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Buckeye Trail 3-Day 2-Night Backpacking Trip.

  • 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road Glouster, OH, 45732 United States (map)

Must be pre-registered, please see below!

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Buckeye Trail 3-Day 2-Night Backpacking Trip

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Join Great Miami Outfitters in hiking on the New Straitsville Section of the Buckeye Trail! The Buckeye Trail circumnavigates the State of Ohio comprising of 1,400 miles of natural and paved trails. This trip is located within Burr Oak State Park located in the Appalachian Foothills of Southeastern Ohio!

We will also cover a few topics for the novice and a refresher for the experienced backpacker along the way – proper campsite set up, filtering and purifying water, food hanging, Leave No Trace principles, and more!  We invite you learn some tips and tricks and to share your experiences with other outdoor enthusiasts!

A suggested checklist for equipment, gear, clothing, food is available at the store.  Each participant is responsible for all of their own personal needs.  Our staff will gladly assist or answer questions. Please dress for the weather, as inclement weather is possible. Some trails may be muddy.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

This trip includes hiking a total of approximately 24 miles*.

* Participants are responsible to know their own abilities and skills and are responsible for their own safety and comfort. Great Miami Outfitters will not make any such determination, however we will be happy to answer your questions or concerns. 
* Outdoor activities may require some strenuous exercise.
* These are fun trips and a chance to get out, learn, relax and enjoy our local backpacking trails.

Pre-trip meeting required Tuesday, April 26:
Pre-Trip Meeting will be held at Great Miami Outfitters’ Broken Paddle Multi-Purpose Classroom from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Our instructor-guides will cover logistics and trip details. Attendance is mandatory for all participants.
Day 1 Friday, April 29th:
We will meet at Great Miami Outfitters early Friday morning to prepare for our weekend away and travel to the trailhead in southeastern Ohio. While on the trail, we’ll take breaks to discuss “Leave No Trace” principles, hands-on water treatment, proper food bag hanging, camp setup, outdoor hygiene and sanitation, hiking techniques and more! We will continue to the campsite where we will set up, and enjoy the evening with meals and conversation. 
Day 2 Saturday, April 30th:
A full-day of hiking is ahead of us. We will hike to our second campsite, stopping for lunch and various workshops along the trail. 
Day 3 Sunday, May 1st:

We will prepare breakfast before breaking down camp, and hiking the remainder of the way to our trailhead parking lot. Upon arriving, we will enjoy a meal in town and head back to the Miami Valley!

Burr Oak State Park
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road
Glouster, Ohio 45732

During the trip, we will practice a variety of outdoor skills:
• Leave No Trace Principles
• Pack organization and adjustments
• Water treatment – filtration and purification
• Food bag hanging
• Nutrition and meal planning (pre-trip meeting)
• Navigation – basic map orientation
• Camp setup
• Waste management

Advance registration and payment is required.

Number of participants is limited. Once full, others will be added to a waiting list. Please ask us for more information.
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by Friday, April 15; 50% refund if cancelled on April 15 to April 22.  No refund after April 22. 

$155 per participant
Includes transportation to trailhead from Great Miami Outfitters and from the trailhead back to Great Miami Outfitters, as well as skill instruction and complete outfitting service. See details below

The following items are required for this trip:
• Properly fitting backpack
• Shelter – tent or hammock
• Sleeping system – pad and bag
• Cooking system – stove and cookware
• Appropriate apparel for weather
• Properly fitting hiking boots
• Food, eatware and utensils
• Headlamp
• Personal items including medications
A full, suggested weekend backpacking checklist is available at the store.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

Want to try this but you don’t have your own equipment? No problem. You may use our equipment at no additional charge. Limited equipment includes:
• Tent or hammock with shelter
• Backpack
• Sleeping pad
• Stove
• Cookware
Our outfitting equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. Call or stop in for details.

The following requirements must be met in order to participate in this course. Please let our staff know if you have any issues, concerns or questions.
• The participant must independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course description.
• The participant must be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants.
• The participant must be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
• The participant must be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.

Is this trip only for beginner backpackers?
No! We welcome experienced, intermediate, and beginner backpackers to share their experiences, tips and tricks!
Will we have a campfire?
YES. Campfires are allowed in Burr Oak State Park’s primitive camping sites. There will not be electricity.
What are the demographics?
People from all walks of life attend our courses and trips. Demographics range from male and females, ages 20 to 70!
How should I physically prepare for the trip?
The best way to practice is to get out and hike! A good tip is to hike with your backpack fully loaded with your gear; your body will become more accustomed to carrying the extra weight.
Is there a prerequisite for this trip?
No, there is no prerequisite class or course for this trip.
Do you have any classes I can take before this trip?
Yes! We have three Introduction to Backpacking Classes scheduled for February 18, March 16, and April 13. For full details and registration, visit OUR EVENT LIST.
Do I need to pack my own food for this trip?
Yes. Please pack your own meals and snacks for this trip. Further details will be provided at pre-trip meeting.
Will there be water available?
Yes. At some trailheads, there are faucets that operate seasonally. Also, we will practice water filtration and purification!
I see this trip is Waste Free…how can I help?
Thanks for asking! All of Great Miami Outfitters’ classes, courses, and trips are Waste Free meaning that we re-use, recycle, or compost as much of our waste as possible. You can help by bringing a re-usable water bottle, cups, eatware, and utensils!

For more information stop in, call (937) 847-8787 or EMAIL:

For nearly 1444 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.

First envisioned in the late 1950′s as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati. The separate legs rejoin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, and complete the trip to the lake. Because it is a loop, it is also in essence, endless. You may start a hike at any point and hike as long as you want without ever reaching an end!

Located in southeast Ohio, quiet and remote Burr Oak State Park has a rustic country charm in its 2,593-acre scenery of wooded hills and valley farms. Burr Oak State Park epitomizes the wilderness character of southeast Ohio. Miles of forested ridges and hollows comprise these foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The woodlands support a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, box turtles and the elusive wild turkey. The lake’s shore is inhabited by the industrious beaver and various waterfowl species.

The forest is comprised of numerous hardwoods but is dominated by stately oaks and hickories. In autumn, the forest displays spectacular fall colors as leaves turn to deep reds, brilliant yellows and burnt oranges. Woodland wildflowers are equally as impressive in the spring when violets, Dutchman’s breeches, trillium, rare orchids, bloodroot and hepatica are in bloom.