Kokosing Gap Trail

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway connects Nelsonville with Athens in Athens County in southeast Ohio. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

Latest Update: 1/15/20 - Names Sought for Baileys Trail System Trails

Athens, OH

12/9/19 - City Council Votes to Allocate Money for the Baileys Trail System

Athens, OH - "City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve controversial funding for the Baileys Trail System, located in Athens County, after several months of debate and changes to the bill’s language." more

12/4/19 - Funding Decision stil Pending for MTB Trail System

Athens, OH - "The Baileys Trail System — 88 miles of mountain bike-optimized trail — is estimated to cost between $11 million and $12 million." more

12/1/19 - Fallen Trees Block Bikeway

Athens, OH

11/20/19 - Athens Still Considering Funding Bike MTB Project

Athens, OH - "Athens City Council on Monday took a step back from an ordinance appropriating funding for a massive new mountain-bike trail project in the Wayne National Forest in Athens County, but added several amendments intended to allow City Council to keep a closer eye on the finances for the project." more

11/12/19 - Public Input Period for Bikeway Extension Nov. 13 - Dec. 13

Chauncey, OH

11/1/19 - Vote Coming on MTB Trail Project

Athens, OH - "Athens City Council is expected to vote Monday evening on whether to approve the city entering into a contract to contribute $90,000 or more per year over the next 20 years to pay for a major mountain-bike trail system in the Wayne National Forest." more

10/16/19 - Athens Asked to Pony Up for Major Bike Trail

Athens, OH - "Athens City Council and the Athens County Commissioners have a big decision before them in the coming weeks: whether to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 20 years toward an 88-mile mountain-biking trail construction project in the nearby Wayne National Forest." more

10/7/19 - Athens-Belpre Trail Acquires Right-of-Way

Athens, OH - "...The Athens Conservancy has entered into a purchase agreement with the seller for a fixed $20,000 purchase price with a fundraising deadline of November 2019. On completing the purchase the Athens Conservancy will take title to the property and hold it in the public trust for multi-use muscle powered trail purposes." more

9/18/19 - Baileys MTB Trail Starts Construction

Chauncey, OH - "...Phase 1 of the trail, which is a 13-mile stretch near Chauncey, began construction and is expected to be finished by the end of the year." more

7/24/19 - Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Bike Path Plan

Nelsonville, OH - The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Bike Path is a planned trail that will connect Nelsonville with Logan, a distance of ~12 miles, when completed.

The new bikeway will utilize the same railway corridor as the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, effectively extending that existing trail from Nelsonsville to the north.

When complete, the new trail and existing trail will combine to form a 32.4 mile contiguous bikeway thru Hocking and Athens Counties. Learn more.

7/4/19 - Lost Tail Light Found

Athens, OH - "I found a bicycle tail light on the bikeway about a quarter mile west of Eclipse on Tuesday. If you’re missing one and can name the correct brand, its yours." more

6/3/19 - Bikeway Extension Paving

Athens, OH - "The extension is next to US-50 east of Athens running from the Holzer clinic to CR-24 (S Canaan Rd), and it’s about 1.5 miles." more

4/18/19 - ODOT Disputes Bike Path Design Flaw Blame

Athens, OH - "...on Wednesday, a spokesperson for ODOT wrote that 'while ODOT had some oversight in reviewing plans, the commissioners approved the final design, which did not incorporate a minimum elevation into the scope of work.'” more...

4/10/19 - County Explores Path Extension Design Change

Athens, OH - "Elevating a portion of a new bike path to make it flood less often could end up costing Athens County more than $100,000 if the county commissioners decide they want to pursue the corrective action.

"...The ODOT-administered project, which would extend the bike path east from Athens to County Road 24A (South Canaan), has already been plagued by delays...." more

4/5/19 - Commissioners Discuss Grants for Bike Path, Rail-Trail

Athens County, OH - "...The commissioners agreed to apply for TAP funding to repair cracks and seal the 12-mile, county-owned section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, from Currier Street in Athens to Hocking College..." more

3/20/19 - Committee Raising Funds to Connect Rail Trails

Athens, OH - "Half-mile stretch of old railroad bed needed to connect rail-trails in Athens and Washington counties." more...

