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Walk a loop of Ohio's natural and historic wonders on the Buckeye Trail.

The blue-blazed Buckeye Trail is Ohio's most famous long distance hiking trail. Its 1440 mile (2320 km) length wraps around the entire state, passing through the most scenic regions that the state has to offer, including Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal as well as the Miami and Erie Canal. The trail's northern terminus is on Lake Erie in Headlands Beach State Park. From there, one branch leads south down the eastern edge of the state, and another leads west across the northern portion of the state. The two branches rejoin and form a single branch that leads to the southern terminus in Cincinnati.

1440 mi (2320 km)      $39.99 full guide       8 sections ($4.99 to $14.99 each)       Official App
1440 mi (2320 km)
$39.99 full guide
8 sections ($4.99 to $14.99 each)
Official App
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A map of the Buckeye Trail.
A map of the Buckeye Trail.
Works Offline, No Data Required

Once you’ve completed the initial setup of the app, all of our trail guides work offline. They use your device’s internal GPS to display your current location and guide you along the route. Offline use includes access to the key features of the guide, including the map, elevation profile, waypoint list, and more.

Trusted Trail Data

All of the data for our routes is collected by trusted individuals and partners, and is kept meticulously up to date. The track of each trail includes side trails and alternate routes, along with key waypoints. Our apps also offer comprehensive town guides, helping you resupply and access other services quickly.

Built for Community

Stay informed about trail conditions ahead by reading other hikers’ waypoint comments, and let other hikers know about your experience by leaving your own comments. Keep your friends and family up to date by sharing your current location from a Google Maps link sent via email or text message.

Offline Maps

Our variety of offline map sets, optionally downloaded as part of the initial setup and accessible offline afterwards, can give you extra quality information such as topographic lines with elevation values and satellite imagery.

Detailed Waypoints

Waypoints are plotted on a map and elevation profile, and each includes its own detail page with photos and descriptions. Water waypoints offer the most up-to-date water information, gathered from trusted sources and checked by other users.

Tailored to You

Plan your day by letting the app calculate the distance to the next campsite, water source, or other waypoint. Not every hike is the same, and we know that. Create your own custom routes using our route builder tool.

Works Offline, No Data Required

Once you’ve completed the initial setup of the app, all of our trail guides work offline. They use your device’s internal GPS to display your current location and guide you along the route. Offline use includes access to the key features of the guide, including the map, elevation profile, waypoint list, and more.

Our variety of offline map sets, optionally downloaded as part of the initial setup and accessible offline afterwards, can give you extra quality information such as topographic lines with elevation values and satellite imagery.

Trusted Trail Data

All of the data for our routes is collected by trusted individuals and partners, and is kept meticulously up to date. The track of each trail includes side trails and alternate routes, along with key waypoints. Our apps also offer comprehensive town guides, helping you resupply and access other services quickly.

Waypoints are plotted on a map and elevation profile, and each includes its own detail page with photos and descriptions. Water waypoints offer the most up-to-date water information, gathered from trusted sources and checked by other users.

Built for Community, Tailored to You

Stay informed about trail conditions ahead by reading other hikers’ waypoint comments, and let other hikers know about your experience by leaving your own comments. Keep your friends and family up to date by sharing your current location from a Google Maps link sent via email or text message.

Plan your day by letting the app calculate the distance to the next campsite, water source, or other waypoint. Not every hike is the same, and we know that. Create your own custom routes using our route builder tool.

How can I buy it?

Available as an in-app purchase in our Guthook Guides app, a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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The Buckeye Trail Thru-hiker Package includes all 8 packages of the Buckeye Trail (all 26 Sections) and is a 50% discount over buying the packages individually

$39.99

The Miami Rivers package includes the Williamsburg, Loveland, Caesar Creek, and Troy sections. This 150-mile portion of the trail begins in Cincinnati then heads northward through Dayton and ends in Lockington. The 52-mile Williamsburg section branches off to the southeast from the Loveland section. It winds around Harsha Lake and ends at Grant Lake.

