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Athens is a historic college town, home to Ohio University, located along the Hocking River in southeast Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,832, with an additional population of about 22,000 students. Although not incorporated until 1811, Ohio University was chartered in 1804 and thus became the first public institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory. Athens is one of the most progressive cities in southeastern Ohio, with a long history of arts and touring musicians who perform at Ohio University and at festivals in Athens. Attractions include the Diary Barn Arts Center, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery and the Athens County Historical Museum. Folklore runs deep in the community. Centuries old buildings and cemeteries, along with a decommissioned asylum has helped inspire it to be named one of the "fifteen most haunted cities in America" on the Fox Family Channel special "Scariest Places on Earth." For outdoor recreation, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is a multi-use trail that extends 16.4 miles northwest along the Hocking River. Strouds Run State Park borders the city line and consists of 2,606 acres of wooded hills, bluffs and rock shelters, centered around a lake. There are several other trails and state parks in the vicinity. The city of Athens hosts dozens of special events and festivals each year. Just a sampling includes the Athens Community Music Festival, the Hockhocking Folk Festival, the Pawpaw Festival, the Annual Halloween Bash and the Athens International Film and Video Festival.

Surrounding areas: Burr Oak, Ohio (15.4 mi), Hocking Hills, Ohio (25.0 mi), Malta, Ohio (25.5 mi), Wellston, Ohio (27.1 mi), Rushville, Ohio (34.9 mi), Marietta, Ohio (35.0 mi), Gallipolis, Ohio (36.3 mi)

Athens Vacation Rentals

Athens Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn & Suites Athens20 Home StAthens, OH (740) 594-3000
Days Inn Athens330 Columbus RdAthens, OH (740) 592-4000
Ohio University Inn331 Richland AveAthens, OH (740) 593-6661
Super 8 Motel2091 East State StAthens, OH (740) 594-4900
Mason MotelRt 33Mason, WV21.6 mi.(304) 773-9000
Amerihost Inn12819 State Rt 664Logan, OH21.9 mi.(740) 385-1700
Holiday Inn Express12916 Grey StLogan, OH21.9 mi.(740) 385-7700
Inn At Cedar Falls21190 SR 374Logan, OH21.9 mi.(614) 985-7489
Shawnee Inn30916 LK Logan RdLogan, OH21.9 mi.(740) 385-5674
Holiday Inn Express Logan Oh30732 Lake Logan RdLogan, OH23.6 mi.(740) 385-7700
Simmons Motel812 S Penn Ave & 8TH StWellston, OH27.1 mi.(740) 384-3230
Blennerhassett Hotel320 Market StParkersburg, WV29.2 mi.(304) 422-3131
Holiday InnI-77Parkersburg, WV29.2 mi.(304) 485-6200
Parkersburg Holiday Inn225 Holiday Hills DrParkersburg, WV29.2 mi.(304) 485-6200
Wingate Inn Vienna/Parkersburg1502 Grand Central AveParkersburg, WV29.3 mi.(304) 295-5501
Executive Suites1026 Ann StParkersburg, WV29.4 mi.(304) 485-3997
Harnett House1024 Juliana StParkersburg, WV29.5 mi.(304) 483-1029
Amerihost Inn Parkersburg401 37th StParkersburg, WV29.6 mi.(304) 424-5300

Athens Weather & Climate

Southeast Ohio has a distinct four-season climate. This region is located in the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, surrounded by hills and river valley. Summers in southeast Ohio are warm and humid. Temperatures are slightly warmer in this region than in northern Ohio, although milder in the eastern highlands. The growing season is also longer here than the rest of the state. More than half of the precipitation occurs from May to October. Winters in southern Ohio are cool to cold. Snowfall varies greatly year to year. Blizzards, ice storms and freezing rain are all a possibility. Spring has a mix of weather, from sunny and mild to cool and rainy. Autumn is the sunniest season of the year with mild days and crisp, cool evenings.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 17°F 2.71 in. -
February 43°F 19°F 2.72 in. -
March 54°F 27°F 3.29 in. -
April 65°F 36°F 3.03 in. -
May 74°F 46°F 4.06 in. -
June 82°F 55°F 3.83 in. -
July 85°F 59°F 4.25 in. -
August 84°F 56°F 4.02 in. -
September 77°F 50°F 2.96 in. -
October 66°F 38°F 2.56 in. -
November 54°F 29°F 3.09 in. -
December 43°F 22°F 3.08 in. -

Athens Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mid Ohio Valley Regional airport (PKB) located about 35 miles east of Athens in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the Rickenbacker International airport (LCK) located approximately 55 miles northwest of Athens in Columbus, Ohio, the Port Columbus International airport (CMH) located roughly 62 miles northwest of Athens in Columbus, Ohio, and finally Tri State Milton J Ferguson Field (HTS) located around 70 miles southwest of Athens in Huntington, West Virginia.

Athens Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Camden ParkHuntingtonWV65.5 mi.
Wyandot LakePowellOH77.2 mi.
Tuscora ParkNew PhiladelphiaOH87.4 mi.
Water Parks
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH77.2 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH90.5 mi.
The Beach WaterparkMasonOH118.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Elm Golf CourseAthensOH 
Oaks Golf ClubLimaOH18.6 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubLimaOH18.6 mi.
Tamarac Golf ClubLimaOH18.6 mi.
Riverside Golf CourseMasonWV21.8 mi.
Buck Run Golf CourseSalemOH27.1 mi.
Flying B Golf CourseSalemOH27.1 mi.
Pine Meadows Golf CourseSalemOH27.1 mi.
Salem Hills Golf & Country ClubSalemOH27.1 mi.
Windy Hills Golf CourseRockbridgeOH27.9 mi.
Oxbow Golf & Country ClubBelpreOH28.7 mi.
Hemlock Springs Golf ClubGenevaOH28.8 mi.
Lakeside Golf ClubBeverlyOH29.1 mi.
South Hills Golf ClubParkersburgWV29.3 mi.
Worthington Golf ClubParkersburgWV29.3 mi.
Hidden Valley Country ClubPoint PleasantWV29.4 mi.
Minibel Golf CourseViennaWV30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH101.2 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV103.8 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH108.9 mi.
State Parks
Strouds Run State ParkOH3.9 mi. 
Lake Hope State ParkOH13.3 mi. 
Burr Oak State ParkOH14.4 mi. 
Forked Run State ParkOH23.4 mi. 
Lake Logan State ParkOH23.6 mi. 
Hocking Hills State ParkOH23.9 mi. 
Muskingum River Parkway State ParkOH25.3 mi. 
Lake Alma State ParkOH25.5 mi. 
Howes State ParkOH27.6 mi. 
Tu-Endie-Wei State ParkWV34.6 mi. 
Blue Rock State ParkOH36.0 mi. 
Tarlton State ParkOH39.6 mi. 
National Museum of Cambridge GlassCambridgeOH55.6 mi.(History)
Motts Military MuseumGroveportOH56.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
The WildsCumberlandOH43.1 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH64.7 mi.
Oglebay's Good ZooWheelingWV89.2 mi.

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