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, Nelsoville and beyond. Seek and find a truly original experience with live local music, View
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway transports passengers back to a simpler time when the locomotive was the most efficient form of transportation.
Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville is excited to offer a brand new, grand reception area with seating and table service for up to 250 people, including a new catering kitchen and full bar.
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.
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.
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.
Trail options include a Ridges Cemeteries Nature Walk, developed by the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which winds through several cemeteries located on the grounds of the former asylum.
Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.
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.
Formed in 1805 from part of Washington County, Athens County has experienced coal mining, pioneering education and so much more. Some of this history has been recorded on Historical Markers. These markers tell us stories from the past. They commemorate specific sites, events and sometimes even people.
Located deep in Zaleski Forest in Ohio near Lake Hope State Park, the Moonville Tunnel is all that remains from a small mining town that existed in the late 1850s. The Moonville Tunnel lies just across Raccoon Creek.
Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square was once the center of activity for Nelsonville and its surrounding coal mining communities. In recent years the square has come back to life and is now a popular shopping destination.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Ohio and the Northwest Territory. The 1,740-acre campus is divided into five greens – East, West, North, South and College. The East, West, North and South green house most of the student dormitories while the College green serves as the center of it all.
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.
Between 1,000 B.C. and 200 A.D., Athens County was home to the Adena Indians, a hunter gatherer society that preceded the Hopewells and other Native American cultures.
In 1997 Eclipse, Ltd., was formed by five friends who decided to take on restoration of the company town because of their interest in local preservation, history and the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. In February 2009, renovations of the Eclipse Company General Store were completed.
America’s covered bridges are one of the nation’s most treasured architectural achievements, and Athens County is proud to claim three of the eighteen covered bridges in the Hocking Hills region.
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.