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Buckeye Trail and Valley Bridle Trail Loop

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Buckeye Trail and Valley Bridle Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 360 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Running

Forest

River

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It is important to note though that the south end of this route is on the closed section of Akron Peninsula Road. Because of that, it is easiest to access this trail from the Boston Trailhead. It can also be easily accessed from Hudson Wildlife Woods on Boston Mills Road. You will have to take the short, but steep connector trail from the parking lot to access the trail though.

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Pamela Dittoe
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Hiking

Great trail. True about road noise, but, spectacular views. Loved pine trail at top’

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Hilary User
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Hiking

much drier. lost blue blazes after crossed bridge going South over I-80 and had to backtrack. trail continues immediately after bridge behind guard rail. Stopped there as over 90 degrees and no breeze and went back on BT to Boston Mills. Lots of highway noise as you go under 271 and over 80. Will do this trail from the South starting in Peninsula to today's stopping point, next. Only saw one person on trail after leaving MPT by 271.

S I.
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Hiking

This section of the Buckeye Trail is fairly scenic, but difficult to follow at times. For some reason the trail in this app does not match up with the actual Buckeye Trail and Buckeye Trail signage in one area. The current route in the app wants you to follow Boston Mills Road for more than just across the bridge. This is incorrect.

Comment from AllTrails

- 29 days ago

Thank you for the review! We have modified the route to include your information.

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Shane McNutt
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K Rohr
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HikingMuddy

Loved seeing all the different types of trees through the trail. Didn’t enjoy the last mile or so where you had to walk down the service road along 80. Lots of highway noise for pretty much the entire hike.

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Jorge Solorio
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Hiking

Trail goes by several winding hills, a river and a beautiful pine forrest. Crosses a couple of roads yet is minimal. Plenty of parking at the trailhead. Enjoy Amigos!

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Matt Maldovan
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HikingMuddy

Went along 80 to start-lots of gravel, would recommend going left and making it an out and back instead. Not too many people and a couple fellow doggies.

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Wade Geary
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HikingMuddy

Very muddy trail but fun nonetheless

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Dan Wagner
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Hiking

The Buckeye section of this is incredibly muddy right now.

Nate M
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Sandra B
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Hiking

Just hiked this trail. Great hike, for being "heavily trafficked", on a holiday weekend, we passed 6 other hikers. Word of warning: if you want to do the loop as described, follow the map. The Buckeye Trail is 1400 miles long! We missed our turn around point, and ended up in Peninsula. All-in-all, a worthwhile hike.

Dave Isaacs
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Hiking

We enjoyed this trail August 28th and apart from the section that ran alongside the Ohio Turnpike, really enjoyed the walk. Most of it under the trees on winding paths. Not as popular as the towpath where there are a number of bikers, we only met a few fellow hikers. Returned to the Boston Store Visitor Center for the restrooms and then over the road for an iced coffee in the small store.

Cait M.
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Hiking

Honestly, this is probably a 3-star trail, but it's where I first met my partner, sooooo... 4. :D

Colin Rich
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Hiking

This is my favorite trail to take new hikers on. I Take my friends and we park a car at the winking lizard in peninsula and then start in Boston. Then hike the 4.5 mile section of the buckeye Trail to the Winking lizard, grab some food and a cold beer and that's that. Along the way there are some nice overlooks of the valley if you can ignore the turnpike below you. It is the easiest section of the buckeye train in the CVNP outside of when if follows the towpath. There is a gradual uphill at the start and then is flat for the rest until maybe mile 4 and it goes down and back up. and that is it. ez pz

Colin Rich
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I have hiked the buckeye trail cvnp section many many times and the section between Boston and Peninsula is probobly the easiest and has the best views. Just have to imagine and pretend that the turnpike is not there in at one of the valley overlook spots along the way. I usually don't take the towpath back to Boston from Peninsula just do an out and back and it's a nice day hike through the valley. If you have a buddy with you you can always grab a cold drink at the Winking lizard in Peninsula before you head back too or grab a pint of Mitchell's ice cream from the trail mix store in Peninsula on a hot day and then head back to Boston.

Scott Densmore
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Hiking

We took the O & E Canal Trail south from the Boston Visitor Center and did a relatively short loop out on the Buckeye Trail, taking it back to the Cuyahoga River and the Towpath. There were several very nice views of the valley along the way.

Tyler James
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Hiking

Lots of trails in and around the area. Some people complained about mud, but you are hiking lol id do it again.

Colin Ross
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Cross Country Skiing

Very nice place. Trail is well marked but overgrown in some places and very muddy in others. Only complaint was the massive amount of Mosquitos. Lots of challenging but doable hills, nice scenic ravines, a very good mix of all of what Ohio nature has to offer.

David Nelson
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Hiking

love that trail but it needs some work and you cant find the markers that mark it. it runs along a very steep ravine and there has been some rock slides and undermining of the trail pleas stay off the edge of the ravine do to slop conditions.

Stephanie K.
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Scenic driving

love the center they have here!

Michael Corbut
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I did a portion (5 miles) of the buckeye trail in piketon. about 2 miles off 124 and the other 3 miles down by the pike lake state forest. the 2 miles I did off 124 i spent most of the time removing fallen trees and limbs from the trail. I plan to return in the spring and continue "grooming" the trail. the rating reflects the condition. but nice rolling hills, quiet surroundings.

Stef M
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Brittany Parmelee
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Mary A.
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Andrew Weber
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Trish B
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Jesse Brose
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Douglas Willmott
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Joe Reilman
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Heather Hulten
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