Family Fun

Adventures for the Entire Family!

Athens County is a family’s playground, bursting with fun-filled adventures kids of all ages will enjoy. Take a train ride into the past, a scenic hike, a bike ride along the Hocking River, or tour the first college campus in the Northwest Territory.

Beyond the Hocking Hills Guide

Millions of visitors flock to the Hocking Hills each year to see the glorious natural beauty of the parks. Perhaps the best part of a trip to the region is to extend your trip to the eclectic surrounding areas of Athens, Nelsonville and beyond. Enjoy a truly original experience with live local music, amazing art, View

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 Ridges Outdoor Challenge Course

A challenge course is a series of obstacles constructed of rope, cable, wood, or simple portable items such as stuffed toys, hula hoops, or tarps.

Touch the Earth Adventures

Owned by Mimi Morrison, a local guide and native of the area, Touch the Earth Adventures will help you discover unique places and create special memories.

2017 Athens Area Pumpkin Patches

WALKER FARM 28800 Chieftain Dr., Logan, OH 43138 Open: 10:00 – 7:00 daily, corn maze and wagon rides on the weekend only Corn Maz ($3.00) ~ Wagon Rides (free) ~ Pumpkin Photo Backdrops SWEETAPPLE FARM 149 Sweetapple Rd., Vincent, OH 45784 Open: Fridays 4:00 – 10:00, Saturdays 10:00 – 10:00, Sundays 11:00 – 6:00 Corn View

Murray’s Landing Canoe and Kayak Livery

Murray’s Landing Is a family owned and operated business in Nelsonville, the star of the Hocking Hills, and will re-open for the season in April! Enjoy the scenic Hocking River, a Class I river  in a canoe or kayak which is safe and fun for all ages! 

Picnic Places

The rolling hills of Southeast Ohio make the perfect backdrop for a picnic!  Here are a few of our favorite locations: Burr Oak State Park features over twenty-five miles of scenic hiking trails, picnic tables, grills, 500 feet of sandy beach, and a shelter house for the public use. Lake Hope State Park, located in View

Southeastern Ohio Kayaking

If you’ve ever been interested in kayaking the wild rivers of Appalachia and Southeastern Ohio, then these tours will leave you happy and amazed.

Hocking Hills Adventures

The Riverside Campground includes over 80 spacious sites along the Hocking River. In addition, the Riverside Campground has two picnic pavilions, perfect for grilling and family gatherings, and a full service shower house.

Athens City Pool

Open during the summer months, the Athens City Pool is the perfect place to spend time with kids and cool off in the hot summer sun.

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.

Bird Arena (Ice Skating)

The Ohio University Bird Ice Arena is an indoor ice facility featuring an illuminated 190′ by 85′ ice surface. Activities include recreational skating, hockey lessons, Athens Youth Hockey Association, academic classes, intramural broom-ball, recreational hockey, learn to skate programs, figure skating, birthday parties, and private rentals.

Dow’s Rollarena

Dow’s Rollarena in Nelsonville offers open skating sessions for roller and inline skaters.

Eclipse Company Town

The Company Town now has twelve company houses, one shotgun house, and the company store. The houses are rented to an array of commercial and residential tenants.

Fast Traxx Motoplex

Off-road motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles race before your eyes on Supercross, Motorcross, and Grand Prix courses.

Fiber Fun Studio

Fiber FUN Studio was founded by Lois Wagner, a business savvy sole proprietor and talented fiber artist.

Hocking Hills Tourism Association

The scenery is simply dazzling. Deep craggy gorges carry hikers down hundreds of feet along gorgeous scenic trails. Waterfalls cascade over soaring ledges. The Hocking Hills Tourism Association is Hocking’s official resource for tourism.

Little Cities of Black Diamonds

For over a decade the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council has been working to rediscover and collect this natural history and share it in an effort to understand what happened here and how the area can approach re-development in a more sensible way this time around.

Robbins Crossing

This completely restored 1850s-era Ohio village is not only a historical destination for visitors and history buffs, but a living lab for Hocking College students learning interpretive services.

Rollerbowl Lanes

Rollerbowl Lanes features open bowling, youth and adult league bowling, and pool tournaments.

Skyline Speedway

If you’re looking for racing, Skyline Speedway is the place to be! The 3/8 mile, high banked track features 410 Sprints, Super Late Model, Street Stock, AMRA Modified, Pure Stock and 4 Cylinder races.

Smoke Rise Ranch Resort

The Ranch is both a working cattle ranch and an all-inclusive resort offering guests a true taste of the cowboy lifestyle. One of the most popular ranches in Ohio, the Smoke Rise Ranch offers a full line-up of activities for the entire family.

Hocking Hills Adventure Trek

All treks are led by expert guides. Exploring nature with a professional guide is a completely different kind of experience.


Many diverse groups utilize the rehearsal and performing spaces at ARTS/West.

Hutchison Horsedrawn Wagon Rides

John Hutchison raises Percheron horses on his farm in Vinton County Ohio. They work the farm together and raise Christmas trees.

Athens County History Geotrail

Inspire your taste for adventure, give Athens County History Geotrail a try. You’ll have the opportunity to see the hidden parts of Athens County. Unfortunately, there are no more coins left for the Geotrail, but you can still try it for fun.

Best of Three Park and Campground

This unique and secluded 20 acre Rent-a-Park and campground tucked down in Zaleski State Forest is perfect for those who desire a little privacy for their reunion, wedding, church social, birthday party, family picnic, camp out, hunting group, or any other function. Single and group rates are available.