Summer is here in Athens County, Ohio and motorcyclists are ready to ride. Beautiful days and warm temperatures bring out the bikes! The Rim of the World Route on Ohio’s Windy 9 is a favorite of many riders. The Rim delivers historic sights, a couple state parks, great scenery, along with the curves you crave. Spring wildflowers and brilliant autumn colors make this route especially popular during these seasons.
You can begin the route from East State Street to access State Route 33. Turn left onto State Route 690, and you will encounter a two-lane country road with rolling hills along the way. The Dogwood and Red Bud Trees are in bloom showing themselves off! Completing a right turn onto State Route 550, you you’ll be riding by some of Athens County’s many farms. You’ll find fresh corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables to devour at roadside stands, the local farmer’s markets and the Chesterhill Produce Auction.
Moving towards State Route 377, you might mistake the scenery for Amish Country, thinking you are riding somewhere in Pennsylvania or Kentucky instead of Southern Ohio. Breathe in that fresh country air as you enter Chesterhill, home of the delicious Triple Nickel Diner. Feel the warmth and small-town atmosphere as you are greeted by one of the co-owners or their friendly wait staff. The diner sources local ingredients for their out of this world dishes.
Be amazed if you take a slight detour off of State Route 377 onto Lick Run Road just past a little town called Todds. Look to the right to see a house that has gourd bird houses hanging in all different shapes and sizes.
Leaving there and going straight crossing over State Route 377 to State Route 266, be sure to make a quick stop at the Stockport Mill; the last hand-operated lock in the USA.
Traveling over the bridge of the Muskingum River towards State Route 60 is a beautiful sight.
Head through the town of McConnelsville and cross a narrow old steel bridge. To the immediate right is the River Queen Tavern. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and grab some food. Sit outside on the back deck and see a boat or two or just enjoy the atmosphere! After your break, climb back on your bike and head onto St. Rt. 78. This part of riding The Rim delivers exciting curves and turns that will thrill you as you travel back to Athens.
Park the bike for the night at one our our hotels, motels, B&Bs or cabins. Athens is known for its wonderful restaurants, breweries, and live entertainment. Plenty of fun to have during your stay! The next day, wake up to plan your next Ohio’s Windy 9 route!
Wonderful scenic views await you in Southeast Ohio on Ohio’s Windy 9. Get the map and get on the road!