Visitors to Athens County feel as if they have discovered a hidden treasure. An oasis from the everyday, Athens County was called one of the "Top 12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of" by Mother Earth News in 2006.
Just over an hour from Columbus, and three from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, Athens County is on the way to just about anywhere, so don't miss a chance to stop by our community. We can guarantee it is like none you have ever experienced before.
It's no wonder that Athens has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Art Communities in America -- the arts are part of everyday life here. Major venues, including OU's Memorial Auditorium, Stuart's Opera House, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, ARTS/West, and the Kennedy Museum bring nationally and internationally recognized art to Southeast Ohio, while our pubs, restaurants and shops display and promote the unique local art of Athens County.
Hello Bobcats! Welcome to your new home for the next four years! Athens is a town filled with rich culture and heritage, a thriving music scene, an inspiring and renowned arts community, eclectic shopping and dining… all in the beautiful, rolling hills of Appalachia. You might say we are best known for Halloween or for the numerous street fests, but we beg to differ. Athens is nationally recognized as a ‘garden of eatin’ with our abundance of nearby farms, local food markets, food-producing venues and outstanding festivals.
Ready for a high-tech treasure hunt? Athens County is home to Ohio's ORIGINAL Geocaching Trail, launched in 2011. The current trial takes cachers on an historical tour of Athens County. Complete all the caches for the beautiful commemorative coin!
Spanning from Athens to Nelsonville, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is 19 miles of paved, low-grade riding. Cyclists from all over the region claim this relaxing, scenic ride as a favorite.
From the brick roads to the old mining settlements, Athens is steeped in history. Visit the Historical Society and Museum, take a ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, or take to the country roads to discover burial mounds and boom towns. So much to explore.
Whether you're interested in hiking, hunting, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing or just relaxing, there's a park for every mood and every outdoor enthusiast in Athens County.
Love the outdoors? Or does inclement weather force you inside? Either way, you'll find plenty of room to play in Athens County. Take a quick hike or a scenic bike ride. Saddle up or grab a paddle. Or head inside for exercise, relaxation, or family fun. Whether it's indoors or out, adventure is always on the agenda in Athens County.
Does the crack of the bat, a swish through the net, the collision of helmets, or the cheer of the crowd get your heart pumping? Then Athens County's got the action for you.
Athens County is the perfect family getaway destination. With so much to do, you're sure to find something to please every member of the family.
With everything orange and black and sweet and spicy, it's hard not to love autumn and its most loved and feared holiday, Halloween.
Situated at the edge of the Hocking Hills, Historic Nelsonville is home to the famous Star Brick, Rocky Boots and one of Ohio's prettiest town squares.
Known as one of the most haunted places in the nation, Athens is home to numerous ghost stories and reported paranormal activity. Learn more about the town's haunted history...if you dare.
Founded in 1804 as the first university of the Northwest Territory, Ohio University has grown into a thriving community unto itself. With a student population of approximately 19,000 and over 250 degree programs, Ohio University consistently ranks as one of the top universities in the US. Whether you are a student, parent, alum, or visitor, a trip to this quintessential college campus is sure to be memorable.
Experiences beyond the classroom bring thousands of visitors to Hocking College and Southeast Ohio. Whether you attend Hocking College or are just visiting the area, you will quickly discover that nature offers its own lessons and there is knowledge to be gleaned even while taking in the gorgeous scenery. Within an hour's drive of campus, you'll uncover opportunities for outdoor adventures to be enjoyed throughout all four seasons and limited only by your imagination.