Bike Your Way Around the Hocking Hills

Bike Your Way Around the Hocking Hills

Cycling routes for the two-wheeler aficionados are available to explore in the Hocking Hills. Imagine touring the whole 33 miles of trails within the state forest on your trusty bike. Beginners and seasoned bikers will have a love affair with the surrounding beauty of the Hocking Hills. Find a route that’s appropriate for your skill level and have a blast taking in the sights.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Fittingly the most sought after bike trail in the entire state of Ohio is the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, known for its “21 miles of beauty” from the town of Athens to Nelsonville. Riding is basically smooth with just a few twists and turns while you’re rewarded with the view of the Hocking River next to the bike path. The snake-like bikeway led to its name “Hockhocking”, meaning “bottleneck” or “twisted”, given by the area’s first inhabitants – the Adena Indians.

On your way to Nelsonville, make sure to rest and stop over at these favorite area attractions:

Eclipse Company Town

Once you reach the 7-mile marker on the bikeway, you’ll arrive at the Eclipse Company Town built in 1900 by the Hocking Valley Coal Company. The Town consists of quaint houses where the miners and their families used to live. There was also a general store where miners could earn credit based on how much coal they loaded in the mine. They used that credit to purchase goods and services at the store.

The mine completely shut down after the end of World War II, and it remained forgotten until 1997 when restoration work was started. Today, the 12 company houses are rented by commercial and residential tenants, and are widely visited by tourists for its historical significance.

Robbins Crossing

Open only on weekends from Memorial Day through October, Robbins Crossing will take you back to the pioneers’ time in the 1850s. The village consists of nostalgic 19th-century buildings, including the Anthony, Gladden, and Wolfe Houses. Drop by the Blacksmith Shop and the General Store and meet the staff wearing period costumes.

Historic Square Arts District

Make shopping a part of your itinerary as you ride on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Buy handmade art pieces as souvenirs of your Southeast Ohio experience. If you have more time, join the private classes and workshops and create your own art.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Park your bikes and hop aboard the train passenger cars that date back to the 1920s. The cars still run on the same tracks as in the late 1800s and early 1900s when coal was transported to central Ohio and Lake Erie. Plan your schedule as trains depart on weekends only at set times. Check out their website for more info on tickets and departure dates.

After a long day on pedals, stop over at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan and rent a log cabin for a night or two. You’ll enjoy the quiet surroundings and modern amenities while still find the peacefulness of the Hocking Hills. More cycling trails are also listed in their website if you want to look for more options besides HockHocking Adena. Happy cycling!