About The Buckeye Trail

For nearly 1444 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer. The Buckeye Trail is the longest circular trail in the nation.

First envisioned in the late 1950’s as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati. The separate legs rejoin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, and complete the trip to the lake. Because it is a loop, it is also in essence, endless. You may start a hike at any point and hike as long as you want without ever reaching an end!

The trail is identified by blue blazes, 2" wide by 6" high, on trees or poles. The trail is maintained and managed by the  Buckeye Trail Association a non-profit volunteer organization. Check out the Buckeye Trail Online Forums for active discussions on the trail.

The Buckeye Trail and the North Country Trail share the same path for over 800 miles. The North Country Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota. The largest town on the North Country Trail is Dayton, Ohio. The American Discovery Trail follows the Buckeye Trail for most of its route through Ohio. Parts of the Buckeye Trail can be explored by bicycle, horse and car.