Ohio River Scenic Byway

Venture along the Ohio River in the spirit of trailblazers and freedom seekers! Between Portsmouth and Cincinnati tour Freedom’s Landing – a glimpse of the Underground Railroad in Ripley. Ripley is the home of abolitionist Rev. John Rankin and the place that inspired Eliza’s story of crossing the frozen Ohio River in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The Rankin House, a National Historic Landmark, tells the story of the escaped slaves that sought refuge at the station. The John P. Parker House Museum also commemorates the conflict – through the eyes of a former slave who was determined to secure freedom for others. The birthplace of US President Ulysses S Grant can be found in Pt. Pleasant. While much of the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Ohio meanders between the river and rural frontier, you’ll see a definite shift in the development of the landscape as you approach the exciting metropolis of Cincinnati. Clermont County and Hamilton County are filled with attractions, entertainment and events. The winding road in Clermont County dips through small towns with a magnificent view of the rolling hills and river valley. Sports enthusiasts will love our trails and parks. Continuing west, near Chilo experience the Meldahl Locks and Dam. A visitors’ center at Chilo Lock No. 34 Park hosts exhibits about the river as well as hands-on interactive displays and activities at the site of an old US Army Corps of Engineers wicket dam. Nearby, the Crooked Run Nature Preserve is open for trekking and wildlife viewing. The largest city along Ohio’s River Trail, Cincinnati is filled with awe-inspiring river views – and something to delight every member of your traveling party. The third largest city in Ohio presents opportunities for watching a major league baseball game, spanning a historic bridge (or seven) or adventuring renaissance-style through art museums, live music and professional theater.


241 Front St.
Mariette, OH 45750
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