Visit Nelsonville – The Star of the Hocking Hills!

Home of the famous Starbrick, Nelsonville is truly the Star of the Hocking Hills Region! Located on Rt. 33 one hour south of Columbus right at the edge of the Hocking Hills, Nelsonville offers tons of family fun in a beautiful, historic setting.

Steeped in the history of coal mining and brick making, Nelsonville is truly a unique community with some of Ohio’s best family attractions! The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store, Stuart’s Opera House, the Historic Public Square, Hocking College, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and great one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. Plus, those beautiful Starbrick blocks, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Public Square and replicated in beautiful ceramic gifts.

Don’t miss Final Fridays! Held the last Friday of every month, this is a night to celebrate the arts, great food and a beautiful town.

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Nelsonville's Historic Public Square

One of Ohio's most beautiful and historic downtown districts, the Nelsonville Public Square is centered around a beautiful fountain that was built in 1904. The Public Square is home to a thriving collection of shops, galleries and restaurants and offers a rich taste of Athens County's large Appalachian artist community. Within walking distance are the Rocky Brands Outlet Store and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. The Nelsonville Public Square is off of Rt. 33 and makes a nice stop on the way to Athens.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is such an incredible experience that people drive from all over Ohio and the region just to ride it. The Bikeway’s low grade makes for an easy, relaxing 21-mile ride and the scenery is unforgettable.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway transports passengers back to a simpler time when the locomotive was the most efficient form of transportation.

Primrose Bed & Breakfast

Once the home and office of Dr. Isaac Porter Primrose, this exuberant 1892 Victorian is now a classic Bed and Breakfast. The house is filled with beautiful oak floors and trim, colorful stained glass transoms, and an original kitchen with marble countertop.

Rocky Outdoor Gear

Originally from Nelsonville, Rocky Outdoor Gear has expanded towards a world renown reputation for rugged outdoor and occupational footwear.

Stuart’s Opera House & Gallery 1879

We envision Stuart’s Opera House as the cultural anchor and a center of expression on Nelsonville’s bustling and dynamic Public Square. It is a historic venue sought out by people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from near and far. Its well-earned reputation as an intimate, casual setting for continuous offerings of both familiar and innovative artistic performances and community events brings people back time and again.

The Hyde House

The Hyde House (formerly the Mead House) is a recently restored, lovingly decorated Victorian Bed & Breakfast located one block from Nelsonville’s Historic Square Arts District.

Wayne National Forest

The Wayne National Forest is located in the hills of southeastern Ohio. In the heart of the heavily populated midwest, this small National Forest covers a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills.

Final Fridays

On the final Friday of each month (with a break in December), galleries and retail shops on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square stay open late to feature special art events.

Hocking College

Visit Website Experiences beyond the classroom bring thousands of visitors to Hocking College and Southeast Ohio. Whether you attend Hocking College or are just visiting the area, you will quickly discover that nature offers its own lessons and there is knowledge to be gleaned even while taking in the gorgeous scenery. Within an hour’s drive View

Hocking Hills State Park

The scenery is simply dazzling: deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails; waterfalls cascade over soaring ledges.

The Little B Inn

A three-suite boutique inn that offers casually luxurious accommodations designed to appeal to the sophisticated traveler in the heart of downtown Nelsonville, Ohio.