Places to motorcycle ride in Ohio


The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway is a SE Ohio favorite ride. "This Scenic Byway tour begins from Marietta Ohio and snakes northeast on SR26 through the Wayne National Forest until it dead ends into SR800 and nearby Woodsfield, the county seat of Monroe County. Driving straight through from one end to the other is about 50 miles and takes a little over 1 hour not counting stops."

http://www.touringohio.com/day-trips/sr26-covered-bridge-byway.html

61 miles on Ohio 555.
61 miles on Ohio 555.

Southeast Ohio has an annual group ride, the 2nd Saturday in August, plus info & maps for self-guided rides.

 

Ohio Hwy 555, a 60 mile stretch of mostly rural highway about 25 miles west of I-77, thru the towns of Ringgold, Chesterhill, & Cutler. See larger map with directions.

 

Amish Country is north of Zanesville, near Millersburg. There are scenic byways in all directions from Millersburg listed on the Ohio DOT byways website. Here's more Amish Country  info.



Otway Covered Bridge - Google photo by Aaron's Planet
Otway Covered Bridge - Google photo by Aaron's Planet

Otway Covered Bridge is just 1000 ft off our route below (341 Curtis Smith Rd) near Portsmouth. Spend an extra day riding more good roads nearby.

There's great riding in southwest Ohio near Portsmouth.
There's great riding in southwest Ohio near Portsmouth.

Southwest Ohio has good riding, too. This route could also be enjoyed by riders from West Virginia & Kentucky.

Our destination is the restaurant at Clifton Mill, but we prefer a scenic route. There are many more twisty, rural roads east and west of Portsmouth.

See larger map.

Clifton Mill - Clifton, OH - Google Maps photo by Jon Campbell
Clifton Mill - Clifton, OH - Google Maps photo by Jon Campbell


The Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve is just west of Clifton Mill on Hwy 343.

"Years ago I went canoeing on the Little Miami River; the river serenely wound its way between the wooded river banks. But at Clifton Gorge, the Little Miami River is something altogether different; it plunges over falls and rapids between narrow cliffs of dolomite and shale. The river and surrounding cliffs are the main attractions of Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, a 268 acre preserve located adjacent to John Bryan State Park. The Little Miami River flows through both, with the nature preserve upstream where the river roils." See more including photos at

http://trekohio.com/2012/06/08/clifton-gorge-state-nature-preserve/


 

Ohio Bike Week - The Midwest's Largest Motorcycle Rally is held annually in downtown Sandusky, on the shores of Lake Erie about 60 miles west of Cleveland. Being less than 300 miles from Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburg, and Buffalo, this rally draws bikers from nearby states of New York, Pennsyvania, Michigan, Indiana & Illinois. The visitor center has lots of info, including a travel planner guide that you can view online, download, or request by mail. 


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Ohio Scenic Byways map
Ohio has many scenic byways, including Hwy 7 - the Ohio River Scenic Byway and US 30 - the Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.
ohio-byway-map.pdf
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Facebook has an open group for Ohio, Indiana, & Kentucky riders. Type "Ohio Kentucky motorcycle group" in the facebook search window.

 


100 miles near Athens, Ohio. Click map to enlarge it.
100 miles near Athens, Ohio. Click map to enlarge it.

"Hocking Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park in the Hocking Hills region of Hocking County, Ohio, United States; it is contiguous with the Hocking State Forest. Within the park are several spectacular rock formations, including Old Man's Cave, a narrow, deep gorge featuring waterfalls; Rock House, a cliffed area with a rock shelter; Cantwell Cliffs, a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway; and Ash Cave, a large rock shelter with a small waterfall, and Cedar Falls, a larger waterfall south of Old Man's Cave. The park is in five separate sections: Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House." See more photos at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hocking_Hills_State_Park

Ash Cave by Ramseybuckeye (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Ash Cave by Ramseybuckeye (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ash Cave is 20 miles west of Athens off Hwy 56. 

