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The Sundown Trail is part of the Thunderbunny 50K, 25K, 12K course, the first ultramarathon in Athens County, hosted by Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners.
The Sundown Trail is the longest continuous singletrack trail in Strouds Run State Park, starting and ending either at the Strouds Run Beach Parking Lot or the Dow Lake Dam, depending on which trailhead you choose to start from. With Dow Lake sitting below the ridge on the south side of the trail, Sundown Trail follows the contours of the lake and the valley's they have created. Sitting between Dow Lake and the Sundown Trail is the Lakeview Trail
, but the best option for circling the lake on a run is the Sundown Trail, as Lakeview is often muddy and overgrown.
By running Sundown Trail and Hickory Trail
, you are able to circumnavigate Dow Lake in less than 10 miles. Or you can choose to do an out-and-back on Sundown for a longer 12.2-mile run. Running Sundown Trail in each direction provides a little something different, as there are several decent climbs along the way.
Pay attention to the several trails that intersect Sundown, especially at Whitesel Junction, where four different trails converge. The posted trail signs make it easy to follow the Sundown Trail.