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Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day

What is National Trails Day?

Held on the first Saturday of June, National Trails Day is a nationwide coordinated event promoted by the American Hiking Society and the trails community to connect more people to trails.  All trails hold adventure and it is up to YOU to unlock the magic that can be found on a trail.

National Trails Day
Find a New Trail

I’ve said it before, two of my favorite words are “New Trail”. This is a good day to explore a new trail. Drive to that trail head you’ve passed a million times and discover what’s beyond that little green tunnel.

Take a New Trail Partner With You

By concentrating on a single National Trails Day, it is hoped to attract new trail users. Do you have a friend who might want to go for a hike?  Call them up and take them with you. It doesn’t have to be an epic climb to Machu  Picchu!  Machu Picchu National Trails DayGo for a little walk around the local metropark!

National Trails Day

Get Outside!




Buckeye Blitz! Belle Valley Miles

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz

What’s the Buckeye Blitz?

The BT Blitz is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event! The Buckeye Blitz runs from May 28 through June 3, which is National Trails Day.

Who’s Buckeye Blitzin?

I crack myself up. I created good old Blitzin while hiking the Buckeye Trail at Salt Fork State Park. This is in the Belle Valley Section, Points 5-6.

The Original Blitzin

I left very early in the morning, it is only about twenty minutes to the trail for me. I have run/powerhiked this section, years ago, and I remember it has several good climbs!

I took the loppers. I wanted to see how I remembered this section. There was quite a bit of overgrowth around blazed tree, and I tried to make the the blazes stand out.


This section is very wet right now, considering we have had several big thunderstorms in the last several days. Generally, this is a pretty dry section, but I do remember there are a few feet that are just kind of wet and mushy.

Turtle Buckeye Blitz

Turtle Buckeye Blitz

The turn into the woods from Park Road 55 is very well blazed.

road turn buckeye blitz

I walked about seven miles of trail in just under four hours, there is four hours of Buckeye Trail Time for the Blitz!

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz Begins Sunday

Buckeye Trail BlitzBuckeye Trail Blitz Begins Sunday

The Buckeye Trail Blitz is an event that coincides with National Trails Day on June 3 an event that is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and motivates hundreds of thousands of people to get out and enjoy their local trail system.

The Buckeye Blitz Twist:

From the BTA Website: The Buckeye Trail Blitz  is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event. As BT users, this is a great opportunity for us all to chip in and make certain that the trail is clear for our hikers and gives you the opportunity to report any major issues on the trail that may need the attention of our Buckeye Trail Crew members.”

Going for the Full Week

Instead of just focusing on Saturday June 3rd, the Buckeye Blitz is the full week leading up to National Trails Day. Everyone is encouraged to get out on the Buckeye Trail and do a bit of maintenance.  Pick up trash, bring a set of pruners or loppers and cut back vegetation.  Want to join a BTA work party on June 3-4? There are at least two scheduled, check out the work schedule here.

Get Out on the Trail!

Off work Monday? Get out and celebrate on the Buckeye Trail! Do a little maintenance and let the BTA know about it! We want to log and celebrate our volunteer hours.

What am I Doing?

Shucks, we just finished clearing Leesville North and South Section in the Muskingum Lake District on April 27!

We should have waited two days, we could have logged those hours into The Blitz! Oh well, the work schedule worked out, with four of us working, we were able to take care of at least  8 downed trees on two sections in about five hours-thanks Nick, Steve and Dennis!

I think I am going to do a little hike on the Trail on the Salt Fork State Park section, bring my loppers and see if there is any pruning that needs to be done out there. I hope to see some hikers along the way!

My First Buckeye Trail Fest Report

This is my first Buckeye Trail Fest Report,  I am happy to say it will not be my last!

Buckeye Trail Fest Report

Buckeye Trail Fest = Annual Meeting

Who was the brilliant person that came up with the idea of TrailFest instead of “Annual Meeting”?  Psst. It’s the one and same. At the annual meeting of the BTA, there are hikes and workshops you can participate in. At the Buckeye TrailFest,  there are hikes scheduled, and speakers and workshops! And oh yes, the annual meeting of the BTA will be at TrailFest too!

Who wants to go to a *meeting* That word ranks right under *committee* for dullness and lack of appeal. But a *Trail Fest*? Heck yeah!

