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About Athens County

Athens County, home to Ohio University and Hocking College, is nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio and was named one of the 12 Greatest Places You've Never Heard of by Mother Earth News in 2006. Just over an hour from Columbus, two from Cincinnati, and three from Pittsburgh, Athens County is a popular destination spot for outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs, foodies and anyone who wants to escape the fast pace of the city. Whatever your interests are, it's likely that you'll find it in Athens County. Call us at 1-800-878-9767 to begin planning your trip today! We're happy to welcome you.

Get Here

From Columbus: (about an hour and a half) Take I-70 East to Route 33 East. Stay on Route 33 at Lancaster to bypass the city. Nelsonville will be your first pass through Athens County. Ohio University and Athens are just 15 minutes from Nelsonville. Continue on 33 East and look for the East State Street exit. To get to Ohio University's campus, continue on 33 East and exit at SR 682. Take a right off the ramp and you'll be in the heart of campus. From Cincinnati: (three hours) Take SR 32 East from Cincinnati straight through to Athens County. From Parkersburg WV: (about 45 minutes) Take 50 West to Belpre, then follow the signs to Athens.


We are lucky to have so many outstanding libraries scattered throughout Athens County.


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In the Media

  We are always welcoming bloggers to come and experience the culture and creativity of Athens County. Whether it be food, scenery, activities, or adventure, we have it all! Listed below is a collection of articles written by travel writers and bloggers all about Athens County. New articles are always being added, so be sure View

Winter Educational Programs for Children

  The Wayne National Forest is offering three new Wild Weekend Discovery programs this winter at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters & Athens Ranger Station. All programs are designed for children ages preschool to 5th grade and run from 10 to 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Become familiar with the owls who live in your View

Stuart’s Opera House After School Music Program

Stuart’s Opera House After School Music Program is Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017! Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio is now accepting applications for students interested in becoming a part of the Stuart’s Afterschool Music Program (AMP) starting in September 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year! Students will learn to play instruments (guitar, drums, bass, View

Athens County Maps

Athens County is gorgeous, filled with its rolling hills and superb hiking trails and parks.  If you haven’t visited Athens County yet, you’ll have to put it on your To-Do List.  For those who have visited before, be sure to stop by again! We have so many amazing places to visit, whether it be in View