The Ohio River is the lifeblood of the region, shaping the landscape, environment, communities and people. It guides the future while revealing stories from the past. What will your river stories be?
The byway’s lands and natural resources provide many scenic wonders and some of the best sightseeing and outdoor recreation opportunities in Southern Illinois. Hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, bird watch and make your own adventures in the natural and wild lands along the byway.
The Ohio River is one of the nation’s most historically significant rivers. The byway’s unique communities and many historic sites tell the stories of Native Americans, Lewis and Clark and other explorers, settlers, river pirates, Civil War heroes, miners, presidents and more.
Explore the byway’s bucolic roads and get an up-close look at crops, farm operations and livestock that feed the region and beyond. Stopping at roadside vegetable stands, pick-your-own farms, and wineries will give you a true taste of the byway.
Quaint riverside towns. A relaxed flow and pace to life. Community festivals and events. Diverse people and customs. Art, music, food and other products. Discover the unique culture inspired by the river and the influences it has brought to the region.
The Ohio River has been an important transportation corridor and an economically important waterway since pre-history. Native Americans traveled and traded along it. In the 1800s, Westward expansion depended upon it. To this day, it is an invaluable conduit for transporting raw materials and finished goods. The river shaped the nation and is as important as ever.