When you need to get away from it all, a peaceful countryside or coastal drive does just the trick. Thankfully, Ohio is full of several beautiful country, coastal and riverside roads just waiting for your vehicle to travel–and with the fall season on the way, these roads will look even more picturesque than usual. Take these 13 country roads for an unforgettable scenic drive.
1. The Ohio Amish Country Byway (the SR 557/SR 643/SR 93 trip)
For a leisurely drive back to a simpler time in life, explore the rolling hills of Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County. The picture above was taken near Charm.
2. The Ohio River Scenic Byway (the U.S. Hwy 50/U.S. Hwy 52/SR 7/SR 338/SR 124/ U.S. Hwy 7 trip)
Travel along the Ohio River and visit several of Ohio's charming small towns. Pictured is the view of the river from Gallipolis' Mound Ceremony. Gallipolis is one of the many small towns along the river you will encounter on this drive.
3. The Covered Bridges Byway (the Ashtabula County covered bridge tour)
Drive through America's shortest and longest covered bridge along this scenic route, which features 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County. Begin your drive at the Netcher Road bridge near Jefferson and continue to the Smolen-Gulf Bridge (pictured) near the Ashtabula River. To view a map of the complete routes of this drive click
4. The National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway (the SR 26 from Marietta to Woodsfield trip)
For most of its length, this scenic drive parallels the Little Muskingum River.
5. Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail (the U.S.Hwy 50/SR 531 trip)
For a weekend trip, visit Lake Erie and the historic lighthouses that dot the shore. Begin east of Cleveland at the Conneaut West Breakwater Lighthouse. To view a map of the complete routes of this coastal drive click
6. Ohio Route 348 (Adams County)
This country road in Adams County is a favorite scenic drive for locals.
7. Ravenna Road (Lake County Road 360)
The fall foliage along this winding, picturesque road in Lake County is unbelievably beautiful during the autumn season.
8. Pottmeyer Road (Washington County)
Not far from Churchtown and SR 676, you'll find this off-the-beaten-path route that will give you a truly classic country road experience.
9. Ilesboro Road (Logan)
The photographer captured a stunning October sunrise on this magical road within the Hocking Hills.
10. White Oak Hill Road (Pike County)
This steep and scenic road in Pike County offers another off-the-beaten-path, classic country road experience.
11. County Road 1625 (Williams County)
This secluded, scenic road in Williams County also features absolutely stunning fall foliage.
12. Combing Brush Road (Washington County)
Within Warren Township, this gem of a route features beautiful views of some of the most unexpectedly stunning countryside.
13. Sand Run Rd (Akron)
Within the Summit Metro Parks, you'll find some of the most serene, stunning fall foliage of the season.
Have you traveled along any of these roads before? What is your favorite road to travel in Ohio for a scenic, leisurely drive? Share your photos and experiences with us in the comments below!