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Check out the latest news stories, quotes, and featured reviews about Andy Niekamp and the Buckeye Trail.

News briefs – Author to speak at Brown Memorial Library

Buckeye Trail Association Trailblazer – Fall 2021

Author to speak at Brown Memorial Library

The Register-Herald – September 29, 2021

Choose your own hiking trail adventure – Twin Valley Trail Challenge set for September 25

Dayton Daily News – September 5, 2021

Community Gems: Andy Niekamp spends decade promoting Dayton hiking

Dayton Daily News – September 5, 2021

Flying High (literally): Back on the AT after Two Years Off

The Trek – Ruth Morely Blog Post – July 29, 2021

The Hiker: Andy Niekamp

Ohio Magazine – June 2021

Ohioans DETOUR on recreational trails with free app

Great Lakes Echo – May 10, 2021

Take a walk on the muddy side

Dayton Daily News – March 5, 2021

Holiday shopping for outdoor adventure

Dayton Daily News – December 11, 2020

How to enjoy the great outdoors on a cold-day

Dayton Daily News – December 4, 2020

Fall color is a Treat to-the-senses

Dayton Daily News – October 9, 2020

Buckeye Trail Angel Spotlight: Andy Niekamp

Warrior Expedition Video – September 2020

Using trails? Be sure to leave them as nice as you found them

Dayton Daily News – April 10, 2020

Hiking Ohio’s Buckeye Trail

Salt Magazine – March/April 2020

Keeping fit in a time of social distancing

Dayton Daily News – March 20, 2020

Having trouble keeping New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s some advice

Dayton Daily News – December 27, 2019

Weather outside frightful? The outdoors can still be delightful

Dayton Daily News – December 13, 2019

Cave tours, hiking, among 243 experiences at Carter Caves’ 11th annual Winter Adventure Weekend

Northern Kentucky Tribune – December 7, 2019

Local hikers share their favorite trails and forest treks

Dayton Daily News – November 15, 2019

BTA Member Wins State Award at the 2019 International Trails Symposium

Buckeye Trail Association Trailblazer – Fall 2019

Wild Cincy: Teen sets hiking record on Buckeye Trail days after high school graduation

WCPO Cincinnati – August 14, 2019

Sycamore graduate completes 79-day solo trek around Buckeye Trail

Cincinnati Enquirer – August 7, 2019

This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart. The 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail just might be the hardest hike you’ve never heard of.

Outside Magazine – July 10, 2019

Supporting Parks for Future Generations.

Five Rivers MetroParks – 2019 Summer Parkways Magazine

Meet Dayton’s trail master who has connected almost 6,000 outdoor enthusiasts – May 1, 2019

Andy Niekamp receives Outstanding Trail Leader Ohio Award from American Trails for his efforts in promoting hiking in Ohio.

International Trails Symposium – May 2019

Buckeye Trail Member Honored by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

Buckeye Trail Association Trailblazer – Spring 2019

Scenic Trail hiker stops in Walton, Florida

Northwest Florida Daily News – February 24, 2019

Video: OPRA Awards & The Adventure Speaker Series – Jump to 0:35

WDTN – Living Dayton – February 11, 2019

Video: OPRA Awards Ceremony – Jump to 27:11

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Awards Ceremony – February 5, 2019

MetroParks earn top recognition at Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Awards – February 5, 2019

OPRA is pleased to recognize two 2018 Citizens of the Year

OPRA Connection – Winter 2019

Video: Outdoor Adventure Connection gets mentioned on national television. Provides prize for contestant.

Face The Truth – December 8, 2018

Andy Niekamp to receive Outstanding Citizen Leadership Award

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Press Release – November 2018

Nature’s Corner: Leave No Trace

The Lebanon Channel – October 2018

Fill your “passport” with stickers from beautiful parks.

