Towpath Trail

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway connects Nelsonville with Athens in Athens County in southeast Ohio. [Scroll past 'Trail Facts' to continue reading.]

Latest Update: 11/16/18 by OB - 2018 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..." more

2018 Visitation Stats - 11/10/18 by OB

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

Bikeway Extension Construction Progress - 10/18/18 by OB

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. more...

Fallen Tree Closes Trail Section - 10/2/18 by OB

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..." more

Spur Officially Open - 9/22/18 by OB

Art Benches Being Installed - 9/25/18 by OB

Athens, OH - "First of a series of planned Art Benches in Athens. This one is along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway spur to Armitage Rd..." more

Athens, OH - "The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Columbus Rd spur was re-opened by the City of Athens today." more...

Spur Paving Completed - 8/21/18 by OB

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." more...

Spur Path May Reopen Soon - 8/11/18 by OB

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.'" more...

Bikeway Access to Brewing Co. - 7/17/18 by OB

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." more...

Spur Repair Work Underway - 7/10/18 by OB

Athens, OH - From, "...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..." more

Flooding Damages Spur Trail - 4/19/18 by OB

Athens, OH - From, "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."

High Water Forecast - 4/16/18 by OB

Athens, OH - From, "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')..."

Trail Maintenance Begins April 9 - 4/7/18 by OB

From, "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."

High Water Reported - 3/31/18 by OB

From, "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."

Man Sought in Attempted Robbery on Trail - 3/29/18 by OB

From, "...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." more...

Spur Trail Repairs Scheduled - 3/23/18 by OB

From, "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."

Erosion Threatens Spur Trail - 3/14/18 by OB

From, "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..." more

Spur Opens in Athens - 12/12/16 by OB

From, "...The completed construction project connects the bike/jogging/walking path on the northwest part of the city north of the Hocking River, to Columbus Road with an extended spur and bridge over the river."

Spur & Trail Extension Planned - 8/11/16 by OB

From, "...The completed construction project connects the bike/jogging/walking path on the northwest part of the city north of the Hocking River, to Columbus Road with an extended spur and bridge over the river."

From, "..there are two projects in the works to extend [the trail] even further.

One of those projects is a bikeway spur that will connect the bikepath to Columbus Road. That project is expected to be finished in 2017.

The second project is an extension of the path. A mile and a half will be added on the east end. It will run in front of Holzer Clinic and connect with Canaan Road. That project is expected to be finished in 2018."

New Mile Markers - 5/25/16 by OB

New mile markers are being painted on the trail surface this year.

Trail Specs & Facts:

Location: Athens County, OH

Class: A3+

Length: 20.4 miles / asphalt (not including spurs)

Condition: Good

Facilities: Mostly limited to the Athens section of the bikeway.

Parking: W. State Street Park in Athens. (See map for more options.)

Worth Noting: The Athens portion of the trail has facilites, restaurants and other nearby businesses. Otherwise facilities are scarce.

Map: Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or Sm Screen Version

Elevation: Mostly flat

More Trails in this Region: SE OH Trails List

I started my ride in Nelsonville, from the southernmost end of the campus grounds at Hocking College. Since that time, the trail has been extended 1.2 miles northward through campus and into Nelsonville.

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.

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