In 1996, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced the creation of the
state Scenic Byway Program as a way to designate corridors with outstanding
scenic, natural, historic, archeological, cultural or recreational qualities.
Under the program, county or municipal governments nominate corridors with
exceptional scenic features or notable areas of cultural or historical interest.
Examples might include a roadway along a scenic river, canal corridors or a
highway that runs through an area of cultural significance. The local government
then develops a plan for the promotion and marketing of the corridor’s special
qualities. In concurrence with the nomination, ODOT will assist the local effort
by designating Scenic Byways on the state highway map and placing official signs
along the route.
Through the designation byways, communities can preserve scenic areas, bolster
established tourist destinations or foster some of the hidden treasures our
state has to offer.
As Ohio’s Scenic Byways become renowned, they will further stimulate the state’s
robust tourism industry. In addition to promoting tourism and economic
development, a local government can also develop a preservation plan for a
scenic byway to protect its extraordinary features.
for more information, visit
or click on the
following informational panels from the 2007-2009 Map for
descriptions of each of Ohio's 24 Scenic Byways: