This Memorial Day, 2018 I've decided to section hike the Buckeye Trail, which is a 1,444 mile trail around the entire state of Ohio. http://buckeyetrail.org/ The Buckeye Trail is a portion of the American Discovery Trail, which traverses the entire U.S. from California to Delaware. http://www.discoverytrail.org/
I'll be starting at the Southern Terminus in Eden Park in Cincinnati. The hike will take me through many our Ohio's gems, including John Bryan State Park (http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/johnbryan), Cuyahoga Valley National Park (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm), and Hocking Hills State Park (http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills). In addition to walking through amazing forests and state and national parks, I'll be traversing major cities, small towns and farm land.
I'm hiking the trail to learn more about and experience our beautiful state of Ohio. I hope to squeeze in hikes on weekends and whenever I can. It may take me 15 years to finish but I hope to finish it!
Let me know if you want to join me on any of my hikes to Explore Ohio!
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After several hikes of street walking in Cincinnati, I finally got on a "trail" portion of the Buckeye Trail! This portion of the trail is along the 78 mile Little Miami Scenic Park trail, which is a very popular trail for cyclists, runners and walkers. It was great to get into a green tunnel for once. Plus, I got to meet this deer that was very interested in me!
I walked about 8.5 miles from Hyde Park to Milford where I stopped for a beer at the lovely Little Miami Brewing Company. As I walked into the bar, it erupted in loud cheers as Germany scored a goal against Sweden in extra time and won the game. Being a very German area, the bar was filled with Germany fans wearing jerseys. As we know, Sweden eventually moved on and Germany did not.
I hope to hit the trail more frequently as the summer days become less hectic. The trail will continue to Caesar Creek State Park and the Fort Ancient Archaeological Park.
The Mushroom House is probably one of the most curious sights on the Buckeye Trail. It is located at 3331 Erie Ave in Cincinnati. The crazy house was created between 1992 and 2006 by the late architecture professor Terry Brown (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-cincinnati-mushroom-house). I crack a smile every time I pass by this house, which looks like it is right out of Wonderland.
On June 11, I decided to squeeze in a few miles on the Buckeye Trail near my housing, picking up where I left off in O'Bryonville during my first trek on the Trail. The stretch I hiked goes from O'Bryonville to Hyde Park on Madison road. This picture is from Hyde Park Square, which is square in Cincinnati having restaurants and small boutique shops.
On June 2, 2018 we visited my sister and husband, who's house in Peninsula is literally on the Buckeye Trail! There are blue blazes on the sidewalk in front of their house. We hiked the Pine Lane trail, which is within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm). The CVNP was established as a National Park in 2000, making it one of the newer national parks in the National Park System. It extends along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland. It protects may rural and natural areas, and includes many popular attractions, such as the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Brandywine Falls.
I am really looking forward to exploring the CVNP section of the Buckeye Trail!
Much of the first two miles of the Buckeye Trail that we hiked today follows the course of Cincinnati's Flying Pig Half and Full Marathons. The trail starts at the peak of the most brutal hills on the course - Gilbert and Eden Park Drive hills. The trail follows the course along Victory Parkway, McMillan Street and Woodburn Ave. The trail turns right onto Madison into Obryonville to follow the marathon course (half marathoner's like me turn left).
This picture is of St. Francis de Sales Church (http://www.stfrancisds.com/) in the background, and Woodburn Brewery (http://www.woodburnbrewery.com/) in the foreground. Woodburn Brewery is a place where some of my friends like to "carb load" (or is it "carb re-load"?) during the Flying Pig! Woodburn is a great place to shop, eat and drink!
We continued our hike to Bob Roncker's Running Spot (https://jackrabbit.com/info/locations/store/bob-ronckers-running-spot-obryonville), stopping at two miles before walking the two miles back. Thank you to Roncker's for letting us use their restrooms, giving us water, and letting us check out the shoe museum!
All in all it was a great hike. Because it was almost 90 degrees, there was a lot of complaining from my daughters ("I'm hot!" "When is it two miles!"). However, we all had a lot of fun exploring our city. I hope that they will want to join me on future hikes!