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 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.
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.
In the winter of 2007, the ACCVB asked Athens Countians to answer the following questions in 300 words or less - How would you describe Athens County to a stranger? What is it about this place that makes it so unique? Why do you love to call Athens County home? And the winners are
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