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Ohio Route 26 + ADD NEW ROUTE


7   in Ohio Ohio75 Miles

By Joe Whipple
on May 1, 2009

4.3out of 5

15 Riders rated

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Written Directions

We followed 26 up from Marietta, OH. Left 26 at Rt 800 in Woodsfield because it was getting dark. Rt. 800 is also nice!

Scenery

This route travels through beautiful southeast Ohio hilly scenery and includes several nice Cliffside areas as the road follows a nice river. Beautiful covered bridges along the south of this road.

Road Quality

You'll travel through some very nice "S-curve" elevations. Some curves are decreasing radius so be careful! VERY CURVY! I have ridden Rt 555, and 536. This road is similar to 555 without gravel. I fully enjoyed this road as I could lean down without the fear of a heap of gravel in the turn apex like 555. Very light traffic like 555 also.

Roadside Amenities

There is NO cell phone coverage on this road. Even in some towns I was not able to get any calls out with Verizon or T-Mobile. Fill up near Woodsfield.

Additional Info

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

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By Guest
on July 27, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Victory Vision

Motorcycle Type Touring

I road route 26 July 25, 2013 for the umteenth time.
About half of it is newer pavement and the northernmost part is still in good shape.
Speed limit is generally 55 MPH and I've NEVER seen police speed traps on it.
ODOT is doing some bridge repairs in the Wayne National Forest area roads, and I think that there is one bridge under construction, but traffic is maintained.
This road is scenic and challenging.
Make up you mind beforehand what you want out of it.
You'll find cliffs on one side and a small river on the other side for a good portion of the road.
The pavement follows the twists and turns of the river.

Other good "technical" roads in the area are 535 and 255.

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By Guest
on May 13, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1995

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

I would recommend takeing the entire 26. It starts off the National Rd. (Route 40) between exits 204 and 209 of I-70. The first 6 miles or so is actually county rd. 26. Not the best of roads but not bad either. Then you can say you rode "The Snake" from the head to the tail.

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By Guest
on May 31, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Moto Guzzi

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Just finished a 4-day tour of SE Ohio and this was one of the roads I had to ride. From Marietta to Woodsfield is two-wheeled paradise. Gentle sweepers, short straights, tight turns, gorgeous rolling hills and smooth pavement. And llittle-to-no traffic. Superb

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By I RYD
on March 30, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley - Ultra Classic

Motorcycle Type Touring

Link for Rt. 26.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_State_Route_26
State Route 26 (SR 26) is a 67-mile-long (108 km) north-south route in south eastern Ohio spanning from SR 7 in Marietta to SR 148 between Jerusalem and Bethesda. SR 26 also passes through Graysville and Woodsfield. Where the state route designation ends in Wayne Township, the road continues north as Belmont County Road 26 where it connects to the Barkcamp State Park and the National Road. Much of the route parallels the Little Muskingum River and travels through the heart of Wayne National Forest's Marietta Unit.

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By Guest
on August 30, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

The best road in Ohio. I've ridden 555 twice but this is better. Road is in better condition and the scenery is much better. Would be a great road to ride in the fall. Gas up before heading out!

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By Guest
on May 6, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is a fun road to ride. Both times I have been on it the road conditions were fair. This would be a great road for the re-investment in America project. I love the twisties, and the way the road follows the small river. The three covered bridges are a nice place to stretch your legs. The old bridge is not on Rt.26 Watch for the sign. it's not far off the road.

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By Guest
on January 4, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

A world class ride of some distance but be wary of gravel on the occasional turn, ESPECIALLY after heavy precipitation. Ride all the way to Woodfield and if you time, turn around and ride back to Marietta.

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By Guest
on July 30, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great ride. Best in mid to late October when the leaves change. expect very little traffic and no stores, gas, and taverns except in Barnesville, Woodsfield and Marrieta. As mentioned in another comment, stay at the Lafayette in Marrieta. Ohio route 7 north from Marrieta is a scenic ride along the Ohio River back north but not very windy.

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By Guest
on June 8, 2009 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Standard

555 he is referring to starts just east of little hocking on US 50. It heads up through bartlett, oh. I've ridden as far as ringgold where it intersects 78. I echo his sentiments, both roads are a lot of fun. 28 is a little cleaner.

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By Guest
on May 18, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I agree, Great ride, Lots of twisties, covered bridges too.
Stayed at the Lafayette Hotel in Marrietta. A charming old hotel right on the Ohio River. About $65 a night. Nice restaurants close by.
Took 77n to 821 to 145N on the way back. 145 is an even better ride.

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By DaddyBigMan
on April 23, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Audi A6 4.2 Quattro

Motorcycle Type Other

04/23/2016, beautiful early spring day, excellent road conditions, newly paved above WNF maybe 2-3 years old, nice long drive with plenty of elevation changes and hairpins.

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By Guest
on October 7, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Rode down 26 in July, it's beautiful, It's like riding through Virgina, with the curves and covered bridges and cliffs that hang out over your head; recently portions of the roadway were re-surfaced, great ride!

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By Guest
on August 27, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode St Rt 26 twice this week. Awesome ride. Went for St Rt 536 really disappointed in it. 26 saved the trip! Rode 800, 555, 7, 78 all good rides.

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By Guest
on September 21, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

road this in sept of 09. took my car, a mazda rx7. rt 26 has some very nice curves, mostly 40 - 60 mph. only problem is the pavement needs frenshened up in some spots. 26 runs through multiple counties and every county appears to be responsible for their section as the road as road quailtiy changes when you see a county line sign. with that said i would hesistate to go this way on my sportbike if i was looking for some hard riding but it would be ok for scenic slow ride.

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By Guest
on June 3, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Standard

There is no state route "555" in Monroe County. There is, however, SR "255" off of SR 800 south of woodsfield. I'm sure that is what the author is referring to. 536 is not for the faint of heart, neither is 556 out of Beallsville to SR 7.

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