The Bailey Tract Mountain Bike Trail System project received official approval by the US Forest Service-Wayne National Forest (official signed Decision document) on December 6, 2017. Phase 1 and 2 of the trail system is composed of 36 miles of single-track mountain bike trails with as many as 51 miles of additional trail being built in later phases.
This project is included in IMBA’s Dig In trail funding campaign, to help fund worthy trail building and maintenance projects across the United States. Gear Junkie said of the Bailey Tract project, that it is “perhaps the most ambitious endeavor” of the 68 selected for funding support by IMBA.
Wayne National Forest District Ranger Jason Reed credited Athens Bicycle Club, along with Ohio University and others on the Baileys Mountain Bike Trail collaborative working group, for leading this community-driven project. Come out to the Athens Bicycle Club meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Athens Community Center to get an update on the project, and have your questions answered.
One of the beautiful things about this project is that most of the trailheads will be located within local towns and villages, such as Chauncey and Doanville, enabling partnerships with the local communities and increased economic benefit, as well as connections to existing bicycle trails such as the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.