Area Attractions

While visiting the Carpenter Inn, we encourage you to explore the many area attractions in Meigs and Athens county.   Only a short distance from the Inn you will find three state parks, a state forest, and a national forest.  Other local outdoor activities include a 17 mile bike path that tours Ohio University’s campus and continues along the Hocking river to Nelsonville, Ohio.  There are several lakes nearby that provide swimming and fishing.  The area also offers many cultural activities year round, including several art and historical museums, music and arts festivals, and the many diverse events offered by Ohio University.

Here are some of our favorite recommendations for things to do:


The Hocking Hills
Lake Snowden
Dow Lake/Stroud’s Run State Park
Lake Hope
Wayne National Forest
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Quilt Barn Tour


The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center
The Nelsonville Historic Square Arts District
Stuart’s Opera House
The Kennedy Museum

Yearly Arts/Music/Food Festivals:

International Festival
Nelsonville Music Festival
Ohio Brew Week
Ohio Pawpaw Festival

For a more information about area attractions visit the tourism sites of the Meigs, Athens, and Vinton County: