Bike Buckeye Lake was established in July 2015 in conjunction with Buckeye Lake 2030 Tri-County Alliance to enrich the area by creating a multi-purpose trail system through the tri-county area of Fairfield County, Licking County and Perry County that surround historical Buckeye Lake.
Bike Buckeye Lake assists with the implementation process including: development, regulation, promotion, historical and environmental conservation, land leases and land acquisition, consultant coordination, grant applications, design decisions, publicity, support, safety measures and maintenance.
Bike Buckeye Lake strives to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the communities and the legal users of the trail while enhancing economic development and quality of life for the residents.
Trails add to home and community values and have no substantiated increases of crime. Several studies demonstrate trails are regarded as an amenity that attracts buyers and increase property values. See study results at American Trails.org.
Bike Buckeye Lake promotes the development, maintenance and appropriate use of a multi-purpose trail system within the Buckeye Lake Region while honoring the past and imagining the future.
The mission of Bike Buckeye Lake is to create healthy vibrant and sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient and accessible for residents and visitors to, from and within the Greater Buckeye Lake Region, both now and for many generations to come.
The Buckeye Lake Region will be the most popular year-round tourism destination in the Midwest. One of the ways to attract visitors and encourage healthy lifestyles is with the creation of bike paths and walking trails. Connecting the various towns and villages around the lake with safe paths and trails creates outdoor activities and views of nature. This supports local businesses, gets local residents to enjoy activities in nearby locations around the lake and provides a sense of community connecting us all. This multi-use trail would connect, but not be limited to: The Village of Buckeye Lake, The Village of Millersport, The Village of Hebron, The Villages of Thornport and Thornville and all the neighborhoods around the lake.
The Greater Buckeye Lake Region would benefit by connecting the surrounding towns and cities to it via a series of bicycle paths and trails from: Hebron/Heath/Newark from the north, Lancaster from the south and Baltimore, Pataskala, Pickerington and Columbus from the west, use of former CSX railway/right of way to Somerset and southeast Ohio intersecting with other towns and villages along the way.
Assist the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) with the design and development of the bike path/trail designed for the top of the new Buckeye Lake Dam, spanning 4.1 miles from Millersport to the Village of Buckeye Lake.
Bike Buckeye Lake is a grassroots group of volunteers who have a passion for outdoor recreation, promoting healthy lifestyles, creating wellness, economic development, improved transportation, education and fundraising opportunities in our beautiful, natural environment. With these amenities both local families and distant visitors will enjoy Buckeye Lake as a destination location.