Ohio's State Route 9; Salem to Armstrong Mills

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State: Ohio
Date Submitted: May 1, 2004
Submitted by: Richard L. Jagers (Road
Motorcycle Road Length: 85 Miles

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.

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Nickname (optional) Richard L. Jagers (Road



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Reviewed by JBigg on July 31, 2011
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Creator: John
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda aero 750
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on February 28, 2010
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Creator: HammerDan
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Yes,this was a great day trip,and i would really reccomend the 800 rt. back if your heading north!
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Reviewed by Guest on August 22, 2009
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Creator: Ken
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 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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