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 on: February 23, 2017, 12:21:38 PM 
Started by Couscous - Last post by Couscous
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 on: February 23, 2017, 12:19:42 PM 
Started by Couscous - Last post by Couscous
(today) Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Wright State University
Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH

This is part of the Adventure Speaker Series produced by Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University.

Description: Follow the blue blazes around the 1,444 mile trail that circumnavigates the Buckeye State, with Chuck and Beth Hewett as your guides. This pair of experienced long-distance backpackers are literally writing the book on the nationís longest loop trail. Hear tales from the trail, stories of misadventure, must see spots and more.

 on: June 15, 2016, 06:31:54 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
Took a hike along the trail at Mogadore Reservoir starting at the very east end.  Got about 1 mile in and came to the bridge.  A few boards out of place, see picture, and no good way to get through the waterway.
Adventurous folks can likely make it across.  I was uncomfortable trying it alone.
Some trail before Saxe (going west) rather overgrown but, trail senses will let you follow.  Surprised I didn't end up with PI.

Otherwise, a nice hike on a great day.

 on: April 18, 2016, 06:22:46 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
Saw the BT was moving some trail off road and was in the Hocking Hills area this past weekend so I decided to take a look.
Friday was lovely weather for the hike - high 60s low 70s.  Scared up 7 turkeys and a deer, lots of wildflowers.  Looks like they had a very recent burn there.  The Boch Hollow trails were wide, well-marked, and well-maintained.  They do, however, make pretty direct assaults of hills - 550 feet of ascent in 3.6 miles.
I noted a lot of spots were the BT crossed BH trails, looks like the BT climbs are a bit gentler.  These parts were closed off so I didn't walk on them, but it looks like a nice addition to the trail.  Look forward to walking it when it opens.

 on: December 12, 2015, 04:50:49 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
I was checking out the next section of solo-hiking for a parking space when I came across Shaw Woods.
I found out that it's a fairly new park, across from the Ravenna Arsenal on Berry Road - but it isn't open to the public yet.
I called to ask if I could park there for a few hours while I was hiking and was told to fill out and send in a permit.  Go to and, in the reservation section, pull down and fill out the info.  I just put down that I needed a parking space while hiking the BT, sent them a copy and put one in my window while I parked in the gravel lot there.

A possible option for solo hikers, or those who want or need shorter distances between  parking.

 on: December 12, 2015, 04:43:11 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
To all,
  Had a nice day hiking yesterday in Ravenna.  As I came to the intersection, the first pole showed a left turn with pretty fresh blazes (will attach picture when I get it off the camera).  The pole on the opposite corner showed a right turn.  
  The right turn is correct.  This is where the trail goes south toward Mogadore Reservoir (how dry I am!).

 on: October 14, 2015, 09:13:51 AM 
Started by paveltul - Last post by Buckeye Commander
I believe the flooding issues have been resolved.  Heard it was from a beaver!
The new Trail Section Supervisor has laid out a 2 year plan to get this section of trail back in shape!
I hiked from point 6-13 this past weekend.  It has been dry but there were still sections of mud to navigate around because of the clay and the horses.  The plan is to excavate these areas and replace the muck with stone.  Other than a few spots (ok several) like that it was a pleasant hike.  Blazing can be improved - I'm glad the section supervisor was with me for most of the way.

Best part of the hike was running into CW at the visitor center but only because he had his wife with him.  Smiley

 on: August 10, 2015, 10:34:06 AM 
Started by Couscous - Last post by Buckeye Commander
I'm signed up to volunteer to man a checkpoint/water station or whatever they need me to do.

 on: August 10, 2015, 10:33:05 AM 
Started by Couscous - Last post by Buckeye Commander
I'm planning on being there and volunteering.  My son is interested in coming down.  My daughter now lives in Kettering (attending grad school at UD) so I might even be able to convince her and my wife to come spend some time with us.

I plan to camp at Caesar Creek and get some mileage in on that section (which I still need) on Sunday and Monday while my son does some biking on the amazing bike trails in Dayton.

 on: August 05, 2015, 01:06:54 PM 
Started by Couscous - Last post by Couscous
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