About Athens County

There's no place quite like Athens County... Find out what you need to know here!

There's no place quite like Athens County...

Athens County, home to Ohio University and Hocking College, is nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio and was named one of the 12 Greatest Places You've Never Heard of by Mother Earth News in 2006.

Just over an hour from Columbus, two from Cincinnati, and three from Pittsburgh, Athens County is a popular destination spot for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs, foodies and anyone who wants to escape the fast pace of the city.

The lively arts and music scene entertains locals and visitors alike all year round. The eclectic shopping and dining scene is a result of the presence of a large university and rich Appalachian heritage. Hunting, kayaking, bouldering, hiking, cycling and mountain biking are just some of the most popular outdoor activities. Athens County is also known as one of the most haunted places on the planet.

Whatever your interests are, it's likely that you'll find it in Athens County. Call us at 1-800-878-9767 to begin planning your trip today! We're happy to welcome you.



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Athens County is closer than you think. Heading east, west, south or north? You'll find that all roads lead to Athens County. Click here for directions.

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Surrounding Counties

Athens County is just a short drive away from these beautiful neighboring counties in Southeast Ohio. Planning your drive in? Use this list to plan your pitstops or your next trip.

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