Athens City approves Baileys Trail funding

By Heather Willard,

December 11, 2019

Monday night, Athens City Council approved the use of $1.8 million over the course of 20 years to help fund the Baileys Trail System, putting a bow on a long conversation that began decades ago.

In the early 1990s, a conversation started about how the U.S. Forest Service and regional nonprofits could work together in creating a recreation asset, such as a trail system.

That was when officials had first started to wonder, what if the Wayne National Forest was home to an 88-mile mountain bike trail system? What would this mean for Nelsonville, Chauncey, indeed, all of Athens County? No one knew for sure, but many enthusiasts realized there could be a big payout for Athens County with such a system.

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