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Northern Terminus
Barb Crompton

Supervisor: Jan Geho 440-205-0468 home & Tim Murphy
• Jan 440-669-2402cell

52.7 Total Miles / 21.6 Off Road Miles (41.0%)
Map Publication Date: March 2012

The Burton Section begins at the northern terminus of the Buckeye Trail, in Headlands Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Erie. BT heads south away from Lake Erie on streets through Grand River into Painesville. BT passes The Rider Inn, waypoint on Underground Railroad and joins Lake County Metroparks Greenway. Trail climbs steadily up low Appalachian escarpment and visits Girdled Road Reservation. After crossing into Geauga County, the trail passes through Big Creek Park, where camping is permitted by reservation. The trail continues south approaching the headwaters of the Cuyahoga River, continuing through the village square of Burton. Century Village on Burton Square is a site of various festivals highlighted by the annual Apple Butter Festival every autumn. South of Burton, the trail passes Hiram Rapids on the Cuyahoga River before passing into the Mogadore Section. 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

  • (7/31/15) Between Points 21 (Burton Square) and 22 (Rapids Rd. at Entrance to Eldon Russell Park), beware of a rather large sinkhole right in the middle of a farm access road which the trail follows within Burton Headwaters Park. The location of the sinkhole is at [N 41°27.514', W 081°09.119']. However, the hole is so large that it is easily seen and avoided. In addition, Burton Section Supervisor Patti Cook has marked the edges of the sinkhole with red caution tape. See attached photo courtesy of Pat Hayes. Do stay well away from the edges of the sinkhole since these things are unstable by their nature.

Map Updates

  • (12/15/16)Thanks to one of our loyal supporters for reporting an error within the text under Point 25 to the Map Team. While the map clearly shows the trail turning W at the intersection between Ryder Road and Pioneer Trail, ruefully, the text asks hikers to turn E. In addition, a member of the Map Team noticed that the length of Ryder Road was only 5200’ rather than the 6200’ declared in the text. As if that were not enough, another member of the Map Team could find no evidence for either a motel or a restaurant in Hiram at this time. And taking into account all of the trail changes installed by the Burton Section Supervisors described below, please substitute these details for those shown under Point 25 in your Burton Edition of April 2011.

    CW CCW Pt
    52.9
    E
    4.5
    N
    25 Alpha Rd (T277) at SR 82
    BT turns E onto SR-82 to Ryder Rd (1100', T-268, exits S). SR-82 continues into Hiram (PO: 44234), the home of Hiram College. BT turns S onto Ryder Rd past Fairview Cemetery. In 5200', Ryder Rd ends. BT turns W onto Pioneer Trail (5200', C-254) past Asbury Rd (1900', T-223, exits S).
    54.6
    S
    2.8
    E
    26 Pioneer Trail (C254) at Service Drive into Camp Asbury
  • (10/21/16)Section Co-Supervisors Jan Geho and Tim Murphy have completed a major reroute of the trail north of Chardon. The reroute is 6.9 miles long. Less than 0.2 miles is on road and the reroute removes over a mile of trail from road. The new trail lies within a segment that lies between Point 12, Robinson Road at Woodin Road, and Point 14, North St at Center St on Chardon Square. Point 13, Woodin Road at Old SR 44, is no longer on the trail route.

    The points refer to the map update of 9/15/16 below. The map update of 9/23/16 remains current. At this time, the author of these updates does not have accurate distance data from the changes described in the 9/23/16 update. When data become available, a complete update will replace the table shown in the 9/15/16 update.

    In the meantime, an abbreviated table is presented that reflects the route change between Points 12 and 14. In this table, points designated by letters will probably become numbered points in the next map edition.

    In addition, since the author was advised that the blazed route on the Square is not the same as that described in the Burton Map Edition of April 2011, he took this opportunity to update the revised route here. This update has been extended to include Point 15, South St at Maple Highlands Trail.

