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."
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.
Otway Covered Bridge is just 1000 ft off our route below (341 Curtis Smith Rd) near Portsmouth. Spend an extra day riding more good
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
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.
Facebook has an open group for Ohio, Indiana, & Kentucky riders. Type "Ohio Kentucky motorcycle group" in the facebook search window.
"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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 146 mi Ashland KY to Westerville OH
See more rides near the Ohio River on our Ohio River Rides page.