The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is an enticing attraction to people of the southeastern Ohio community, especially the students of Hocking College. Beginning and ending directly on campus, the 19-mile paved path provides an easily accessible outlet for students, faculty and staff to exercise and explore.
Visitors not only enjoy the path's flourishing nature and wildlife scene, but many are fascinated by the area's ancient origin. The rich history of the path is embedded in its name. "Hockhocking," which means "bottleneck" or "twisted," was the native Indian name for the Hocking River; and Adena reflects the history of the Adena Indians who lived in the Hocking Valley more than 2,000 years ago.
There are many ways to explore the history, nature and culture of southeastern Ohio, but none quite as unique as a vintage train ride with the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.
Serving more than 30,000 tourists each year, the 1920s-built railroad currently operates in Nelsonville between Logan and Athens.
Along this route, the trains make stops for passengers to view local attractions, including water canals, company towns and pioneer villages dating back to the 1800s.
Rides are also offered with different themes, such as Robbery Trains and Ride for a Cure Trains, as well as for different seasons and holidays like Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July and more.
The pioneer days of southeastern Ohio are reignited with a visit to Robbins Crossing, a completely restored 1850s-era village located on Hocking College's campus.
Hocking College's Natural and Historical Interpretationstudents and community volunteers dress in period costumes and share historical information to help recreate the past and show tourists the 19th century way of life.
Visitors can tour the town's old buildings and blacksmith shops, make candles, explore the gift shop, spin yarn and cook on a wood-burning stove.
Find all of your outdoor needs at ROCKY Brand Store, located in downtown Nelsonville.
In 1932, the founding brothers moved from Columbus to Nelsonville, where they began their journey making shoes.
To this day, ROCKY Brand continues to be a world leader who designs, develops, manufactures and markets premium quality, rugged Outdoor, Work, Western, Duty and Military footwear as well as Outdoor and Work apparel and accessories.
Stuart's Opera House is the cornerstone of the Nelsonville Historic Art District.
A lovingly restored theatre that reflects its glory days in 1879 through 1924, Stuart's Opera House now hosts more than 75 events a year and is Southeastern Ohio's favorite place to experience live performance.
Stuart's is dedicated to its role as a regional leader in the arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner for Southeastern Ohio.
Located in the beautiful and historic Nelsonville Public Square, Rhapsody offers creative cuisine that gives a fresh flavor to old favorites on the Appalachian farm-to-table menu.
Rhapsody offers a full bar, an extensive wine selection, and live music most Friday and Saturday evenings. Almost all food is sourced locally.
Rhapsody is run by the Hospitality & Culinary Professionals of Tomorrow from Hocking College and by Certified Master Chef, Alfonso Constrisciani.
Come see what all the buzz is about — you won't regret it!