Total trail miles: 202
Total waypoints: 149

$14.99

The Miami & Erie Canal package includes the St. Mary’s, Delphos, and Defiance sections of the Buckeye Trail. This 147-mile portion of the trail begins in Lockington and then heads northward past Lake Loramie, through New Bremen, Saint Marys, Spencerville, Delphos, Fort Jennings, Ottoville, and Defiance, then follows the Maumee River, ending in Waterville.

Total trail miles: 147
Total waypoints: 115

$14.99

The North Coast Inland package includes the Pemberville, Norwalk, and Medina sections of the Buckeye Trail. This is the northern portion of the Buckeye Trail. This 164-mile portion of the trail begins outside Toledo in Waterville and then heads east through Haskins, Pemberville, Woodville, Elmore, Lindsey, Fremont, Clyde, Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, Wakeman, Findley State Park, and Medina, and ends in Cleveland Metroparks, just outside Brecksville.

Total trail miles: 164
Total waypoints: 109

$4.99

The Crooked River package includes the Bedford, Burton, Akron, and Mogadore sections of the Buckeye Trail. This 255-mile loop trail is the northeast portion of the Buckeye Trail. Beginning outside Brecksville in Cleveland Metroparks, the trail heads northeast, mostly through parkland, to Bentleyville, Kirtland Hills, and Mentor on the shore of Lake Erie. The trail loop turns south at Headlands Beach State Park and goes through or near Painesville, Chardon, Burton, Hiram, and Mantua. The trail then winds its way around the Kirwan Reservoir in West Branch State Park, and heads southwest along the Mogadore Reservoir and Wingfoot Lake, through Hartville, Green, along Nimisila Reservoir, and joins the Akron section at the Tuscarawas River. The trail then follows the river northwest through Clinton and onto the city of Akron. The trail then heads north out of Akron and parallels the Cuyahoga River up to the start point of the loop.

Total trail miles: 255
Total waypoints: 223

$14.99

The Muskingum Lakes package includes the Massillon, Bowerston, and Belle Valley sections of the Buckeye Trail. This 175-mile trail is in the northeast portion of the Buckeye Trail. This segment begins in Hartville and goes west to the Nimisila Reservoir, then heads south through Massillon, Navarre and Boliver, along Leesville Lake, then through New Hagerston, and Bowerston, along Tappan Lake, Clendening Lake, and Piemont Lake, through Smyrna, Salt Fork State Park, Old Washington, near Senecaville Lake, then through Wolf Run State Park and Belle Valley, ending at Bicentennial Campground.

Total Miles: 175
Total Waypoints: 152

$9.99

The Wilderness Loop Package includes the Road Fork and Whipple Sections in the southeast portion of the Buckeye Trail.

Total miles: 138
Total waypoints: 81

$4.99

The Little Cities of the Forest Package includes the Stockport, New Straigtsville, and Old Man’s Cave Sections in the southern portion of the Buckeye Trail.

Total miles: 153
Total waypoints: 115

$9.99

The Appalachian Foothills Package includes the Scioto Trail, Sinking Spring, Shawnee, and West Union Sections of the Buckeye Trail. This is in the southern portion of the Buckeye Trail.

Total miles: 224
Total waypoints: 163

$9.99

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About our partner

Buckeye Trail Association

Throughout its history, the BTA has promoted the construction, maintenance, and use of a state-wide trail system within the State of Ohio. The main Buckeye Trail is supplemented with side trails, campsites, and other facilities, so that visitors can see some of the historical and beauty spots of the Buckeye State. The BTA maintains the Buckeye Trail primarily as a footpath, though certain portions are also designated for use by horsemen and other non-motorized users.

Today, the Buckeye Trail Association is a large, strong body of volunteers who maintain and promote the trail. Under the eye of the BTA, the Buckeye Trail continues to change and improve as the BTA looks for ways to move road sections off the roads, and to upgrade those off-road sections to high quality trail.

Learn more about the BTA