Ohio River Way

The City of Portsmouth, SSU and Connex commemorate the opening of the Ohio River Way.


The Ohio River Way is a 275 mile water trail beginning in Portsmouth, Ohio and ending downstream from Louisville, Kentucky. The trail was commemoratied in 2022. After the ribbon cuting in Portsmouth, Ohio, two groups begain their 10 day journey to Loisville. In celebration of the 2022 Ohio River Challenge Paddle, the group stopped in several cities to dedicate various milemarker.


Listen to what they say about the Ohio River Way.

The Ohio River Way Challenge is something I've now done twice. I did the first half, Portsmouth to Cincinnati, in 2022, and I did the second half, Cincinnati to Louisville, in 2023. It is a transformative experience with great people that encourages more appreciation of the Ohio River and our region.

Sean Dunne

City of Portsmouth Mayor

The Ohio River Way is grateful for our partnership with CONNEX as we work to develop a National Water Trail from Portsmouth to Louisville on and along the Ohio River. CONNEX is a model for every Ohio River community that wants to improve the health and quality of life for its residents - and attract new talent and investment. We especially appreciate the leadership of Wendi Waugh on our Board of Directors and her extra effort to host the launch of our annual Ohio River Way Challenge paddle from Portsmouth to Louisville.

Brewster Rhoads

Ohio River Way Board Member

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275 miless

In celebration of the trail dedciation, two groups of 15 canoers stopped in various ports to dedicate each major port.

Each city recieved their own mile marker sign. For more information visit Ohio Rive Way website

  • Day 1: Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Day 2: Manchester, Ohio
  • Day 3: Ripley, OH
  • Day 4: Chilo, OH
  • Day 5: Cincinnati, OH
  • Day 6: Aurora, IN
  • Day 7: Union, KY
  • Day 8: Carrollton, KY Louisville KY
  • Day 9: Westport, KY
  • Day 10: Carrollton, KY Louisville KY

A river for all.

The Ohio River Way connects people and communities to opportunities for adventure on and along the Ohio River.

ORW serves to provide information on river safety


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ORW helps to improve public access and infrastructure.

Increase Activity

Text here. View the digital guide to the Ohio River

ORW celebrates the unique beauty and culture of the Ohio River

Highlights Natural Resources

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Inspiring Health Through Play.

Come bike, hike and kayak with us.