Baker Tract

Birds of Interest

[Incorporated in About this Location.]

About this Location

The Baker Tract is privately owned, but open for public use. It is largely managed by the Athens Conservancy under a conservation and trail easement. This 282-acre property is at the corner of US-50 and OH-690, extending to the Hocking River south of US-50. The Conservancy maintains a hiking trail system on the property, which is open only to pedestrians. There are five miles of trails, which are blazed with yellow and blue paint.

This property has beautiful bluffs, with forests ranging from young and brushy to about 100 years old, and from stream bottom to ridge top. A Texas Eastern Gas pipeline bisects the property in a northeast to southwest direction, creating a grassy strip with edge habitat. There are also some extant gas wells in this otherwise largely intact forest. It is an excellent place to find wood warblers, with 25 species observed to date. Common breeding warblers include Hooded, Kentucky, Cerulean, and Ovenbird. Liar's Ridge Trail near Shrine Rock is a good place to find Black-throated Blue Warblers during fall migration. Cerulean Warblers are frequently heard from Liar's Ridge Trail between Picnic Rocks and the junction with John Knouse Trail.

Access to this property is primarily via a trailhead off OH-690. To reach this trailhead from Athens, take US-50 east from US-33 5.1 miles to OH-690. Turn left on OH-690 and go 0.5 mile to the gravel parking area on the left.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Baker Preserve webpage, Baker Preserve map, and Phil Cantino