Athens County, Ohio: Cream of the Country

A trip to Athens County is a sentimental journey to the heart of Ohio's magnificent Hocking Valley hill country.



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For Ohioans, there is Athens the county and then there is Athens, the bustling county seat and the home of Ohio University.
PHOTO: CHARLES ZIRKLE
Man Fishing
Quiet moments come easy in Athens County.
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Ohio University Campus
Ohio University's educational and cultural facilities are available to the community at large.
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Canoeing
Athens County's numerous parks and forests offer outdoors fans excellent hunting, fishing, boating and hiking.
DON STOUT
Beekeeper
"I always wanted to farm," says Rick Duff, who produces honey, maple syrup, beef, lamb and vegetables on 140 acres.
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County commissioners
 Roxanne Groff (top) with fellow county commissioner Dean Kahler and former commissioner Karen Harvey.
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Tri-County Feed Store
Albany's Clara and Albert Hutchison with an employee.
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People in front of hardware store
Becky McCutcheon, shown here with her father, at her hardware store.
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Tom O'Grady
"I love this place," says Tom O'Grady, county recycling program manager.
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Ohio University Cutler Hall
Chimes ring out regularly from Ohio University's venerable Cutler Hall, the oldest college building west of the Alleghenies.
HARRY SNAVELY
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Athens County occupies 508 square miles in southeastern Ohio.
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At every turn, another slice of Americana: More than 800 miles of back roads lead you to the beauty and charm of Athens County.
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