This long trail forms a giant loop around the state of Ohio. It traverses varied terrain, leading through some relatively wild forested areas as well as rural countryside. At times the trail follows old roads and canal tow-paths.
It passes through Wayne National Forest and a number of state parks and forests, plus private lands. A major portion is utilized by the new North Country Trail (see next entry). The walking is mostly easy, with hills and a few steep places. Portions of the trail are open to horseback riding, and bikes are permitted when it follows roads. Some segments are suitable for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.
Camping Regulations: Camping is generally restricted to designated sites, which are currently available along many but not all sections of the trail. For some stretches one must leave the trail at night. Campfire permits are required in a few locations in order to have a campfire. A stove is recommended.
Within Wayne National Forest camping is allowed anywhere along the trail, except near developed areas or where posted otherwise, and campfires are allowed. Campsites should be at least 50 feet from the trail and away from water sources.
For Further Information: Buckeye Trail Association, Inc., P.O. Box 254, Worthington, OH 43085. A series of trail maps and small guidebooks may be obtained from this organization.
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