Athens County Ohio the Nation’s Best Kept Secret

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Athens, Ohio sits right in the heart of Athens County which is located deep within the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio. Athens County is the home Hocking College, and Ohio University, and earned the distinction of being named  by Mother Earth News as one of the 12 Greatest Places You’ve Never Heard of in 2006. Centrally located, Athens county is three hours away from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, and just a little over an hour away from Columbus. The natives of the cities in the county like the residents of Athens, Ohio boast that their county is unique, and unlike any other in the country, and visitors rave that the area is one of the best kept secrets ever, and they might be right.

Athens County has a little something for everyone, as the area plays host to art lovers, history buffs and people who enjoy the great outdoors year round. Locations within the county are also first choice destinations for people who want to get away from the hustle and the bustle of a fast paced city life. The county has another spine tingling distinction, as it is known as being one of the most haunted places on the planet earth. Wilson Hall, which sits on the West Green of Ohio University has a dorm room that college officials deemed inhabitable to multiple student reports of paranormal activity. As the tale goes, a female student who was using the energy of the room to practice astral projection died a rather violent death, and subsequent residents of the room reported doors opening and closing, and items flying off of shelves and smashing into walls. The door to room 428 was closed and sealed after multiple complaints, and has remained sealed.

Now if delving into the occult is not your thing, and you chose to take advantage of all of the real estate listings Athens Ohio and other Athens county cities and towns have to offer, you could spend the bulk of your weekends at the infamous Burr Oak State Park, where you can spend your time fishing for large mouthed bass, catfish, and bluegills in the 664-acre lake.