Bobcats in Athens

Welcome to Athens

Hello Bobcats! Welcome to your new home for the next four years! Athens is a town filled with rich culture and heritage, a thriving music scene, an inspiring and renowned arts community, eclectic shopping and dining… all in the beautiful, rolling hills of Appalachia. You might say we are best known for Halloween or for the numerous street fests, but we beg to differ. Athens is nationally recognized as a ‘garden of eatin’ with our abundance of nearby farms, local food markets, food-producing venues and outstanding festivals (you must check out the Pawpaw Festival and Ohio Brew Week). Below are our Top 10 things you must do or see before you leave Athens. Enjoy your home away from home!

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Athens Farmers Market

Put the faces to your favorite local foods! Meet and support those that devote their time, resources and land to feeding us. Ask them about the varieties of tomatoes they are selling, how to roast that chicken, or how long you can expect that bag of lettuce to last.

Dairy Barn Arts Center

Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.

Strouds Run State Park

Strouds Run offers campers a family camp area with sites for tents or trailers with a 150-person capacity. Several mounds and ancient fortifications were found in this area by early settlers telling us that the Adena Indians once lived here.

The Historic College Green at Ohio University

Just visiting Ohio University? Whether you’re in for a quick stop or a longer stay you’ll find plenty to see and do on the historic campus known by any who’ve walked its hallowed grounds as one of the most beautiful universities in the nation.

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.

Athens County Accessible Geotrail

A popular and fun activity that can only be found specifically in Athens, come get outside and give it a try, maybe you’ll find some luck!

Athens County Traditional Geotrail

Phone: 740-592-1819

We are officially out of coins for this trail. However, the caches are still active! Feel free to download the puzzle and complete the trail.

The Kennedy Museum of Art

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus.

The Ridges Cemeteries & State Mental Hospital

On January 9, 1874, a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital opened on the Ridges in Athens. Originally named The Athens Lunatic Asylum, the institution featured grandiose buildings surrounded by elaborate landscaping with ponds, fountains, and parks.