Ohio is full of flowing, gorgeous rivers. Whether you’re looking for a boat ride break from big city shopping or a serene riverside stroll, there are plenty of rivers in Ohio that will give you just that. The following are 11 of what we consider to be Ohio’s best, most beautiful rivers.
1. The Ohio River
If you find yourself in the Cincinnati area, cross the border to visit the Newport Aquarium or take a Ride The Ducks tour to get a feel of this beloved river from all sides.
2. Scioto River
Walk the Scioto Mile along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus and experience one of the state capital's most serene and underrated destinations.
3. Little Miami River
Quaint, calming and charming, this lovely 111 mile-long river is ideal for kayak and canoe trips.
4. Maumee River
When you're in the Toledo area, don't forget to take a break from the city and take in the beauty of the Maumee River.
5. Great Miami River
Observe this beautiful river from the Dayton cityscape, or escape to a more secluded spot for some fishing. Smallmouth bass are the most popular catch in this river within the West Carrollton area in Montgomery County.
6. Clear Fork Mohican River
Within Mohican State Park you'll find this serene gem, complete with a charming covered bridge.
7. Sandusky River
This 133 mile-long river flows into Lake Erie at Sandusky Bay.
8. Chagrin River
Explore the Aurora Branch and the East Branch of this 48 mile-long river, which serves as the source for the beloved Chagrin Falls (pictured.)
9. Grand River
This beautiful river runs beneath Ohio's second largest covered bridge, the Harpersfield Bridge (pictured.) Fairport Harbor, where the Grand River meets Lake Erie, provides a prime location for fishing, especially for smallmouth bass.
10. Cuyahoga River
This beautiful Cleveland area river is no longer flammable (although, it will probably never live that down.)
11. Muskingum River
Sternwheelers are a common, charming sight to see on this lovely river near Marietta.
What is your favorite river in Ohio? Why? Share your photos and experiences with us in the comments below!