Athens is awash with opportunities for water sports and recreation: Dow Lake at Strouds Run State Park, Lake Snowden, Lake Hope State Park, and Burr Oak Lake all make for the perfect kayaking or canoeing trip. The calm lake waters are ideal for beginners, while seasoned water enthusiasts enjoy taking in the sites of the beautiful hills and jutting cliffs.
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.
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.
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.
Beat the heat with a trip to the Athens City Pool, open seasonally May - August.
Earth-Water-Rock Outdoor Adventures providing quality outdoor adventure trips and skills instruction to people of all ages and abilities. Choose from rock climbing and rappelling, canoeing and kayaking, or cycling.
Hocking Hills Adventures offers safe and memorable outdoor experiences to everyone through fun and friendly service.
Beat the heat with a trip to the Nelsonville Water Park, open seasonally May - August.
Witness the beauty of Southeastern Ohio with a kayaking or canoeing tour around the area lakes and rivers, stay in a campground and enjoy the wilderness with the family, or go on the popular beaver tour in Lake Hope State Park.