Mountain Biking in Athens County: We’ve Got the Hills, You Could Win the Bike


Mountain biking at Sells Park.

Athens County offers a vast variety of parks to hit the slopes. Many visitors flock to this region to experience the thrill of mountain biking in southern Appalachia. Read on to discover how you can win a bike!

Where to Bike

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.

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.

Wayne National Forest

Located north of Nelsonville, 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 are required to mountain bike in The Wayne, which features difficult trails with steep hills. Maps are provided with purchase of trail permit.

Looking for more places to mountain bike? Athens Bicycle has pulled together a list of places in this region that also offer mountain biking.


How to Win

All you need is a bike to hit the hills! Enter a raffle sponsored by the Athens Bicycle Club to win a bike.



The Athens Bicycle Club is attempting to establish a new recreation area on a local tract of Wayne National Forest. The Wayne National Forest Project includes a detailed plan for what the future holds for biking in Athens County.

By purchasing a raffle ticket (or more than one!) you can help reach the goal of raising funds to contract Applied Trail Designs to begin the master plan in March 2017. Considering the federal funds slotted for construction, this project represents a million dollar investment in rural Southeast Ohio. Any dollar given now will translate to $25 (or more) invested back into the local riding community.

The winner of the bicycle may select their desired bicycle size. If they do not live in the Athens area, the bike can be shipped to them.


For more information, contact Danny Twilley ( or Pete Kotses (