Buckeye Trail - Cuyahoga Valley Section
ElevationAscent: 2,976' 907 m
Descent: -3,204' -976 m
High: 981' 299 m
Low: 623' 190 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“The Buckeye Trail is a 1,444-mile loop that winds its way around Ohio, with 40 miles in CVNP.”— Maggie Olson
Pine Lane to Boston Store is a moderately challenging four-mile stretch. You can do the trail in either direction, but the trailhead is easier to find when starting at Pine Lane. The trail itself is a narrow singletrack mixed with abandoned roads and wider lanes. It can be very rocky and rooty at times, so watch your step! While this trail is not a loop, you can hop onto the Towpath as you lower out of the forest on the Boston Store side of the world for a three-mile cooldown back to your car.
The ever-changing landscapes along the trail make it wonderful. There are forests of pine (including a stand of rare white pines near the middle of the trail), oak and hemlock; orchards; ravines, and special spots where you are surrounded by a variety of plants, wildflowers, and birds. There is even some highway viewing mixed in, and while that may sound like a deterrent to your peaceful day out in nature, don't be too quick to judge. There are some amazing views along the road that provide great photo opportunities.
Because the trail offers so much variety in it setting its ups and downs (some more challenging than others), creek crossings, pedestrian bridges, and other natural obstacles to maneuver around, be sure to keep your eyes out for the blue blazes that mark the Buckeye Trail. The trail is well-maintained and well-signed, so finding your way should not be a problem.
Visitors looking for a trail with a wide variety of terrain to explore will find this trail enthralling. Those looking for a bit of a longer trek will be happy to find it very easy to add some distance onto their trip.
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