Southeast Ohio

Ohio River Valley

Southeast Ohio includes rural areas of the state that border West Virginia. This region is very hilly as it lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the Wayne National Forest is in Southeast Ohio. When looking at a map, the forest will look like patches. The whole area resembles the National Forest, which is reclaimed strip mining areas, in various stages of reforestation. Much of it is primitive area, popular with hunters and all terrain vehicle users. The southeastern part is along the banks of the Ohio River and has some of Ohio's most scenic and historic areas.




Southeastern Ohio does not have any big cities, but does have a whole bunch of small towns.

Other destinations

State Parks and Resort Lodges

Devil's Bathtub - Hocking Hills


The mailing address and actual location of these parks may be two different locations: For more detailed information on these and other Ohio State Parks, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Parks and Recreation. Click here.


This is coal mining country. The landscape is generally composed of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Get in

Sisterville WV to Fly, OH - Ferry

I-77 runs north-west through this region. I-70 runs east-west along the northern portion of the region.


The Hocking Valley Railroad which has planned excursions, Victorian Nelsonville Public Square and historic art district including Stuart's Opera House, Murray City Train Depot and Coal Mining Museum, Smoke Rise Horse Ranch, Hocking Technical College, Ohio University, Little Cities of Black Diamonds Chattauqua festivals, historic downtown Athens, New Straitsville Moonshine Festival, Burr Oak State Park, Athens county Fair, Albany Paw Paw Festival, The Spotted Horse Ranch.





New Concord:






The Nelsonville Ohio Coffee Cup restaurant has been a local favorite for over 30 years. A log cabin style building it sits on the side of state route 33.

Coffee Cup restaurant was destroy by a fire in April 2011

Another must eat at is the Nelsonville Ramono's Pizza place. A local favorite open for nearly 40 years.

Athens Ohio has most large chain restaurants. Historic downtown Athens has many small eateries and pubs.


In Buchtel Ohio there is a spring which flows endlessly and has been piped and flows into a large trough, it is off State route 78 and can be easily seen from the road. Many locals have drank the spring water all their lives. It is not unusual to see cars pull up and people fill up gallon jugs with this water.

Stay safe

This is a very rural part of Ohio with many primitive areas. As long as you stay on the paved, narrow, winding roads, you should have few problems. If you wander off onto the logging or coal mine roads, be prepared for potholes, bad roads, mud and very little, if any traffic to ask for assitance. Much of this area is not served by cell phone towers and you will have little to no communications. The area is popular with hunters and all terrain vehicle users. Rumor has it that the area is also popular with marijuana growers, in and out of the Wayne National Forest. If you come upon a patch, change direction and move on slowly while looking for man-traps. Don't even think about getting close enough to pick any. You may be being videotaped by law enforcement or worse. During hunting season, wear brightly-colored clothing if you go into the woods.

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