Buckeye Trail - Bedford

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Bridal Veil Falls
Darlene Karoly

Supervisor: Bob Morecki

65.8 Total Miles / 44.4 Off Road Miles (67.5%)
Map Publication Date: February 2012

The Bedford section begins in the Brecksville Reservation, a unit of Cleveland Metro Parks(CMP), at a simple sign near a parking area marked Buckeye Trail. This point marks the beginning of both the Bedford and Akron Sections and the end of the Medina Section. Although changes to the trail continue, this junction marks the point at which the Buckeye Trail (BT) was formally completed in 1981 as a hiking trail in a loop that can be said to link the four corners of Ohio.

The Bedford Section goes generally northeast from Brecksville Reservation to Headlands Beach State Park on Lake Erie, the BT's most norther extension, where the trail meets the Burton Section. Along the way, the trail follows the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and then trails through Bedford Reservation (CMP) and South Chagrin Reservation (CMP). Although more road walking is encountered from here on, significant intervals on footpath are found within North Chagrin Reservation (CMP), Chapin Forest Reservation, a unit of Lake Metroparks (LMP), with its view of Cleveland off in the distance, Penitentiary Glen Reservation (LMP), Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve (City of Mentor) along bluffs above Lake Erie and Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve where you may see nesting eagles.

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  • (8/8/17)While attempting to follow the Bedford Section Edition of February 2012, hikers raised questions about the exact route of the trail through the Pinery Narrows. The text under Point 3 has been rewritten to clarify this important issue. In addition, some matter, which does not seem either important or interesting any longer, has been removed. The style remains unchanged.

    If the text under any other points cause you problems, please let us know. After all, a Section Map that leaves anyone in doubt about the route of the trail is of little use at all.

    CW CCW Pt
    1.9
    NE
    63.9
    W
    3 Station Road Trailhead (P, WC)
    BT crosses Cuyahoga R on bridge and enters Summit Cty from Cuyahoga Cty. After 450‘, BT turns N on Towpath Trail (TPT). Just before passing beneath an arched highway bridge (SR 82), BT diverges briefly W from the TPT to cross the headworks of a feeder canal and then passes near the old state dam. Portions of the downstream wingwalls from Lock 36 can be seen across canal beneath TPT bridge where the trails merge. BT continues on the TPT generally N through Pinery Narrows which was named after the White Pine indigenous to the narrows. A pine or two may be seen from the TPT, particularly in winter, on the valley rim above the canal.


  • (2/28/16) For one reason or another, an error has persisted on the Bedford Section Map for many years until Pat Hayes spotted it in February 2016. Thankfully, it apparently bothered no one since it had not been reported since at least 2001 when this portion of the trail was first established. At that time, the trail segment was described in the Burton Section!

    The correction occurs towards the end of the text in the Bedford Section Point 29. In the last sentence, change "Hillcrest Ave" to "Harbor Drive." This last sentence under Point 29 should now read, "At the end of Hopkins Rd, the BT jogs E on Lake Shore Blvd (SR 283), N on Harbor Drive and then E on Harbor Drive." You guessed it! Harbor Drive heading N intersects another Harbor Drive heading E/W.

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