Baileys Trail System
The Baileys Trail System is located in the Athens Unit of the Athens Ranger District and managed by the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia. Currently, 26 miles of trail are on the ground and open. Partners are currently planning additional trail construction in 2021. More information is available on the Baileys Trail System partnership site.
When complete, the Baileys will be a sustainable 88-mile purpose-built mountain bike trail system with community trailheads and connectivity to cities in Athens County via the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway; a recreation asset that is operated and maintained in partnership with the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia regional council of governments. There will be trails for every level of mountain biker. Hikers, trail runners, nature enthusiasts, and hunters are welcome, too.
Visitors can access the trail from the main trailhead at Chauncey-Dover Community Park in Chauncey, OH. A second trailhead will be available in Doanville, OH in 2021.
At a Glance
|Closest Towns:||Chauncey, Nelsonville and Athens|
|Operated By:||Athens Ranger District and Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia|
|Information Center:||Athens Ranger District|
The Baileys Trail System can be accessed from the Chauncey-Dover Community Park in Chauncey, OH.
Parking is available at Chauncey-Dover Community Park in Chauncey, OH; additional parking will soon be available in Doanville.
Maps Additional Resources
A Cooperatively Managed Partnership
The Baileys Trail System is a cooperatively managed partnership of federal and local governments. The Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) is also a U.S. Forest Service partner.
Trails are seasonally closed to mountain bike use from winter to early spring. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year.
There are multiple trails and loops that allow you to choose your preferred distance for a day hike.
Backpacking on the trails is a great way to get away; backpacking camps will be added once more trails are constructed.
|Difficulty Level:||Intermediate to Difficult|
This area offers some of the best birding locations in Athens County. As part of an area managed for oaks, look for wild turkeys and plenty of whitetail deer.
You will see a variety of plants as you walk from valley to ridge, and around the slopes. In spring you'll see wildflowers blooming and in fall you'll see beautiful fall color.
Expect to see signs of past land use, including coal mining and oil and gas development. While there will be some opportunities for vistas, much of the scenery will be rolling hills throughout a forested landscape.
A picnic shelter is available at the Chauncey-Dover Community Park, which serves as the first trailhead for the Baileys Trail System. The area is currently under construction, but will include more recreation opportunities next year.