Athens Rec Center Garden  LbNA # 40686 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerCaptain Kirk    
Placed DateJun 8 2008
LocationAthens, OH
Found By Luck be a Lady
Last Found Nov 15 2008
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: Easy
Location: Behind the Athens Recreation Dept., off E.State St.
Elevation: Flat: handicap attainable, in a mowed field
Store-Boughtstamp:Bring your own stamp pad, log book, stamp, oh, and a rag or towel to sit upon.

The 19 mile Adena HocHocking Bikepath runs between Nelsonville and Athens, and has multiple starting points. What you seek is generally near the 0 mile marker. The zero point is at the Athens City Recreation Center...and numbering begins in both directions.

This box is hidden near the landscaped triangle flower garden park that marks the bikepath entrance to the city rec grounds. An Athens/Athens County map, is available for free from the Visitor’s Bureau office on East State Street in Athens.

DIRECTIONS: Take US Route 50 to Athens. Turn into the parking lot at the eastern start of the HockHocking Bikepath, near the Pepsi Plant on East State Street. This entry point is about 1 mile west of the US 50 interchange for East State Street. (It's also 1.25 West of the zero point.) Look up the "Athens Bikepath Start" LB for more exact directions.

ALTERNATIVE APPROACH: Approach from the west along the Athens bikepath. OR, just pull into the Rec Center parking lot, and walk behind the building, behind the skate park, behind the tennis courts. Don't double park or leave your car for long: They ticket. The signs say so.

Take the bikepath from either direction until you spot the Michael Stephens memorial triangle garden that is next to the bikepath. This flower bed is well tended, and so we have had to move our letterbox placement to avoid discovery.

You are sitting on the parkbench with the triangle memorial flower garden and bikepath behind you. Ahead of you, just to the left (NW), are the tennis courts. What you seek is in the crotch of the large tree half way between you and the tennis courts nearest you. Use caution. This is a very visible location with foot/bike traffic at any time!

Please stamp and re-hide carefully. The bikepath is very busy at this end, and muggles may passby regularly from all directions.