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4.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.33
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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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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.


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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December 25, 2013
3916 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Probably the twistiest road in Wayne's National Forest (East). Not necessarily the best, though, due to gravel. Not horrible amounts, but enough that along with the average road surface for most of the ride you can't really ride like you know you want to. It's more of a cautionary fun for this road. (Much better than it has been in a while, though. That's for damned sure.) Going east saves you from riding the brakes too much.
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May 23, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
5-23-10 Just ran down this road as part of my own mad map run in the SE Ohio area. I have been on the Tail of the Dragon many times and to be honest, this road is very curvy but its not the dragon. There are a number of high bumps in the road and the road condition is inconsistent, which makes running this road with any type of attack not recommned. The views are very nice, I recommend you take your time and enjoy the loops and views rather than trying to "straighten the tail" like you might be prone to attempt on TOTD. Nice road once they get it repaired and consistent. Nice road to ride as well for the views! Be careful, enjoy the ride!
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January 22, 2017
18 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
01/22/2017 great Drive, newly paved. Chose a winter day, roads slightly damp. Definitely will do this one again and possibly mix in with a longer tour.
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