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This was a great trail to backpack. My husband and I split it into three days. We parked at the north trailhead and hiked to the main campground, then to Dock 2, and last back to the car. We are beginners so it was perfect. Loved the trails on the east side, as they are a little more challenging.

I did this trail over two days. I started at Wildcat Hollow, hiked down to the State Campgrounds which were fantastic. Then hiked the rest of the trail back to the car on Saturday. Most of the free campgrounds were completely packed with day trippers. The horse trails on the North West part of the trail were the worst part of the trip. The dam, rock formations and occasional pine groves were beautiful. The spiders were absolutely a force of nature on their own. I was covered in webs, half digested cocooned bugs, and bites. While I permethrin treated my clothing, I had no issues with ticks.
I am glad I did this trek but it was not my favorite. I think I might make it a Fall destination spot though as the views around the lower part of the lake were outstanding.
I think it's more difficult than an easy. Some of the inclines were pretty challenging and they made me take a few breaks to catch my breath. Which is saying something as I am also a runner and my VO2 max is pretty decent. It might have been more difficult due to the fact that I had to use my trekking poles as spider clearing devices. Haha!
I am rating it a 4 only because the horse trail section was pretty bad. Other than that, it was pretty amazing and worth the trip.

The trail is a grumpy old man, one minute it is great and the next it is an angry grumpy man that crapped himself. I took my son for his first backpacking trip and the section of trail from Dock 1 (southern most point, or mile 18 on the pdf map) to the northern end of the trail was beautiful, well marked, and well maintained. We saw a couple turkey, two bald eagles, and a deer! We camped at the open campground (free) and the only other visitors we saw were the raccoons in the middle of the night trying to get to our food bag in the tree. Luckily, the noxious gas coming from my rear end as a result of some "not-so-tasty three cheese chicken and zucchini pasta" and a strobe flashlight kept them from eating all our food.

The second part of our hike was crap. The northern and northwestern portion of the trail is also a horseback riding trail. That fact, combined with the low elevation and swamp-like environment made for some of the muddiest trail conditions I have ever seen. The weight of the horses create a field of holes the size of 2 liters that fill with water and then make the entire trail nearly impassable. My son almost lost his boots three times. There were frogs living in the footprints of the horses. I have never seen sitting water on uphills and downhills until I hiked Burr Oak! Also, keep in mind that horses crap and through some miracle of defecation the horse crap is scattered between all the water filled holes so you are forced to navigate muddy/crap scattered/frog infested mine fields only to be excited that you are coming up to a steep incline... just to have your mind blown that somehow, gravity and water don't follow the laws of physics at Burr Oak.

The last element of the trail that left a lasting impression was the spider web situation. I used my trekking poles to limit the number of spider webs that I ate. Walking into spider webs is expected on hikes, but this was like I was on a TV show where they try to see how much crap I can deal with before losing my s#!t! I would also have to give some props to the kamikaze gnats that repeated flew directly into my eyes.

The open camp site, south eastern portion of the trail offer cool views and neat caves, and the beach was a pleasant escape at the end of our 2nd day! @Thefunnyreview1

Trees down every and it wasn’t marked very good for the trails

EGGS Hike - mud , overflowing streams , more mud and fallen trees. What’s not to love

not a big fan of the expense to go out here

This place is just beautiful.

A beautiful trail, well marked and well cleared. There was even a team of volunteers clearing trails while we hiked. We hiked the perimeter of the lake, simply called the backpack trail. Plenty of places to camp, very scenic lake views that always insisted on a nice break. A great place for anyone just starting out or veterans. Very relaxing. Can be pretty dry during the fall and looks like it would flood semi-easily during a rainy season. Water at every camp site and dock (except for dock #3, the fountains didn't work there). There weren't too many streams flowing, but granted it is fall (There was an extreme abundance of streams, they were just dry). Overall a beautiful place. Couldn't recommend enough.

