New BTA Trail in AEP
Herb and Susie Hulls
Almost all of the Stockport section is hilly and timbered with small to medium farms scattered throughout. About three fourths of the trail follows township or back roads that are little used. The 18 plus miles of off road trail through American Electric Power ReCreation lands is an enjoyable hike where many lakes and beaver dams can be seen. Camping and water are available at AEP Woodgrove Campground H on Morgan County Road 27. Other off road sections are around the villages of Stockport and Chesterhill. The historic town of Stockport is very nice with some stores and restaurants plus the beautiful Muskingum River with tables and pit toilets at the bridge. The few towns the trail passes through are small but nice with small stores.
Take Flight Retreat Center at Sunshine Hill Farm is located at 435 Tabor Ridge Road. Phone: 740-554-7774. Mailing address: Stockport, OH 43787. This site is 1 mile south of Point 18 which is located at Lightner Ridge Road (T22) and Tabor Ridge Road (C66). At this intersection, the trail turns north on Tabor Ridge Road. Although the Retreat Center is not on the trail, it does offer inviting features. These are described fully on their well-designed web site, http://www.takeflightretreatcenter.com. The center features the Earthbag House, posted on airbnb.com, ($35 night) which operates as a B&B and will be open after mid-March. Other amenities include an outdoor shower, pond(clay-filled), and a half-bath. Backpackers may set up their tent free.
This Trail Change supersedes the Trail Change dated 11/18/13. It updates the Stockport Section Map dated January 2013 to include the loss of off-road trail between Pt 6, BT at McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946), and Pt 7 as defined on the January 2013 map as well as the recent return of the trail to the Williams Covered Bridge.
The changes near McMannis Riggs Road are described first. Distances are somewhat different due to a more recent survey of the trail between Pt 3 and Pt 4. Note that Pt 7 is redefined below as “McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) at Onion Run Rd (T232)”. Note also that a new campsite has been added between Pt 6 and Pt 7. Details follow. “Between Pt 6 and Pt 7, Jay Stout permitted BTA to construct a shelter that is free to the hiking public. Contact the Stouts at least 1 day before you expect to be there at either 304-210-7728 or 740-525-5784 to let them know that you will be there.”
The changes near the Williams Covered Bridge are described next (Pt 18, Pt 19 and Pt 20.) Some of the former off-road trail in the vicinity has been lost but some has been restored.
Finally, see the table that shows the current point numbers, clock-wise and counter clockwise distances and the location of each point.
|5.||Culvert across McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946)[39.653733°N, 81.699633°W]|
BT fords Onion Run twice in this segment. If you see evidence of unusually high water, you may want to follow McMannis-Riggs Rd W to Pt 6.
Follow BT S through woods and open fields. After 2 mi, ford Onion Run a second time and soon (0.12 mi) reach McMannis-Riggs Rd.
|6.|| BT at McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) [39.632467°N, 81.698744°W]|
|7.|| McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) at Onion Run Rd (T232)|
Here is the junction with a blue-blazed loop trail that is called The Wilderness Loop (TWL) for its pleasantly undeveloped nature. TWL comprises a loop that joins NCT in Wayne National Forest in Monroe and Washington Counties with BT in AEP ReCreation Land. TWL E (CCW) from here is described first in the WHIPPLE SECTION and later in the ROAD FORK SECTION. The description is completed in BELLE VALLEY SECTION (Pt 25 to Pt 30) and STOCKPORT SECTION (Pt 1 to Pt 7). TWL is 145.2 mi long, a distance that includes 57.1 mi off road. Few services will be found along the route.
