Upcoming Events . . .

Directions to BTA Barn at Tappan Lake (83949 Beale Road, Cadiz OH)

Location: Take I-77 to US-250 east (just south of New Philadelphia). Follow US-250 past Tappan Dam almost to the end of the lake. There is a causeway with a sign that reads "Tappan Lake Park". Turn right (this road would also take you to Deersville). Approximately 3.1 miles from the US-250 turnoff is Beall Rd. on the right. Follow this dead-end road (be sure to take the left leg not the right curve) and go a total of 1.3 mi. to where it ends at the BTA Barn down a long gravel driveway.

Contact: Mary Hamilton at

2017 EVENTS

Link to Meetup Events


Find even more events on and off the Buckeye Trail hosted by our local chapters and other BTA groups at... http://www.meetup.com/pro/buckeyetrail/

 

 

September 23-27, 2017

New Straitsville Section

- Work Week - Burr Oak State Park - Chuck Wagon Event

Description: Trail maintenance week. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: At the Group campground near boat dock 3

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by September 18, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

September 30, 2017

Medina Section

- Maintenance work at Findley State Park

Description: 9:00AM to Noon - Meet at the frisbee golfing area parking lot in the park - After entering the park, take the first right and then the next left to get to the parking area. We will do trail clean up and touch up the blazes from Point 1 just outside the park to the parking area. Afterwards, as an option for lunch, you can join us at Sully's Irish Pub in Medina at 117 W. Liberty St.

Contact: Cecilia Hartman, Medina Section Supervisor at

September 30 - October 1, 2017

New Straitsville

Description: On National Public Lands Day the BT is being relocated thanks to a partnership with the Wayne National Forest, private landowners and the Clean Ohio Green Space Fund. We need your help to begin construction of a 3 mile segment of the BT from the Old Stone Church area on the NW side of the WNF Athens Unit. Trail work will be from 9AM until 3PM on Saturday and 9AM - 12 Noon on Sunday. An optional hike on Sunday on the Old Stone Church Trail system will be hosted by the Central Ohio Chapter of the BTA.

We’ll​ provide the tools and training needed. Come prepared for the weather and rugged terrain. This is your chance to give back to the hiking community by creating the newest segment of Ohio’s BT!

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Camping: Camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights on a first come first served basis at the Old Stone Church Trailhead. This is primitive camping with no facilities.

Register : Please register to volunteer as part of a collaborative Appalachian Ohio National Public Lands Day event at: http://ruralaction.org/npld/buckeyetrail/ so we can plan for the tools needed for the weekend.



Oct. 7, 2017

BTA Blue Blaze Marathon

October 14-15, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Akron Section

Description - Saturday: Meet at Lock 29 Trailhead parking lot, Point 8, in Peninsula. Coordinates: (N41.24350 – W081.54981). Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to parking lot on Vaughn Road, north of Point 2. The hike is about 10.4 miles.

Description - Sunday: Meet at Lock 29 Trailhead parking lot. (see Saturday description) We will hike south to Botzum (Mounds) trailhead. Board the train back to Peninsula. Hikers could also board the train at Peninsula, ride it to Botzum train station and hike north to Peninsula on the BT. The cost is $3.00 one way. HIKERS going south will leave at 10:00AM. The train will depart at 9:50AM to travel south. Please arrive early. The hike is 8.9 miles.

Camping: Portage Lakes State Park, SR-93 south of Akron.

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

Oct. 14-15, 2017

Mogadore Section

- West Branch State Park - Work Weekend

Description: This weekend we will continue to build trail at the state park.

Camping: Camping is free for anyone attending this event. We will be camped out at the end of the road leading to the Horse Camping area (2 miles from the Bridle Trail day use parking lot). Coordinates for the road leading to the horse camp. N 410 8.901' W 810 8.238'. If you want to camp out the entire weekend you can arrive as early as Friday night after 5:00PM. The gate leading to the camping area will be unlocked by then. We will also be able to use the regular campground showers to clean up each day.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Contact: Steve Latza

Oct. 14-18, 2017

New Straitsville

Description: Reroute trail off road in the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest from West Old Stone Church Trail Head. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: We are camping at 6043 Tecumsah Rd which is about 1 mile to the west of the BTA office in Shawnee. (Main St. becomes Tecumsah Rd. as you leave town.) The BTA shower will be there. Watch for the BTA sign.

