Touring - West-East OH Route through Athens?
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01-26-07, 11:05 PM
Anyone have a good route through Ohio that would pass through, or go reasonably close to, Athens? I'll be coming from Northern IN, so I could enter OH from just about anywhere. After Athens I'd like to head towards Cumberland, MD, and from there take the C&O Canal to Washington, D.C.
Thanks in advance,
01-27-07, 10:23 AM
East of Athens - -
There is the North Bend Rail Trail across West Virginia -
Then rail trails most of the way from Clarksburg to Morgantown - great town - WVU.
It's a little tricky from there but I'd go up to Connellsville, Penna.
Then get on the ATA to Cumberland and the C&O.
West of Athens - -
AAA has regional maps of Ohio (NW Ohio, Central Ohio) with all the country roads.
They were great for planning a quiet trip across the state.
Trail into Athens - -
Then follow the old road along the Hocking River.
Rails-to-Trails list - -
Search "Columbus Outdoor Pursuits" to find maps that they sell for routes through Ohio.
01-28-07, 11:08 AM
Thank you both for the extremely helpful suggestions-- much appreciated!
02-24-07, 07:36 AM
The bike path in Athens is a nice ride. Gets busy with students at the east end of the path.
US 50 to Parkersburg, WV is very rideable. I'm out there, often (live in Belpre, OH). Athens county shoulder is nice concrete, while the Washington County shoulder is chip/seal.
There is no "good" way through Parkersburg with respect to the traffic. Good luck.
The North Bend rail trail from Parkersburg to Clarksburg is "paved" with gravel and horse droppings. I'd recommend 30+ wide tires, or staying on Rt. 50. (I've only driven this section a zillion times, but haven't biked it).
Give a holler if you have questions.
02-24-07, 08:03 AM
Hey Derailed. I am planning a similar trip to DC from St. Joseph, MI, about 30 miles north of you. I have been looking at a couple of routes. One that would take me along the IN/MI border, through Toledo, then along the lake into Cleveland. From there, I was looking at a mapped route between Clevleand and Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh, then it's pretty much all trail to DC.
My other option was basically along the Old Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) south of Goshen to Pittsburgh, then connecting with the same trail system to DC.
What does your route look like?
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