Burr Oak State Park features over twenty-five miles of scenic hiking trails, picnic tables, grills, 500 feet of sandy beach, and a shelter house for the public use. Fish for large mouth bass, bluegill and catfish, go boating, take a swim, or head out on a scenic hike.
From the moment you enter these lush, rolling hills, you sense that you've arrived someplace remarkable. The scenery is simply dazzling: deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails; waterfalls cascade over soaring ledges.
Whether you like to boat, swim, camp, fish, or just watch for wildlife, Lake Snowden is the place to visit. A short drive from uptown Athens, Lake Snowden is the perfect place for a picnic or family get-together.
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.
Located on East State Street next to the Athens Community Center, the 17,000 square foot concrete skatepark is one of the most innovative and challenging parks in the Eastern United States.
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.
The Ridges, formerly part of the historic Athens Lunatic Asylum and now part of Ohio University, offers an abundance of hiking opportunities, including the popular Ridges Cemeteries Nature Walk.
Because of its abundant fauna, Waterloo is part of the Division of Wildlife's “Watchable Wildlife” program. Waterloo is home to more than 80 species of birds. Fish in one of three ponds and hunt in season.
With covered bridges, rock shelters, springs and rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, the Wayne is a serene beauty with over 300 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and ATV riders.
An ideal example of an Appalachian Forest, the Marie J. Desonier Nature Preserve includes a 2.5 mile hiking trail and a perfect place for viewing birds and butterflies.
A fisherman’s delight, the Fox Lake Wildlife Area boasts a large stock of large mouth bass, channel catfish, bluegills, and red ear sunfish. Hunters are also welcome in this 421-acre wildlife area.
Ohio’s smallest state forest at 320 acres, Gifford State Forest offers some very pleasant fishing, hunting and hiking opportunities. Get off the beaten path and enjoy this peaceful forest.
The BEST way to experience the Hocking Hills? With the Hocking Hills Adventure Adventure Trek! Choose from guided hikes, rappelling adventures, Shawnee Storytelling treks, and Naturalists-on-the-Go! See the permit-only areas of the Hocking Hills and other areas in Southeast Ohio.
A natural paradise, Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges. In addition to the beautiful scenery you’ll also see remnants of abandoned mining and iron industries, the Hope Furnace and a pioneer cemetery.
Tucked away just a few blocks off of East State Street, Sells Park is one of Athens's best hidden treasures. As you enjoy nature and explore the various trails, you'll forget that the business district is just minutes away.