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4.38 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.38
8 Reviews

Ohio SR 56

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By Creighton2012 (5 McR Points) on Apr 23, 2012

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racer93
2 McR Points
April 29, 2013
Lots of small towns and scenery along the way,…
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Guest
May 28, 2012
We turned on 56 from 691 and headed West. I…
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Written Directions

Begins by taking route 56 off of Route 4 just south of Urbana, OH, and ends in Athens, OH

Scenery

This route starts in Heartland farms full of golden wheat and green grass, takes a dive into the deep green of Hocking Hills, and ends up with the Appalachian foothill vistas of rural southern Ohio.

Drive Enjoyment

This route begins in soft swelling, wide turning farmland south of Urbana, and turns into a twisty green cavern as it winds its way through Hocking Hills, ending up in Athens and its gorgeous green rolling hills. The pavement is at worst a bit rough, and through the twisty Hocking Hills State park, the pavement is nigh perfect.

Tourism Opportunities

Make sure you gas up! London is the first real stop after Urbana, followed by Circleville, and while there are plenty of little towns along the way, the route is so rural you can go for quite some time without seeing another gas station. Jimbos in Bloomingville and the Smiling Skull Saloon in Athens are both great joints to stop at.

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racer93
April 29, 2013
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Lots of small towns and scenery along the way, great spot to check out at the end is the World Famous Smiling Skull Bar in Athens.
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Guest
May 28, 2012
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
We turned on 56 from 691 and headed West. I really enjoyed the riding. The road meandered through some really nice areas. I'm really surprised 691 is not on the site as a great road. They just repaved the road. We did encounter some gravel in the turns but should get better as they finish the shoulder.
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GunnerAlan
August 3, 2019
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
The Ridge Inn in Laurelville is some of the best eating and hospitality around.
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