3/20/19 - Committee Raising Funds to Connect Rail Trails

Athens, OH - "Half-mile stretch of old railroad bed needed to connect rail-trails in Athens and Washington counties." more...

2/27/19 - Spur to be Elevated

Athens, OH - "...Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to authorize construction of an elevation for the bike path that extends over Hocking River to connect with Chauncey." more...

2/11/19 - Flooding Continues

Athens, OH - "The Hocking River is yet again flooding the bikeway in the usual location between Stimson Ave and US33 in the City of Athens." more...

2/11/19 - Spur Survives High Water

Athens, OH - "The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway spur to Columbus Rd survived the 13th highest recorded flood in Athens. There appears to be no damage to the trail, and the embankment armored with re-used concrete shows no sign of impact from the flood." more...

2/6/19 - High Water Alert

Athens, OH - "...The river has flooded the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway at the usual low spot between Stimson Ave and the US33 overpass in the City of Athens, and the bikeway will likely be impassable at that location through sometime Sunday..." more

1/24/19 - High Water Alert

Athens, OH - "The bikeway is currently under water at its low spot between Stimson Ave and the US33 underpass. The Hocking River is still rising..." more

12/17/18 - High Water Alert

Athens, OH - "The #HockingRiver is cresting this morning, and it is currently flooding the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway at the low culvert between Stimson Ave and the US33 overpass. The waters are predicted to recede and the path should be passable by tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018." more...

11/16/18 - High Water Alert

Athens, OH - "The Hocking River water level in the City of Athens as of 7:00 am this morning, 16 November is above 15.25 feet. This means that the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway will be underwater at the dip between Stimson and the US33 underpass..." more

11/10/18 - 2018 Visitation Stats

Athens, OH - From Hockhocking Adena Bikeway on facebook, "First ever #HockhockingAdenaBikeway bike and pedestrian count data as collected by Buckeye Hills Regional Council. These numbers are from Summer 2018..."

  • At Athens Community Center (mile marker 0): 2,755 /day
  • At Richland Street Bridge: 3,075 /day
  • Near O'Bleness Hospital: 3,286 /day

10/18/18 - Bikeway Extension Construction Progress

Athens, OH - "Update on the Holzer to County Road 24A (South Canaan Road) extension of the bikeway, from the County Planner... The company contracted to do the work by ODOT is preparing to start grading the surface in preparation for paving. more...

10/2/18 - Fallen Tree Closes Trail Section

Athens County, OH - "The Bikeway is officially closed between Armitage Rd and Eclipse Company Town until Tuesday, 2 October, 2018, as the result of a large tree fall blocking the trail..." more

9/25/18 - Art Benches Being Installed

Athens, OH - "First of a series of planned Art Benches in Athens. This one is along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway spur to Armitage Rd..." more

9/22/18 - Spur Officially Open

Athens, OH - "The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Columbus Rd spur was re-opened by the City of Athens today." more...

8/21/18 - Spur Paving Completed

Athens, OH - "The re-paving of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Columbus Rd spur is complete! Soon, the City of Athens, Ohio - News and Information will be reinstalling the guardrails and wacking weeds to prepare for re-opening." more...

8/11/18 - Spur Path May Reopen Soon

Athens, OH - "...'I say this cautiously' Patterson said at the council meeting. 'At this point it looks like (the spur) may be reopened after Aug. 20 but, again, there’s a lot of things in play with that.'" more...

7/17/18 - Bikeway Access to Brewing Co.

Athens, OH - "Bikeway access to Little Fish Brewing Company for the next few weeks is blocked at Armitage Rd due to slippage repair. The shortest detour is by walking your bike through the dirt parking lot under construction off of Armitage Rd, then across the grass through the hops garden." more...

7/10/18 - Spur Repair Work Underway

Athens, OH - From athensnews.com, "...repairs 'are ongoing and are currently approximately 50 percent complete.' Repairs include rebuilding the earthen embankment near the path and placing 'rock channel protection' along the embankment to prevent erosion of the river bank..." more

4/19/18 - Flooding Damages Spur Trail

Athens, OH - From facebook.com/HockhockingAdenaBikeway, "The Columbus Road Spur Trail [of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway] has been badly hit by the flooding the last couple of days. There is now a second area of heavy bank erosion that has further impacted the trail. Reconstruction will take some time."

