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4.27 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.27
60 Reviews

The Ohio Cousin of the "Tail of the Dragon"

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 01, 2007

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Guest
May 9, 2014
Just rode this yesterday 5-8-14. Neat ride 3rd…
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March 20, 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
September 14, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
9-13-09 many bikes riding 536 this year sorry to say not enough helmets. some broken pavement and loose gravel ,deer. love the ride.150 curves in 11 miled.have fun wave when you go by.
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WVrider
April 15, 2017
89 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
NOTICE ! NOTICE !
Just a heads up, started across this road on 4/9/17, about 6 or 7 miles from Ohio 78 is a major slip and the road is closed until further notice. I rode out to the slip and it appears they area working on it but the entire mountain side came down so they will be a while on this one. I get up that way from time to time and will attempt to advise when it is back open.
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Guest
July 7, 2008
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I have done this road several times and it is a classic for those who like chills and thrills. It is steep, twisty and at speed, hair raising. But the views are so great you will want to do it slow too. Just before the final drop down to the Ohio River, there is a view where the ridgeline forms a perfect semi-circle with the old bridge over the Ohio River down in Hannibal perfectly framed in the center. WOW!
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