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CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway- This route is thoroughly rich in historical sites and in opportunities for hiking, biking, and water sports.
Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches Scenic Byway- This level farming region unfolds an array of cross-tipped churches, all of which are on the National Register.
Maumee Valley Scenic Byway- The river valley retains its natural charm because of its small towns, canal paths, forts, and Indian monuments. The Maumee is a State Recreational and Scenic River.
Miami & Erie Canal Scenic Byway- This byway was developed around the Miami and Erie Canal which operated between 1840 and 1860. Consequently, much of the history and recreation associated with this route is related to the Canal and its history.
Morgan County Scenic Byway- The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains are a perfect setting for this byway's rustic beauty. It's 'rustic beauty' is embodied in its covered and iron bridges, wildlife areas, historic districts, and state parks.
National Road- The Ohio portion of the National Road is 225 miles long and it extends from Bridgeport to the Indiana border.
Ohio River Scenic Route - Ohio- The Ohio River Scenic Route passes through 14 counties and encompasses the birthplaces of three U.S. presidents. The byway also follows the river, allowing travelers the chance to enjoy majestic river views for the entire drive.
Ohio`s Amish Country - Scenic Byways of Holmes County- Citizens here 'wilkum' you to the byway and its sites. Enjoy the cultural and recreational treasures around every winding curve and over each countryside hill. The lifestyle here takes you to a bygone era. Your soul may find peace here.
Olentangy Heritage Corridor- Only 10.5 miles long, the Olentangy Heritage Byway is the shortest byway in the state. In its short length, you can experience delightful historical scenery as can be found in the scenic mill district, historic schoolhouses, and historic homes.
Tappan-Moravian Trail Scenic Byway- The Tappan-Moravian Trail Scenic Byway is lovely and history-rich.
Welsh Scenic Byway- The rolling "Welsh Hills" frame this suprisingly varied rural treasure: Amish have recently migrated here; Daniel Boone hunted and trapped in Raccoon Creek; and the city of Gallipolis bears the vestiges of French culture in its historic district.

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

Canal Way Scenic Byway is rich in historical sites and in opportunities for hiking, biking, and water sports. The Ohio River Scenic Route follows the Ohio River, allowing travelers the chance to enjoy majestic river views for the entire drive. The state byways feature such scenic, historic and cultural attractions the Amish Country, the Miami & Erie Canal and the old Accommodation Stagecoach Line.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.


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Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.

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