Butler County, Ohio offers visitors a different kind of hiking trail.
A trail that involves donuts…..lots of donuts! Now that’s a trail that everyone can hike!
I’m sharing tips for making the most of your first visit to the Donut Trail.
1. Have a Plan Ahead of Time
To effectively cross several donut shops off your list, you will need to have a strategy.
There are 12 local donut shops and 80 miles of trail to choose from located throughout the county.
2. Start Visting Bakeries on the Donut Trail Early
Several of the bakeries close once they run out of donuts or their operating times can close as early as 10 am.
You need to get an early start to get the most stops in.
3. Sample Donuts and Share
If you want to experience several different types of donuts along the trail, I would highly suggest going with a group, ordering a few donuts, and then cut them into fourths so that you can try a bite instead of the whole donut.
Pack a storage container to keep the donuts fresher, longer.
You will fill up quickly if you eat a whole donut at each stop and you could risk becoming so full that you can’t truly appreciate each delicious bite.
I like to ask each donut shop what specialty donuts they are known for and make sure that I try some of their more unique varieties along the way.
4. Don’t Forget to Get Your Donut Trail Passport Stamped
Each donut shop has a different word that goes on your passport.
When you complete your passport with a stamp from each donut shop, you can bring it to the Butler County Visitors Center to receive a free Donut Trail T-shirt.
You can download a passport online or request one at one of the Donut Shops.
If you complete your passport during hours that the visitor center isn’t open you can mail your completed passport and they will ship you a t-shirt free of charge.
5. Take Lots of Pictures Along the Way
Don’t forget to document your day with lots of pictures using the #DonutTrail hashtag.
6. Bring Home Extra Donuts That You Liked
If you find a few favorites along the way, make a to-go order to enjoy the following day.
Check out Donut Dude, the newest addition to Donut Trail.
7. You Don’t Have to Do All of the Butler County Donut Trail in One Day
Kudos to you if you are super ambitious and want to tackle the list in one day.
Another option is to spread out your visits and make the day a reoccurring adventure to look forward to.
2-3 Shops in one visit is plenty in my opinion. It also gives you an excuse to explore different parts of Butler County and burn off some of your calories while you are in the area.
You can find out more at the Bulter Country Donut Trail from their website.