Ohio is not your average “North Country,” but it contains places that get fairly wild.
Trail users have access to over 1,000 miles of the North Country Trail through Ohio, most of which is shared route with the Buckeye Trail.
The Trail enters Ohio from southern Michigan and joins the Wabash Cannonball Trail. It shortcuts a portion of this rail trail through Maumee State Forest and Oak Openings Metropark. Dipping south and following the Maumee River, the NCT converges with the Buckeye Trail. It passes through more urban areas like Dayton and Xenia, skirts east of Cininnati, and nearly reaches Kentucky before trending further east then eventually north again. Terrain becomes hillier in this area and public lands are more abundant: Wayne National Forest, Hocking Hills State Park, Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve, Shawnee State Forest, Burr Oak State Park, and more. From the historic Village of Zoar, the Trail crosses the Tuscarawas River and cuts east into Pennsylvania.
Explore the Trail by Region
Northwestern Ohio: Michigan/Ohio state line to south of Liberty Center
Buckeye Trail: South of Liberty Center to southern Ohio, north to Zoar
Eastern Ohio: Zoar to the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line
Important Notes and Additional Information
Visit the Ohio DNR Division of State Parks & Watercraft website to learn about camping in Ohio State Parks and the Division of Forestry to learn about state forestry regulations.
Header photo by Amelia Rhodes.