Buckeye Trail

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Distance16.8mi
Elevation Gain4,540ft
Trailhead Elevation668ft
Top938ft
Elevation Min/Max636/938ft
Elevation Start/End668/668ft

Buckeye Trail

Buckeye Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Summit County and Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It is within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is 16.8 miles long and begins at 668 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,540 feet. The Boston Store Visitor Center information office is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Blue Hen Falls Overflow Parking and other parkings, the My Mountain Overlook viewpoint, and Ottawa Point Picnic Shelter and another shelter can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bridle Trail Br3, Bridle Trail, All Purpose Trail, Wildlife Woods Trail, Valley Bridal Trail, Peninsula Connector and Valley Trail.

Buckeye Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Upgraded from national recreation area to national park in 2000, Cuyahoga Valley National Park straddles a 22-mile north–south section of the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Tracing a line right down the center of it all is a section of the statewide Buckeye Trail (BT). For a relatively long and secluded hike in this popular park, tackle the BT from Red Lock and hike to the historic town of Boston, then return on the canal towpath. Stop at the popular Blue Hen and Buttermilk Falls along the way.

With more than 125 miles of trails, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one Ohio's premier hiking areas. Add a well-developed outdoor adventure infrastructure, and you can easily spend several days or longer discovering all the nooks and crannies of this lush greenway."

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12/26/2011
I hiked this trail today in about three hours and enjoyed every minute of it. While it is a fairly long walk for day hikers, the loop is relatively easy with only a few challenging ascents and descents, not to mention several beautiful spots to stop and snap a couple of pictures. The only downside to this trail is it is not well drained and will be fairly muddy if there has been any substantial precipitation the few days leading up to your hike. Make sure to bring good waterproof hiking boots and maybe some gators if you plan on making this trip after a storm or after snow melt. Otherwise, enjoy!
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10/27/2011
I have hiked almost every single trail in the cuyahoga valley and this has to be in my top 3. It was a great workout for myself and also my two dogs and we completed the loop in 2 and a half hours. Great hike for someone who has dogs and does not like crowded areas. We need not pass one person the entire trail.
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7/18/2010
I loved the Buckeye Trail portion of this hike, lots of secluded woods. I am not a fan of the Towpath, the well worn path does not do my feet much good and there are too many people. The Towpath portion is pretty short so I may do this hike again, maybe in the winter.
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5/22/2010
Good trail for a lengthy hike with several elevation challenges.We went after several days of rain and the trail was very muddy-I was wearing leather hiking boots and had trekking poles which came in very handy to make the muddy terrain easier to manage. A lot of highway noise in sections. No marker at Red Lock so turn right out of the parking lot and hike along the road a bit to get to the blue blaze marking the trail across the street. Good work out!
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12/29/2009
This is a good local trail for training. We had 27degrees, and @ 6 inches of snow. Wore our packs. We trekked Boston to Red Lock then turned around and back tracked. Red Lock has latrine open year round. Trail well marked in blue blazes. Must shift crossing paved roads, not confusing if take your map. Enough ups n downs to make it interesting. Total hike @11.5 miles retracking.
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9/13/2009
Moderate to difficult trail. Plenty of hills. Great work out. Finding the Buckeye Trail at Red Lock was difficult. The trail was over grown after you cross the bridge (west ) over the Cuyahoga river. Walk another 25 yards past the first blue blaze to find better access to the Buckeye trail.
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7/5/2004
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Dog-friendly
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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USGS: Peninsula
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