Ohio and Kentucky

ohio map

State Coordinator
Byron M. Guy

General Overview of Trail
In 1803, Ohio was the first state to be carved out of the Northwest Territory. The Europeans who settled this region found hardwood forests that covered 95 percent of the land. Much of southern Ohio through which the ADT runs is still heavily wooded. The Appalachian Plateau in eastern Ohio has narrow valleys, steep hills, and many caves. The American Discovery Trail follows the Buckeye Trail for most of its route through Ohio from Chester Hill to Eden Park in Cincinnati. The 1,445-mile Buckeye Trail is unique among trails because it is the only trail that completely circles the state through which it runs. The route uses the least traveled public roads possible to connect offroad sections. The trail is marked with blue blazes for the Buckeye Trail section and ADT markers for connections to West Virginia and Indiana.

Detailed Trail Description
The ADT route in Ohio is 524 miles long, on trails through public lands and private lands with landowner permission. There are 11 sections:

  • Belpre (WVA border) to Chesterhill, OH — 33.4 miles
  • Chesterhill, OH (begin Buckeye trail) to East Branch Church Road/SR 78 — 15.5 miles
  • East Branch Church Road/SR 78 to Ohio SR 664 — 56.2 miles
  • Ohio SR 664 to SR 327 — 42.5 miles
  • Ohio SR 327 to Pike Lake State Park — 62.0 miles
  • Pike Lake State Park to Beaver Pond Road at entrance to Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve— 52.4 miles
  • Beaver Pond Road at entrance to Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve to Long Lick & Sunshine Ridge Roads — 44.5
  • Long Lick & Sunshine Ridge Roads to Ohio SR 774 and Oakland-Locust Ridge Road at Grant Lake — 62.9
  • Ohio SR 774 and Oakland-Locust Ridge Road at Grant Lake to Eden Park, Cincinnati — 67.1
  • Eden Park, Cincinnati to Elizabethtown — 26.7
  • Elizabethtown to Indiana (southern route) — 1.0
  • Elizabethtown to Indiana (northern route) — 58.9

For more details on the route, click here.

The most up-to-date, detailed trail directions are published in the ADT Data Books.

Affiliated Trails

  • Buckeye Trail
  • Burr Oak Loop Trail
  • Robert and Mary Lou Paton Trail in Burr Oak State Park
  • Grandma Gatewood Trail in Hocking Hills State Park
  • Perimeter Trail in East Fork Park
  • The Riverwalk in Cincinnati
  • The Shaker Trace in Miami-Whitewater Forest Hamilton County Park
  • Hueston Woods State Park Trails
    • Hedgeapple Trail
    • Big Woods Trail
    • Sugar Bush Trail
    • West Shore Trail in Hueston Woods State Park


  • Wayne National Forest
  • Hocking State Forest
  • Tar Hollow State Forest
  • Scioto Trail State Forest
  • Pike State Forest
  • Shawnee State Forest


  • Burr Oak State Park
  • Logan State Park
  • Hocking Hills State Park
  • Tar Hollow State Park
  • Scioto Trail State Park
  • Pike Lake State Park
  • Fort Hill State Memorial
  • Serpent Mound State Memorial
  • Davis Memorial
  • Shawnee State Park
  • Grant Lake
  • East Fork State Park
  • Little Miami River State Park
  • Eden Park
  • Bicentennial Common in Cincinnati
  • Devou park (Kentucky)
  • Harrison’s Tomb
  • Miami – Whitewater Forest Hamilton County Park
  • Indian Creek Preserve
  • Gov. Bebb Butler County Metropark
  • Hueston Woods State Park

Adjoining Trail States:  Indiana West Virginia