Things to Do Nearby the Railway

In Nelsonville, you can…

See the historic Nelsonville Public Square and browse through stores in its arts district.

Cool off at the aquatic center across from the depot.

Shop for a great deal at Rocky® Outdoor Gear Outlet Store.

Take in a show at historic Stuart’s Opera House.

Bike or hike on the scenic 19-mile Hockhocking-Adena Trail between Nelsonville and Athens.

Enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking and off-road vehicles (permit required) in Wayne National Forest, Ohio’s only national forest.

Learn about more Nelsonville activities at (740-753-4346).

In Athens County, you can…

Experience the old west at Smoke Rise Ranch (740) 767-2624, The 2,000 acre ranch is located about 10 miles from the railway near Murray City on SR78. A working cow ranch with cowboys working daily, horseback riding by the hour on over 100 miles of trail, a variety of cabin and camping rentals, fishing ponds, hiking trail, pool, and a playground.  Smoke Rise Ranch assists with the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery.

See an exhibit at the Dairy Barn Cutural Arts Center in Athens (, 740-592-4981).

Shop at the Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays.

In Hocking County, you can…

Visit some of the numerous state parks of the Hocking Hills, including Old Man’s Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Lake Hope, Lake Logan, Rockbridge, Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs.

Ride an ATV through the woods (, 740-592-2500).

Have a zipline adventure through the treetops at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, the hottest new attraction in Ohio in 2008. (, 740-385-9477)

In Vinton County, you can…

Discover five covered bridges.

Visit Lake Hope State Park or Zaleski State Forest.

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