 Stuff to Do

There were two different programs. There was the workshop/presentation program and a hiking program. I start to circle activities that I want to attend. Then hikes I want to go on-basically I want to go on all the hikes. Then I notice most of this stuff is going to overlap with each other-I have to make a choice!  That’s pretty cool that there was so much to do at Trail Fest 2017 that you can to make tough decisions.

Camp Hugh Taylor Birch

The 2017 TrailFest was held at the Boy Scout Camp Hugh Taylor Birch. This is a super location right next to John Bryan State Park, and an easy hike to Clifton Gorge and Glen Helen Preserve.  There was camping available in any form you wanted: tent camping, cabins, bring your own camper. Our meetings were held in the dinning hall and the Turner building, both comfortable facilities for the workshops.

Trail Towns

There was a presentation on Thursday (which I missed) designating Yellow Springs as the most recent “Trail Town”.

Buckeye Trail Fest


I was happy I had glanced at the website last minute, because I noticed there was a showing of “Trail Magic” a documentary about Emma Gatewood, the first woman to *solo* 🙂 hike the Appalachian Trail.  I knew about Grandma Gatewood, but I didn’t know her story. I encourage you to view the movie when you can and check out the book.

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Clifton Gorge Hike Friday

I decided to go on the Clifton Gorge Hike on Friday as it was supposed to be short and we’d be back in plenty of time for the afternoon presentations.  That didn’t work out so well, as the Gorge was “gorgeous” and hikers were taking way too long admiring and taking pictures of flowers. Connie Pond was our leader and she could not have picked a better day with all the spring ephemerals  in bloom.

Buckeye Trail Fest Clifton Gorge Columbines

South Rim Trail Clifton Gorge Preserve

Sog Fest

I decided to skip the Saturday hikes in order to make the presentations.  That worked out well with Mother Nature’s plan too, as it stormed heavily all morning long.

Buckeye Trail Fest

I was hoping it was just a Flash Flood Warning that lit up hiker’s phones in the room, not a Tornado Warning!


Much knowledge was obtained from a bunch from the different presenters this past week end. I have ideas on how to use different transportation to make a section hike, some new apps to check out, new trails to explore, how to improve my photo taking skills, the history of the Buckeye Trail. I’m glad I took notes!

 Dinner and Auction

Stacey Kozel  gave the keynote speech on her travels on completing the Appalachian Trail. Stacey is paralyzed. She was able to hike by use of exoskeletons on her legs. No wonder her nickname is IronWill. Stacey Kozel Buckeye Trail Fest



Annual Meeting Sunday

This was my first TrailFest and annual meeting. It moved along smoothly and good knowledge was passed on, and the meeting didn’t drag on! It was then time to move on toward home and look forward to the next Buckeye TrailFest!


Will you be attending the 2018 Buckeye TrailFest in Hocking Hills?


First Timer at Buckeye Trail Fest

I am off today to Yellow Springs Ohio, to attend my first Buckeye Trail Fest!

What is Buckeye Trail Fest?

Buckeye Trail Fest

The Buckeye Trail Fest is the annual meeting and celebration of the Blue Blazed Trail that winds around the state of Ohio. There are hikes, bird watching, work shops, talks scheduled for attendees.  It is a very nice schedule of events, I have had to choose between favorites that are happening at the same time! A nice problem to have!


I’ve Lost My Voice!

The high tree pollen count has smote me. It started on Tuesday, at work, my voice getting huskier and huskier as the day went on. Wednesday, I had practically no voice at all, just a soft rasp.  Great! I’m going to Buckeye Trail Fest to meet and talk to new people! Talking being the key word here!

Today, the voice is a bit better. I am hoping the tree pollen in Yellow Springs will be a bit more advanced than my home area, and my allergies clear up a bit. I’m prepared to bring sharpie pen and notebook and write big notes to people if needed!

What I Hope to Accomplish at Trail Fest

I want to hike in some new areas to me. I want to attend some work shops in order to learn more about the Buckeye Trail, camping, photography. I want to get some good ideas for future writings from other hikers, such as “what has been the biggest mistake you’ve made hiking” “best piece of gear” “best advice” “favorite section of the Buckeye Trail” so you may see whip out my little notebook when we’re talking-if I have a voice!

I plan on writing a Trail Fest Report next week, stay tuned for that!

