2nd annual Buckeye TrailFest is great opportunity to learn about hiking and everything related

Camping, hiking and nature programs at TrailFest

KIRTLAND, Ohio - Buckeye TrailFest will be held in northeast Ohio at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. It will take place in all types of weather, even if it rains or snows.

Organizers will offer a wide range of programs, hikes, field trips, speakers, classes and workshops showcasing the history and beauty of Lake and Geauga counties. Throughout the weekend they will be hiking much of the 100-plus miles of trails in this corner of the state.

Buckeye TrailFest is designed to celebrate the Buckeye Trail, the people who use it and the ways they use it.

The Buckeye Trail is a trail of many uses. Included are day hikes, weekend hikes, backpacking, family togetherness, health awareness, birding, education, geo-caching, orienteering, winter sports, dog walkers, equestrian, biking, trail runs and cross-country skiing. The 1,444 miles of trail travel through many different places and upon many different surfaces, providing a great experience for everyone.

Attendees can learn technical skills such as GPS, smart phones and how are they can enhance the trail experience. Learn to use your camera for better pictures. Learn basic wilderness first aid. Learn orienteering for when the batteries run down in other equipment. Learn backcountry cooking. Hike in areas not open to the public, go birding and enjoy trails for their beauty. Take a field trip to learn history of the area. Learn everything from the rock beneath your feet to the birds above. Maybe they will throw in a little astronomy. Learn about the people who made history in the area.

The cost is $25 for non-members on Saturday, April 27.

For more information on hikes, programs and directions visit their web site: http://www.buckeyetrailfest.org/

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