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Friday, February 20, 2009

Buckeye Trail to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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from the Buckeye Trail Association

BTA 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting - Camp McPherson

Make plans now to attend the 50th Buckeye Trail Annual Meeting from June 12-14. This celebration will prove to be a once in a lifetime event you won’t want to miss. This year’s Annual Meeting will continue all the traditions you associate with Annual Meetings—the hikes, the programs, the camaraderie. But the special celebration associated with our 50th birthday means that there will be several added and unique features.

For one thing, this year’s conference has been moved to June 12-14, so there will be no worries about Ohio’s sneaky April snows. And the venue has been changed to a centrally located site so that folks from all across the state can attend easily. The BTA has booked Camp McPherson near Danville to host this special celebration. Camp McPherson is a full service site that offers a wide range of accommodations. In addition to camping and dorm style facilities, there are also a limited number of motel type rooms available.

Even the menus have been carefully selected for your dining pleasure. An added feature is a band that has been added for a Saturday night barn dance. The annual business meeting has been moved to Sunday to provide you with a more active Saturday program of speakers, hikes and special events. And while the site is not along the BT, it is conveniently near the Mohican region that offers ample opportunity for short and long hikes as well as canoeing.

There are many special events planned in a year long celebration of the 50th birthday of the BTA. But the biggest of all will be the Annual Meeting from June 12-14 at Camp McPherson near Danville. The schedule and registration forms are available on the annual meeting page, but be sure to save the date and book now to get your choice of accommodations for this very special celebration.

Registration: 4:00 p.m. at Camp McPherson on Friday. The annual business meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday the 14th.

For nearly 1444 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to an hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little or all that Ohio has to offer.

First envisioned in the late 1950’s as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati. The separate legs rejoin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, and complete the trip to the lake. Because it is a loop, it is also in essence, endless. You may start a hike at any point and hike as long as you want without ever reaching an end!

The North Country Trail is concurrent with the Buckeye Trail for approximately 800 miles.

See Buckeye Trail Association

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