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« on: September 19, 2012, 12:15:01 PM »

The 2nd Annual Buckeye TrailFest is April 25-28, 2013 in northeast Ohio at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. Come join our fun trail festival with hikers, trail builders/maintainers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over Ohio! The Buckeye TrailFest offers a long weekend packed full of hikes, workshops, presentations, speakers and social opportunities. Stay for the day or reserve a space for three nights. Hang out with your hiking pals. Make new friends. Mingle with Ohio's most accomplished long-distance hikers. Learn trail building from the best in the state. The Buckeye Trail Association will also hold its Annual Meeting at TrailFest on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to attend! The Buckeye TrailFest is sponsored by the Buckeye Trail Association. All proceeds from the event will go to the Buckeye Trail Association.


The 2013 Buckeye TrailFest will be showing off Lake and Geauga Counties. Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland will be reserving their entire facility to the Buckeye Trail Association Friday April 26, where weíll enjoy a cookout with all the fixings and a campfire afterward. After dinner, you will have your choice of hikes: either a rugged Gorge hike led by two volunteer naturalists, a hike on the trails to learn the history of the reservation, or your own self-guided hike. Tour the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center and see rescued animals on the mend or in permanent residence, Kura the Red Fox and Artie the blind Great Blue Heron, just to name a few. Other planned events are in the works for the evening.
We will have bird hikes led by Lake Metroparks naturalists, interpretative hikes led by Lake Metroparks and Geauga Park naturalists and some led by Buckeye Trail hike leaders. There will be hikes of different lengths and terrain. We have over 110 miles of Buckeye Trail in our corner of the state, and we will cover as much as we can.

One of the activities already arranged is a tour of the Mormon settlement in Kirtland, founded by Joseph Smith in 1831. Tour the Kirtland Temple, then Chapin Forest (a Lake Metroparks reservation), with one of the local quarries that supplied the sandstone to build the Temple. See the tool marks where workers hand-cut the stone. You will know the full history by the end of this tour. Transportation will be
 provided by Lake Metroparks.

Holden Arboretum in Kirtland is a must-see and has its Arbor Day program that weekend. You don't want to miss walking here on your own or on a guided tour.

The Herb Society of America is located in Kirtland, founded in 1933 to expand the knowledge of herbs and their uses. We will attend a class at their 1841 building, learn about herbs and the history of the house and surrounding area. The Geauga County Maple Festival will be happening at the same time at the square in Chardon. If you have never had a maple stir, now is your chance. We Chardonites consider the Maple Festival our kick-off to spring. You never know, we donít put our snow shovels away until mid May!

Check out these web sites to see some of what happens in Northeast Ohio:,,,,, You'll be within 30 minutes of at least 15 wineries.

Campground arrangements are in the works: we plan to have a "family camping area", an "early to bed, early to rise" area and a "late nighters" area. We canít please everyone, but we can sure try. Stay tuned and mark your calendars for the Second Annual Buckeye TrailFest April 26-28, 2013.

To help get Buckeye TrailFest 2013 organized, we need volunteers for hikes, publicity, signs, campground host, photographer and anything not mentioned you would like to volunteer for. Program, speaker and hike suggestions are all welcome. Please help us make 2013 another great TrailFest! Contact Debbie Zampini, TrailFest Chairperson, at or 440-567-1894.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 08:21:06 PM »

Make sure to check out the BTF web site. More items added every day, program suggestions are welcome. Reply to
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 09:05:36 AM »

I'd like to see more hands on craft building type activities planned for Saturday.  For example, Thursday is a soda can into alcohol stove activity.  I would like to make a survival bracelet, soda pop stove, or other item for field use on Saturday. 
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