Ohio — who knew?

Apparently, there’s some great driving to be had in… Ohio. Initially we were skeptical, too, but one mustn’t forget that part of Ohio – the southeastern part – shares a border with West Virginia, and the driving in West Virginia is very good indeed. Not surprisingly, it’s the southeast part that comes recommended:

Hocking Hills State Park loop (374 -> 56 -> 664) — looks like a short but sweet sixteen mile drive:

Marietta to Woodsfield drive (676 -> 26 -> 145) — this one is the much more epic of the two— 120 miles and approximately 3.5 hours of what appears to be seemingly endless corners:

Anyone have experience with either of these two drives, or southeastern Ohio driving in general?

Hat tip to the buff books for shining a light on this heretofore-overlooked part of driving country. We’re filing these away for later.

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~ by DL on June 18, 2013.

10 Responses to “Ohio — who knew?”

  1. This is all lies, there are no good driving roads in Ohio. Plus Ohio is the most notorious state in the union for speed traps. Not that I have any ulterior motive for keeping traffic off of these roads, or anything.

    I do hear good things about the triple nickle, however: http://goo.gl/maps/5ac6C

    • Ha. One hates to be the one who gives away protected local secrets, but given that I’m only messenging here what’s already been published (to a far wider audience) elsewhere, I don’t feel quite so bad. In any event, I don’t expect a Tail of the Dragon-like stampede to this region anytime soon.

      • I know the secret(s) are slowly disseminating, but there’s nothing like a group of old farts on Harley Davidsons doing significantly less than the speed limit to kill the fun. No disrespect intended to old farts. It’s cool that you get your kicks the same way us young farts do, but please do yourselves a favor and get a bike that can lean farther than 15 degrees before scraping some of your precious chrome.

        I’ve had a group of the above pull over to let me by once, so they’re not all bad, but I’d still rather follow somebody who can keep a pace.

        • As someone who has done the Dragon (Mecca for old farts on Harleys if there ever was one), I agree.

        • I find on US129 that cruisers are the most likely to hold their lane for miles wondering why everyone (even the local commuter traffic) is so upset that they won’t pull over (using the over 100 paved pull-over points paved for that very reason). The only people that like cruisers are other cruisers.

      • That was my thought when I read the C&D article: “You fools! You’ve ruined it for everyone!”

        I was mostly kidding, but only mostly.

  2. yep, I used to live in the hocking hills, specifically logan. Great roads down in those parts. I would run 664 all the time. The only thing you have to worry about are the amish. You rarely see a sheriff.

    Most recent trip was with a Z club. I rode with my cousin in his 350 down through old mans cave area and back through logan, then ran up on triple nickel to zanesville. pretty fun. but riding is only so much fun lol.

  3. Just did the full route 26 run at around 3 and and I’m just baffled at how challenging it was!!!
    Most exciting driving experience yet also and I didn’t use what one would call a sports car.

    A 2009 Saturn Aura with fwd I figured I was going to have to go really slow but I just turned traction control off and let the back end swing out on the more sharp turns, so much fun!!!
    Not a single car passed me till around 430 and on my returning loop his Suzuki 2 door SUV was in a bafflingly sideways position in a ditch at the bottom of a major hill bend.

    I should also add that being from Florida I stopped and asked a couple officers if there was anything construction or damage wise before progressing onto the first hill and all they said was to watch for deer and try to avoid under steering haha.
    Amazing run though, would recommend 10/10

  4. Not a great film, but gives you a taste of what it’s like:

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