There is nothing quite like an autumn day spent in Athens County. The hills turn colors that match the historic bricks. Cooler days inspire everyone to get outdoors and experience some of the the season’s beauty. Whether you’re new to town, just visiting or a seasoned Athenian, these experiences are sure to make you fall in love with Athens.
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. Get there early for all of the fan-centered, family-friendly fun at the Bobcat Nation Pavilion.
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.