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Athens, OH Area Guide

Discover Great Things to Do in Athens, Ohio

Located within walking distance of Ohio University campus buildings and Athens area restaurants, and near a variety of interesting attractions and activities, Ohio University Inn and Conference Center is perfectly situated for those who not only want to visit the OU campus, but also want to enjoy a little leisure while in town. Beyond the doors of our full-service hotel, Athens' natural scenic beauty awaits. Home to three state parks, a national forest, a state forest, and a 17-mile paved recreational trail, Athens offers the perfect diversion for outdoor enthusiasts. The area also offers historic places, 19 covered bridges, area festivals, cultural centers and museums. No matter what your interest, you're certain to find an enjoyable things to do in Athens, Ohio.

Hocking Hills State Park: An Ohio Favorite

The most-visited natural attraction in Ohio, located almost in our back yard, is Hocking Hills State Park, renowned for its beauty in all seasons and the many recreational opportunities it offers. Our hotel is just a short drive from many of the most popular locations within the Hocking Hills: Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, and many more areas. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as rock climbing, hiking, fishing, biking and kayaking, as well as taking in views of all the lovely flora and fauna.

While there are a variety of hotel and lodging types available to the Athens and Hocking Hills visitor, the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center is the only full-service hotel and lodging option in the region. We give you the chance to enjoy the bounty of Hocking Hills during the day, while retreating to the comfortable indoor environment of our hotel when night falls.

Other Athens, Ohio Attractions

In addition to outdoor attractions, Athens is home to a variety of less strenuous things to do. During your visit to the area, view the beautiful countryside on the Quilt Barn Tour—a driving tour that takes you through the rolling hills and past winding streams and fields of wildflowers to view quilts painted by local artists on barns throughout the region. Another popular attraction is the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, where you can take a ride through the countryside on fully restored railway cars built in 1918, the 1920s and 1950s.

For a little cultural enrichment, head to the Dairy Barn Arts Center, an art gallery located in a dairy barn built in 1914, and featuring art from contemporary and local artists. Another cultural attraction nearby is the Nelsonville Historic Square Arts District, which offers a large Appalachian artist community, including galleries, shops, a farmer's market and cafes.

In the mood for something spooky? With a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in the country, Athens has several attractions for those who like a dash of the supernatural with their entertainment. Inside the West State Cemetery, the West State Angel is a gravestone commemorating the unidentified soldiers buried in the cemetery, and many visitors have said they saw the angel's wings flutter or have seen her shed tears.

For more information about things to do in Athens, Ohio, please contact us at 1-866-593-6661, and we'll be happy to tell you more about our favorite local attractions.

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