Route: Buckeye Trail "Little Loop" (OH)

Submitted by Christopher Wise on Sun, 05/01/2022 - 11:51am
Ohio, US
250 mi
Vertical Gain
11,000 ft

The "Little Loop" is the nickname for the 250-mile loop that forms the northeast corner of the full 1,444-mile Ohio Buckeye Trail. The Little Loop runs from the Brecksville area northeast to Headlands State Park at Lake Erie, then southward to Massillon where it meets the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath, and then north on the Towpath up through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park back to Brecksville to complete the circle.

While the Little Loop is part of the Buckeye Trail, this 250+ mile section deserves to be recognized on its own, as it stands as the ultimate journey on foot through Northeast Ohio with many notable sites to see. Furthermore, the Buckeye Trail Association awards a special patch to any hiker who completes the distinct Little Loop.  

From the Buckeye Trail Association website:

"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 a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of 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!"



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