Dayton Daily News – September 21, 2018

Nature’s Corner: The Buckeye Trail

The Lebanon Channel – August 2018

Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes Book Review

Oakwood Register – July 18, 2018

Buckeye Trail Towns

Ohio Magazine – June 2018

Secluded Ohio Campsites

Ohio Magazine – June 2018

Hikers Rally For Trails

Oakwood Register – May 9, 2018

Muddy spring hike? Go through the puddles, not around them.

Dayton Daily News – April 6, 2018

Ohio author to give a presentation on Ohio’s Buckeye Trail

Times Bulletin – April 2, 2018

Ohio author, adventurer and long-distance hiker to talk about Ohio’s Buckeye Trail

Delphos Herald – April 1, 2018

Wild Cincy: Andy Niekamp, first to solo through-hike Buckeye Trail, hiked all four corners of Ohio

WCPO Cincinnati – March 6, 2018

Long-distant hiker to share highs, lows of adventure on Buckeye Trail

Pensacola News Journal- February 12, 2018

Ohio hiker chronicles first solo thru-hike of Buckeye Trail in new book

Herald-Dispatch- January 16, 2018

Photos: Ice formations in Hocking Hills State Park

Columbus Dispatch- January 9, 2018

From Hiker to Author: Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes.

Dayton Daily News – December 1, 2017

Sorry these outdoor adventures are just for the ladies.

Dayton Daily News – August 25, 2017

Experts share tips for staying safe during outdoor activities.

Dayton Daily News – August 25, 2017

Experts share tips for staying safe during outdoor activities.

Dayton Daily News – July 21, 2017

Google launches Five Rivers MetroParks street view images.

WDTN 2 News – April 26, 2017

Google Launches Interactive Street View Images of Dayton’s Trails and Landscapes.

Five Rivers MetroParks Press Release – April 25, 2017

Outdoor Capital of the Midwest Going INTERNATIONAL.

Dayton Daily News – April 21, 2017

Trekking the Dayton, Ohio region’s trails with Google technology.

American Trails – 2017

Are you game for the Warrior 150 Challenge?

Dayton Daily News – February 24, 2017

Hike Leaders Lead By Example.

Dayton Daily News – February 3, 2017

Andy Niekamp is a Trailblazer On and Off the Trail.

Five Rivers MetroParks – 2017 Winter/Sring Parkways Magazine

Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp Gets Mentioned In Backpacker Magazine.

Backpacker Magazine – January 2017

Helping Santa fill the wish list for outdoor enthusiasts.

Dayton Daily News – December 9, 2016

Award-winning hiker to speak at YWCA.

Piqua Daily Call – November 6, 2016

Hiker to give presentation in Minster.

Sidney Daily News – November 4, 2016

Dayton’s “Captain Blue” completes milestone Appalachian Trail.

Dayton Daily News – October 27, 2016

Long distance hiker to share experiences on famous trail.

Celina Daily Standard – October 25, 2016

Dayton Hikers founder completes fourth 2,189-mile trek along Appalachian Trail.

Oakwood Register – October 12, 2016

Documenting Dayton’s trails.

American Trails – Fall 2016

Local man realizes greatest achievement.

Press Release – September 2016

Dayton Hikers Weigh In On Best Places To Enjoy Fall Colors.

Dayton Daily News – October 13, 2016

The Dayton region has plenty of well-maintained trails for outdoor adventures.

Dayton Magazine August/September 2016


Twin Valley Trail gives backpackers a chance to experience the backcountry close to home.

Oakwood Register – July 27, 2016

Outdoor Adventure Connection Brings The Google Trekker Project to Dayton

Five Rivers MetroParks Media Release – June 17, 2016

Local parks first in Ohio to be mapped for Google Maps – June 16, 2016

Diggin’ What They Do

Madison Courier – May 13, 2016

Our client writes about why she loves backpacking.

