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.

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or click on the following informational panels from the 2007-2009 Map for descriptions of each of Ohio's 24 Scenic Byways:

Accommodation Line

Lower Valley Pike Scenic Byway

Amish Country Byway

Maumee Valley Scenic Byway

Drovers' Trail Scenic Byway

Miami and Erie Canal Scenic Byway

Gateway to Amish Country

Morgan County Scenic Byway

Heritage Corridors of Bath

Ohio and Erie CanalWay Byway

Historic National Road

Old Mill Stream Scenic Byway

Hocking Hills Scenic Byway

Ohio River Scenic Byway

Jefferson County Scenic Byway

Scenic Olentangy Heritage Corridor

Jefferson Township Scenic Byway

Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Byway

Tappan-Moravian Trail Scenic Byway

Land of The Cross-Tipped Churches

Wally Road Scenic Byway

Lincoln Highway Historic Byway

Welsh Scenic Byway