The Sky’s the Limit!

Love the outdoors? Or looking for something to do inside? Either way, you’ll find plenty of room to play in Athens County. Take a quick hike or a scenic bike ride. Saddle up or grab a paddle. Or head inside for exercise, relaxation, or family fun. Whether it’s indoors or out, adventure is always on the agenda in Athens County.


Athens County’s hiking trails are truly endless, so grab your boots and get going. See jutting boulders on hillsides, stony bluffs, rock houses, and abundant spring wildflowers


Professional and novice bikers alike enjoy Athens County's endless winding roads. With very little vehicle traffic, the back roads are especially appealing to cyclists. Enjoy hours of riding in the scenic hills, where you may spot wildlife, wild flowers, and even a historic quilt barn or two.


Whether you're riding an ATV or a Harley, you'll find what you're craving in Athens County. With miles and miles of trails for ATV riders and low traffic scenic back roads galore for bikers, Athens County is the place to be for adventures on wheels.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering

Athens County's rugged and hilly terrain makes for plenty of boulders and jutting cliffs. As a result rock climbing and bouldering are popular activities for students, locals and visitors.


Tired of returning home from the hunt empty-handed? Recently ranked first in the nation for white tail deer hunting, Athens County may be the solution.


Athens is awash with opportunities for water sports and recreation: Dow Lake at Strouds Run State Park, Lake Snowden, Lake Hope State Park, and Burr Oak Lake all make for the perfect kayaking or canoeing trip. The calm lake waters are ideal for beginners, while seasoned water enthusiasts enjoy taking in the sites of the beautiful hills and jutting cliffs.


Tee time? Golf along the Hocking River on the Ohio University golf course or choose from several other courses in the area.

Horseback Riding

There's nothing quite like horseback riding in the hills. Have a romantic date or take the entire family!

Indoor Recreation

With three movie theaters, two bowling alleys, and an indoor ice skating rink, Athens is the place to enjoy some indoor fun!

Guide to Hunting and Fishing in Athens County

Where to hunt? Burr Oak State Park Fox Lake WLA Gifford State Forest O’Dowd WLA Poston Plant Lands (AEP): Permit Required Strouds Run State Park Trimble WLA– Now part of O’Dowd WLA Waterloo WLA Wayne National Forest (ATV): Permit Required Lake Hope State Park Zaleski State Forest Where to shop? Outback Jack’s Tradin’ Post Rocky View

The Ridges Trails

Far from the shadows cast by buildings of the former Athens Lunatic Asylum, the nearly 700 acres that make up The Ridges property of Ohio University reflect the kind of place the mental hospital really was.

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