    The table below shows the details:

    CW CCW Pt
    0.0
    E
    8.5
    N
    12 Robinson Rd at Woodin Rd
    Turn W onto Woodin Rd that crosses Big Creek and, after 350', passes Woodin Park (P).
    0.5
    N
    8.0
    E
    A Big Creek Park (Geauga Park District)
    Turn N into parking area (P, Pr). Continue past kiosk (200') onto the Creek Bridle Trail that meanders and undulates N and W down the valley of Big Creek. Wooden posts along the route exhibit the familiar BT blue markers. After 2.1 mi, go W through an entrance to a parking area (Pr) from the Bridle Trail.
    2.7
    NW
    5.8
    NE
    B Exit from Big Creek Park Parking Area onto Ravenna Rd (P, Pr)
    Turn N onto Ravenna Rd. After 0.16 mi, turn W at an entrance to large parking area for the Big Creek Spur which provides access to the Maple Highlands Trail. Continue through parking area and, after 450’, past privy and through an entrance onto the Big Creek Spur itself.
    3.7
    SW
    4.8
    SE
    C 3-Way All Purpose Trail Junction
    Here, Big Creek Spur joins the Maple Highlands Trail coming from the N on a former B&O rail line. Although the railroad right-of-way continues S, the trail continues generally W. After 014 mi near SR 44, the trail turns generally S, paralleling the east side of SR 44, across Hosford Rd (0.5 mi). Shortly after passing beneath a major electric utility corridor (1.2 mi), the trail turns E. It now parallels the utility corridor. After 0.45 mi, the trail rejoins the firmer RR right-of-way.
    7.0
    E
    1.5
    N
    D Sidewalk on North Side of 5th Ave
    Leave the Maple Highlands Trail here at sidewalk on the N side of Fifth Ave in Chardon. Go E past Washington St (0.13 mi). After 0.26 mi at North St, cross North St to sidewalk on E side of street and turn S.
    7.7
    0.8
    14 North St at Center St on Chardon Square
    Note: this title expresses the content of the edition of April 2011. It will be changed in a newer edition to that below. The problem is that the description of the intersection was shortened to make things fit. The intersection is really a 3-way intersection of North St, Center St and N Hambden St. In addition, the trail specifically follows the sidewalk on the E side of North St.
    7.7
    S
    0.8
    N
    14 Sidewalks on NE Corner of North St at N Hambden St on Chardon Square
    Chardon is the center of Ohio's maple sugar industry and home to an annual Maple Festival each spring. Other amenities: PO is W on Center St/ SR 44; L, R, M are W on Water Street/US6; the public library is on the E side of square.
    BTA suggests a route that works with Chardon's heavy traffic pattern. Following the blue blazes, continue S across N Hambden St/Center St on crosswalk towards the Geauga County Courthouse (1869). After 85', turn E on sidewalk on S side of N Hambden St. After 100', turn S on lawn towards asphalt strip between Courthouse parking and E Park St parking. Follow strip S across both the entrance to Courthouse parking from E Park St (250') and the crosswalk on the E end of Short Court St. Several R may be reached just W on the far side of Main St. Continue S along edge of parking along E Park St. After 450' at sidewalk on the N side of S Hambden St, go E across E Park St. Cross S Hambden St and turn W. Join the sidewalk on the E side of South St and turn S.
    8.5
    E
    0.0
    N
    15 Sidewalk on E Side of South St at Maple Highlands Trail
  • (9/23/16)This information updates the April 2011 Burton map. Co-Section Supervisors Jan Geho and Tim Murphy have made additional reroutes to the trail, as follows:

    1. Point 6, The Greenway at Bikeway Access to the Stone School Trailhead
    Continue south on The Greenway a short distance. With a highway overpass (SR 608) in view ahead, turn east (left) onto an asphalt path w/drinking fountain. Continue to follow infrequent blue blazes through the Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center. Note that all intersections are clearly marked. The trail descends, sometimes steeply enough to use steps, to Jordan Creek where it joins an asphalted path. Turn right and ascend. Shortly, turn right onto Alexander Road. After 450’, rejoin the current route at SR 608. Turn east (left) and continue to Point 7, SR 608 at Williams Road.

