Buckeye Trail - West Union

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Trail Description

Supervisor: Open

62.8 Total Miles / 0.2 Off Road Miles (0.3%)
Map Publication Date: August 2012

The Buckeye Trail reaches its most southerly point on the trail in the section, dipping to withing two miles of the Ohio River. The trail primarily follows back roads alongside several small streams. The only town directly on the trail is Bentonville, but a larger city of Manchester lies only two miles off the trail. As the trail continues westward, the hills begin to flatten a bit and more farmland appears. After fording a stream twice, the section ends near Grant Lake.

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  • (6/12/11) A small, permanent change in trail routing past the old community of New Hope has been created by West Union Section Supervisor Steve Miller. New Hope has achieved near ghost town status in recent years.
    In Miller's words, "Reason for relocation - High Street from Main St to New Hope-White Oak Station Rd is not only closed, but barricaded to an extent that getting around the barricade is very difficult." The new route of the Buckeye Trail follows New Hope-White Oak Station Road around New Hope. The change in route does not affect the distance in any significant way.
    The Feb 2010 West Union Edition is affected as follows. Most of the description applied in Point 29 related to travel through New Hope. With that material removed, there is no need for Point 30 which is where the route through New Hope returned to New Hope-White Oak Station Road. The new text should read:
29 Hauke Rd at East Entrance to White Oak Covered Bridge (Closed to traffic)
This covered bridge is a well-preserved example of laminated bow arch construction, claimed rare. BT continues NW on Hauke Rd. In 1300', BT continues E across US-68 onto New Hope-White Oak Station Rd, after 150' passing Main St (exits N), after 450' passing New Hope-McKinley Rd (exits SE). BT continues generally E past Goose Run Rd (6800', exits E), crosses an unnamed stream (960'), crosses Goose Run (1000') and passes Stephan Rd (3300' exits E). In 1200', BT leaves New Hope-White Oak Station Rd and turns NW onto Beckelheimer Rd
31 Beckelheimer Rd at Barricade before Brown Covered Bridge
This is the extent of the changes specific to this Alert.

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