Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop

Athens, Ohio 45701

Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop

Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"With help from the state’s Clean Ohio Fund and the Athens Conservancy, the city of Athens was able to purchase the “missing link” property between the city-owned Sells Park and Strouds Run State Park. The result? Nearly 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, all accessible from a trailhead at the end of a neighborhood street, just minutes from this hip college town's main shopping district. On this hike, walk around a small pond, past rock outcroppings, and to a recess cave before returning on the ridgetop that overlooks an old-growth forest to the north.

For years, locals enjoyed the trails in Athen's Sells Park while both locals and out-of-towners took advantage of the many trails in Strouds Run State Park. Though less than half a mile of land separated these two parks, the fact that it was held in private ownership made a Sells-to-Strouds trek out of the question. The private land, known as Hawk Woods, was also familiar to botanists because of its status as an old-growth forest."

Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop Trip Reports

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We hiked the Rim Trail Only. This had a few good views, but nothing spectacular. This is a pretty easy hike with a well maintained trail. However that means it gets a lot of traffic. We found some trash and there were some teenagers having a drinking party in the back woods. The Gorge Trail is paved and flat. Most of the visitors were walking this.
Probably best suited for families or if you're in the area. Don't go out of your way for this one.
Very enjoyable hike. The gorge trail is paved for about 3/4ths of its length, allowing rookies and/or differently abled persons to enjoy the beauty of the gorge. The rim trail is rocky and rooty but doable for anyone who is sensible and careful. You won't be alone - any trail in the Hocking Hills is popular on the weekend and we several times heard the roar of Harleys on the nearby roads.

Rockhouse to Athens Trail Loop Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
About 2 hours
Pawpaw trees fruit in the fall.
Sells Park, Riddle State Nature Preserve, and Strouds Run State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Athens
Local Maps