February 26, 1997

Athens offers a lot more than a wide variety of Gen-X bars and arty three-chord college bands. Inviting nature trails and picnic areas along the Oconee River and in the Oconee National Forest provide a welcome respite from the in-town bustle.

The moderate climate allows for outdoor activities almost year-round. From late February through May, a spectacular display of blooming dogwoods, forsythia, redbuds and azaleas adorn the region.

The State Botanical Garden is another treat for horticultural enthusiasts. Its "International Garden" keeps alive the spirit of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Historic Athens

Athens Chow

Athens Rock