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Buckeye Trail Program Announced

NAPOLEON, Ohio – The Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor will host an informative program about the Buckeye Trail on Saturday, March 19, 10:30 am – Noon at the Leisure Time Winery, 16982 County Road M2, located between County Road 17C and State Route 424, southwest of Napoleon. The public is invited and while there is no admission charge, the Heritage Corridor will be accepting free-will donations to support this activity.

Featured speakers will be authors and seasoned hikers Connie Pond and her husband Bob Pond who will discuss their adventures on the trail and their book, Follow the Blue Blazes, now in its second edition. Bob first published the work in 2003 after hiking the trail accompanied by naturalists. In 2013, the couple hiked together to update this comprehensive guide, adding color photography, new maps with GPS coordinates, and contact information for local attractions.

The Buckeye Trail is the longest loop trail in the United States, running 1,400 miles. It stretches from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, crossing 46 counties as it circles the state. Along the trail, blue blazes painted on rocks, trees and signs mark the way. Connie Pond serves as president of the Buckeye Trail Association, a volunteer organization that maintains the trail, and all proceeds from the sale of Follow the Blue Blazes go to the association.

The book features 33 hikes along the trail, most taking just a few hours with some relatively easy walks. “The book is not just for committed hikers or backpackers; it’s for people who want to see Ohio,” according to Bob Pond. There are hikes that will appeal to families, seniors and people who want to learn about an area’s history, geology and plant life as well as more challenging treks for experienced hikers.

After the program, attendees will also have the opportunity to explore Leisure Time’s wines through one-dollar samples and make purchases by the glass or bottle, as well as order from their regular food menu.

Founded in 1991, the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor is a regional non-profit organization created to advocate for and protect the historical, natural and cultural resources of the Maumee Valley watershed while promoting their use and appreciation by current and future residents and visitors.

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