T. J. Evans Bike Path–Granville
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Wildwood Park, Granville
(Bicentennial Park to Clouse Road, OH-16 underpass, 2.0 miles)
This stretch becomes a mix of suburban yards, parks, and conservation preserves. Raccoon Valley in Granville has a series of parks – Bicentennial, Sugar Loaf, Wildwood, Raccoon Valley playfields – as well as a little urban area where it crosses OH-37. The mix of habitats makes for unpredictable birding, and generally, the stretch east of OH-37 is more productive, passing by the town cemetery, the outlet of Clay Run, a side bridge over to the Raccoon Valley playfields, and a cow pasture.
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.