    2. Point 9, Lake Metroparks Parking off Girdled Road
    Follow the existing trail generally south from this parking area. Shortly after crossing a sturdy bridge across Ayles Creek, reach a 3-way trail intersection. Join the Oak Leaf Trail and continue straight ahead. At a second intersection with a large swinging bridge in view, leave the Oak Leaf Trail and turn right (west) across Big Creek on the swinging bridge. Shortly, ascend steeply to Skok Meadow and the Skok Meadow Trail. Continue west (straight ahead) to the Skok Meadow Parking Area (Pr, PS, PT). Follow Skok Meadow Trail south past two ponds.

    At the south end of the second pond, the Skok Meadow Trail jogs east. Turn W towards a prominent red barn. This barn is the oldest known barn within Lake County which stands on its original foundation. It was built by Hosea Brown in 1817. Continue west past a small parking area (overflow from Skok Meadow Parking Area) to SR 608. Turn south (left) onto SR 608. After 0.35 mi as SR 608 begins serious, curvy descent, rejoin the existing BT route. Turn SW (right) onto Winchell Road.

    3. Point 10. Note: the trail no longer reaches Point 10 on the banks of Big Creek, which is defined as BT at Concord Hamden Road (SR 608).


  • (9/15/16)This update to the Burton Section updates the distances throughout the Section as well as the trail description between Points 19 and 20 to conform to the trail reality. Co-Section Supervisors Jan Geho and Tim Murphy have moved the trail onto the Maple Highlands Trail between Point 19, Headwaters Park Drive at SR 608, and the intersection of Maple Highlands Trail with Durkee Rd. This action reduced the length of the Burton Section by 0.4 miles and overall increased the amount of trail off road by 0.3 miles. The new fraction of trail off road in the Burton Section is 42.0%.

    CW CCW Pt
    0.0
    SE
    52.2
    W
    1 Headlands Beach State Park at Entrance to Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve
    0.6
    E
    51.6
    NE
    2 Ellison Rd at Headlands Rd (C518)
    2.4
    S
    49.8
    NW
    3 Richmond St at Newell St (C335)
    4.0
    NE
    48.2
    N
    4 Newell St at Mentor Ave (US 20)
    4.9
    SE
    47.3
    SW
    5 W Washington St at The Greenway
    8.6
    N
    43.6
    NW
    6 The Greenway at Bikeway Access to The Stone School Trailhead
    9.8
    NE
    42.4
    NW
    7 SR 608 at Williams Rd
    10.7
    S
    41.5
    SW
    8 Williams Rd at Cascade Rd
    12.5
    S
    39.7
    W
    9 LCMP Parking off Girdled Rd
    14.5
    NW
    37.7
    N
    10 BT at Concord-Hambden Rd (SR608)
    16.8
    S
    35.4
    N
    11 Robinson Rd at Pearl Rd
    19.1
    E
    33.1
    N
    12 Robinson Rd at Woodin Rd
    20.0
    S
    32.2
    E
    13 Woodin Rd at Ravenna Rd
    21.5
    S
    30.7
    N
    14 North St at Center St on Chardon Square
    22.3
    E
    29.9
    N
    15 South St at Maple Highlands Trail
    23.1
    E
    29.1
    W
    16 Mountain Run Station Trailhead
    28.6
    E
    23.6
    N
    17 Maple Highlands Trail at US 322)
    28.7
    S
    23.5
    W
    18 North Gate to Headwaters Park
    31.1
    S
    21.1
    NE
    19 Headwaters Park Drive at SR 608
    BT joins Maple Highlands Trail that heads S across golf course (public R in clubhouse). After 1600', BT leaves Maple Highlands Trail that continues S. Climb W on Durkee Rd. At end of Durkee Rd, BT turns S onto Hale Rd along a high ridge past Butternut Rd (1300', C21, exits W).
    33.5
    W
    18.7
    N
    20 Hale Rd at Burton-Windsor Rd
    35.2
    S
    17.0
    N
    21 Burton Square
    39.4
    S
    12.8
    N
    22 Rapids Rd at entrance to Eldon Russell Park (GPD)
    42.0
    S
    10.2
    N
    23 Rapids Rd at US 422
    45.0
    SE
    7.2
    N
    24 Pope Rd (C278) at Winchell Rd (C264)
    47.7
    E
    4.5
    N
    25 Alpha Rd (T277) at SR 82
    49.4
    S
    2.8
    E
    26 Pioneer Trail (C254) at Service Drive into Camp Asbury
    52.2
    W
    0.0
    E
    27 Headwaters Trail at Asbury Rd (T223)


