Mountain Biking in Athens


Athens County offers a vast variety of parks to hit the hills and find your flow!  And, check out the Phase 1 section of the new Baileys Mountain Bike Trail system on the Wayne National Forest, located just north of Athens in Chauncey, OH.  (Pronounced “chancy”). Any day on a bike in Southeast Ohio is a GREAT day!



Strouds Run State Park and Sells Park

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.

Athens Bicycle Shop Strouds Run/Athens Trails Network Map

Cycle Path Bike Shop Athens Trails Network Mountain Biking Map


Lake Hope State Park

Athens Bicycle Club has built more than 23 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails at Lake Hope State Park. Located in neighboring Vinton County, the park is just a short drive from Athens. The trails at Lake Hope are known for being smooth and fast, with gradual hills.

Athens Bicycle Shop Lake Hope Map

Cycle Path Bike Shop Lake Hope Map


Wayne National Forest – Baileys Trail System is Officially Open!

The Wayne NF has opened their Phase 1 section of the Baileys Mountain Trail System, offering 14 miles of brand new trail riding.  The Baileys Trail System begins at the Chauncey-Dover Park, located in Chauncey, OH just off Route 13.

View the Phase I Map.

Phase 1 offers eight miles of beginner trails and six miles of intermediate trails.

Within the eight miles of beginner trails, there are loads of features:

  • An accessible loop trail for the community;
  • Race course built to National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) teen mountain bike league standards;
  • five miles of adaptive mountain biking (aMTB) trails to accommodate bikes of differently-abled riders;
  • Alternate B-lines with features that provide a more challenging ride.

In addition, the Monday Creek area of the Wayne National Forest offers 71 miles of designated trails for off-road vehicle riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. Mountain bikers should use caution, as the trails are shared with motorized vehicle riders. Permits may be required to use this portion of riding.  Check in at the WNF Headquarters for any questions you might have.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Looking for something flat and paved?  Try the 23-mile Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. This trail runs from 2 miles east of Athens to Nelsonville, meandering through Ohio University and along the Appalachian countryside, following the Hocking River.  Bike rentals are available locally, and several breweries/restaurants are located along the way.

Looking for more biking fun?  Give Brewed on the Bikeway a try!  Enjoy local breweries on this ride through Athens – you never have to leave the bikeway!


Athens Bike Shops are locally-owned, family-run businesses.  We know you’ll love them all.

Athens Bicycle Shop:  Rentals, sales and service
4 W. Stimson Avenue, Athens  740-594-9944

Black Diamond Bikes:  Rentals, sales and service
540 W. Union St., Athens  740-249-4045

CyclePath Bike Shop:  Sales and service
104 W. Union St., Athens  740-593-8482

The Pedaler and the Packer:  Sales and Service
432 Richland Avenue, Athens


Rest up after the ride in a hotel, cabin or B&B in Athens County.  This puts you the closest to great restaurants, craft breweries and wineries.

For More Information:

For the full rundown on where to eat and drink after your ride, visit or call the Athens County Visitors Center at 1-800-878-9767.

Stop by the Wayne National Forest Visitors Center located at 13700 US-33, Nelsonville, OH 45764;  (740) 753-0101

Make it an overnight stay in Athens with great hotels and unique lodging available.  Check out area hotels here.


Athens County has established health and safety precautions to provide for the best environments for locals, workers and visitors.  Please review our recommendations prior to visiting to have the best possible trip to Athens.

View our Visitor Recommendations for a Safe and Healthy Visit.

Peace. Love. Athens.