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Mountain Biking in Southeast Ohio - Athens Area


The connected mountain biking trails of Strouds Run State Park and Sells Park combine to offer 30 miles of trails right in the City of Athens. The Thunderbunny, Sundown or Scatter Ridge trails connect the trail systems of both parks. The trails at Sells Park and Strouds Run are known for being twisty and tight, with moderate to steep hills and technical features including small rock gardens, logovers and switchbacks.



A natural paradise, 2,983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges. Remnants of abandoned mining and iron producing industries amid the beautiful scenery provide interest and pleasure for hikers, photographers, nature lovers and historians alike at one of Ohio's most historic and scenic state parks.



The Athens-Belpre Rail-Trail is a new trailway now being developed in southeast Ohio. It will link Athens, Ohio, in Athens County, with Belpre, Ohio, in Washington County. It will link on the west with the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.Wikipedia



The Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area is developed and maintained for public use as the primary mission of The Broughton Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization founded in 1991 by Carl and Elizabeth Broughton.The Park encompasses more than 500 wooded acres available for wildlife and environmental study. It is an educational area with several trails, two ponds, a natural stream, a waterfall, and several areas of undisturbed natural habitat just north of Marietta, Ohio.



Chestnut Ridge Metro Park is home to the Chestnut Ridge mountain bike trail. The full mountain bike trail is over nine miles long and is a stacked loop system, the inner loop is the beginner/intermediate trail and the outer loop is the advanced trail. More Cowbell is the expert gravity/flow trail and is for expert riders only.You should expect steep climbs, most notably a switchback climb up to the Apple Barn, followed by several flowy descents as you ride along the heavily wooded trail. A few bridges, banked turns, several log-overs, and a couple short sections of sandstone cobble can be found along this trail. We just opened a new gravity/flow trail, More Cowbell, in June 2016. This is an expert trail with rollers, big berms and big drops. The trail is fast and is for expert riders only.



The Moonville Rail Trail is a 16-mile trail that utilizes the former Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad that began service in the 1850s.Currently, 8 miles of ballast-surfaced trail, perfect for horses or walkers and hikers, are available from Zaleski to Mineral. Future plans call for the trail to extend approximately 8 miles to the east and link with the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens. To the west, the trail will eventually extend to the Jackson County line.



With hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, festivals, disc golf, nature trails, Dog Park, museum and community activities, there’s something for everyone at Mountwood Park in Wood County, West Virginia. All are welcome to enjoy this 2,600 acre wooded park with a fifty acre lake and over fifty miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails.



ReCreation Land is a 60,000-acre outdoor recreation area built on land once strip mined for its rich coal deposits. We have received many awards for this project from environmental and conservation groups for going above and beyond the legal requirements for land reclamation. ReCreation Land offers a number of outdoor activities and is free to the public.



The Wayne has many miles of trails available for mountain biking. In addition there are a variety of public roads which provide leisurely scenic rides for bicyclists. There are no trails designed exclusively for mountain bikes (yet...), but the off-road vehicle trails are open to mountain bikes. A Forest Trail Permit is required to ride here. The Marietta Unit hiking trails are also open to mountain bikes.



Appalachia Outdoor Adventures trail system at the Wilds consists of around 15 miles of great Ohio Singletrack to satisfy just about any rider. Trails are marked with trail signs and white numbered poles that correlate with numbered circles on the map, to help keep you headed in the right direction. Be sure to print out a Map, and make the trip. Its worth the trip!

 

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