12 Midwest Backroad Scenic Drives
Adams County, Ohio
The drive: For years, travelers zipped through Adams County on the Ohio River Scenic Byway (US-52), admiring the redbud-splashed hills as they raced to Shawnee State Park in Scioto County. Recently though, visitors have started exploring this pocket of Appalachia, where squiggly roads have names like Plum Run and Hackleshin.
Worth a stop: Most travelers come to Adams County (60 miles southeast of Cincinnati) to visit Amish businesses or Serpent Mound, a snake-shape Native American earthwork. But Adams County's real treasure is its scenery. Of a dozen-plus parks and preserves, Edge of Appalachia (left) is the largest, with 1,200 plant species growing on 14,000 acres.
For information: Contact the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau. (877) 232-6764; adamscountytravel.org