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Quick Facts
Designation: Ohio State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 38 Miles (63.33 Kilometers)


General Information

Description - This level farming region unfolds an array of cross-tipped churches, all of which are on the National Register. Three are highlighted below:
  • St. Augustine Church, built in 1848, is one of the area's oldest churches. As a highly esteemed place of worship, it has undergone many renovations. One such renovation was the addition of its impressive twin spires in 1874.
  • In 1862, New England settlers built the First Presbyterian Church in Wapakoneta. This church wears Greek Revival style, unlike other churches on the byway.
  • Another unique church is St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which happens to sit just south of First Presbyterian. This building employs the rounded arches of the Romanesque Revival style.

This route bears other sorts of history, as proved in part by Fort Recovery, the National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics, and the New Knoxville Historical Museum.

It is also important to note that recreation can be had at the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath; the path is a beautiful 3.5-mile hiking trail from St. Marys Memorial Park to Forty Acre Pond.

Attractions - The Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical Attractions.

Directions from : This byway travels through Shelby, Auglaize, and Mercer counties. It begins in McCartyville and follows SR 119 to Fort Recovery. The route then proceeds north along SR 49 and terminates at SR 29 west of Walbash.


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Additional Information:
Ohio Scenic Byways - Ohio currently offers twelve state designated byways and two National Scenic Byways, Canal Way Scenic Byway and Ohio River Scenic Route.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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