of 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles that need to be completed in 12, 24, 36, and 48 hours respectively to honor a founding member of the BTA and the first female to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, an Ohio native and long time advocate of ultra-light backpacking. For photos and comments on EGGS 2015, visit,

Map Survey Request. The Buckeye Trail Association Maps Committee is asking our membership to help determine what direction the Buckeye Trail mapping products take in the future. Your vote counts and can influence how the BTA produces maps in the future! The poll can be found at:

BTA 2015 Work Parties - Check out the dates for 2015! Visit the work parties page for the dates or the events page for the details.

Special Offers for BTA Members. Road, Rivers and Trails is offering a 10% discount for all BTA Members, just show them your membership card,


Celebrating Volunteer Accomplishments . . .

There are not enough thank you wishes to go to all of these remarkable volunteers. This work is perhaps not as glamorous as making a trail from a path in the woods, but it is rewarding and vital to the success of the Buckeye Trail. THANKS.

  • EGGS Hike was a great success, we had over 17 Volunteers helping us with hikers, campers, and documenting the event!
  • Welcome new Adopters Aaron Mannon, Nick Hamilton, Forrest White
  • Volunteer Mark Shelton blazed the new portion of the Akron Section point 5-6 trail and reblazed the northern section of this part of the trail to the new bridge

Watch for more Volunteer accomplishments in the Trailblazer and the Loop! Are you looking for ways to help? Our goal is to find you a volunteer position worthy of your unique talents, and one that excites and inspires you. For more information on available opportunities, contact Barry Unger, our Volunteer Coordinator at!