There is nothing quite Athens in the fall. The hills turn colors that match the bricks, the cooler days inspire everyone to get outdoors and there are so many uniquely Athens things to do. Whether you’re new to town, just visiting or a seasoned Athenian, these experiences are sure to make this fall in Athens memorable.
Fall Foliage Train – If you want an experience that you can find only in Athens County, then hop aboard the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Fall Foliage Train. Take a ride on this historic train for a special view of all the vivid fall beauty Southeast Ohio has to offer!
Athens Farmers Market – In the mood to bake some homemade pumpkin bread? Need fresh apples for that apple pie you’ve been craving? Check out the popular Athens Farmers Market for a taste of local food and culture before it heads indoors for the winter. Once you go, you’ll soon see there’s a reason it’s been named one of the nation’s best farmers markets!
Bobcat football – O-H-I-O! What’s more fun: Cheering on the Ohio University Bobcats, dancing along to the Marching 110, or hanging out with Rufus? Thankfully, you don’t have to choose! When fall rolls around, so does Ohio University football season, and the games are a blast.
Parks and nature trails – Enjoy the crisp, mild temperatures at one of the many beautiful parks within a hop, skip and a jump from Athens. Pack a fall picnic to enjoy at one of the many outdoor spots in our region. Afterwards, go for a hike on a wooded trail, or even set up camp for the night! Climb to the top of Radar Hill from The Ridges for a birds-eye view of the colorful foothills.
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway – Soak up the fall colors and get a breath of cool air with a bike ride, jog or walk on the 21-mile long Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. The trail runs alongside the Hocking River, past Ohio University, and into beautiful Athens woods, all the way to Nelsonville.
Seasonal Brews – Athens is known for its abundance of delicious craft brews, and there’s nothing better than putting a fall twist on local classics. With a rapidly growing craft brewery and winery scene, you have your pick of seasonal brews. Try a Pawpaw Wheat from Jackie O’s while enjoying a live band for an “absolutely Athens” fall evening.
Athena Theatre – When fall evenings start to cool down, head to the legendary Athena Theatre on Court Street. Classic films, indie releases and much more are shown here. This theatre is an Athens staple and will make you feel like a native.
Autumn java – The flavors of fall are some that local coffee shops and cafes do best. From Court Street Coffee’s seasonal lattes to Donkey Coffee’s spiced chai, Fluff’s pumpkin latte and everything in between, Athens is your one-stop-shop if you want to sip fall from a coffee mug.
Brewed on the Bikeway – Discover the best brews in Athens County along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Along this self guided tour, you can ride up to four award-winning craft breweries, a craft beer hall, and a ciderhouse — all easily accessible along the 21-mile bikeway. Bring your own bike or rent one locally. Come find out what’s brewing in Athens County!