Wally Road was named for the railroad that once ran the same route along the Mohican River. The Walhonding Railroad, or The Wally as it became known, ran between the towns of Loudonville and Coshocton on a single set of tracks, crossing over the Mohican more than a dozen times.
The first train rolled down the tracks in 1892, connecting small towns and providing cargo and passenger services. The last train to travel those rails was in 1945. And in 1947, a county highway department crew started clearing the brush from the abandoned rails to create a scenic highway. Once completed, the highway would provide a modern road from Loudonville to Greer.
On May 4, 2005 Wally Road was named a State Scenic Byway. With its meandering route, hillside splendor, the Mohican River and abundance of recreation.....Wally Road truely is the largest outdoor recreational complex in Ohio.
1800's original school house located at Mohican Wilderness
Today Wally Road continues to follow the Mohican River. The road winds and turns amongst beautiful rolling hills and breathtaking scenery. Wally runs 10.41 miles between Loudonville and Greer, and takes in 3 counties.....Ashland, Holmes and Knox. Wally Road is home to 9 campgrounds, one hotel and several canoe liveries. There is history at every bend. A restored 1800's school house, circa 1890 and 1882 barns still serve as sentinals over the road. The annual Indian Pow-Wow and Bluegrass festivals draw crowds from all over the country.
For more information visit the Wally Road Scenic Byway website: