Buckeye TrailFest 2017

TrailFest in Yellow Springs OH at Camp Hugh Taylor Birch is coming soon - April 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • TrailFest REGISTRATION is closed!!! You may still attend TrailFest, but you would need to come to Camp Birch and register on site.
  • NOTE: for important info about lodging other than Camp Birch, visit the Lodging info page. Other major activities in the area that weekend may cause hotels/motels to fill up quickly.
  • Visit the TrailFest web site for all information.

Tomfoolery Outdoors Follows the Blue Blazes!

Tom Helbig is an Ohio native, adventurer, motivational speaker and owner of Tomfoolery Outdoors. Tomfoolery Outdoors is dedicated to encouraging others to Live Active, Laugh More, Inspire All through adventure advocacy.

Tomfoolery has started following the blue blazes around Ohio on the 1,400+ mile Buckeye Trail. He plans to complete the nations largest loop trail in June. For more information about Tom's hike, where he's speaking, or to see what he's up to during his travel around the state, visit the Tomfoolery Outdoors Page.

Live, Breathe, Hike Membership Events

Periodically, the BT holds Member Drives in various location around the state of Ohio. Our next event is April 27, 2017 at Yellow Springs. Visit the Member Drive page for Yellow Springs for the latest information. To see locations where we have already been, visit our Member Drive page.

2017 E.G.G.S. - Registration is OPEN!!

Preparation for the 2017 E.G.G.S. Hike at Burr Oak State Park and Wildcat Hollow in southeastern OH is underway. Registration for the event opens online March 20 at and closes on June 1. We will have 5 challenges this year consisting of a 20 mile day, 20 mile night, 40, 60, and 80 mile challenge, and each challenge has a time limit to be completed in based upon mileage (12 hours for every 20 miles hiked). Registration is $50 for each participant and includes a free T-shirt, course map, and plenty of gifts from our sponsors. Camping for the event is free with registration and is at the Group Camp located near Dock #3 at Burr Oak. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new updates and information. See you there!

Visit the EGGS Hike page for all the details!

The Buckeye Trail's Future Begins with You!

Together the Buckeye Trail Family accomplishes so much thanks to the work of our volunteers and the support of BTA members. Each year we ask hikers to join the tradition of giving back to Buckeye Trail by chipping in to support all of our good work. Click here for more information about our annual appeal.

3nd Annual Buckeye Trail Run

2017 Buckeye Trail Run for Blue Blazes Marathon! Full Marathon • Half Marathon • 10K Run • 5K - the date is set - Oct. 7, 2017. Click here for more information.

Race results from 2016 can be found here and visit our Facebook page for Marathon posts and photos.

2016 Blitz Report

June 4th was National Trails Day and the Buckeye Trail Blitz for 2016! We had 40 volunteers work 182 hours to clean up over 100 miles of Buckeye Trail on that day! This is a significant accomplishment and help to the BTA. In one day we were able to maintain over 100 miles of trail for our day, weekend and thru hikers! That's 7% of our trail in one day!! Thank you volunteers!

Visit the BLITZ page for additional information.

Photo by Richard Lutz

Emma "Grandma" Gatewood Historical Marker

On May 28, 2016, the Ohio History Connection along with Trail Magic and author and relative of Grandma Gatewood, Ben Montgomery, erected a new historical marker dedicated to Emma "Grandma" Gatewood in the Cheshire Village Park in Cheshire, Ohio.

Live, Breathe and Hike Photo Contest

Anita Proxmire took 1, 2, and 3rd place in our Live, Breathe and Hike Photo Contest. Please visit our Live, Breathe, Hike Photo Contest page for all the details!

Thank you for Living, Breathing and Hiking Ohio’s Buckeye Trail!

Following the blue blazes of the BT leads us to great places, adventures, and people. We hope that your experiences on the BT inspire you to support the Buckeye Trail Association during our campaign to grow our membership, volunteerism, and enjoyment of our trail. Please visit our Live, Breathe, Hike page for more information.

Special Announcements . . .

Dates for the BTA's 2017 Work parties are available.

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


Volunteer Opportunites . . .

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 or register in the Volunteer Portal and you will be notified of opportunities. Remember that signing up in the software does not sign you up for any job, it just allows you to see opportunities. Register as a volunteer now!

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.

  • Volunteer Leader Jim Gilkey continues to lead hikers around the state on monthly circuit hikes.
  • Jamie and Byron Guy are preparing for an awesome E.G.S.S. hike coming up in June.