Pedestrian Bridge
Pedestrian bridge across the Hocking River from the Ohio University bike path.


About Us

Save Our Scenic Viewsheds is a community organization working to designate and protect scenic resources in Athens, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

There are no regional zoning laws in southeastern Ohio. But there are a growing number of people who have come to value these scenic resources as one by one the hilltops are leveled and the trees cut down.

We each lose something of value when a public viewshed is destroyed. A loss measured in peace of mind, not dollars. But there are dollar losses too as many people choose to live here, visit or do business because of our scenic resources.

A landowner's private gain in destroying a scenic resource must be weighed against our collective losses when it is destroyed. By this measure some areas are suitable for development and others not.