Ohio River Scenic Byway
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Unwind And Explore Ohio’s Eastern And Southern Shores!

West Region

You’ll see a definite shift in the development of the landscape as you approach the exciting metropolis of Cincinnati.

Central Region

Follow the winding Ohio River Scenic Byway across southern Ohio and you’ll see more farmland and fewer industrial sites.

Southeast Region

The longest straight stretch of the Ohio River Scenic Byway along land once surveyed by George Washington.

East Region

Our eastern-most section follows the history, manufacturing, and development of cities along the Ohio River.

Discover our long and winding river road for a travel experience so matchless you’ll want to rewind and do it again and again. Read on to learn more about this unique adventure.

Whether you are cruising by automobile or motorcycle, the Ohio River Scenic Byway is the perfect ride with exceptional river views, breathtaking hills and lush forest valleys connected by curvy routes dotted with charming river towns – ideal road stops with fabulous local food and interesting things to do.  While the entire national byway spans 943 miles, continuing west into Indiana and Illinois, nearly half of the journey (or 452 miles) borders the great state of Ohio with near-constant views of the mighty Ohio River.

A beautiful drive in any season, the route is rarely crowded.  Traffic is heaviest between July and October, but most of the stretch is free from congestion with few exceptions near larger population centers at peak drive times. The Ohio River Scenic Byway covers 13 Appalachian counties opulent in diversity.  These special places are not only known for their natural beauty but also for their cultural resources. Rich in history and flourishing with activity, the beauty of the water attracts and inspires musicians and artists from all over the world.

Travel the paths of pioneers and presidents. Not only does the Ohio River Scenic Byway follow the path of explorers and adventurers, the verdant heartland byway passes through the birthplaces of three US presidents.  Wander an ancient byway – prehistoric Indian sites and ancient earthworks are plentiful all along the byway.

Travel light and dress casual, but be prepared for a party!  The people of Appalachia have a celebration for everything that happens along the river.  Festivals are frequent and most often free!

Whether unwinding on a weekend excursion or embarking on a weeklong adventure, you’ll find your pleasure on the Ohio River Scenic Byway!