Wet Winter Hike

Wet Winter Hike on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Crash site of the U.S.S. Shenandoah


We started our hike at Point 22, in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail. This is the one of the three crash sites of the dirigible U.S.S. Shenandoah, which broke up in a thunderstorm in 1925. Knowing where the other two crash sites are located, it’s amazing how far the broken airship traveled.

Wreckage Site Number 1
Low ceiling day on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Spooky Buckeye Trail tree

The first mile or two is on back country road. We then turned onto a wet slippery trail which was a bit hard to hike on. There had been two solid nights of rain in the last week in this area.

Trail under water

This led to some of the inlets around the lake to be underwater! We had to go a bit off piste rather than wade through the water.

Unfortunately, it did not matter. Well, we DID have a bridge. It didn’t help much. My husband was not amused at his wet feet.

Wolf Run State Park
Crossing under Interstate 77

After leaving Wolf Run State Park, it’s a quick walk through Belle Valley, crossing Interstate 77. Then we were back to country roads and a bit of a steep hill.

Big hill to climb
View from top of hill

We knew we were close when we saw the church steeple in the distance-Ragan Chapel. It was a good day to hike, a bit chilly on the ridges, but the rain held off, a good day to #optoutside.

Ragan Chapel

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