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Maumee Valley Scenic Byway

59.7 miles (96 km)
4 hours to 3 days


The Maumee is one of the largest rivers that flow into the GreatLakes. It is also one of the most important avenues of history andculture on this continent. Native Americans, early explorers,missionaries, and French, British, and American militaryexpeditions traveled this waterway. The campaigns of General A.Wayne and General W. H. Harrison were fought in this valley.

The parks along the Maumee help keep this historical areabeautiful. It retains its natural charm because of small towns,canal paths, forts, and Indian monuments. The boating andrecreational areas give it a unique character. The Maumee isdesignated a State Recreational and Scenic River.

Points of Interest

Points of Interest Along The Way

Fort Meigs State Memorial (OH)

The memorial was built during the War of 1812. It housed supplies for the soldiers and soon became the focal point of the war. An attack on this fort lasted 9 days. It was restored and is managed by the Ohio Historical Society.


On West River Road (State Route 65) in Perrysburg.

Fort Miamis Park (OH)

This is the site of the British Fort Miamis. It overlooks the Maumee River. Its land-side is a network of ditches and embankments that are enforced by log stockades and buildings.


It's on the north bank of the Maumee River, in the city of Maumee.

Hood Park (OH)

Hood Park overlooks old shipyards and has a large monument of Commodore Perry. In the war of 1812, his victory over the English (who were in control of Lake Erie) made it possible to bring supplies to Fort Meigs.

Independence Dam State Park (OH)

This was built in the early 1840's to hold the water at a consistent level for the canal that was built along the river. The park has a large marina and miles of tow paths.


27722 State Route 424, Defiance.

Pontiac Park (OH)

This is the birthplace of Chief Pontiac, chief of the OttawaIndians who defeated nine English Garrisons in 1763. This is alsothe site of the Great Indian Council in 1792. Two famous Indianswho passed this place are Blue Jacket, and Chief Tecumseh of theShawnees. It is also the converging spot of the Auglaise River andMaumee River where General Anthony Wayne's men built Fort Defianceon their way to the Fallen Timbers Battle.


It is at the corner of SR 424 and Clinton street.

Ritter Park (OH)

This is part of a series of parks along the River. It is below Camp Latty, a training post in the Civil War. The commander's house overlooked the park and river.

Side Cut Park--Fallen Timbers Monument (OH)

The Park features canal locks, continuous river views, the Fallen Timbers Monument, and a view of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield site.


It is just east of the Maumee trailhead.

Wolcott House Museum Complex (OH)

The complex is comprised of six Historic Buildings: The Wolcott House (built by an early merchant,) Clover Leaf Depot, (a log home from the banks of the canal,) a saltbox-style farmhouse, a country church, and a Greek Revival-style home (now a gift shop.)


1031 River Road, in the city of Maumee.


59.7 miles (96 km)
4 hours to 3 days
Main Roads:
OH-65 N

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