All hikes and outings will be posted as they are confirmed.

Thursday
Start End What Description Where Pictures
10:00 AM 2:00 PM Hike-in with Tomfoolery Outdoors Hike in to the official start of TrailFest 2017 with Tom Helbig and his posse of merry hikers. Tom is a little over mid-way on his through-hike of the Buckeye Trail.

Hikers will be welcomed at Camp Birch with a reception at 2:00 pm.
Old Town Reserve
1360 Old Springfield Pike
Xenia, OH 45385
Hike with Tomfoolery
Friday
6:15 AM 8:00 AM Birding the Little Miami River Valley with Nick Boutis, Director of Glen Helen Nature Preserve Over 100 species of birds can be found in Glen Helen during the peak of spring migration, and we'll be near this peak. We'll hike and birdwatch around Camp Birch and the adjacent John Bryan State Park. Bring your binoculars and be prepared for wet trails. Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch)
Humming bird
9:00 AM 3:00 PM Buck Creek Reservoir: 13 mile hike with Joel Timmons We are going to use a combination of railroad track, horse trails, hiking trails and bushwhacking to circle the reservoir. This 2,120 acre lake is a challenge but has been conquered before. The terrain is fairly level but does cross a small, yet shallow, stream. Trekking poles and extra socks are highly recommended. Water and snacks a must! Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch)
9:00 AM 12:00 PM Mountain Biking with Chris Worell of Black Pug Bike Repair Beginner friendly off road bike ride at John Bryan State Park mountain bike trails - helmets required. Bring your own bike recommended. Please note: this trip is weather dependent. Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch) Mountain Biking
9:30 AM 1:00 PM Clifton Mill Hike through Clifton Gorge with Connie and Bob Pond Guided hike approximately 2 miles from camp with stops along the way for discussion about the unusual aspects of Clifton Gorge. The hike will climb from the Little Miami River to the top of the gorge and end at the famous Clifton Mill. There, we will have a mill tour and lunch on your own.

Luncheon prices are about $10 and the mill tour will be complimentary.

DO NOT BUY LUNCH WITH YOUR PACKAGE IF YOU ARE GOING ON THIS HIKE.
Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch) Clifton Mill
10:30 AM 2:30 PM 10 Mile Hike through John Bryan and Glen Helen with Lucy Sanchez of Five Rivers Metropark This is a moderately strenuous hike, maintaining a 3 mile/hour pace for ~ 10 miles. We'll travel along the scenic Little Miami River and see John Bryan's limestone rock climbing cliffs, before passing into Glen Helen. We'll pass the historic Grinnell Mill, covered bridge, old stone baths, pine forest, yellow springs and more. Birds will be singing and beautiful wildflowers are sure to abound. Dining Hall (at Camp Birch) John Bryan
12:00 PM 4:00 PM Camp Birch to Yellow Springs Brewery with Matt Patterson of the Miami Rivers Chapter Join us for an 8 mile afternoon hike from the Kit Carson campsite at Camp Birch, through the west side of John Bryan State Park and Glen Helen, then on into Yellow Springs to Yellow Springs Brewery. We will enjoy libations for about an hour and then head back to camp. Hikers have the option of breaking off and touring Yellow Springs on their own. Kit Carson Camp Site (at Camp Birch) Yellow Springs Brewery
1:00 PM 4:00 PM Indian Mound Reserve - part of Green County Parks&Trails
with Petra Schmalbrock
Glaciated Northwestern Ohio is covered with glacial drift, but around Yellow Springs run-off water from melting glaciers cut ancient stream valleys, exposing layers of bedrock. We will travel to the Massie Gorge in the Indian Mound Reserve, a part of Green County Parks & Trails. There we will take a 2 mile hike to explore these 400-450 million year old layers of bedrock and look at plants adapted to the deep canyon environment. Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch) Massie Creek Gorge
Saturday
9:00 AM 3:30 PM Caesar Creek State Park - 12 Mile Loop around the Lake On this hike you will get to see and experience one of southwest Ohio's finest parks and natural areas. We will hike the yellow blaze trail which circles the southern half of Caesar Creek lake. The Buckeye Trail joins the yellow trail for several miles as well. This will be a brisk paced hike, averaging 3.0 to 3.5 mph.  Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch) Ceasar Creek
9:00 AM 12:00 PM Mountain Biking with Chris Worell of Black Pug Bike Repair Beginner friendly off road bike ride at John Bryan State Park mountain bike trails - helmets required. Bring your own bike recommended. Please note: this trip is weather dependent. Parking lot in front of the Turner Building (at Camp Birch) Mountain Biking
9:30 AM 11:00 AM Leaf Litter Critter with Heather Stehle Accessible - This kid-friendly program is for anyone who wants to check out the tiny critters living in the leaf litter along the trail and forest floor. We will use leaf litter sifters, magnifiers, and bug boxes just like scientists around Camp Birch. Then, we will hike into John Bryan State Park on the Swimming Pool Road Trail to the North Rim Trail to see the Little Miami River.  Dining Hall (at Camp Birch) Leaf Litter
9:30 AM 12:30 PM Camp Birch to John Bryan with Bob Litt of the Central Ohio Chapter Join us for a 6 mile morning hike from Camp Birch and John Bryan State Park to Lower Rim trail along Little Miami River and Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. We will exit east end of Clifton Gorge (57 steps and approximately 100-ft elevation change) and return to Camp Birch along the North/Upper Rim trail. Participants should carry water and wear appropriate footwear as the hike involves rocks, roots, hills and uneven terrain. This will be a moderate difficulty hike. Outside the Turner Building(at Camp Birch)
1:00 PM 2:30 PM YS Social Justice Tour with Robin Heise, President of Yellow Springs Heritage Explore the rich history of Yellow Springs and its social justice movement. The influence Yellow Springs had on the Civil War, race relations and the struggle of marginalized populations will be examined. The tour will also discuss the effect Yellow Springs had on icons such as Rod Serling, Coretta Scott King, and Horace Mann. You may even spot Dave Chappell along the way. Mills Park Hotel
Yellow Springs
Social Justice Tour
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Explore Clifton Gorge with Heather Stehle This kid-friendly program is for anyone who wants to learn more about Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve (no pets permitted) and what makes it different from other protected areas in Ohio. Meet at the Nature Center at Clifton Gorge where we'll check out the natural history exhibits. Then, we'll take the stairs into the gorge for a hike where we'll find unique geological features along the way! Nature Center at Clifton Gorge Clifton Gorge