The outings schedule is now being developed. A tentative schedule will be posted after January 1, 2014, and the schedule will be finalized by April 1.
Outings will include hiking events at the various sections of the Hocking Hills State Park, Burr Oak State Park, Strouds Run State Park, Clear Creek Metro Park, Hocking State Forest, Wayne National Forest, and possibly others.
There will be a moonlight paddle on Friday night, April 25, on Lake Logan. In addition, we hope to have a rockclimbing/rappelling session.
The workshops schedule is now being developed. A tentative schedule will be posted after January 1, 2014, and the schedule will be finalized by April 1.
Workshops will include an inclusive trail management track, which will include sessions on advanced trail planning, basic trail construction, basic trail maintenance, and drainage solutions, as well as possible others.
We also plan to have a wilderness first aid course, which will include at least two sessions, covering different parts of the subject. We hope to repeat other courses on outdoor cooking, fire starting, invasive plant management, camping, hiking, and other subjects. If the weather is suitable, we will have at least one night-time astronomy session with telescopes. We also may be able to have a workshop on canoeing and kayaking.
Special Events will include the following:
Open house at the Buckeye Trail Association office – to be scheduled.
Friday night concert: We hope to have a concert Friday night by local vocal group SATB.
Friday night presentation: After the supper, we will have a presentation, to be announced.
Auctions: We will repeat the auctions that we’ve had in the past, including a live auction, a silent auction, a chance auction, and a 50/50 drawing.
Social hour: We will have a Saturday-afternoon social hour that will immediately precede the live auction. This event will feature local foods and drinks, and will feature music by the local group “Tree-Lined Roads.”
Saturday supper and event awards: Unlike past years, one meal, Saturday supper, will be automatically included in the registration. This will ensure that we can have everyone together for the awards presentations!
Saturday evening presenter: We are seeking a great program for Saturday night.
Look for the opportunity to have a wide-ranging introduction to all phases of trail planning, construction and maintenance, as well as a wide variety of camping and hiking workshops. We plan to have an in-depth workshop on wilderness first aid, too.
We have a wide variety of lodging options this year. We will have a limited number of private bedrooms, small dormitory-style bedrooms, cabins, tent camping, and RV camping. Look for further details on this site!
Saturday night supper is included in the basic TrailFest registration fee. All other meals are optional and ala carte. Served meals will be at the Camp Akita dining hall. Participants may make their own meal arrangements if you so desire.
We will have options for vegetarians, vegans, wheat-free and possibly other special needs. Be sure to list your food needs on the registration form.
To reach Camp Akita from the Columbus, Ohio area:
Take US-33 East towards Lancaster. Travel approximately 18 miles.
Continue onto the Lancaster Bypass (follow US-33). Travel 16.5 miles on the bypass.
Turn left at the Sugar Grove traffic light (onto South Main Street). Travel 0.2 mile.
(Begin to follow signs to Camp Akita)
Turn right onto Maple Street, County Road 65
Cross the bridge and follow County Road 65 for 2.7 miles.
Turn right at the white church onto Hurst Hill Rd, which becomes Logan-Hornsmill Road, County Road 32.
Follow Logan-Hornsmill Road for 2.7 miles to the main entrance, which will be on the left.
To reach Camp Akita from the Athens, Ohio area:
Take US-33 west to Logan in Hocking County.
Exit on Ohio State Route 664 north.
Take OH-644 through Logan miles to Logan-Hornsmill Road, County Road 32.
Turn left on Logan-Hornsmill Road at about 1.2 miles to stay on this road. After this left turn, the entrance will be immediately on your right.
Registration is required to attend Buckeye TrailFest. One low registration fee covers all programs, presentations, events and hikes except for the Amish Tour. Your registration fee supports the Buckeye Trail and the Buckeye Trail Association. The Buckeye Trail Association is the leader in building, maintaining, protecting and promoting use of Ohio's longest scenic hiking trail for our citizens, communities and partners.
Check out the on-line Athens Outdoor Guide for much of what is available in the area.
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and other trails. All skill levels—easy, moderate, difficult.
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Learn from the best.
Attend the Buckeye Trail Association business meeting.
Learn how you can help.
Meet hikers and trail maintainers from around the state.
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