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4.26 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.26
61 Reviews

The Ohio Cousin of the "Tail of the Dragon"

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jun 30, 2007

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May 9, 2014
Just rode this yesterday 5-8-14. Neat ride 3rd…
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March 19, 2009
Spent the day on 536, 556, 255 and 78 and Sykes…
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Written Directions

Start by getting yourself to Hannibal, OH. From their just take Ohio Rt 536 east to the end point of Ohio Rt 78. there are no towns between Hannibal and 78.

Scenery

Hidden in the southeast corner of Ohio, just north of Wayne National Forest, you'll find a fantastic ride through the deep woods. Pics wouldn't even be able to really describe it. From steep hills, to valleys ... the view is superb!

Drive Enjoyment

There are practically no flat spots on this one. There are turns as tight as 15 mph; I took them at 30, and i was very close to scraping pegs. There are a few 180 degree reversals on it, and this snakes over some extremely steep terrain; steep enough that a stock sportster will need to be in 3rd gear. The road is in great shape pavement wise and yet will give any rider a serious workout and has to be treated with a lot of respect. 97% of the rough curves are well marked out, and it's highly advised to pay heed to them; they're there for a reason. The hills are very steep also, and can easily tax the brakes and I suggest using the engine as an additional brake. Keep in mind there are NO GUARDRAILS anywhere on this road once u start to leave Hannibal. Like the dragon, leave this road, and u leave the extra hard way. The hills are steep enough that u will quickly get too much speed for any hairpins that could come up. be on high alert for gravel in the moderate and extra sharp hairpins and curves as u will only have seconds at best to react to gravel. Another danger is idiots driving too fast in their cars ... stay on yer side of the road, or become a bug on the windshield.

Tourism Opportunities

This route is meant for ridding and nothing else! The only thing between the start point and the end point are turns, turns and more turns.

















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Guest
May 9, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
Just rode this yesterday 5-8-14. Neat ride 3rd gear most of the way,came down 800 to 78 to 536. I liked 78 it was smooth wide and scenic. 536 is tight and twisty,can't check the scenery as the roads takes all the attention.I went north on 7 to 148 to rt 9. I enjoyed that more,148 is wide smooth nice turns and 9 to Belmont county is fun ride.
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March 19, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Other
Spent the day on 536, 556, 255 and 78 and Sykes Ridge Road a wonderful day trip from Pittsburgh. The difference between the real "Tail of the Dragon" in NC/TN is that there are houses, driveways and barns in Ohio that the Dragon does not have. The road itself is a good comparison. I recommend the drive to bike and sports cars.
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Guest
October 15, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Just got back from the NC/TN dragon US 129....frankly the southern dragon is over hyped.....fun but not particularly visually stimulating....536 is a better ride for my money...on the other hand ....the Cherohola Skyway in same general area as US 129 is magnificent...by the way 536 is much more dangerous than the southern dragon due to unlimited access on 536...be safe...wear the gear ....enjoy the view...but not too long...536 dragon will bite
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