The Baileys Tract Mountain Bike Trail Project received official approval from Wayne National Forest on December 8, 2017. The Athens Bicycle Club has been intimately involved in the project, including raising funds for the initial trail design and Project Master Plan for the 80+ miles of potential trails, trail heads, campsites, and parking lots. The Master Plan was finalized in November 2017, and can be viewed here.
Phase 1 of the trail system was opened to ride on May 29, 2020, with 14 miles of trail that are beginner and intermediate level. Phase 2 of the project is already underway in Summer of 2020, and will add 11 more miles of beginner, intermediate, and some advanced trail miles. The project will eventually have access from three local communities with trailheads and a connection with Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, via a spur to Chauncey that is scheduled for construction in 2021. While these trails will be optimized for mountain biking, they will also be ideal for hikers, trail runners, and nature-watchers.
This project, coupled with ~45 miles of existing mountain bike trails at Strouds Run and Lake Hope State Parks, has the potential for the Athens area to eventually be recognized as an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) ride center, positioning the area as one of only three such destinations in the region.
If you have questions or would like to assist with the project, contact the Baileys Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.