Buckeye Trail - Road Fork

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Trail Description

Andrew Bashaw

Supervisor: Tom Rohr
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57.8 Total Miles / 19.2 Off Road Miles (33.2%)
Map Publication Date: July 2011

Along with the Whipple Section, this section provides a link between the off-road trail in AEP Recreation Lands and North Country Trail in the Marietta Unit of Wayne National Forest. Although somewhat below average in off-road trail, this segment lies in very remote, wooded country of high ridges. Some of the roads are so little used that days may pass between vehicles. The trail leaves the Belle Valley Section in Belle Valley and heads east past Caldwell Lake, Fulda, Lamping Homestead and Ring Mill on the way to the Whipple Section at County Road Nine.

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  • (9/29/2017) This Trail Change affects the trail between Points 26 and 28. A new trail segment has been completed by the Wayne National Forest which provides access to spectacular rocks. Tom Rohr, Road Fork Section Supervisor, has blazed the new route with the familial BT blue blazes. At this time, details about the new route are sketchy. However, we do know that Point 27 as described in the Edition of 2011 is no longer on the trail. We also know that the trail neither crosses Irish Run itself nor does it reach Irish Run Road (T58). Since distances on the old map were not particularly accurate, it should not cause any hiker to be too disturbed when we say that we think the distance between Points 26 and 28 remains about the same. The rough details described below will be updated as soon as BTA's GIS Specialist can carry his GPS across the new trail.

    CW CCW Pt
    26 BT/NCT at SR 260
    BT/NCT descends S along a tributary to Irish Run. In time, BT/NCT will reach a Forest Service sign (see photo) where the BT joins the Archer's Fork Loop. The junction itself is a switchback where BT/NCT turns back N but, very soon, turns W and ascends steeply. The trail then meanders and undulates generally W through beautiful rocky cliffs before descending steeply W to McCormick Hill Rd (T410). BT/NCT crosses road and fords a tributary of Irish Run. Trail turns briefly S in middle of power line easement but then turns abruptly W and ascends a very steep slope. Trail now undulates along a ridge.
    28 BT/NCT at Great Cave near St Patrick’s Cemetery Rd (T411)

    Additionnal Note: The description of the Archer's Fork Loop Trail given in the Edition of July 2011 is also changed. The Loop remains continuous. It follows the former route of the BT/NCT across Irish Run to Irish Run Road. It then turns west on road to Point 27, the intersection of Irish Run Road and the former route of the Loop south to Point 30 on the Buckeye Trail.

  • (6/24/17) This trail change moves the trail off road into the Lamping Homestead Recreation Area. This new route uses parts of the existing trail system within the Recreation Area. The USDA Forest Service describes the system as a Short Loop and a Long Loop. It can also be described as a perimeter trail with a cut-off near its mid-section. The Short Loop is at the northerly end of the system; the Long Loop, the southerly end. Visit https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8012184/lamping-homestead-recreation-area for an area map which shows both loop trails distance within Road Fork Section. The new route increases the amount of trail off road through this remote area of the state to 19.2 miles or 33.1% of the total.

    The revised details below update the text under Pt 18 in your Road Fork Section Map, Edition of January 2011. The former trail length of the Road Fork Section was 57.3 miles. With this change, its length has been increased to 57.8 mi. To update the distance for points before Pt 18, increase the CCW distance by 0.5 mi. For points following Pt 19, increase the CW distance by 0.5 mi. Although the distances recorded in 2005 are much less accurate, the revision applies also to the Edition of January 2005.
    CW CCW Pt
    18 Clearfork Rd (T307) at Entrance to Lamping Homestead Recreation Area
    Facilities: C, P, Pr, PS, PT, W Exit Clearfork Rd onto driveway into Lamping Homestead Recreation Area. Go NE for 350'. Then, turn E across lawn toward woods near lake. Follow the Short Loop trail generally E around lake. Near a feeder stream, begin gradual climb towards ridge ahead. After 0.9 mi, a trail returns W to the Homestead. Continue generally S on the Long Loop trail which will descend. After 0.6 mi, leave the Long Loop left onto footpath. Descend S on footpath that soon turns SW. After 0.3 mi, the footpath ends at Clearfork Rd (location: 39.61632°N, 81.18792°W). Go S on Clearfork Rd which crosses Clear Fork Creek after 0.18 mi.
    19 Clearfork Rd (T307) at Witten Creek Rd (C15)
    Return to the trail description in your current Road Fork Map.

  • (12/14/15) This update corrects a serious error in the reported distance between Points 27 and 28. The reported distance on the current map reads 1.0 mile. The corrected distance is 2.1 mile. Add 1.1 mile to all clockwise (CW) distances for Points 28 and greater. Similarly, add 1.1 mile to all counterclockwise (CCW) distances less than that of Point 28. This error was pointed out by Tom Rohr, Road Fork Section Supervisor. The corrected distance was identified by Chuck Hewett, author of a Buckeye Trail Guidebook as yet unpublished, and confirmed by Richard Lutz, BTA's GIS Specialist.

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