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Welcome to the "The Loop"! the BTA's E-news for the latest on Ohio's Buckeye Trail.  We want to keep you in the loop with what's going on around the 1,440 miles of Ohio's Buckeye Trail. If you would like to share with others what is happening on the BT near you with others please submit your local events, news, volunteer opportunities and experiences to theloop@buckeyetrail.org.  Thank you for your continuing support of the BTA and our mission to develop Ohio's longest scenic hiking trail. Our quarterly membership newsletter, the BTA Trailblazer, will continue to provide you with more in depth information on Ohio's Buckeye Trail. 

2011 Buckeye Trail Annual Meeting  
Fifty-seven people crowded the BTA Century Barn during the 2011 BTA Annual Meeting at on Tappan Lake from May 20-22 where the weather turned out to be beautiful. Along with delicious food and fellowship, people enjoyed a bird hike, afternoon hikes, boating on the lake, blacksmith demonstration, and a visit to the Dennison Railroad Museum. There was a lot of laughter on Friday evening during Buckeye Trail Fun Night and on Saturday evening everyone enjoyed a wonderful presentation by Paul Stutzman on his adventure and book Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail.

Missed the Annual Meeting but want to see the Barn and enjoy the company of BTA Membership?  Join us on July 16-17 at the Barn for the Annual Picnic and the first ever Buckeye Trail Olympics!
Photo by Jenny Koester
Next year, Something new is coming......

Buckeye Trail SpringFest 2012!

Mark your calendars now - April 27-29, 2012
...along the Buckeye Trail in southwestern Ohio
More details coming soon.

New Burton Section Map 
The Burton Section map is the most recent digital revision now available in the Buckeye Trail Shop thanks to hard work of your Cartography Team.  Here's a sneak peak of a portion of the indispensable map:
The Road Fork Section is next on the list, stay tuned.


Buckeye Trail Crew and the BTA Renegade Chapter Team Up 

Join the Work Party on the Historic Miami & Erie Canal Towpath June 18th-22nd


We'll be building new Buckeye Trail on the historic Towpath. Come out and help
the Crew and the BTA local Chapter knock out the last segment of unfinished BT between the communities of Florida and Grand Rapids. Experience scenic vistas of the Maumee River and the rich history of the canal era including interpretation and restored canal boat at Providence Metropark across the river from Grand Rapids. 

Photo by Joe Krueger


Visit the Buckeye Trail Events page for more details! 

Hello Southwest Ohio!

Join us for a Fort Ancient Area Hike ~ June 25th, 10:30am

This will be part of a series
of regular hikes scheduled across southwestern Ohio in an effort to get more BTA members to gather together and go hiking using parts of the BT. You don't have to   be a member to join the fun!                
We will do hikes of 2, 6, 8, and 10 miles using the BT and white blazed side trails in the Little Miami River valley near Fort Ancient (Loveland Section Map). These loop hikes will start at the ODNR parking lot on SR 350 near Morgan's Canoe Livery and will be using various trails within the valley.  There will be a variety of terrain with decent elevation changes, flat bike trail, river bottoms, and ridgeline walking. We'll have some views, ancient earthworks, the Little Miami River, the June Morgan Memorial and the Kern Effigies to guide us along our way.

Check out the BTA Events page for more details.

(Winter Fort Ancient area photo to cool you off by Darryl Smith)


North Country Trail Annual Conference coming to Dayton, August 11th-14th
The BTA is proud to host the NCTA Annual Conference in Dayton, OH, the 'Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest'. The conference comes to Ohio once every seven years.  This event is co-sponsored by Five Rivers MetroParks and based at the Wright State University Campus. We'll highlight the best of the Miami Valley for our North Country visitors from New York to North Dakota, but it will be an event locals won't want to miss either.  Andrew Skurka will present his latest adventure, the Alaska-Yukon Expedition.  Bart Smith will present 'Walking Down a Dream; a photographic journey along America's National Scenic Trails.  In between our two great speakers are workshops, hikes, paddles, bikes, food, and entertainment. Registration is open, check out  www.northcountrytrail.org for more details on more than 50 great experiences over 3 days including family friendly activities!

  
WDD: National Scenic Trails Intro to Bart Smith's Walking Down a Dream
WDD: National Scenic Trails Intro to Bart Smith's Walking Down a Dream
Join us for a hike in Taylorsville MetroPark on June 18th to learn a little more about the North Country National Scenic Trail that passes right through Dayton, OH on the Buckeye Trail.


Captain Blue Hiking Thru on the BTCaptain Blue
On March 20, 2011 Captain Blue (a.k.a. Andy Niekamp) started out for a hike on the Buckeye Trail from Dayton, Ohio. The plan was to hike on the Buckeye Trail for as long as long as it was fun.  Two and half months and 1,200 miles later Captain Blue can almost smell his mom's home cooking as he nears the end.  For a day by day account and photos of a BT Thru-Hike check out his blog www.buckeyetrailhiker.com. The Captain has rediscovered Ohio and caught the volunteer bug along the way. Join Captain Blue on his return home to Dayton, OH on June 15th!

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Ohio's Buckeye Trail
The Buckeye Trail was established in 1959, today it is a 1,444 mile hiking trail linking the four corners of Ohio marked by 2" x 6" blue blazes. The BT follows wooded footpaths, abandoned railroad corridors, historic canal towpaths, rivers, lakeshores, and country roads, within both rural and urban settings. The Trail provides public access to Ohio's scenic and historic diversity. The BT is open to all, made possible through the permission and cooperation of federal, state, local agencies, private landowners and the tireless work of volunteers.

Our Mission
The Buckeye Trail Association is the leader in building, maintaining, protecting and promoting use of Ohio's longest scenic hiking trail for our citizens, communities and partners. We provide outdoor recreation, opportunities to volunteer, education, access to the varied resources of Ohio and local economic benefits.




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