New Buckeye Trail signage throughout Defiance County.

Defiance is proud to be a Trail Town and part of The Buckeye Trail —a loop of over 1,400 miles connecting scenic and historic paths throughout the state of Ohio.

Over the past year the City of Defiance, Defiance County Commissioners, and Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) Defiance Section Supervisor John Nemick worked cooperatively to devise an updated and informative trail signage system. In addition to the traditional Blue Blazes, the trail is now also marked with dozens of additional post markers, several traffic-sign style locator maps, and two large custom trailhead signs. The trailhead signs serve a dual purpose. They provide local hikers, bikers, and visitors with information about the community and the portion of the trail that travels through Defiance County. They also provide education and encourage trail usage as an opportunity to improve community wellness.

The two trailhead signs stand tall at the City Reservoir trail, south of Defiance and at Pontiac Park in downtown Defiance at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize rivers. The Upright exhibit bases, custom fabricated by Pannier, were featured in Pannier’s June Newsletter. Read Pannier Story.

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