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."
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."
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..."
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..."
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."
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..."
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.
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..."
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..."
9/22/18 - Spur Officially Open
Athens, OH - "The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Columbus Rd spur was re-opened by the City of Athens today."
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."
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.'"
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."
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..."
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."
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..."
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.