eBird Bar Charts by Season
The Baker Tract is privately owned, but open for public use. It is largely managed by the Athens Conservancy under a conservation and trail easement. This 269-acre property is at the corner of US-50 and OH-690, extending to the Hocking River south of US-50. The Conservancy maintains a hiking trail system on the property, which is also open to horses. There are five miles of trails, which are blazed with yellow and blue paint, but they are hard to follow in places because they are not frequently used (the flip side is that you will generally be alone when you hike there).
This property has beautiful bluffs, with forests ranging from young and brushy to about 100 years old, and from stream bottom to ridge top. A Texas Eastern Gas pipeline bisects the property in a northeast to southwest direction, creating a grassy strip with edge habitat. There are also some extant gas wells in this otherwise largely intact forest. An under-birded area, breeding season reports so far include Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, American Redstart, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Indigo Bunting.
Access to this property is primarily via a trailhead off OH-690. To reach this trailhead from Athens, take US-50 east from US-33 5.1 miles to OH-690. Turn left on OH-690 and go 0.5 mile to the gravel parking area on the left.
From Baker Tract webpage
No restroom facilities.