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by October 10, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Note: Saturday Oct. 14 is 2nd Saturday in Shawnee and food trucks (alternative to chuck wagon dinner) plus more (crafts, vendors, artists, historic tours, hikes, etc.) will be available.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 21-22, 2017

Old Mans Cave Section at Pretty Run

Description: Vegetation management; hopefully building a privy. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at the Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34987, -82.62431

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 21-22, 2017

Caesar Creek Grand Re-opening of the Buckeye Trail

and All Chapter Backpack Trip

Description: Come experience the "new" Buckeye Trail at Caesar Creek as we celebrate the conclusion of our 2 year plan to resurrect this trail. Historically one of the worst stretches of Buckeye Trail sections in the state, those who attend will find it to be near the top for its overall trail conditions and fabulous water views. Miles of trail have been reshaped and fortified to withstand years of traffic. Our 2 day celebration will include the option of backpacking the entire Buckeye Trail in the park (23 miles) or participating in section hikes on Saturday and Sunday.

Detailed Info: Visit the Caesar Creek Re-opening page for all the details

Camping: Camping at the horse camp is available for registered backpacking and hiking participants.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Contact: Joel Timmons at

Oct. 21-22, 2017 - Note Date Change

All Chapter Backpack Hike at Caesar Creek

Description: This event will be held in conjunction with the Grand Re-opening of the Caesar Creek Section. More details to follow.

Nov. 4-8, 2017

West Union Section - Edge of Appalachia

Description: Continue building new trail from where we left off in September of 2016. We will leave for work on Saturday at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm. We will leave for work on Sunday thru Tuesday at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm. due to the time change. On Wednesday, we will work from 8:00am to 12:00 noon.

Camping: Near the maintenance building at 3223 Waggoner Riffle Rd. Camping GPS coordinates 38.74836, -83.46397

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by Oct.30, 2017. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Note: The portable hot shower will be available on site.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Nov. 11-12, 2017

BTA BARN Work Party

Description: We have lots to do to improve the barn and to get it ready for winter. We will be installing a new toilet, fixing the hot water source for the kitchen, adding doors to the kitchen and the dish cupboard, cleaning out the storage closet, sealing off the 3rd floor with wood and plastic, and winterizing.

Tools to bring: Drills, sawzall, screw drivers, wrenches, air nailer.

Camping: At the barn

Meals: Meals will be provided, but please sign up with Mary Hamilton at

November 18-19, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Stockport and New Straitsville Sections

Description - Saturday: Meet on Wells Road about ½ mile north of Point 27. Coordinates: N39.54852 – W081.94234). Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to parking lot, Point 21 in Chesterhill. The hike is about 10 miles.

Description - Sunday: Meet at Wildcat Hollow Trailhead, Point 4, New Straitsville Section. Coordinates: (N39.57266 – W082.03284). Leave at 10:00AM to car pool to Wells Road (Shew’s property) about ½ mile north of Point 27. The hike is about 9.1 miles.

Camping: Shew’s property ½ mile north of Point 27

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

Dec. 9, 2017

BTA Board Meeting

Location: Columbus

Contact: President

December 9-10, 2017

BT Circuit Hike - Akron Section

Description - Saturday: Meet at Summit Lake Trailhead parking lot, Point 20. Coordinates: (N41.05972 – W081.54124). Leave at 9:30AM to car pool to Mounds (Botzum) Trailhead, south of Point 12. The hike is about 10.3 miles.

Description - Sunday: Meet at Wolf Creek Trailhead at Snyder Ave., Point 24. Coordinates: (N41.00324 – W081.60719). leave at 10:00AM to car pool to Summit Lake Trailhead, Point 20. The hike is about 7.6 miles.

Contact: Jim Gilkey at 614-879-9912 ahead of time or at 740-277-8749 on the hike weekend.

