Rockbridge OhioOhio isn’t exactly round, but more of a square with nibbles taken out of it by neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia.

But the name feels round and looks round, and the state tree, the buckeye, sports a round nut. While the nut isn’t edible, the buckeye candy is, a globe of peanut butter goodness dipped in chocolate.

The Buckeye Trail, a whopping 1,444 miles in a single state, is one of the longest loop trails we know of. So there’s a lot of roundness circling around Ohio.

And that’s what we did: circle the state. Although John is a native Floridian, his Ohio lineage goes back on both sides of the family to the earliest German immigrants who came to Ohio to farm, including the founders of the town of Lithopolis.

Sandra has a passing familiarity with Ohio, having lived in the Ohio Valley across the Pennsylvania border for more than a dozen years, with forays into the Buckeye State.

While a conference in Columbus anchored this trip, everything revolves around it – as does the Buckeye Trail, if you take a look at it on a map – and so did we.

Everything that goes around, comes around. So we’d like to give a shout-out to Dayton hiker Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp, the first person to solo hike the whole Buckeye Trail.

Andy completed a thru-hike of the Florida Trail in 2019. He’s the face of adventure in Ohio, something we learned more about on this trip: Ohio’s outdoor adventures. Check out his website.


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Itinerary

Southwestern Ohio

Serpent Mound, Sinking Spring
Hopewell Culture National Historic Site
Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapokeneta

Northwestern Ohio

Spiegel Grove, Fremont
Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton
Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island
Marblehead Lighthouse
Lakeside Daisy Preserve
Lakeside Chautauqua
Sandusky
Vermillion

Central Ohio

Downtown Columbus
– Columbus Riverwalk / Scioto Audubon Metro Park
– Short North Arts District
– Columbus Museum of Art
– Columbus College of Art & Design
– Thurber House
– University of Ohio
– Franklinton
– National Veterans Memorial Museum

Southeastern Ohio

Rockbridge
Hocking Hills State Park
Inn at Cedar Falls
Logan
Nelsonville
Jackson

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