A Town Full of Open-Air Adventures is Just Two and a Half Hours Away

Nearly a straight shot up Route 32, Athens, OH is a great weekend destination filled with plenty of open-air adventures. Situated within rolling Appalachian hills around two and a half hours east of Downtown Cincinnati, you can hike, bike, and otherwise explore Ohio’s only national forest, nearby state parks and state forests, wildlife areas, nature preserves, and a variety of trails.

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‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning travel writer, tourism consultant and 25-year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. He is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and formerly was the Vice President for Business Development for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Executive Director of the Family Travel Association. He has been serious about his writing since about age eight. He also runs the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s lived all over the U.S. and traveled to some 36 countries but has the most fun when he’s exploring with his wife and two daughters. An avid outdoors person, he’s happiest on a trail, on skis, or nestled into a sleeping bag. He deployed to Iraq with a U.S. Army line unit in 2005. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fodors.com, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Every Day, Fatherly, Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, and many others. He also does periodic travel segments for the morning show of his local FOX affiliate and on American Forces Radio.

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