Athens boasts an extensive trail system that is accessible right from Sells Park in the middle of the city, or from trailheads at nearby Strouds Run State Park. Enjoy over 26 miles of singletrack trails that wrap all the way around Dow Lake and connect the city of Athens with Strouds Run State Park via the Dale and Jackie Riddle State Nature Preserve.
Athens Bicycle Club began building mountain bike trails at nearby Lake Hope State Park in 1998. Thanks to the local club's hard work, there are now nearly 30 miles of dedicated mountain bike trails there. The trails at Lake Hope are smooth and fast, with gradual climbs. It's a great park for beginners to get started and for advanced riders to really let it rip.