I hiked from the dam to dock 4 and back and wow, this trail is charming. Beautiful views, quiet, lots of birds and the forest smelled so sweet and piney. Nice little rock formations, decent changes in elevation and a few steep places. I suggest trekking poles as the trail is already covered in dead leaves. It took me three hours exactly and that included several stops for photos and water. This trail is so much better than Wildcat Hollow which is right next door. There are several places to take a dip in the lake or filter water. A few trees blocking the trail but they’re easy to get over and the blow downs looked recent so I’m sure they’ll get cleaned up soon. I’m not sure I’d rate this section as easy, it’s more moderate. Loved it!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beautiful scenery. I had a little bit of trouble with some of the terrain due to my recovering ankles (lots of roots, climbing on rocks). Most of it was quite peaceful and easy.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

I started at Jenkins Dam and went to dock 1 and turned around. 6.8 miles. A few fallen trees and some places vegetation was taking over, but considering tail end of summer it was really nice.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Great trail. Started at dock 1 to Burr Oak Cove campground which was 3.8 miles due to a late start. Great views of the lake and wooded setting. Most of the trail is on the edge of the lake therefore the bugs and spider webs were everywhere. The trail to the campground is well traveled but only semi marked, but was worth the uphill journey to get to it. Was a perfect spot for a first solo backpacking trip.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This is an interesting trail. There were several inches of snow on the ground in February and many massive ice mounds from falling water throughout. I hiked Buckeye Trail to Cedar Falls and completed the loop on George Overlook Trail. Winter hikes require clamp-ons as for it is very treacherous. Many people turned back within 200 feet of beginning the trek.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tar Hollow section was pretty good - definitely better maintained than Logan Trail, South Loop. With Troop 1147 hiking along parts of this Historic Trail and picking up trash.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Excellent challenge trails in all weather. Suggest the BTA EGGS annual challenge at this location! Bring water.

Nice trail with a lot of scenic views of the lake. Stopping points along the way are the Tom Jenkins Dam and a boat dock. Length varies by where you start the hike.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

More on Buckeye trail
Old Mans Cave section
I love this area i live a little bit north of old mans cave and have been going there for the past 25 years. Now this will be an area of the Buckeye Trail that can get busy during spring and summer but it is also one of the most beautiful parts of the trail. The Old Mans Cave section is 47.7 miles and some of that is on roads but again allot of the roads are back roads. There is so much i could write on this part but i am on my phone so i will just hit the main points. Old Mans Cave section starts at rt.664 and Walnut Dowler rd just a little ways down the trail when you cross over the road there is a open filed where you are allowed to camp the owner is a Buckeye Trail member just be sure to pick up after youself. There will be other campsite about six miles down the trail on Old Logan rd before you get to Lake Logan i didnt camp there but i think you may have to pay to do so. Between Lake Logan and old mans cave you will do allot of roads and a little of roads. Now when you get to old mans cave it will be all trails there are three main areas here 1. Old Mans Cave 2. Cedar Falls 3. Ash Cave. They are all worth taking extra time to check out and there a few places to camp here again i have never camp here myself but i think you do have to pay. There is a park office at Old Mans Cave where you could get more information. After Ash Cave you will be hiking on the road till you cross over into Vinton County. Off of the road you will be on ( Macedonia rd) there will be a trail and there is a campsite about a mile down this trail. A few miles later this section will end at rt327 and the Scioto Trail starts. Hope this helps but you can find more information and detailed maps at the Buckeye Trail website you dont have to be a member but things will cost you a couple dollars more. Hope everyone has a great hike and be safe

Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Buckeye trail can be broken down into sections which you can find by looking up. Due to time i am doing section hiking. So far i have done the New Straitsville and Old Mans Cave sections. This spring and summer i plan to due Scioto Trail, Sinking Spring, Shawnee, and West Union sections which i will report on and post pics. Now for the New Straitsville section its 56.2 miles and about have of that is on roads but allot of them are back roads. My favorite part was Burr oak lake its a good size lake and the trail is next to it for the most part and it goes all the way around the lake. Outside of Murray city you go thur a part of Wayne National Forest. This section ends at OH664 outside of Logan and thats where Old Mans Cave section starts. I will see if i can post or upload camp sites for New Straitsville.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

note: the trail is part of a 39 mile backpacking loop network in Burr Oak SP and the Wayne NF.

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