T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill to Reddington Road
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Harndens Mill Preserve
Tips for birding T. J. Evans Bike Path–Harndens Mill to Reddington Road
Harndens Mill Preserve to Newark border. (Clouse Road, OH-16 underpass to Reddington Road, 2.2 miles)
This is the surprise – a beautiful linear forested hillside and riparian forest strip, mostly in preserves and conservation easements. It’s shady and cool, and very birdy even on the warmest summer days; expect lots of forest birds, including some surprises. Northern Parulas, Redstarts, and Broad-winged Hawks have nested here. Also expect to share the path with other people, since Newark residents use this stretch as a “walk/run/bike in the woods.”
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.