Ohio's Buckeye Trail is the longest loop hiking trail in the United States. Following wooded footpaths, multipurpose trails, canal towpaths, country roads, rivers, and lake shores, the Buckeye Trail offers access to the history and scenery of the Buckeye State. Travelers on foot get a unique perspective of Ohio as the Buckeye Trail passes through state and local forests and parks as well as small towns and urban areas. Beginning at the northern terminus at Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie, the trail traverses the state in a clockwise direction. The Ohio Buckeye Trail Association is a nonprofit organization formed in 1959. Led by volunteers, the association works in close partnership with communities, landowners, and organizations around Ohio to develop, maintain, and promote the trail. Open to all at no cost, the Buckeye Trail is popular with day hikers, runners, backpackers, and those interested in thru-hiking the entire loop.