"Ash Cave is really not what you would call a cave, other than there are ton's of rock that hang out above a visitor standing toward the base of the cliff. The horseshoe-shaped cave is massive; measuring 700' from end to end, 100' deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90' high.


A small tributary of the east fork of Queer Creek cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below ... From the parking area, there is a concrete paved walk back to the cave area about 1/4 mile, with no climbing required unless you want to climb up to the rim."

See more at: http://www.touring-ohio.com/southeast/hocking-hills/ash-cave.html

Ash Cave is really not what you would call a cave, other than there are ton's of rock that hang out above a visitor standing toward the base of the cliff. The horseshoe-shaped cave is massive; measuring 700' from end to end, 100' deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90' high. A small tributary of the east fork of Queer Creek cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below. - See more at: http://www.touring-ohio.com/southeast/hocking-hills/ash-cave.html#sthash.jWiGncXI.dpuf
Ash Cave is really not what you would call a cave, other than there are ton's of rock that hang out above a visitor standing toward the base of the cliff. The horseshoe-shaped cave is massive; measuring 700' from end to end, 100' deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90' high. A small tributary of the east fork of Queer Creek cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below. - See more at: http://www.touring-ohio.com/southeast/hocking-hills/ash-cave.html#sthash.jWiGncXI.dpuf
Ash Cave is really not what you would call a cave, other than there are ton's of rock that hang out above a visitor standing toward the base of the cliff. The horseshoe-shaped cave is massive; measuring 700' from end to end, 100' deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90' high. A small tributary of the east fork of Queer Creek cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below. - See more at: http://www.touring-ohio.com/southeast/hocking-hills/ash-cave.html#sthash.jWiGncXI.dpuf

Athens County, Ohio has their own set of 9 scenic rides. Request your copy of the map. www.windy9.com.

 

"The best scenic views of Southeast Ohio are waiting for you on Ohio’s Windy 9. Nearly 1,000 miles of the best driving, riding and biking routes in the state. From a leisurely cruise along the Ohio River, to the twisty turns of State Route 555 (the Triple Nickel), the Windy 9 is your passport to the THE authentic Ohio riding experience!" www.windy9.com.


20 miles on Ohio 78
20 miles on Ohio 78

Southeast Ohio has it's own version of the dragon - 20 miles on Hwy 78 (above) from McConnelsville to Glouster. See larger map with directions. 

Burr Oak State Park has camping, cabins, and a lodge.

 

Twenty miles northwest of Zanesville there's Hwy 79 for 30 enjoyable miles from Newark to Nellie (below). See larger map with directions. Both rides are recommended by other riders.


30 miles on Ohio 79 - click the map to enlarge
30 miles on Ohio 79 - click the map to enlarge


 

Loudenville offers lots of camping as you follow the river on Wally Road Scenic Byway between Hwy 3 and Hwy 514. See larger map with directions. 

 

East of Pleasant Hill Lake, Malabar Farm State Park is an educational, working farm about 11 miles west of Loudenville. Here's their website.

 



From Bridgeport, OH just across the Ohio River from Wheeling, WV, take a ride north on US250 to Hwy 800 east of Urichsville, OH, then south 7 miles to Hwy 258, then 25 miles to Newcomerstown. 76 miles in all. See below.

 

Here's the map with directions.


76 miles from Wheeling WV to Newcomerstown OH
76 miles from Wheeling WV to Newcomerstown OH

 

Columbus 1100 mile fly and ride - Ohio & Pennsylvania

 

Map - 136 mi Westerville OH to Streetsboro OH

 

Map - 177 mi Streetsboro OH to Fredonia NY


Map - 300 mi Fredonia NY to Wheeling WV

 

Map - 204 mi Wheeling WV to Huntington WV via Ohio 7

Map - 264 mi Wheeling WV to Huntington WV via Ohio 7, 60, and 555

 

Map - 146 mi Ashland KY to Westerville OH

 

 


 

See more rides near the Ohio River on our Ohio River Rides page.