From Fort to Fort on the Maumee + ADD NEW ROUTE
- Trip Toolbox
It starts in Defiance, Oh, at Pontiac Park. Follow North River road to Napoleon Ohio, and cross the bridge, continuing on Ohio 110. OH 110 will become OH 65, and stay on that wonderful road until you arrive in Perrysberg, OH, at Fort Meigs. For the return trip I recommend US24 to Providence Metropark, and cross the river at Grand Rapids to ride back to Defiance.
This route follows the Maumee River, and never strays far from its banks. There are many, many gorgeous views. Most of the ride has the river on one side, and iconic Ohio farmland on the other. For one who is a more leisurely rider, there are no less than 5 good scenic parks on the way out, and if you take US24 on your return trip, a half dozen more.
The road curves more often than not, most of the turns being the long sweeping style, very pleasant. There are one or two more exciting bits, but a bit of good straights as well. The pavement is of decent. Excellent in the second half, and acceptable in the first. Though they are in progress on repaving section by section, so it is likely to improve soon.
For those keen to stop by parks, I would recommend to visit Independence Dam state park, as well as an old but fully functional mill at Providence Metropark across from Grand Rapids. That is not to mention the very excellent Fort Meigs park at the culmination of the ride. For those who wish small town charm, there is quite a lot of it to be had at Grand Rapids, with an ice cream stop that is most tasty.
This is an enjoyable road to travel on, from the site of Old Fort Defiance to the fully restored Fort Meigs. Though short, there is much history to be had along the way, and is best enjoyed with a couple stops along the way.
Nickname (optional) :