 

2018 EVENTS

April 14-15, 2018

Old Mans Cave Section Work Weekend at Pretty Run

Description: New trail construction, re-benching of some existing trail tread, heavy trail maintenance, and vegetation management. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34987, -82.62431

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

April 21-22, 2018

Scioto Trail Section Work Weekend

Description: Re-benching the trail tread and heavy vegetation management between Davis Rd. and Pike Lake Dam. (Points 32-36, Feb 2102 Scioto Trail Section map). We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at Scioto Trail State Park.

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

April 26-29, 2018

2018 Buckeye TrailFest at Camp Oat'yOkwa

Location: Camp Oat'yOkwa in Hocking County OH

Contact: See the TrailFest web site for more details.

May 5-9, 2018

Bowerston Section Work Week

Description: Vegetation management, clearing dead falls, and re-benching tread as needed on the north and south sides of Clendening lake. (Points 18-21)

Camping: Camping will be at the BTA Barn at Tappan Lake

Meals: TBD

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

May 19-23, 2018

Stockport Section Work Week at AEP

Description: Re-benching the trail tread, Vegetation management, Paint blazes. We will leave for work at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm

Camping: Camping will be at AEP's Hook Lake (Campground A) Camping GPS coordinates 39.72945, -81.70509. The portable hot shower will be available on site.

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by May 16, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 2-6, 2018

Akron Section Work Week at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Description: Re-benching the trail tread as needed, heavy trail maintenance, and drainage clearing.

Camping: TBD

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by May 30, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

June 30-July3, 2018

Possible Trail Building Work Week

Description: Place holder for possible trail building work week

July 21-25, 2018

Road Fork/Whipple Sections Work Week

Description: Trail maintenance of the Road Fork and Whipple Section's off road areas. This will include chainsawing of downed trees, mowing, weed whacking, pruning, and possible freshening of blazes for a little over 30 miles in the heat of July. We will need all the help we can get. We will leave for work at 8:00am and quit at 3:00pm.

Camping: Camping will be at the Little Muskingum Watershed Association building, located at SR26 and Thomas Ridge Rd (T 88) Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the building. Donations to the LMWA for use of the facilities are appreciated. Camping GPS coordinates 39.54184, -81.22484

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by July 17, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Aug. 4-8, 2018

Defiance Section Work Week at Independence Dam State Park and Toledo Metroparks at Providence or Farnswork Parks

Description: Clearing vegetation from about 3 miles of trail from Independence Dam State Park until the trail crosses the canal on a bridge.

Camping: TBD

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Sept. 22-26, 2018

New Straitsville Section Work Week at Burr Oak State Park

Description: New Straitsville section trail maintenance week in preparation for the BTA's Run for Blue Blazes Trail Marathon on Oct 6th. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: We will be camping at the Burr Oak State Park Group campground near boat dock 3.

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by Sept. 18, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 13-17, 2018

Road Fork Section Work Week

Description: We will be building new trail along the north side of Caldwell Lake as well as heavy trail maintenance, vegetation management and bridge, puncheon or boardwalk construction near point 22.

Camping: TBD

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by Oct. 10, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Old Mans Cave Section - Work Weekend at Pretty Run

Description: New trail construction, re-benching of some existing trail tread, heavy trail maintenance, and vegetation management. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Camping will be at the Pretty Run property. Camping GPS coordinates 39.34987, -82.62431

Meals: Bring your own food and water.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

Oct. 27-31, 2018

West Union Section Work Week at Edge of Appalachia

Description: Continue building new trail in the beautiful 19,000 acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve. We will leave for work at 8:30am and quit at 3:30pm.

Camping: Near the maintenance building at 3223 Waggoner Riffle Rd. Camping GPS coordinates 38.74836, -83.46397

Meals: This is a chuck wagon event. Meals will be provided free (donations accepted) for the first 20 volunteers to sign up with Jay Holwick at by Oct. 24, 2018. Please note: if you are arriving Friday, the Friday night meal is NOT included - please bring your own.

Note: The portable hot shower will be available on site.

Mapping: See the location for this event in Google Maps

 

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