Athens County is in Southeast Ohio. The county seat is Athens. It is located at the confluence of the Hocking River and Ohio River at the unincorporated village of Hockingport in Athens County. The coal industry has declined dramatically, only Buckingham Coal is still mining in the county. Some active oil and natural gas wells are found in low numbers. Forestry is still a contribututor to the economy, both private and public operations. Part of the Wayne National Forest is located between Athens and Nelsonville with offices in Nelsonvillle.
Burr Oak State Park and Resort Lodge, north of Glouster and east/adjacent to the Wayne National Forest off of Route 13. A variety of overnight accommodations, lodge, cottages and campground. Lodge: Sixty guest rooms, five meeting rooms, a dining room, full-service lounge, gift shop, swimming beach, tennis courts, playground equipment, boat launch ramp and indoor pool. Cottages: 30 family cottages, air conditioning, cable tv, sleeps six people, bath/shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area, screened porch. Linens, towels, cooking, eating utensils are furnished. Camping: 100 non-electric campsites, showers, flush toilets, twenty one primitive sites, pet camping. Fishing, hunting, swimming, beach, bathhouse, showers, changing booths, snack bar, twenty-eight miles of hiking trails, Burr Oak Backpack Trail, horseshoe court and playground.
Stouds Run State Park, east of Athens, on Route 690 , inside of Wayne National Forest on Dow Lake. 75 non-electric campsites, picnic tables and fire rings, pet camping, three Rent-A-Camp sites, boating, fishing, hunting, fifteen miles of hiking trails, birdwatching, nature study, 8-1/2 mile bridle trail, 900-foot sand beach, change booths, drinking water, restrooms, scuba diving with proper equipment, picnic tables, cooking grates, three shelterhouses, basketball court, playground equipment, boat rentals, volleyball court and another playground.
SR 33 and SR 50 intersect at Athens. There is a small amount of frontage on the Ohio River at Hocking Port, the confluence of Hocking River the and the Ohio River