Go SW on Onion Run Rd SW across Onion Run (0.2 mi). After 0.4 mi where Onion Run Rd ends, turn S onto Slivka Rd (C106).
|18.|| Lightner Ridge Rd (T22) at Tabor Ridge Rd (C66)|
Lightner Ridge Rd ends. Go NW on Tabor Ridge Rd past Newman Lane (0.11 mi, T28A, exits W) and Cain Ln (1.0 mi, T49, exits NE).
|19|| Tabor Ridge Rd (C66) at Goshen Run Rd (C52)|
Tabor Ridge Rd ends. Go S on Goshen Run Rd, descending slowly through remote rural land. After 1.5 mi where Goshen Run Rd turns W, go E on Williams Bridge Rd.
|20|| Williams Bridge over West Branch Wolf Creek|
Long known as the Barkhurst Mills Covered Bridge, this bridge is known today as the Williams' Bridge. The bridge was built in 1872 by John Shrake, then one of central and southeastern Ohio's foremost bridge builders. The mill for which the bridge is named stood about 75 feet away on the north side of Wolf Creek. The bridge is built with multiple king post trusses, a system of upright posts with diagonal braces widely used for construction of wooden bridges in Ohio during the 19th century. Go W on Williams Bridge Rd (C21). After 0.5 mi where Williams Bridge Rd turns S, join active skid road that climbs through private land past old barn w/Pr to Sandy Lane. Continue W. After 0.5 mi, merge onto SR 377 and go S past Buckeye Ridge Rd (0.45 mi, C7, exits S). Sidewalk is now available on E side of SR 377.
Current Point numbers, distances, and locations:
|0.0||58.1||1||Lincoln Highway Rd (T13) at Hedge Rd (T2)|
|3.8||54.3||2||Trail Junction near SR 78|
|6.5||51.6||3||Wood Grove Rd (C27) Crossing just S of Campsite H|
|12.9||45.2||4||BT at SR 78/SR 83 near Bridge over Dyes Fork (P)|
|16.6||41.5||5||Foot Trail on ATV Trail at McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) W of Culvert|
|18.5||39.6||6||BT at McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946)|
|19.4||38.7||7||McMannis-Riggs Rd (T946) at Onion Run Rd (T232)|
|21.1||37.0||8||Slivka Rd (C106) at Unionville Rd (C11)|
|22.0||36.1||9||Hooppole Ridge Rd (C11) at Cooper Ridge Rd (T233)|
|23.5||34.6||10||Cooper Rd (T233) at Olney Run Rd (T150)|
|25.8||32.3||11||Olney Run Rd (T150) at Groah Rd (T176)|
|26.7||31.4||12||Groah Rd (T176) at Moore Point Lookout Rd (C36)|
|28.2||29.9||13||McCoy Ridge Rd (C6) at Patterson Ridge Rd (T181) and McCord Ridge Rd.(C6)|
|29.9||28.2||14||Patterson Ridge Rd (T181) at Debout Rd (C6)|
|31.3||26.8||15||SR 266 at Market St (C2) in Stockport|
|32.7||25.4||16||Salt Works Hill Rd (T23) at SR 792|
|24.7||23.4||17||Starling Lane (T 23A) at Lightner Ridge Rd (T 22)|
|36.1||22.0||18||Lightner Ridge Rd (T22) at Tabor Ridge Rd (C66)|
|38.3||19.8||19||Tabor Ridge Rd (C66) at Goshen Run Rd (C52)|
|40.2||17.9||20||Williams Bridge over West Branch Wolf Creek|
|42.5||15.6||21||SR 377 at SR 555 in Chesterhill|
|43.5||14.6||22||Henman Rd (T53) at Thomas Rd (C82)|
|45.3||12.8||23||Thomas Rd (C82) at SR 555|
|47.8||10.3||24||Hoffman Rd (T55) at Newburn Drive (T58)|
|48.7||9.4||25||Newburn Rd (T58) at Wood Rd (C53)|
|50.4||7.7||26||Wood Rd (C53) at Westland Rd (C39)|
|52.0||6.1||27||Westland Rd (C39) at South Elliott Rd (C4)|
|53.5||4.6||28||Wells Rd (T102) at Miller Rd (C101) and SR 555|
|54.8||3.3||29||Miller Rd (C101) at Rock Hollow Rd (T67)|
|55.9||2.2||30||Rock Hollow Lane (T67) at Van Horn Hill Rd (T110)|
|58.1||0.0||31||SR 78 at East Branch Church Rd (C58)|