Ohio Route 26

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 13 visitors


State: Ohio
Date Submitted: May 1, 2009
Submitted by: Joe Whipple
Motorcycle Road Length: 75 Miles

Written Directions

We followed 26 up from Marietta, OH. Left 26 at Rt 800 in Woodsfield because it was getting dark. Rt. 800 is also nice!

Scenery  

This route travels through beautiful southeast Ohio hilly scenery and includes several nice Cliffside areas as the road follows a nice river. Beautiful covered bridges along the south of this road.

Road Quality  

You'll travel through some very nice "S-curve" elevations. Some curves are decreasing radius so be careful! VERY CURVY! I have ridden Rt 555, and 536. This road is similar to 555 without gravel. I fully enjoyed this road as I could lean down without the fear of a heap of gravel in the turn apex like 555. Very light traffic like 555 also.

Roadside Amenities  

There is NO cell phone coverage on this road. Even in some towns I was not able to get any calls out with Verizon or T-Mobile. Fill up near Woodsfield.

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Reviewed by Guest on July 27, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: BIGFOOT
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Victory Vision
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I road route 26 July 25, 2013 for the umteenth time.
About half of it is newer pavement and the northernmost part is still in good shape.
Speed limit is generally 55 MPH and I've NEVER seen police speed traps on it.
ODOT is doing some bridge repairs in the Wayne National Forest area roads, and I think that there is one bridge under construction, but traffic is maintained.
This road is scenic and challenging.
Make up you mind beforehand what you want out of it.
You'll find cliffs on one side and a small river on the other side for a good portion of the road.
The pavement follows the twists and turns of the river.

Other good "technical" roads in the area are 535 and 255.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 13, 2010
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Creator: Tony D
motorcycle_year: 1995
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I would recommend takeing the entire 26. It starts off the National Rd. (Route 40) between exits 204 and 209 of I-70. The first 6 miles or so is actually county rd. 26. Not the best of roads but not bad either. Then you can say you rode "The Snake" from the head to the tail.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 6, 2010
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Creator: Camgib999
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: This is a fun road to ride. Both times I have been on it the road conditions were fair. This would be a great road for the re-investment in America project. I love the twisties, and the way the road follows the small river. The three covered bridges are a nice place to stretch your legs. The old bridge is not on Rt.26 Watch for the sign. it's not far off the road.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 4, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Chris
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: A world class ride of some distance but be wary of gravel on the occasional turn, ESPECIALLY after heavy precipitation. Ride all the way to Woodfield and if you time, turn around and ride back to Marietta.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 30, 2009
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Creator: Vic E.
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great ride. Best in mid to late October when the leaves change. expect very little traffic and no stores, gas, and taverns except in Barnesville, Woodsfield and Marrieta. As mentioned in another comment, stay at the Lafayette in Marrieta. Ohio route 7 north from Marrieta is a scenic ride along the Ohio River back north but not very windy.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 8, 2009
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: J.T.
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: 555 he is referring to starts just east of little hocking on US 50. It heads up through bartlett, oh. I've ridden as far as ringgold where it intersects 78. I echo his sentiments, both roads are a lot of fun. 28 is a little cleaner.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 30, 2009
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Creator: Michael
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Moto Guzzi
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Just finished a 4-day tour of SE Ohio and this was one of the roads I had to ride. From Marietta to Woodsfield is two-wheeled paradise. Gentle sweepers, short straights, tight turns, gorgeous rolling hills and smooth pavement. And llittle-to-no traffic. Superb
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Reviewed by Guest on May 17, 2009
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Creator: Tom Witherspoon
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I agree, Great ride, Lots of twisties, covered bridges too.
Stayed at the Lafayette Hotel in Marrietta. A charming old hotel right on the Ohio River. About $65 a night. Nice restaurants close by.
Took 77n to 821 to 145N on the way back. 145 is an even better ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 30, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Scott
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: The best road in Ohio. I've ridden 555 twice but this is better. Road is in better condition and the scenery is much better. Would be a great road to ride in the fall. Gas up before heading out!
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Reviewed by Guest on October 6, 2010
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Creator: Tom Miller
motorcycle_year: 1997
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Rode down 26 in July, it's beautiful, It's like riding through Virgina, with the curves and covered bridges and cliffs that hang out over your head; recently portions of the roadway were re-surfaced, great ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on August 26, 2010
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Creator: cINDY
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode St Rt 26 twice this week. Awesome ride. Went for St Rt 536 really disappointed in it. 26 saved the trip! Rode 800, 555, 7, 78 all good rides.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 21, 2009
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Creator: dave
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: road this in sept of 09. took my car, a mazda rx7. rt 26 has some very nice curves, mostly 40 - 60 mph. only problem is the pavement needs frenshened up in some spots. 26 runs through multiple counties and every county appears to be responsible for their section as the road as road quailtiy changes when you see a county line sign. with that said i would hesistate to go this way on my sportbike if i was looking for some hard riding but it would be ok for scenic slow ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 3, 2009
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Creator: Jason
motorcycle_year: 1997
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: There is no state route "555" in Monroe County. There is, however, SR "255" off of SR 800 south of woodsfield. I'm sure that is what the author is referring to. 536 is not for the faint of heart, neither is 556 out of Beallsville to SR 7.
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