Buckeye Trail to Valley Bridle Trail Loop

MODERATE 108 reviews

Buckeye Trail to Valley Bridle Trail Loop is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Peninsula, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This trail starts on the Buckeye Trail heading north. About a mile in, follow the abandoned road past the Buckeye Trail turnoff and proceed down the hill. There are two stream crossings. Also be aware that horses have the right of way on the bridle trail.

7 days ago

Nice trail. One hilly part but the rest is not too tough. Interesting mix of young forest types and habitats. Passes through some genuinely beautiful areas, but also some heavily impacted/recovering ones. The freeway and the railroad are rarely out of earshot.

hiking
19 days ago

Wow right off the bat,straight up. Gives your legs and lungs a work out. Beautiful scenery. Well worth the hike. Can’t wait til fall do it again.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Not busy. There is a lack of any specific "views ". A good hike but not photo worthy

1 month ago

Great hike with friends today. FYI - the landslide deadfall is easily passable. Through the creek to the left, up the bank and over one tree and back on the trail. Not dangerous.

hiking
2 months ago

What an adventure this trail was! Well marked, saw six or seven hikers with their dogs. The map was a lot of help because of the various forks in the trail. A little loud from the turnpike traffic, but the trail leads you right up close to it which was pretty cool!

The last mile or so is currently closed off from a landslide. When you hit the abandoned road the second time, go back to where the trail spit you out the first and take it all the way back.

I stupidly wanted the challenge of climbing up the landslide, which was incredible to do, but so so dangerous!! The soil was incredibly loose, so please dont attempt it!!

Awesome trail. Would hike again!

2 months ago

This was a very fun trail, especially in the mud. There are a couple of good climbs that will give a nice workout. Compared to some of the other trails around here it could be considered hard but I didn't think it was too difficult. Beautiful hiking and will repeat.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike I found to be easy at parts and difficult in others. We attempted to go down the hill where the mud slide was but the trees were so bad and the trail was destroyed on the other side of the creek. So listen to signs unless you want to fight through some trees or make the walk back up the hill. Other than that everything was awesome. The trail gets super muddy at parts even when it hasn't rained. There's a part where you end up by the highway and it gets loud. It was very beautiful overall and a challenging hike.

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful trail! Part of it is “closed” due to a mud slide but when you get to the caution tape if you go to the left of it over the creek you can find a new path and way to the main trail. A good workout and only saw three people.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great trail it is harder for the area mostly because of the ups and downs but certainly not difficult. There are a lot of opportunities on the trail to shorten your hike from the 4.4 miles which was nice. Currently part of it was closed due to landslide so we had do the last quarter of our hike back on the beginning part. We started the loop clockwise from the parking lot.

2 months ago

Excellent trail full of climbs, beautiful scenery, and creek crossings. Enjoy!

2 months ago

Not hard. Moderate at best. Definitely has some beautiful areas, and mostly through woods. However there is a lot of highway noise near the turn around. A good trail, for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

Park at the Pine Lane Trailhead. Definitely a workout (especially for people just getting back into hiking) on the outward segment of the Buckeye Trail. Be prepared to hike to the top of the ridge. I used the bridle trail to loop back around and hiked back in on the Buckeye Trail. Also be prepared to cross a section of the creek. It was shallow enough that my boots didn't get too wet, but I can imagine after a heavy rain it could get a little trickier to cross.

hiking
3 months ago

Wow. Just wow!!!!!!! I love this trail because it makes you sweat and breathe. Grueling in some areas but this trail has it all. It’s quiet and you feel that you are alone in the wilderness. This is definitely for someone who loves to hike and has experience hiking.

4 months ago

us there went on a hike here at buckie trail. It was beautiful and very pretty. Even when there was snow on the ground the trail was still visible.

hiking
4 months ago

Walked this trail. Well marked Buckeye Trail for first half clockwise to furthest point north, then need to follow the bridle trail which takes a little awareness of direction! Second half went quicker than first half until we came across a bridge out and had to get creative to cross the Creek. Fun scrambling in the undergrowth in the winter. Can imagine in the summer if the bridge isn't fixed it won't be so great....

hiking
4 months ago

The stream crossing on the way back, not even a mile from the end, had a lot of trees down. There looked to be 3 or 4 huge trees down right at the crossing and that was more challenging than the stream. It was definitely a good work out with the mud on the bridal trail portion.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a group hike - a bit muddy and slick in places. Trekking poles are a good idea right now. Definitely bring a change of shoes

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Not bad. Not sure I would rate as “ hard “ though. Very muddy this time of year so bring a change of shoes !

hiking
6 months ago

Just got done. Very few people and wet but I expected so.

hiking
7 months ago

just did the hike. I didnt see a single person on the trail and I loved hiking across the frozen creeks and over the hills.

9 months ago

Fun quick hike

hiking
9 months ago

Park at the Pine lane trailhead. Nice short hike with the dog. Bridge is collapsed on the Valley Bridle section so be prepared to get wet/muddy crossing creek. Easy creek crossing on Buckeye section but still may get a little wet.

hiking
11 months ago

There was a sign that the trial was closed a mile from the buckeye trail bc of river erosion. Hiked the buckeye trail head next to it instead.

trail running
Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail is definitely difficult for trail running (lots of roots, inclines, and a minor water crossing), but definitely worth it! This is my favorite trail in CNVP -- absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

We hike this trail regularly in order to get ready for trips out West. Usually don't see anyone else after the first mile. Nice hike!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great trail! Muddy but to be expected at this time of year. Challenging spots but levels out in areas also. Great hike!!

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Muddy. Challenging in some areas. Nice hike.

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The bridle trail connection is nice to make a loop just over 3 miles long. It's easy to moderate. Very peaceful even in early spring.

Not a "typical" bridle trail, kind of hilly and narrow in spots, which makes it nice for a hike.

6 days ago

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