What’s your pre-hike fuel of choice? Some gravitate toward trail mix or smoothies. I’m an unabashed carb lover, so anything that involves bread — especially fresh-baked and still warm from the oven — speaks to me. Of course, a pre-hike meal does require some sort of hiking component, and I love the variety of trails in the southeastern corner of the Buckeye State. While Hocking Hills State Park is generally the place most associated with this region in the Appalachian foothills, the town of Athens boasts some equally incredible trails, which brings us to today’s Ohio adventure: a mountain hike at a hidden gem park and delicious meal at a hidden gem pizzeria.

Have you dined at Avalanche Pizza before? This hidden gem pizzeria in Ohio is a delicious secret worth sharing — and makes the perfect pre-hike fuel for a day on the trails at Strouds Run State Park.

Of course, there’s more than just great restaurants waiting in Athens, Ohio. Did you know this college town is considered one of the most haunted places in Ohio?

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