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Ohio's Dragon's Tail + ADD NEW ROUTE


8   in Ohio Ohio20 Miles

By MCR Contributor
on May 16, 2011

4.2out of 5

14 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Really easy to describe ... in south eastern Ohio, just take state route 78 between Glouster and McConnelsville.

Scenery

Southern Ohio at it's finest ... tight twisty roads with a boatload of elevation changes. After McConnelsville it opens up to more of a fast sweeping road and tightens again. Its a real blast, enjoy. I have never seen a law enforcement type on this road, but be careful it is rural and there can be farm equipment out there as well as wild life.

Road Quality

Recently repaved in Morgan county. As mentioned above ... this road is a GREAT collection of twisties with elevation changes. All of 78 is kick @#&* but this section was recently repaved summer of 2005!!!

Roadside Amenities

Both Burr Oak state park and Wayne National Forest are located on this route.

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) : John from the Burg

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on September 4, 2012 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Suzuki hayabusa

Motorcycle Type Sport

This route was great. A must to do. Roads are clear, turns signs well placed that prepares you what to expect at every turn, and plenty of good view

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By Guest
on May 28, 2012 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make FLTRU

Motorcycle Type Touring

A good stretch of road. The road can be a little rough in areas. I will be back to ride it again.

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By Guest
on October 14, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Harley FLHTK

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great road to ride. I liked SR78 east of McConnelville also. If you take it to IS77 the road is great to ride and you can stop and see the Big Muskie bucket along the way. Before you leave McConnelsville you MUST stop and Boondocks! GREAT FOOD!

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By szwarc
on February 12, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 08

Motorcycle Make sportster

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I've rode this 3 times now it's a pleasure the surface is good with lots of well banked sweeping curves that allow you to throttle right threw them no need to stop at McConnelsville go at least to 77

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By Graves
on March 19, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I don't understand the title "Ohio's Dragon's Tail." If it is a reference to the Tail of the Dragon in TN/NC then this is a misnomer. This is a nice ride with elevation changes, twists and turns but nothing close to the southern "Tail." We caught this last summer after riding the triple nickle down from Zanesville. We headed West to Glouster and then backtracked to McConnelsville. I wish we got back on 555 South instead because I was a bit disappointed in 78 after reading the reviews here. If you want to ride a route that is more "Tail of the Dragon" in Ohio, take 536 and bring a clean change of underwear.

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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. 78. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_State_Route_78
State Route 78 (SR 78) is a state highway that runs for 105 miles (169 km) from Nelsonville to Clarington in the U.S. state of Ohio. Car and Driver has called it one of the most scenic highways nationwide.[2] The stretch of this highway that runs along the south side of Burr Oak State Park in Morgan County, Ohio, is well known for its extreme curves and views, and is sometimes locally referred to as the "Rim of the World." Much of this highway runs through old coal-producing areas

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By Scotty B
on August 18, 2013 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make GL1800

Motorcycle Type Touring

I rode this today (8/17)...great road. The conditions are excellent. Watch the center lines, they're slick when hot. Gravel in the corners at intersections. Someone said this is just for riding and it was.

I-77 - If you go north here, stop by "The Wilds", but prepare for a long day if you do the safari days.

East of I-77 - She'll take you all of the way to the river in SE Ohio. Definitely one for your "bike-it" list.....

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By VC Rider
on July 27, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This was a cool road. A couple really fun twisty, slanted curves. Only issue was way too much loose gravel on curves from farm equipment and driveways. some of the views from the top were amazing.. well worth the ride!!!! I enjoyed it a lot, but the hocking hills is still my choice of roads to ride so far :) be safe and much peace!

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By DaddyBigMan
on March 27, 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

03/26/2016, clear spring day. This track is awesome, and the best that Ohio has to offer. Road conditions are supreme, only a few years old. North of McConnelsville is just as good. Stop at a Minors' Memorial Park on top of a ridge to see the Big Muskie Bucket.

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By Kink
on May 29, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley Limited

Motorcycle Type Touring

Rode this today (Thursday) traffic was light with a couple of trucks. Nice sweeping curves with pavement in decent shape. Took time to look at the scenery which takes you back in time. Had signs for Amish horse and buggies. Came upon one. Have done the Tail several times and this isn't as intense but still a good ride.

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By Dartanion
on December 28, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Kaw Ninja 1000

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The road and scenery is dumpy in McConnelsville but it quickly gets challenging as you head east. Tons of twisties, 6/10 for surface, 9/10 for scenery. There is one spot with a million dollar view (and a dump of a house sitting on it). I'd recommend this one. It was fun.

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By OBIE
on November 14, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Street Glide

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Amazing Road. Thanks for posting. I'll be back to this one again.

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By Guest
on February 21, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Was a nice summer ride.

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By UralKevin
on November 8, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make URAL

Motorcycle Type Other

I drive the stretch from McConnellsville to I77 yesterday on the way home from a business trip in a car . I promise myself to go back on my Ural with wifey in the sidecar. Just about the best stretch of road I've seen in Ohio as far as twisties and up and downs. I78, I'll see you again in the springtime.

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