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Wetland Wonders Bike Tour

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

$30 – $60
A photograph of wetlands native to Ohio.

We invite you to join us for a bike tour led by naturalist, Lynn Holtzman, through the Wayne National Forest! We are offering two route options for our participants to choose from based on their preferences. We will start and finish our routes at The Baileys Trailhead in Chauncey.

  • The first option is a shorter 3.8-mile round trip on paved roads leading to the Big Bailey Wetland. One of our guides will accompany this group back while the other will lead the longer route.
  • Explore the longer route to experience a 10-mile loop showcasing the beauty of three wetlands in Chauncey: Big Bailey Wetland, Utah Ridge Pond, and another tranquil Wayne National Forest wetland. This scenic route offers 657 feet of elevation gain and is ideal for riders seeking a moderate challenge with hills and diverse terrain, including some sections with loose gravel.

These wetlands are popular birding hotspots. The Big Bailey Wetland, which spans 6-7 acres, holds a special significance as it used to be part of a railroad operated by a mine. Today, it serves as a thriving home for diverse wildlife, including a small Blue Heron rookery located at the back of the wetland. Visitors have even spotted Bald eagles in this area.

**Both routes will start off by following a portion of route OH-13, which can have some traffic. While there is room for biking, it may not be suitable for younger children.

  • This is a non-competitive event.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own biking equipment, as well as water and snacks
  • Feel free to bring binoculars!
  • Helmets are required.
  • Adaptive bikes are available for participants with limited mobility, please reach out to Madison Donohue (madison@ruralaction.org) at least 24 hours in advance to request an adaptive bike.


June 22
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$30 – $60
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