Home of Ohio University, Athens features a thriving local food and beverage culture. Consider it the best of both worlds—big-city amenities and small-town hospitality, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. We feature some of our favorite attractions below.
Nestled at the edge of the Hocking Hills region, Nelsonville is home to a beautiful historic square and opera house. Once heavily reliant on the extractive industries of coal, clay, and salt, Nelsonville has been reviving its historic square into an arts district. Nelsonville may be best known for producing Star Bricks, many of which are still visible in streets and sidewalks throughout the historic district.
Located near the Hocking River and the Wayne National Forest, the small village of Chauncey was once expected to become “the business center of the Midwest." Since the extractive industries of coal, clay and salt have disappeared, Chauncey has become a quiet village that now boasts beautiful trails, ready to be explored.
The Plains, named for the Wolf Plain Group of Adena or Hopewell Mounds, is an unincorporated community located between Athens and Chauncey, accessible by the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. It is the home of Athens High School (and Joe Burrow, recent Heisman Trophy winner and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback). On the edge of The Plains, the historic Eclipse Company Town sits along the bikeway, providing a glimpse into the area's deep coal mining history.