Swimming Southeast Ohio, Where to Get Wet in Athens

BY LINDSAY BAILEY

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KAITLIN ORR

Spring has sprung in southeastern Ohio and the warm weather conjures up images of margaritas, tanning oil and long days at the beach.  Unfortunatley, Athens’ closest water-front property is about six hours away.  But don’t despair,  Grab some sunscreen, a few friends and check out these six lakeside beaches all within 40 minutes or less of Athens.  It may not be the Bahamas, but a good day-trip  should tide us over until summer finally arrives.

Strouds Run State Park

11661 State Park Road

Athens, OH 45701

(740) 592-2303

Just a quick 10-minute drive from Athens,

Strouds Run is the closest place you’ll find

a sandy beach unless you count the volleyball

courts on South Green. The rustic

setting is picturesque — even if the water

isn’t. The bathrooms are literally holes dug

in the ground. Canoes are available for rental

and beach volleyball is a must.

Lake Snowden

5900 US Highway 50

Albany, OH 45651

(740) 698-6373

Hocking College’s wildlife preserve is

peaceful and certainly not crowded. The

water is relatively clear and the swimming

area is large. The only problem is that the

beach is small and awkwardly positioned

on a hill. Less busy than Strouds Run, Lake

Snowden is a quiet alternative if you’re not

looking to drive more than a few miles.

Lake Logan

30043 Lake Logan Rd

Logan, OH 43138

(740) 385-6842

One of the state’s best lakes for fishing is

only 40 minutes from Athens. The 527-

foot public swimming beach provides

visitors with picnic areas, concessions

and drinking water. The lake also has bathrooms

and changing booths. Paddleboats

and canoes are available for rental, and motorized

boats are also welcome on the lake.

Burr Oak State Park

5250 Beach Road

Glouster, OH 45732

(740) 767-3570

This public swimming beach, about 40

minutes from Athens, has canoe rental and

volleyball courts. A bathhouse sits next to

the lake providing showers and changing

rooms. Cottages (with air conditioning

and cable TV) and campgrounds are available

at a reasonable price if you want to

make the trip an overnighter. The lodge

also has rooms for rent, indoor swimming

and a restaurant.

Lake Hope

27331 State Route 278

McArthur, OH 45651

(740) 596-4938

For a resort-like feel, check out Lake

Hope. Thirty minutes away, this 600-foot

beach provides not only a concession stand

and changing rooms — whoa — but also

a beach house complete with a sundeck.

Canoe rental is available every day starting

in mid-May.

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About Lindsay Bailey

Hi, I'm a senior public relations major/English minor at West Virginia University. I'm interested in writing, camping and having fun. View all posts by Lindsay Bailey

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