  • (5/19/11) A newly revised Burton Section Map was issued about May 1, 2011. If you are using the older edition, dated February 2006, this alert is intended to keep your map more or less up to date; i.e.- only trail changes are included. Changes to grammar and some local information are not necessarily included. Accompanying maps on the web site show the changes where the February 2006 Edition is totally inadequate. The length of this Section is now 52.6 miles long rather than the former 52.5 miles. This alert does not apply to the May 2011 edition.

    The trail no longer goes through Camp Klein. Instead, it uses the new Stone School Trailhead. See details at Points 5 and 6 below.
CW CCW Pt
4.9
SE
47.7
SW
5 W Washington St at The Greenway
BT joins Lake County Metroparks (LCMP) Greenway Corridor (The Greenway) heading SE, following mostly along former Baltimore & Ohio RR to Old Stone School Trailhead (Pt 6). Since parking is discouraged except at trailheads, crossing details have been minimized.
However, after 2100' at W Walnut Ave, The Greenway leaves RR for about 1/2 mile. Follow signs for Greenway NE on W Walnut Ave for 910', turn S onto Liberty St for 1200', and turn W onto Frederic St for 680', rejoining RR grade. The Greenway continues SE, after 2900' passing Trailhead (TH) at Johnny Cake Ridge Rd (P, R), continuing SE. Just after leaving the I 90 overpass, The Greenway reaches a side-trail to Chair Factory Falls (PT). Side-trail leads E after 1500' to lovely waterfall w/benches in deep ravine, conducting Gordon Creek. Continuing SE 130', The Greenway passes Pr on W.
8.6
W
44.0
NW
6 The Greenway at Trail to The Stone School Trailhead
BT leaves The Greenway, going W across bridge on improved trail, after 380' entering the TH (P), passing Concord Twp Old Stone Schoolhouse, after 180' turning S onto Ravenna Rd, after 530' joining Concord-Hambden Rd (SR 608), heading SE past ball field w/Pr.
  • (5/19/11) The phone number shown at Point 9 for the desk where reservations for camping may be made should read 440-358-7275. The times for operation of the desk should read Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
  • (5/19/11) Shortly after exiting Big Creek Reservation, the trail has been rerouted through Chardon in order to take advantage of the new Maple Highlands Trail that traverses the wetlands that comprise the headwaters of the Cuyahoga River. The trail now leaves the former route at Point 12 and returns to its former route at the entrance to Headwaters Park just east of Point 16 on February 2006 edition. To avoid confusion between the editions, the points along the new route are shown as "chapters" of Point 12 (For example, 12.1).
CW CCW Pt
19.0
W
33.6
N
12 Robinson Rd. at Woodin Rd.
BT turns W onto Woodin Rd, crossing Big Creek, after 360' passing Woodin Road Park (P), after 2300' passing parking (Pr) for equestrian access to Big Creek Park.
19.9
S
32.7
E
12.1 Woodin Rd. at Ravenna Rd.
At end of Woodin Rd, BT turns S onto Ravenna Rd. CAUTION: dangerous road walk. Just across Chardon City Line (3700'), BT joins sidewalk on W side of North St as Ravenna Rd is known within Chardon.
21.4
S
31.2
N
12.2 North St at Center St on Chardon Square
Chardon is the center of Ohio's maple sugar industry and home to an annual Maple Festival each spring. West of the square, the city offers most urban amenities of interest to through hikers (G, L, M, P, PO: 44024, R). BT Circuit Hikers will find what they need here on Chardon Square. BTA suggests trail details that work with Chardon's heavy traffic pattern. BT jogs W onto Center St, after 150' crossing Center St at crosswalk on W side of Main St, heading S, passing Geauga County Courthouse (1869). After 520', there is a handy crosswalk if you wish to investigate the park on the square. BT continues S on sidewalk on W side of Main St. After 510' at SW corner of the Square, BT crosses Water St, turning E onto sidewalk on S side of Water St, after 150', crossing South St, turning S onto sidewalk along E side of South St.
22.2
E
30.4
N
12.3 South St at Maple Highlands Trail (MHT)
Here, BT joins MHT, a paved multi-purpose trail built and managed by GPD. MHT goes through wetlands that comprise the source of the Cuyahoga R. MHT crosses several roads and streams, sometimes on covered bridges. Since parking is not permitted near any of these crossings, many location details are omitted along MHT.
BT leaves South St heading E on MHT.
23.1
E
29.5
W
12.4 Mountain Run Station Trailhead (P, Pr, PT)
A side-trail leads after 1800' to Mountain Run Station Trailhead. The Trailhead is located off Chardon Windsor Rd E of Chardon Square. BT continues E on MHT that will turn essentially S in time.
28.5
E
24.1
N
12.5 Maple Highlands Trail at US 322
Here, BT leaves MHT on path, heading E along S side of US 322 on lawn in front of utility substation, continuing E on gravel path as lawn ends.
28.7
S
23.9
W
12.6 North Gate to Headwaters Park (P, Pr, PT)
Headwaters Park, owned by City of Akron and administered by Geauga Park District (GPD), comprises 926 acres lying along the W shore of East Branch (Cuyahoga R) Reservoir. The Reservoir is part of Akron's drinking water supply. The rule to stay on trail is enforced. BT turns S through gate onto service road that passes the privy after 380'. GPD has generously labeled the next two miles of service road as Buckeye Trail. Trail is shared with bicycles and horses. After 480', BT passes entrance to Eagle Trail (exits E), a foot-trail that both views reservoir and returns to BT 1800' ahead. BT continues generally S, crossing several small streams.
After about 2 mi, immediately after crossing narrow strip of land between one large pool and reservoir, a small footpath leads S to small camping area, requiring reservations and administered by GPD. BT continues on service road SW past exit from camp loop (800') through gate (180'), passing one major parking area (100') and then another (1100'), finally crossing the MHT.
  • (5/19/11) The trail south of Point 19 has been moved slightly to take advantage of Veteran's Memorial Forest and Burton Headwaters Park. Note that the trail no longer turns west at Carlton St. These changes are described below.
CW CCW Pt
35.4
S
17.2
N
19 Burton Square
Burton is like a New England village. Near an Amish community, it is home to the Great Geauga County Fair, Ohio's oldest and largest fair. Working sugarhouse on the square makes maple syrup in season and functions as a tourist information center and outlet for maple products. Local civic groups hold pancake breakfasts every March. Library (internet access), antique stores, R, L, P, PT
Continuing S from public square on S Cheshire St, BT passes Century Village Museumf, a collection of historic buildings which hosts annual Apple Butter, Antique Power and Bluegrass/Folk Music Festivals, later passing Red Maple Inn B&B and Carlton St. After 1900' as road curves E, BT continues S on unmarked trace, passing public hunting land (Caution!), passing village waste water facility.
After 1700', BT joins Memorial Drive, continuing S into Memorial Cemetery (No Parking!) w/legible stones, final resting place of early pioneers that includes Revolutionary War veterans. At W edge of cemetery, BT enters Veterans Memorial Forest, passing Buckeye Trail sign, crossing streamlet on footbridge. Bridge, sign and trail comprise an Eagle Scout project.
After 1200', BT enters Burton Headwaters Park at NE corner of farmed field that feeds several resident Sand Hill Craness. BT continues W along edge of farmed field, turning past trail that leads after 2000' to Burton Twp Maintenance Barns (Pr, S), turning S past small impoundment, continuing around farmed field just above wetlands.
After 3100', BT joins Rapids Rd heading SW, after 2500' crossing West Branch Cuyahoga R, after 3600' passing Pond Rd (exits W).

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