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AthensUnited States of America

Thousands of Ohio University students call this city home during the academic year, but its cultural offerings and scenic settings entertain visitors year-round. 

Located on the scenic Hocking River in southeast Ohio, Athens is a lively college town. Since it was established in 1804, Ohio University has called Athens home. Experience a bustling city full of cultural attractions and events.

With just over 20,000 enrolled, Ohio University’s student body is almost as large as the population of Athens. Stroll among the brick buildings and manicured lawns on campus. The main entrance, which opens to the college green, is located at Court and Union streets. Explore the collections at the Kennedy Museum of Art, located on Ohio University’s campus. The museum hosts a variety of fascinating exhibits from all over the world.

Court Street and its many cross streets make up the heart of downtown. Enjoy a coffee at a local café or eat dinner at one of many restaurants. Boutiques, antique shops and convenience stores line the streets. The area gets even busier after the sun goes down, when students fill restaurants and bars.

The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Athens as a designated Tree City USA, which means the city is devoted to planting and caring for its plant life. Appreciate the greenery as you walk along Athen’s shady, tree-lined streets.

Visit Athens County Historical Museum. Photo essays, artifacts and various exhibits focus on Athens County through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Go hiking, biking or running on the Athens Trail Network. Begin at Sells’ City Park and take one of the 12 trails that make up the network. Walk through the woods and end at Strouds Run State Park. Go boating on Dow Lake or try fishing at Sells Pond.

Visit Dairy Barn Arts Center just south of downtown. This converted dairy barn hosts exhibits, events, programs and more that promote the area’s artists. Check a calendar on the official Dairy Barn Arts Center website to find out what’s on.

Athens is just over a 1-hour drive from Columbus, Ohio and just over a 3-hour drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Get around the city easily on foot. If you don’t want to walk, take a bus or rent a car.

Top hotels in Athens

Baymont by Wyndham Logan
Baymont by Wyndham Logan
2.5 out of 5
12819 State Route 664 S, Logan, OH
The price is NZ$138 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Situated in Logan, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Hocking Hills Craft Mall, Logan Antique Mall and Adventure Golf at Rempel's Grove. Hocking Hills Regional ...

3.7/5Good! (741 reviews)

"Very nice stay. Had to book quickly as we decided on a weekend getaway for a birthday gift. Had very few bookings left but only needed two night. This was the last hotel in the area available. Wasn’t expecting anything fancy but this place had everything we needed! The staff was very friendly and ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2020

Baymont by Wyndham Logan
Holiday Inn Express Logan
Holiday Inn Express Logan
2.5 out of 5
12916 Grey St, Logan, OH
The price is NZ$171 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

Situated in a state park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Logan State Park, Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center and Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener ...

4.3/5Excellent! (732 reviews)

"It is clean and convenient. There are restaurants closing by."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2020

Holiday Inn Express Logan
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH
The price is NZ$120 per night from 18 Dec. to 19 Dec.

Situated in Athens, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Convocation Center and Ohio University. Peden Stadium and John Calhoun Baker University Center are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (965 reviews)

"Clean rooms, very nice staff. We stay here all the time as our son attends college in the area."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Athens

Cozy Cabana is Secluded yet Close to Local Attractions
Cozy Cabana is Secluded yet Close to Local Attractions
17058 Purdum Rd, Logan, OH
The price is NZ$316 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wayne National Forest Athens Unit and within 9 miles (15 km) of Brass Ring Golf Club and OhioHealth. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Perfect getaway

"Wonderful secluded cabin, short drive to Hocking Hills and restaurants. Everything was an easy process. Really enjoyed our stay. Would rent again"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Cozy Cabana is Secluded yet Close to Local Attractions
1926 B&o Caboose Centrally Located Within The Hocking Hills
1926 B&o Caboose Centrally Located Within The Hocking Hills
24180 OH-93, New Plymouth, OH

Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wayne National Forest Athens Unit and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hocking Hills State ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)
Beautiful getaway

"This was definitely a lovely getaway, the internet is very spotty though. This would definitely be a great getaway for just you and a loved one"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2020

1926 B&o Caboose Centrally Located Within The Hocking Hills
Evergreen Hideaway is a Cabin Nestled Under Tall Pines
Evergreen Hideaway is a Cabin Nestled Under Tall Pines
17060 Purdum Rd, Logan, OH
The price is NZ$297 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Situated in Logan, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wayne National Forest Athens Unit and within 9 miles (15 km) of Brass Ring Golf Club and Bowen House Cultural ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)
All As Advertised - Had a Great Time

"This is my second time staying at the property, and I'll stay again if needed. All is as expected, which is great!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2020

Evergreen Hideaway is a Cabin Nestled Under Tall Pines
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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