Buckeye Trail - Bowerston

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Trail Description

Supervisor: Scott Pendleton
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63.9 Total Miles / 24.4 Off Road Miles (38.2%)
Map Publication Date: May 2012

Much of the Bowerston section follows county and township roads but Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District properties provide many miles of off-road experience. The trail skirts Leesville Lake, passes through the town of Bowerston, and follows the shorelines of Tappan, Clendening, and Piedmont Lakes. After passing through the small town of Smyrna, the trail continues along a very scenic township road and over a covered bridge at Skull Fork.

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Trail Alerts

  • (3/13/11) This Alert applies to the April 2010 Edition of the Bowerston Section Map. While the Alert does not apply directly to the trail itself, it does affect hikers by describing how to access the camping facilities at the barn, leased from Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District by the Buckeye Trail Association.

    DIRECTIONS TO BTA BARN From Point 17, go E on Moravian Trail Rd (C 2) through Deersville, past the Entrance to Tappan Lake Park and on another 1/2 mile to Beall Rd. (T 210). Turn NE onto Beall Rd. In 1/4 mile, Johnson Hill Rd (T 298) exits Beall Rd heading E. This intersection is marked also by a sign nailed to a tree "House". Do not turn. Instead, continue N past the sign and descend for 1 mile on narrow, gravel, twisting Beall Rd. to the BARN. Beall Rd. deadends at a house which is off limits to all except residents of the house! Please respect their privacy.

    Camp and park cars preferably in the field beside of or behind the barn. Unless you plan to leave your car longer than a few hours, you may park in a graveled area W of Beall Rd. across from the barn.

Map Updates

  • (6/17/2015)

    Attention Through-Hikers - This Update does not affect the trail itself. At Point 17, Moravian Trail Rd (C2) at Adams Rd (T303), the little post office in Deersville is now closed. The closure is probably permanent.

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