Are you attending Buckeye Trail Fest? Come on over to Yellow Springs!

Celebrating the Last Day of Winter! Hike Report Senecaville Buckeye Trail

The Last Day of Winter The hike was organized as a point to point hike with a few vehicles staged for shuttling back. This location is in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail, Points 16 thru 18 on the map.

BT HIkers on the Last Day of Winter

It was an awesome hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Belle Valley Section, by the Senecaville Dam. It was a 4.54 mile hike, mostly “off road” which means “on trail!”

Off road on the Buckeye Trail

Nice Day on the Buckeye Trail

Winter is still holding on with the lack of greenery, but the temperature was nice in the forties, good for hiking weather.Nature Day on the Buckeye TrailBlow down on the Buckeye TrailParts of this section need a little bit of work, as evidenced by this blow down about one mile into the section.Another uphill on the Buckeye TrailThere are some good hills on this section.
Fire Tower on the Buckeye TrailYou know if you are by a fire tower you’re on the highest point in the area at 1198 feet.

It would be hard to beat this view from this location.

Last hill on the Buckeye Trail

The last hill-really! The five kids on the hike were troopers.

A nice view from the last hill top.
End of Trail Buckeye Trail

Trail end here! We had shuttled vehicles so we could all thru hike the section.End of Trail Selfie

Did you get out for a hike or run on this last day of winter?



Hike Report Lake Clendenning

Lake Clendenning Loop

I was off work today and was able to opt outside and take advantage of some mild January weather. Actually, this hike was to take place on Tuesday, but the 32F and freezing rain made me postpone. I’m glad I did, since I lucked into 50 degrees toward the end of my hike!

Yes I said hike

This was not a run. It wasn’t even planned as a run. The idea was to hike the 11ish mile portion of the Buckeye Trail over at Lake Clendenning.  By parking along the road, I was able to hike 1.6 miles down to the trailhead.  Then I followed the trail which ran pretty close to the lake, back to my vehicle. I need some endurance time on trails if I have any confidence in finishing the Tarawera 62K in three weeks.

Buckeye Trail

I am becoming more involved with the Buckeye Trail Association, which is a group of volunteers who maintain and promote the trail.  On route to building new trail at Piedmont Lake, we drove across the bridge at Lake Clendenning. One volunteer pointed out the blue blazed trail heads, mentioning this section was about 11 miles long, and you could make it into a loop. My little trail ears perked right up. Something that I could do other than an “out and back”?  I made a mental note.

Trail Maps Christmas Presents

Santa brought me several section maps of the Buckeye Trail for Christmas.  I want to start hiking the sections of the BT closest to me-of course the end goal is going to be to section hike the entire BT!  This section of trail is only a half hour drive for me.

New (to me) Trail

There are hardly any words better than “new trail”.  It’s always so exciting and interesting to start down a new trail. You have no expectations and never know what you will run into. The weather was cold at the start. I parked off the road, close to where I would exit the trail back onto  Route 799 (Point 21) .  I then set off for the 1.6 mile (my BT map was spot on!) to the trail head further north on Rt 799 (Pt 18.)

Lake Clendenning Loop

It was a great day to opt outside. A little cool at the start, I had to change out my fleece hat for a warm headband as I hiked up the first hills. Follow the Blue Blazes  This is not a hard section of the Buckeye Trail. There are many switchbacks so there is no big climbs.

White Blazed Trail

I did by accident take the white blazed trail down to the road.  This is the white/orange line on the map.Chimney After I got down to the dirt road, I did pull out my map. It turns out I was now on the road.  Lake Clendenning It was fine. I walked down the road, to the intersection with the BT.


Hmm. If I climb back up the blue blazed trail, it seems this is taking me in the same direction that I just came in. But where are my blazes? I study the map. Okay, I walk down the road where I can see  the signpost. Nope, I think I need to go down the other road.  Sure enough, 1/10 of a mile down, blue blaze!  blue blazeScore! (Note: this intersection just needs one more blaze right in this area.)

Building Foundations and Daffodils

I love to see old building remnants and foundations.  old house foundationI will be back on this section to see if there are any daffodils to rescue.

There was the random boat in the woods that just begged for a photo op.

random boat in woods


This is a good hike. Especially where you can set it up for a loop.

trail head


Were you lucky enough to opt outside on this mild January day?