Fog & Fir – March 14, 2016

First aid in the great outdoors

Dayton Daily News – February 25, 2016

Hiking Appalachian Trail expert speaks February 18 in Orange Beach

Mullet Wrapper – February 17, 2016

What you may not know about the Buckeye Trail

Dayton Daily News – January 12, 2016

The Odds Versus The Risk: A Lightning Trail Tale

North Country Trail Association North Star – January-March 2016

A story about Andy’s Buckeye Trail thru hike was chosen to be included in 2016 Official Ohio Travel Guide. View It Here.

2016 Official Ohio Travel Guide

Take A Hike In Trail Town Dayton

Dayton City Paper – September 8, 2015

Backpacking for beginners

Dayton Daily News – August 6, 2015

Meeting Captain Blue On The Trail

Cary Segal, freelance writer – July 2015

Backpackers to offer workshops for beginners

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – February 21, 2015

Registration open for Carter Caves’ Winter Adventure Weekend

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – December 12, 2014

These gift ideas are surefire hits for the outdoor set.

Dayton Daily News – December 5, 2014

Take a hike! Seriously, it is good for you.

Dayton Daily News – November 13, 2014

Trip Report – Backpacking Workshop.

Karen Power, freelance writer – October 19, 2014

AmeriCorps Team Works at Two Kentucky State Parks.

Kentucky Department of Parks News Release – April 25, 2014

Experienced outdoor adventurer hosting several presentations at Carter Caves

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – April 22, 2014

Carter Caves State Resort Park will host adventurer Andy Niekamp in April for three presentations about trails, hiking and the outdoors.

Kentucky Department of Parks News Release – February 17, 2014

Inspiration, information and recreation at Adventure Summit.

Dayton City Paper – February 11, 2014

More than 400 folks come out for activities at Carter Caves event

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – January 29, 2014

Resolution tips from local fitness experts.

Dayton Daily News – January 3, 2014

Trail Town distinction does to Dayton.

Dayton Daily News – October 31, 2013

Get active at Midwest Outdoor Experience.

Dayton City Paper – October 1, 2013

Hit The Trails.

Dayton City Paper – July 30, 2013

Mad River Bikeway now connects to WPAFB.

Fairborn Daily Herald – June 21, 2013

Dayton Hikers – First Annual TVT hiker challenge. – June 20, 2013

Hitting the Trail. Backpacking for beginners set March 23-24 at Carter Caves.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – March 16, 2013

Pro hiker guides novices, enthusiasts

Dayton Daily News – March 14, 2013

Outdoor adventurers sharing experience with video, pics

Huntington Herald-Dispatch – February 5, 2013

Carter Caves hosting adventure weekend

Ashland Independent – January 20, 2013

Experienced hiker to present program on trails

Dayton Daily News – January 9, 2013

Chill Out

Ohio Magazine – January 2013

How to appreciate fall colors locally – October 11, 2012

Buckeye Walk About

Harrison News-Herald – March 15, 2012

Captain Blue On The Blue Blazes

Buckeye Trail Association Trailblazer – Winter 2011

Ohio man completes Buckeye Trail

The Community Post – November 22, 2011

Sixth person to hike Buckeye Trail to describe trip

The Daily Standard – November 14, 2011

Kettering hiker to share story of 1444-mike trek

The Daily Daily News – November 1, 2011

Dayton Hikers about fitness and friends – October 7, 2011

Hiking – Man finishes 1,444 mile trek

iN75 – June 22, 2011

Kettering man discovers a new side of Ohio on 1,444 mile hike

Dayton Daily News – June 18, 2011

Kettering man hikes 1,400 miles

Dayton Daily News – June 18, 2011

Homecoming for ‘Captain Blue’ – June 14, 2011

Taking on the Appalachian Trail

BGSU Magazine – Fall 2010

Andy Niekamp’s Fountain of Youth

Dayton Daily News – August 10, 2010

Kettering’s “Captain Blue” treks Appalachian Trail for a third time

Dayton Daily News – August 8, 2010

Just not many like ‘Captain Blue’

The Daily Standard – January 25, 2010