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Native Americans as early as A.D. 1000 raised turkeys for food.
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Native Americans as early as A.D. 1000 raised turkeys for food.
Description - A designated Millennium Legacy Trail, the Buckeye Trail is divided into 24 sections each named for an area or specific feature. Founded in 1959 by the Buckeye Trail Association, nearly 1,300 miles of trail travel the state stretching from Mentor Headlands Beach on Lake Erie to Eden Park in Cincinnati. It touches 40 of Ohio's 88 counties with no major population center lying more than 75 miles from any point along the trail.

Offering sights of Ohio's most splendid historic and scenic areas, the trail extends over abandoned railroads and former canal towpaths, through forested and grassy public lands, and into quiet towns and bustling urban areas.

The trail is a cooperative effort with the following entities: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Historical Society, the U.S. Forest Service, the Muskingum and Miami Conservancy Districts, many local public agencies, and private land owners. As a result, the Buckeye Trail is free to the trailblazer.

Attractions - The long distance Buckeye Trail travels over glaciated and unglaciated terrain, across open grasslands, alongside golden cornfields, and across narrow woodland lanes. Trailblazers can discover Ohio's abandoned railways, its historic homesteads, and one of the country's earliest transportation routes - the towpath canal. Serving as a link to other long distance trails in America including the North Country National Scenic Trail and the American Discovery Trail, users are offered endless miles of exploration where hikers, bicycles, horses, and cross-country skiers are welcome. Primarily maintained by volunteers, the trail is blazed with 2" wide by 6" high blue markers.

The Buckeye Trail Association has divided the trail into 24 separate tracts with descriptions and facilities identified for each. Details include campsites, potable water, emergency medical, grocery stores, seasonal festivals, natural features, wildlife facts and trail alerts. For details about the segments and their accompanying facilities write to Buckeye Trail Association, P. O. Box 254, Worthington, OH 43085.

Recreation - Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing are the main uses along the 1,300-mile trail. Facilities near the long distance trail include food service, camping, potable water, emergency medical help, and outdoor outfitters.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - The Buckeye Trail encircles the state entering 40 of Ohio's 88 counties.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: David
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We started at Delphos and spent 3 days on the trail. We traveled 70 miles but it was the first 40-50 that we enjoyed. The old canal route runs from Delphos south and it was pretty with much to see as we traveled past the old locks. Several locks were great old spots. Where the route follows roads it was bad. There was little to enjoy and night hiking was unsafe. There are many places to relax but very few places for one to camp. We left one of our crew behind on the last night. He was camped just off the trail in a residential neighborhood adjacent to a corn field. The farmer called him in and an officer came to investigate. We were told the farmer had no problem with us being there but it seems there are a lot of run aways who use the trail.

Filed By: Scottie B. (Van Wert, OH)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I'm planning on doing a thru-hike starting in late spring in Delphos. Is anyone interested?


More Information

Contact Information:
Buckeye Trail Association, Inc., P.O. Box 254 , Worthington, OH, 43085
, info@buckeyetrail.org

Additional Information:
Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.

Links:
The Buckeye Trail Association - Non-profit site

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