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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

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
331 Richland Ave, Athens, OH
Free cancellation
The price is CA $135 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (952 reviews)

"The staff are friendly and check-in process went quickly. When I mentioned the $10 hotel credit then the staff asked his manager and confirmed. I used that credit for next day breakfast. The breakfast price is reasonable so I did not need to pay extra. The room is clean and comfortable and they provided ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2020

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
2.5 out of 5
924 East State Street, Athens, OH
The price is CA $145 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated in Athens, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Strouds Run State Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Ohio University. Court Street and Hot Dog Museum are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (378 reviews)

"Large bathroom, very clean, nice tv, great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Athens
Holiday Inn Express Logan
Holiday Inn Express Logan
2.5 out of 5
12916 Grey St, Logan, OH
The price is CA $152 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

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! (728 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Logan
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.

Vacation Rentals in Athens

Little Redwood - New Hot Tub! - Hocking Hills
Little Redwood - New Hot Tub! - Hocking Hills
14995 Pleasant Valley Rd, Logan, OH

Situated in Logan, this cabin is within 6 miles (10 km) of Hocking House, Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center and Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (106 reviews)
Relaxing

"Cabin was easy to find, clean and very quite exactly what I was looking for,all the hiking trails were easy to get to"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

Little Redwood - New Hot Tub! - Hocking Hills
Cabin with Fishing Pond in the Hocking Hills
Cabin with Fishing Pond in the Hocking Hills
8224 Bear Run Rd, Logan, OH

Located in Logan, this family-friendly cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wayne National Forest Athens Unit, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Columbus Washboard Factory ...

5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
2 day getaway

"Pictures don’t do it justice! Awesome property with fishing pond Very peaceful Great owners!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Cabin with Fishing Pond in the Hocking Hills
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 CA $193 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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! (34 reviews)
Clean and Cozy

"We had a nice stay in the Cozy Cabana. As advertised it was very clean and cozy! The location was convenient to shopping and area attractions. The only slightly negative thing was limited cookware options. We had to improvise some of our meal plans but other than that it was the perfect place to ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2020

Cozy Cabana is Secluded yet Close to Local Attractions
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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