2018 Trailfest Celebration

Photos courtesy of ExploreHockingHills.com

We look Forward to Seeing You at
TrailFest Celebration 2018

Welcome Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail Fans!


What does this mean to you? It means you can to sign up for the trail event you’ve been waiting for all year! Join us in the land of Grandma Gatewood in Appalachian Ohio.

Visit the Registration Page for all the details and to register!


Hocking Hills Video

Watch this video for an introduction to Hocking Hills:

Hiking anyone?
Our hiking opportunities start on Sunday, April 22 with our pre-event “Hike the Old Man’s Cave Map”. John Rethman, Chris McIntyre and Byron Guy welcome you with the opportunity to hike the entire Old Man’s Cave section map. For your efforts, you’ll be awarded the NCTA 50 Mile Challenge patch during Trailfest Celebration.

That’s not enough hiking you say? Or maybe you want to visit AWESOME waterfalls and see beautiful wildflowers. Now is your chance. Come and visit places with names like Old Man’s Cave, Devil's Bathtub, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Whispering Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Natural Bridge, Conkle’s Hollow, Rock House, Airplane Rock, Little Rocky Hollow, the new John Glenn Astronomy Park, the Historic Village of Shawnee, Boch Hollow Nature Preserve, Little Cities of Black Diamonds, Wayne National Forest, Main Street Logan Ohio, BREWERY 33, Lake Logan, Split Rocks, Counselor's Cave, BTA Pretty Run Preserve, Hocking Hills State Park and Forest, and more!

On Wednesday evening, April 25th, the festivities kick off with "A Shared Vision: A Land Managers Roundtable" hosted by the North Country National Scenic Trail and the US National Park Service. Join in on this roundtable discussion of a very important topic to all of us!

Want to learn more about the hikes and workshops?
Program and hiking details are provided behind the tabs listed at the top of this page.

BTA Awards Nominations
Each year we ask our membership to nominate associates who have performed their BTA functions in a special or outstanding way. It's time once again. Download the nomination form and be sure to return it by March 26, 2018. The awards will be announced at the 2018 TrailFest Celebration

Where will I stay?
Everybody needs a place to stay, and we want you to consider staying at camp with the other TrailFest Celebration attendees. (Who said Summer Camp for Adults?). We have accommodations for tent camping, cabins (heated and unheated), lodge rooms and bunkhouse beds (for students).

About Camp Oty’Okwa
Camp Oty’Okwa is a special place, owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for 75 years. By holding our event at their camp, we are helping to support their great mission of aiding underserved youth. Camp Oty’Okwa is also a privately-owned 700-acre nature preserve. This means that as a TrailFest Celebration attendee, you have access to one of the “secret” wonders of the Hocking Hills area and don’t even have to leave the property. If you don’t feel like hopping on the bus again, or are looking for a little more downtime, you can join camp naturalist-led hikes that will be consistently run throughout TrailFest. These hikes will meander through the maze of split rocks, under the canopy of mature hardwoods, and past a variety of waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, and expansive recess caves.


If you are bringing an RV or a pet, please consider staying at nearby Hocking Hills State Park. It’s less than 5 minutes away.
For those up North…how would you like to escape Winter for a while and experience Spring a little early? This is your opportunity! Come!

Join Us and Let's Celebrate!

We’re looking forward to seeing you!