Natural History of the
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the natural history of southeastern Ohio.
- Outstanding displays of spring wildflowers between mile markers 10.5 and 13.5
- Nesting Prothonotary Warblers (shown here) between mile markers 7.5 and 8.5
- Large cliffs and rock outcrops between mile markers 13 and 13.5, and between 14.5 and 15
The wildflowers are best viewed in April and early May. They include Bloodroot, Hepatica, Wild Geranium, Dutchman's Breeches (shown here),
Bellwort, Phlox, Bluebells, Solomon's-seal, Canada and Yellow Violets,
Blue-eyed Mary, Toothworts, Bishop's-cap, three species of Trillium,
and many others, intermixed with Maidenhair and Wood Ferns. Wildflowers
are easily damaged by foot-traffic; please be careful not to trample
the plants when examining or photographing them. It should go without
saying that wildflowers must not be picked! Leave them for others to enjoy.
Snakes are often found on the bikeway. The black
pavement absorbs solar energy during the day, so it is an attractive
basking site for snakes during the early evening hours, especially in
the spring. One of the most frequently observed is the Black Ratsnake (shown here),
which may grow quite large but is not venomous. However, Copperheads
(poisonous) are common in southeastern Ohio and have been seen on the
Do not disturb or attempt to handle unidentified snakes on the bikeway!!
If you are sure that a snake is non-poisonous, and you are concerned
about it being run over by a bicycle (which has occurred with small
snakes), you may want to push it gently off the pavement with a long
stick. Remember that we are sharing the bikeway with the native
animals. Please treat them with respect.
For more information about snakes that may be seen along the bikeway, click here (Snakes).
Flora and Fauna of the Bikeway
This page is maintained by Phil Cantino of the Ohio University Department of Environmental and Plant
Natural history observations and other comments are welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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