T. J. Evans Bike Path–Alexandria to Granville
eBird Bar Charts by Season
(Mounts Road to Bicentennial Park, 4 miles)
This stretch descends into the floodplain of Raccoon Creek, where it follows a fairly straight path north of the Creek. Mostly farm fields, but the stretch from Mounts Road east to the Lobdell Creek Bridge descends gradually through a narrow hillside forest to the farm fields around the creek confluence and has several different habitats that make it good for a diversity of birds. Further east is mostly farm fields along the creek, but there has been a Bald Eagle nest in the riparian strip trees a bit over 3 miles along.
Tips for birding T. J. Evans Bike Path
This path runs for nearly 19 miles, from rural Johnstown, down the Raccoon River valley to urban Newark. It’s an old rail-to-trail, and enough time has passed that most of the route is shaded by sizeable trees. That said, forest blocks are mostly narrow and small along the path (with one striking exception), so you’re mostly riding a treed corridor through farm fields. For birding potential, we’ll break the path up into 5 segments, giving a general overview of each, and suggesting short stretches that have proven to have diverse birds. I describe these sections running west to east.
From Rob Thorn
About T. J. Evans Bike Path
The T.J. Evans trail is one of Ohio’s first rail trails and features great scenery and history from Newark to Johnstown in Licking County.
From T. J. Evans Bike Path webpage
Restroom facilities are located at the Johnstown parking lot, Wildwood Park in Granville, and Flory Park in Newark.