Spring in Athens… a magical time

The annual blooming of the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees on Ohio University’s campus


As we pack up our parkas and store away our snow boots, Athens County visitors and residents eagerly await the blooming of flowers and the rise of temperatures. To celebrate longer days and warmer weather, we drafted some perfect spring activities to do in and around Athens.



Get moving along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
If you’re looking for an active way to enjoy the weather and views, grab your bike or lace up your shoes and head to the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Start at the bikeway in Athens, in front of the Athens Community Center on East State Street, and you’ll pass Ohio University’s campus and then disappear into the serene woods along the Hocking River leading you all the way to Nelsonville. If delicious Ohio craft beers entice you, you must experience Brewed on the Bikeway! All of Athens County’s breweries are conveniently located on or adjacent the bikeway, making for a sipping, sampling good time.


Explore at Strouds Run
Warmer weather means more time for exploring. Strouds Run offers kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals for the water explorer. As trees begin to bare their leaves, spring marks the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. There are miles of hiking and biking trails to explore. You’ll find trails of all types, for every skill level, so bring the family! Getting together and getting back to nature is a beautiful way to welcome Spring.



Picnic at Lake Snowden
Grab some food from a local 30 Mile Meal restaurant or one of Athens’ many food trucks before heading to Lake Snowden. The lake covers approximately 136 acres offering camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming. The serene setting reveals natural beauty while maintaining the convenience of being just 5 miles from Athens, Ohio. The shelter houses, restroom facilities, beach, shoreline fishing holes, and fish hatchery make Lake Snowden a full-featured recreation park.


Spend more time
There is so much to see and do in Athens County. The food, nightlife, music, arts, shopping…. so much fun to be had. Make a stay of it! From full service hotels to quaint b&bs, there are lodging options aplenty to make your trip to Athens a special one.


No matter the weather or season, Athens County is beautiful year-round. Share your shots of springtime beauty by using #AthensOhio on social media.