Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Athens with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
16 days ago

I love this trail! The trail is well marked so you won’t get lost. It’s full of fun swimming holes with a couple of rope swings and logs to take a breather on. It’s good for walking or running but I wouldn’t bike it because there are a ton of trees in the middle of the muddy path.

Shady, good views. It’s a little spooky if you’re familiar with the history of the vicinity. Good for spooktober

Wildflowers and fungi everywhere in the fall and spring! Very muddy, come prepared!

Terribly overgrown! Could only stand to hike half of the loop. Spiders everywhere.

need more water stops. scenery nice

Good morning hike

Great trail
Started by dairy road. Went to the right to start.
After coming to the second cemetery and up on the road never did find any more marks for the trail.
So I missed a portion of the trail but will go back and do it again in the fall, and start at the other side, maybe I’ll figure out what I did wrong.
but love my time out on the trail would do it again definitely!!

Cool tunnel thats about it.

one of my favorites. muddy in typically muddy spots on any trail. good trail for calorie burning.

6 months ago

I hiked the Lakeview Trail all the way around the lake today. I would say 50% was easy, 25% moderate, and 25% hard. There was a lot of damp spots, some so wet you could not pass and had to climb up rough terrain to make your own path to get around. Only experienced and agile hikers should attempt this feat. It was 8.05 miles long in my Samsung Hiking app, and 7.6 miles on the Alltrails app.

trail running
10 months ago

Awesome trail that has great views of the lake from all different angles. I didn’t see it mentioned but there is also allot of mountain bike and hiking trails on the other side of the lake. They keep the trails clear and well maintained. One of my favorite places. They also rent kayaks and water boards.

Beautiful area and a fun place to hike and explore.

Nice hike.... worth a stop!

11 months ago

Nice and simple trail with cool scenery. If you are up from a rock scramble, there is a large hill with a moderate climb. Feeling adventurous? Park on the opposite side of the stream and figure out how to traverse the valleys and water to find your way to the tunnel.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

It’s fun, check it out. A VERY easy trail for sure.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I don’t understand why this trail is rated hard, it’s not. It’s easy. I avoid this trail as it’s almost always busy and loud. There are plenty of other trails to explore.

Friday, September 22, 2017

its not as hard as this says i thought it was too easy i wont be going back to this place

Sunday, August 06, 2017

There isn't actually much of a trail here. It follows a creek so the scenery isn't bad but there's just not really a trail to hike. You don't actually make this hike for the trail. The only reason you go here is for the Moonville Tunnel.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One of my favorite trails, there is even a rope swing along the path so make sure to wear a suit or pack a towel!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

My happy place.

I would say if you are going in the fall this is not the greatest trail, however the tunnel is something to see and it's a nice little trail walk to do and stop to have lunch or something. The reason it's not great in the fall is that the water levels are too high to cross the creek so the trail ends within a mile of its start. There is a huge log that you can cross "Dirty Dancing" style to keep going but it's slick and if your muddy shoes lose footing you are in some deepish water. So do this in the summer when the water feels nice. I took the alternate horse trail to make my hike longer and this was definitely more difficult and interesting, albeit incredibly muddy. It spits you out onto the road you drive in on and means you have a bit of a jaunt back to the trailhead via the main road.

Has a lot of trash, beer bottles and graffiti, trail was grown over some and if you go in the summer, lots of bugs, we had bugs swarming us almost the entire hike and I sprayed myself with anti-bug spray. Wasn't a lot of signs to give direction, had to ask people where it was located and other had to ask us when we were leaving

It was a great outing with the family. I hadn't been there for 20 plus years. Beautiful nature with facilities for just about anyone.

trail running
Monday, July 11, 2016


Friday, July 08, 2016

Great Hike! We took the short trail, and crossed the river on the rocks! Worth checking out, a lot of history!

Monday, January 11, 2016

There is so much more to this trail than this map outlines. You can pick the trail up from multiple places ( Dairy Ln, SR 682, and the Ridges hospital. Lots of wildlife, great year round! Not to strenuous, although there are some ups and downs along what it call the nature walk.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice trail and well maintained. Take time to educate yourself about the hospital and graveyard. Supposedly in the top ten haunted places in the US. Spend some time reading the headstones in the graveyard, many only have a number, no name. Sad.

Great hike! A lot of history. Get directions at lodge.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Great park. The place is well kept and clean. I started this trail, on the northeast end and walked along the south side of the lake. This side was very easy and flat. But, once over the dam, and you are on the north side, things get bushy and overgrown in places. There are several downed trees across the trail and it is a little more strenuous, with more up and downs. Will definitely return.

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