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Ohio's State Route 9; Salem to Armstrong Mills + ADD NEW ROUTE

16   in Ohio Ohio85 Miles

By Richard L. Jagers (Road
on May 1, 2004

4.4out of 5

4 Riders rated


 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start by finding State Rt. 9 in Downtown Salem Ohio. Salem Ohio is about 35 miles south east of Akron Ohio. Take Rt. 9 (or what is called "Newgarden Ave." in Salem) south and stay on Route 9 about 85 miles all the way to the very small town of Armstrong Mills Ohio. From here the route I'm describing is done but you can choose to either turn left (east) on 148 will take you to Powhaton Point on the Ohio river or right on 148 (west) will take you to Barnesville (from there state route 800 will run you north up to I-70 if you are in a hurry to get back to wherever you came from).


Scenery runs from low land dairy and beef farms to rough hilly valleys of southeast Ohio typical of the Ohio River valley. Many times wildlife is visible from the road.

Road Quality

The northern section (north of the town of Cadiz) of this route is comprised mainly of sweepers ... pavement is good, some tar snakes in the area. The southern section is comprised of sweepers that run in to very twisty, down and up hill runs. Watch out for wildlife on the road!

Roadside Amenities

This route runs mainly thru a rural area. Camping can be done at Bark Camp State Park west of Warnock Ohio. Fuel is easily found. Larger towns with interesting shops are (from north to south) Salem, Carrollton, Cadiz, and St. Clairsville. Hotels and motels can be found in St Clairsville and Salem.

Additional Info

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

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

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

Not a bad road at all, especially if you get your speed up to *ahem* extra-legal speeds. If you're rolling at 55mph, though it's decent enough. Just worth the 4 star rating as the surface is usually pretty good. If you're heading south into Wayne's this would be a solid path to get there, that isn't the slab.

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By JBigg
on July 31, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda aero 750

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

If your looking for a rural ride, this is it. Not a lot of curves but Great scenery. Watch your gas as there are not many stations. Make sure you stop in Salem, its a nice little town.

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By Guest
on February 28, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Yes,this was a great day trip,and i would really reccomend the 800 rt. back if your heading north!

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By Guest
on August 22, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

We took RT7 from Youngstown south along the Ohio River stopping at the Moundsville Haunted Prison in West Virginia. You've got to do the tour of the prison! We then continued South on RT7 to Powhatten and took 148 over to Armstrong Hills and picked up RT9 and road it all the way into Salem. Great ride. Lower part of RT9 is tricky with twisties and hills.

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