Overview Maps . . .

There are 26 sections to the Buckeye Trail, each named for a town or feature within the section, and each with its own unique experiences. As you read the descriptions, you will come to realize the tremendous variety and history that hiking Ohio offers. We strongly urge you to obtain a detailed map from the Buckeye Trail Association for the section (or sections) you wish to hike.

This page provides links to an Overview Map of entire Buckeye Trail and to individual maps for each trail section.

Overview Map

The Buckeye Trail (BT) interactive Overview map, is built using ESRI's Arc GIS Online mapping technology. This map is for general reference purposes only and not intended to replace the more comprehensive and accurate BT printed hiking maps, available from the Buckeye Trail Association Online Store.

While useful, please note that the data for this map is from EARLY 2016 and some portions of the trail have changed since then. We recommend you use the BT Section maps in conjunction with the alerts and updates posted on the individual Section web pages for the most correct data when planning your hikes.

Section Maps

The following maps shows the approximate route of the Buckeye Trail in the various sections of the trail. For more information on a particular section of the trail, choose the section name in the LEFT column. Choosing the section name from the RIGHT column will give you both the description and a "View Map" option for a more detailed map of the section. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE MAPS ARE FROM 2012 AND MAY HAVE CHANGED. EACH SECTION WEB PAGE PROVIDES UPDATES TO THE SECTION THAT MAY NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE MAP VIEW. THE BTA STRONGLY SUGGESTS YOU ORDER THE PRINTED MAPS. USE THE ONLINE MAPS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND USE THEM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRINTED MAPS AND THE ONLINE UPDATES FOR THE SECTION YOU ARE PLANNING TO HIKE.
ALSO NOTE: If you are using a mobile device, especially with the Apple IOS, choosing the Section name from the RIGHT column and then the "View Map" option may cause the detailed section map to block the section description information and may not display with a close option.

Key to the icons included with each description:

Campsites available (modern)

Restaurants along or near trail

Food Stores along or near trail

Campsites available (primitive only)

Outdoor Outfitter available in section

Emergency Medical Facility in section

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Use of the complete Buckeye Trail is not high at any time of the year. Low use in some areas, coupled with Ohio’s climate that offers ample precipitation, moderate temperatures, and high humidity, produce a lush, rapid growth of Poison Ivy, nettles and other vegetation like berry bushes and tall flowers. While volunteer trail adopters love their trail, they are often surprised by how fast the trail can become overgrown and sometimes fall behind in the responsibilities they have accepted.

The trail is also adversely affected by logging operations, winter ice storms, and seasonal line squalls and tornadoes that put deadfall and debris on the trail. While Adopters are expected to keep up with these things, Adopters are human and can not rise immediately to that expectation. Time is often required to organize the necessary assistance.

In addition to annoying vegetation, all hikers should be prepared for frequent ups and downs on the trail located along the eastern and southern sides of the state. Technically, this terrain is not hilly. Rather, it is a system of streams that have disected the Allegheny (or Appalachian) Plateau and left narrow, steep, convoluted ridges. Most of the off-road trail has been rebuilt over time to support 10% grades. However, most is not all. And this problem is most serious in Shawnee State Forest where the ridge top and the valley may be separated by 500' of elevation change or even more.

Hikers should be prepared for such adversity. Failing that degree of preparation, hikers may wish to take roads of their own selection rather than follow the trail. Such action is taken at your own risk. Often, road grades are much steeper than trail grades. And not all roads shown are open to public use. It is generally true that all roads shown on the map are taxed but not necessarily maintained by the County within which the road exists.

We in the Buckeye Trail Association love our trail and work to improve both the Buckeye Trail and the Association. If you wish to support our efforts, we would be most happy to welcome you to our ranks.

Note: All Alerts are based on the map currently in print. BTA does not support older maps. However, while not supported directly, a point is identified as a specific location. Unless the route is changed, the locations remain constant. Moreover, you may keep an old map current by downloading map updates and trail alerts as they are posted on the website.