With activities and exhibits all year round, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is respected regionally, nationally and internationally, and is a must-see for any Athens County visitor.
Some of the area's history has been recorded on Historical Markers. These markers tell us stories from the past. Take the self guided tour and learn about the region.
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Athens County. Completely restored to their original splendor, the Scenic Railway passenger cars are a treasure unto their own. Passengers are treated to a ride through the beautiful Hocking Hills Region, from Nelsonville to Logan or Haydenville and back.
Located deep in Zaleski Forest in Ohio near Lake Hope State Park, the Moonville Tunnel is all that remains from a small mining town that existed in the late 1850s.
Nelsonville's historic public square is home to Stuart's Opera House and the host of Final Fridays. The Square itself is a historic treasure and reminds visitors that Nelsonville was a hustling and bustling coal mining community. Today you can shop to your heart's content, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy a show at Stuart's.
The city of Nelsonville loves welcoming visitors to its unique Historic Square Arts District, which offers a taste of Athens County's large Appalachian artist community.
Established in 1804, Ohio University was the first institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory. Take one walk on the historic College Green and you'll see why it's called one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation.
From 1879 to 1924, Stuart's Opera House was home to touring vaudeville, melodrama and minstrel shows, and the entertainment hot spot for Nelsonville and surrounding coal mining communities. Today the theater has been completely restored and brings in talented acts all year round.
The Ridges, formerly the Athens Lunatic Asylum, is now the home of Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art and other university offices, as well as a great location for hiking and exploring nature.
History buffs and the slightly curious alike can enjoy the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. With fantastic exhibits year round there are always new stories to discover.
There are NO coins left for the History GeoTrail! However, caches are still active and you can complete the puzzle for fun.
Athens County's three covered bridges are tucked away on scenic backgrounds and surrounded by rolling hills and winding creeks. Don't miss the Blackwood Bridge, the Kidwell Bridge, or the Palos Bridge.
An old mining town, The Eclipse Company Town is just two miles north of Athens and Ohio University off of US 33 and Johnson Road near The Plains. Or ditch the car and take the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway straight there.
Athens County's first residents left their mark. Adena Indian mounds are sprinkled throughout Athens County. Visit one and touch a piece of living history.
Many of Southeast Ohio's coal mining boom towns still stand today. Tour the Little Cities of Black Diamonds and discover Athens County's rich past. Glouster, Trimble, Millfield, Sugar Creek and Buchtel are just a few of the little cities that were once flourishing economic centers for coal miners and their families.
Don't forget your camera when you head out for the beautiful Quilt Barn Tour. No matter the season, the Quilt Barn Tour makes the perfect afternoon getaway. You'll see historic barns with quilt blocks painted by area artists and community groups, and all while driving on the scenic back roads of Athens County.