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Little Switzerland - RT 147 + ADD NEW ROUTE


6   in Ohio Ohio60 Miles

By Michael
on July 1, 2008

4.6out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

You pick up Route 147 in Bellaire Ohio off of Rt. 7 about 3 miles South of I-470 along the Ohio River. The route is obvious and well marked when it does change direction in a small town or at the rare intersection with another state route. The last small town is Sarahsville. The end of the line is RT 78 which if you head west, shortly crosses I-77 about 5 miles south of Salt Fork State Park.

Scenery

This covers all the best topography of Southern Ohio in just 60 miles. It starts slowly from the mighty Ohio River, winding through small villages. Soon, like the first hill on a good roller coaster, the ascent begins. Then you ride along the crests across little Switzerland coal country, and finally on down through a series of small towns, across picturesque Senecaville Lake. The last small town is Sarahsville, with some of the lushes farm land you will ever see. Whenever I think about traveling a 1000 miles to find some new roads I come down to southern Ohio and ride something like Route 147. Soon I am asking myself why I would ride anywhere else.

Road Quality

The road surface is excellent. In the hilliest parts at the beginning, only the more severe (>90 degree) curves are marked. Very little traffic, few driveways and cross roads. Things to watch for include wanting to take your eyes off the roads to admire the views and, in coal country, on the tightest turns, expect some coal in the center of the lane.

Roadside Amenities

Mainly you take this trip for the technical challenges and to admire the scenery but the small towns offer a chance to take nice breaks. This isn't Palm Springs, but if you enjoy the atmosphere of "the town diner", or lesser known historic places like underground railroad sites, or following Washington's trail when he was still a loyal British officer, they are nearby.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Crim
on October 12, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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By Guest
on July 30, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I live on this road and it is a great ride. No coal on surface though. There is a biker friendly sports tavern (Overtime)1/2 mile from the eastern end in Bellaire.

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By Crim
on October 12, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I road this today with my son. It's freshly paved and curvy at all heck. One of the best roads you'll find in Ohio.

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By Roadking Vic
on June 12, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make H-D

Motorcycle Type Touring

FYI, Overtime Bar no longer exists.

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By Guest
on August 2, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is an awesome ride. Lots of twists, turns, and elevation changes. Outstanding scenery but keep your eyes on the road. Make certain you have plenty of gas in the tank.

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By clannagael
on July 5, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Other

Lots of twisties - S curves, some switchbacks - hills, scenic views. It's a great route.

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By Akumu
on January 7, 2017 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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A pretty good road with decent twisties that can spark up to quite good and settle back down to 'rolling hills'. The only thing I'd like to add is that as this road parallels I-70 there is an increased police presence, so I've seen. (And I VERY RARELY see any police anywhere else in south east Ohio.)

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By I RYD
on May 21, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make HD Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

New Blacktop in 2015 from Bellaire to Centerville

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By Crim
on October 12, 2015 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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