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A great road with plenty of speed to be had.
Most of the pavement is average to good with the occasional rough spot. The last five miles near Marrietta is the most fun...and not in the videos, due to EXTREMELY slow moving cars. It will be added later...
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- 'Akumu X' (5/30/13)
Great riding road! Really enjoyed it.
The road surface was always clean and in great shape.
Really loved a lot of the great corners!
Scenary was great and the covered bridges are perfect for some photo opportunities.
Careful of the deer.
I rode this on 31 May 2012.
- Matt, '97 VFR750F (6/4/12)
Just a fun road. Good pavement. Not a lot of traffic.
We took 26 North from Woodsfield and much of it was freshly paved.
Can be technical in spots. Unbelievable. Ridden on Friday, September 2.
26 north to 537. Great road. Just a whole lot of fun.
Does have some very tight ones.
I recall saying 'wow' out loud a few times.
Some areas were freshly paved and the ones that were not freshly paved were still in great shape.
Not much debris. Very little traffic. Highly recommend. Ridden on Saturday, September 3.
- Mary (9/6/11)
Thanks to the suggestion by Bigfoot, I experienced SR-26 today (8/27/11).
So far, this is my favorite road in Ohio.
I recently rode many of the roads in NC, GA and TN and was searching for a comparable ride here in Ohio.
This road is about 2 hours south of Akron and easily accessible via 78 (exit 25 off I-77).
SR-26 did not disappoint.
Much of this road is 'newly' paved and in great condition.
There are stretches of patchwork and the entire road is a bit narrow, but man was it fun.
My ride started in Woodsfield and ended in Marietta.
I did not encounter too much traffic for a Saturday morning and saw approximately 20 or so other bikers in the opposite direction - with smiles on their faces.
Many twisties and switchbacks that will challenge any skill level.
Well worth the two hours on I-77 to get there.
- 'Spiderman' (8/27/11)
This has to be one of the greatest roads in Ohio!
It is very desolate, very twisty, with good pavement, and next to no traffic.
There is a road closure due to culvert work just south of Wingett Run, but a short detour exists by turning left on Scottown (not marked), right on Smith, right on Duff (end of Smith), and left back onto Route 26.
Most of the short detour is gravel but still manageable on my Buell 1125R Sportbike and you get to ride through the Hune Covered Bridge at the end!
Make sure you are not low on fuel because the 45 miles between Route 800 and Marietta does not have a single gas station.
- Chris L. Klein (8/1/11)
I rode route 26 end to end 7/27/2010 and had a very good experience.
At least 10 miles of brand new pavement.
Very little traffic, very scenic, with rock facings on the one side and a river on the other.
Speed limit is 55 MPH and that is what makes it so much better than the 35 MPH "Dragon" and it's speed traps.
This route runs straight through a National Park and you will have the road to yourself most of the way.
You will need good sunglasses as this route puts you into and out of shade over and over again.
Not as technical as 255
, but if you don't pay attention it will bite.
- 'Bigfoot' (8/3/10)
We just got back from a trip that included this road.
It's an awesome scenic ride.
Road surface was excellent for 75% of the trip.
The other 25% is fine unless your doing some hard core 'sport riding'.
This was a great ride.
- Scott (10/12/09)
Of the three roads we ran south out of Woodsfield (Route 536 and Route 255 being the other two), this was my least favorite.
As others have said, the middle section has striations across most of the road, causing my skinny 21" front wheel to "hunt" over the pavement quite a bit.
Lot's of patching work results in a lack of grip, which caused me to take corners more cautiously.
The final 5 miles heading into Marietta are by far the best-big sweeping, banked corners-really exciting stuff.
This is a good sightseeing road as the corners are not as close together or as blind as the other two roads we ran yesterday.
If they repaved this road, it would be fantastic.
- Anonymous (8/10/09)
Good to go. The repaving fixed the rough patches.
From Woodsfeild to Marietta the road is in pretty good shape.
There is a section in the middle that did not get repaved but the surface is decent there.
Not much gravel for early spring.
We were on heavy cruisers and we had no complaints about the road.
- NomadRider (3/10/09)
I live in Woodsfield and found your website and just wanted to let everyone know that State Route 26 is being repaved and should be completed by October.
I've been to the 'Tail of the Dragon' and most roads in Monroe county are very comparable to US 129.
State Route 800 has also been resurfaced.
We have started a website to promote the roads in our county.
The address is demonstriangle.com and should be up and running soon.
- Randall (8/28/08)
Just rode OH 26 in late July on my way to AMA Vintage days.
This road could be one of the best in the US once paved, but frankly avoid it like the plague.
Totally pock marked and unrideable.
You had to decide from running into a pot hole or going through the odd handful of gravel in blind corners.
We had a variety of Sport, Sport Touring, Adventure touring bikes and everyone was full of complaints.
If it gets repaved, it should be awesome!
- Anonymous (8/4/08)
Due for a repaving job.
A great road when it is fixed up, but it is fairly rough now.
- Anonymous (7/13/08)
One of the best roads I have been on in Ohio.
You have to pay attention, but it was clean and for the most part in good shape.
I am sure that when the leaves start changing colors, it will be outstanding.
- Anonymous (9/24/07)
Tar snakes are minimal.
Route 800 has more of em (connected at Woodsfield) but keep your eyes open and it's not bad.
A small stretch like Deals Gap, but the road has a mix of everything.
Big sweeps, high speed turns, banked roads, really a blast to ride.
The guy on the Roadstar said 'scary' course, you could hear his foot plates scrape once in a while.
Clean surface, we had the road to ourselves.
- Tim Finan (5/13/07)
This road has it all for a 'short' fun, motorcycle trip...scenery, covered bridges, sweeping hill turns.
All blacktop, running through the Wayne National Forest.
- Braden Israel