4/16/18 - High Water Forecast

Athens, OH - From facebook.com/HockhockingAdenaBikeway, "With over 1 1/2" of rain on Sunday, April 15th, the Hocking River is again starting to rise. Looks like it will flood the low portion of the bikeway (~15.3') again by 8AM tomorrow, Monday morning.

"Flood potential is not as high as the flood 2 weeks ago, but likely scenarios are for high water in Athens around minor flooding stage (~20'), but possibly as high as major flooding stage (22')..."

4/7/18 - Trail Maintenance Begins April 9

From facebook.com/HockhockingAdenaBikeway, "Athens County Commissioners announced today that the County Maintenance and Grounds Department, with assistance from Athens Township will be starting maintenance on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway on Monday, April 9, 2018, weather permitting.

"Maintenance will include trimming & removing brush, cutting trees that may be a safety issue, and cleaning the bike path. Work will start at the Currier Street connector and head North toward Nelsonville."

3/31/18 - High Water Reported

From facebook.com/HockhockingAdenaBikeway, "The Bikeway at the low point between Stimson Ave and US33 overpass is currently under ~1 foot of water.

"The river is cresting this morning, so the bikeway should be passable again soon. If you are trying to get through the flooded section, please use caution. It is safer to go around at the public library or on the dirt path."

3/29/18 - Man Sought in Attempted Robbery on Trail

From athensmessenger.com, "...The person being sought is described as a white male, about 6-feet 1-inch tall, between 30 and 40 years of age with brown eyes. At the time of the incident he was wearing jeans and a gray hoodie with the hood up." more...

3/23/18 - Spur Trail Repairs Scheduled

From ci.athens.oh.us, "The rain and high water events earlier this year caused a section of riverbank to erode adjacent to the Columbus Road Bikepath Spur. The Engineering and Public Works Department is continuously monitoring the situation to ensure it does not worsen.

"Repair of the bank is planned to begin in late April. The path is currently open to users."

3/14/18 - Erosion Threatens Spur Trail

From athensnews.com, "More than a year after winter flooding damaged a portion of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway’s Columbus Road spur in North Athens, the path has seen more damage in past few weeks..." more

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Athens County, OH

Class: A3+

Length: 20.4 miles / asphalt (not including spurs)

Condition: Good

Facilities: Mostly limited to the Athens section of the bikeway.

Parking: W. State Street Park in Athens. (See map for more options.)

Worth Noting: The Athens portion of the trail has facilites, restaurants and other nearby businesses. Otherwise facilities are scarce.

Map: Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or Sm Screen Version

Elevation: Mostly flat

More Trails in this Region: SE OH Trails List

I started my ride in Nelsonville, from the southernmost end of the campus grounds at Hocking College. Since that time, the trail has been extended 1.2 miles northward through campus and into Nelsonville.

Rock outcroppings grab your attention as you leave the campus area and head south. The Hocking River is in view during much of this ride through quiet, peaceful, wooded country. Plenty of tree cover accompanies you as well as a rail line that follows intermittently alongside as you continue in a southeasterly direction. The trail skirts briefly through Wayne National Forest, a nature preserve.

As you approach Athens, you'll see what appears to be a connecting path that veers off to the right. This apparent offshoot is in fact the main trail and is clearly marked with signs that direct you toward the Ohio University Campus. If you continue straight ahead and ignore this turn, you'll find that the trail ends shortly at Currier Street where there's a small parking lot.

Continuing on toward OU, the trail passes alongside some ball fields off W. State Street before emerging from the cover of trees and brush. Soon you meet up with the Hocking River in full view on your right. The scenery is quite splendid here with tall hills standing over the river.

The bikeway moves onto the OU campus where it begins its sweep around the edge of the grounds passing the football stadium and then a portion of the golf course where signs alert you to be on the lookout for flying golf balls(!) This section of the trail has light posts every few yards along the path, a nice touch.

Just before leaving campus the trail encounters a couple of connecting paths. Stay alongside the river and continue on until you come to East State St. Park, the bikeway's former endpoint.

In 2008 the trail was extended further along East State Street, adding about 1 mile to its length.

A .8-mile trail spur to Athens High School was also added. Another spur into Athens was completed in 2016.

This bikeway is unique in that it links two college campuses by trail. Also, it's one of the few paved bike trails we've encountered that's open at night.

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