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Hockhocking Adena Bikeway...

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The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway runs 20 miles, mostly along the Hocking River between Athens and Nelsonville in southeast Ohio. The bikeway runs along an old Columbus and Hocking Valley Railroad bed (which formerly was a tow path along the Hocking Canal). The trail connects Ohio University in Athens and Hocking College in Nelsonville, passing through Wayne National Forest, parks and conservation areas. The sections at the two ends are more commercial areas, but the middle from about miles 5 to 15 is very scenic. Paved, flat, an easy ride. One of a few trails open at night. Bike shops and rentals are available. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Hockhocking Adena Bikeway


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Location: Athens to Nelsonville, Athens County, OH (See map)
Distance: 20 miles
Surface: Paved

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Athens Bike Shop external (Athens)
Black Diamond Bicycles external (The Plains)
Book a Bike external - bike sharing service at local libraries


Biking on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Nelsonville Area

Robbins Crossing at Hocking College (a community college) in Nelsonville is a reconstructed 1850 settler community. If you're in Nelsonville over the weekend, a worthwhile stop is the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway - the original trailroad line was founded in 1864, rides are offered on vintage railroad equipment.

 


Wayne National Forest area

Wayne National Forest in the Appalachian Foothills of SE Ohio has over 300 miles of trails, camping, covered bridges, and scenic overlooks. The most scenic area.

 


Athens Area

The trail runs past Ohio University, the original state university (1804) and one of the oldest in the nation. The trailhead at mile 1.3 is on the eastern extension - this runs into Athens, close to the road and stores.

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