Majestic views, towering landscapes and memories waiting to be made can be found along the State of Ohio’s southern borders – an area warmly referred to as “Ohio’s Southern Coast.” We love our region and this website and organization is focused on the promotion, the utilization and the awareness of the area.
Specifically, Ohio’s Southern Coast is made up of the cities and towns that border the mighty Ohio River from the Shawnee State Park area to the west through to the Proctorville and Chesapeake areas to the east. A drive along United States Route 52 through our region provides you and your group with many opportunities.
Landscape and Scenery
The sections of U.S. 52 that follow the Ohio River are known as the Ohio River Scenic Byway, which is part of the National Scenic Byway Project. The section between SR 125 and SR 73 (near Portsmouth) is also designated as Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. This portion of U.S. 52, along the Ohio between Cincinnati and Huntington, is the only part where it falls in geographical sequence, south of U.S. 50 and north of U.S. 60.
Spanning 14 counties in southern Ohio, this byway encompasses the entire length of the Ohio River in Ohio, 452 miles. Starting at US 50 at the Indiana border, this route follows US 52, State Route 7, State Route 124 and State Route 39 to East Liverpool at the Pennsylvania border. The Ohio River Scenic Byway is also in Indiana and Illinois and is designated a national Scenic Byway.
This byway offers travelers scenic views of the lush Ohio Valley and small river towns with important historical significance to the state as well as the country.
Some of the highlights along the byway include:
- Museum of Ceramics
- Historic Fort Steuben
- Imperial Glass Museum
- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
- Shade River State Forest
- Shawnee State Forest
- Ohio River Museum
- Wayne National Forest
- The Rankin House
- Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace
- See Ohio First: Tour 2 - Paths to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
- See Ohio First: Tour 3 - Art & Utility: Ohio Glass & Pottery
Business and Industry
Ohio’s Southern Coast was long known for the steel, glass and gas industries that were developed here. Today, not only do many of those entities still exist but our region has diversified into many professional services, a health care destination region, abundant education options and more. There are many advantages to doing business in our region and many incentives available to you to do so:
- Labor Force