Scenic Byways


An Ohio Byway must possess one of the following outstanding intrinsic qualities: scenic, natural, historical, cultural, recreational, and/or archaeological.

In 1991, the U.S. Department of Transportation established the National Scenic Byways program and encouraged each state to develop a state scenic byway program. In 1994, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) established the Ohio Byway program, which replaced the Scenic Highways Program established by ODOT in 1962.

Ohio Scenic Byways

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Ohio Byway Program Criteria:
1. An Ohio Byway must possess one of the following outstanding intrinsic qualities: scenic, natural, historical, cultural, recreational, and/or archaeological.

2. It must be an existing road with legal, public access. This includes any combination of routes under either federal, state, or local jurisdiction.

3. The road must safely and conveniently accommodate two-wheel drive automobiles with standard clearances.

4. The Ohio Byway must be a minimum of five miles in length.

Ohio Scenic Byway Program
Ohio Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 899
Columbus, Ohio 43216-0899