Take These 9 Country Roads Near Cleveland For A Gorgeous Drive
Sometimes you want to head out into the open country from the comfort of your car. After all, there are times when you just need to relax instead of exercise. So kick back and take a leisurely Sunday (or any day) drive on a few of these roadways and you’ll be treated to some excellent scenery:
1. Valley Parkway, Cuyahoga County
Located throughout Cuyahoga County (from Strongsville through Fairview Park), Valley Parkway makes for a gorgeous country drive that isn't far from Cleveland. The road is lined with picturesque foliage, which is particularly beautiful in the fall. There are plenty of opportunities to view ample wildlife and have a picnic lunch anywhere along the path.
2. Ravenna Road, Lake County
The windy nature of Ravenna Road in Lake County paired with the mature trees that line this gorgeous roadway make it perfect for a Sunday country drive with the family.
3. Hines Hill Road, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Hines Hill Road offers motorists a serene backdrop of lazy countryside, lush forests, and glistening waterways. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind and become one with your thoughts (and nature).
4. Amish Country Byway, Holmes County
The quiet click-clack of horse hooves is commonplace along the Amish Country Byway in Holmes County. Serene country homes, wooded land, and lots of farmland along with punctuation from a variety of Amish shops make it a great place for a country drive.
5. Heritage Corridors of Bath (Summit County)
This beautiful byway in Summit County connects Bath Nature Preserve, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Hale Farm and Village. The backdrop of century-old (and older) barns and cows grazing at pasture really makes you feel like you've been transported back in time.
6. Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
Cleveland offers full views of Lake Erie, so why not take a quiet drive along the Lake Erie Coastal Trail? The roadway spans from Lorain to Ashtabula County, and motorists are treated to gorgeous lakeside views.
7. North Ridge Byway, Lorain County
This short but sweet drive in Lorain County through Sheffield Village and Lorain is ideal for anyone who loves antiques or 19th century architecture.
8. Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway
The Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway is a 30-mile stretch between Mansfield and Loudonville, about an hour outside of Cleveland. The roadway is complete with breathtaking country views, dense wooded forests, and even a covered bridge or two.
9. Sand Run Road (Summit County)
Sand Run Road is a favorite among those looking for picturesque views of fall leaves. The winding road is serene and ideal for a laid-back country drive and some photo-ops as well.
What’s your favorite place to take a quiet country drive in the Cleveland area?
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