Ohio is not a wilderness state, although there are places where it gets fairly wild.

For the NCNST hiker, Ohio comes in two adventures: the generally flatland western section, and the hillier eastern section.

Important Ohio Notes: Find information about camping in Ohio State Parks at http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/. Find Ohio State Forestry regulations here: http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/findaforest

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Eastern Ohio

Trail in Eastern Ohio

Photo by Peter Zelinka

From the PA/OH border to Zoar

Mileage: 83 miles (14 off-road/69 on-road)

Rating: Easy

Need to Know:

The Trail: The NCNST enters the State of Ohio from Pennsylvania in the Little Beaver Creek Watershed. This section of trail parallels parts of the Great or Tuscarawas Trail and the Sandy Beaver Canal. The Trail generally follows the route of the Sandy and Beaver Canal Systems through Columbiana, Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.

Notable Locations:

  • Little Beaver Creek Watershed
  • Beaver Creek State Park
  • Beaver Canal Towpath
  • Lisbon.

Get Involved! Trail Maintaining Chapter: Wampum Chapter of the North Country Trail Association

Maps of this area:

Buckeye Trail

From Zoar following the southern border of Ohio to just south of Liberty Center 

Mileage: The Buckeye Trail is 1,400+ miles, 919 of which host the NCNST (449 off-road/471 on-road)

Rating: Easy to Strenuous

Need to Know: Buckeye Trail Section Maps and trail logs are the most up to date and indispensable resource to enjoying the BT including available campsites, services, on road and off road trail segments and more.  Please check out the website for Map Updates and Trail Alerts for urgent news on trail closings and conditions: buckeyetrail.org

The Trail: The NCNST joins with the Buckeye Trail just outside the historic Village of Zoar.  The two trails converge on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath across the Tuscarawas River. The Trail heads south, following the route of the Buckeye Trail for over 800 miles, taking in eastern, southern, and western Ohio before the NCNST departs the BT near Napoleon to head for Southern Michigan.

Notable Locations:

  • Historic Village of Zoar
  • Ohio and Erie Canal towpath
  • Muskingum Watershed Lake
  • Wayne National Forest
  • Marietta
  • Burr Oak State Park
  • Hocking Hills
  • btaFort Hill and Serpent Mound
  • Shawnee State Forest
  • Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve
  • Little Miami National Scenic River
  • Milford, Loveland, Yellow Springs and Dayton
  • Miami & Eerie Canal Towpath
  • Troy, Piqua, New Bremen, and other historic canal towns
  • Defiance at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers

Get Involved! Trail Maintaining Parter: The Buckeye Trail Association (BTA). Visit the BTA’s website for more information about the BT/NCT, for maps to purchase and for events and opportunities to get involved with the Trail in Ohio.

Northwestern Ohio

Paved Trail in NW Ohio

Photo by NORTA

South of Liberty Center to the OH/MI border

Mileage: 60 miles (42 off-road/18 on-road)

Rating: Easy

The Trail: The NCNST joins up with the Wabash Cannonball Trail which runs on two lines originally established by the Wabash Railroad. The NCNST short cuts a portion of the rail trail through Maumee State Forest and the unique habitat of Oak Openings Metro park. The NCNST then rejoins the Wabash Cannonball Trail heading west before departing north towards the Michigan state line.

Notable Locations:

  • Napoleon
  • Wabash Cannonball Trail
  • Maumee State Forest
  • Oak Openings Metro park.

Get Involved! Trail Maintaining Affiliate: Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association (NORTA). Visit the Wabash Cannonball Trail’s website for more information about the Trail and for maps

Maps of this area:

Ohio Calendar

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For more events in Ohio, please also check the Buckeye Trail Association website.