I knew December 20th was going to be a mild temperature day so I got myself out the door to hike a bit of the trail somewhat close to me, the Belle Valley section of the Buckeye Trail
Belle Valley Ohio
Belle Valley, Ohio, population 210 from the 2016 census. Very small village, with a gas station, two gun/hunting/fishing type stores, post office, bar. Belle Valley had its start when the Cleveland and Marietta Railroad was extended to that point. The Village of Belle Valley was incorporated in 1905.
I parked at Wolf Run State Park and walked west, thru Belle Valley to Valley Road, Township Road 60. I then retraced my steps back to the park where the off road section begins.
This section of the Buckeye Trail meanders around the western shore of Wolf Run State Park Lake. I guess that is it’s name? Yep, Wolf Run Lake, I just checked.
It’s a pretty trail, non technical, but with a bit of up and down as you follow the trail around the west side of the lake.
No More out and Backs for Me
I’m pretty grumpy this first half of the hike. All I know is I’m walking to Point 23, whereupon I’m going to turn around and go back the same way I came. Yes, the trail will look different coming from the other direction..but I’m still grumpy.
I get to the Group Camp area, which is Point 24, and debate going on. If I am serious about section hiking the Buckeye Trail, then that will be a section I will have to make up on another day…so I go on.
At the turn around, I get my water bottle out of my pack, and also eat my pear. This gives me a little cheer, and I am in a better mood on the way back to my vehicle.
I hiked about ten miles, it was a good day to be outside!