Fall Drive - River Road to The Spot:

From Troy to Sidney for Food, History and Mystery 

Story & Photos by Matt Bayman

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Things you can see and experience on this trip include (from south to north):

  • Troy City Park (Levee views of the Great Miami River and Treasure Island Park)

  • Riverside Cemetery (WACO gravestone & Veterans Memorial)

  • Duke Park & Troy Mountain Bike Area

  • Railroad Bridge “tunnel”

  • Unique 5-Way Stop

  • Peterson Road barn quilt (on your left at intersection)

  • (SIDE TRIP – Turn right on Statler Road to visit Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary)

  • P.A.T.H. Trail in Piqua (parking lot off of Troy-Sidney Road near U.S. 36)

  • The Buckeye Barn

  • On River Road, watch for log cabins and other interesting homes and properties

  • (SIDE TRIP – Lockington Locks – turn left on Lockington-Kirkwood Road and follow into village)

  • Little four bridge and cement tunnel, plus abandoned bridge relics below

  • Gold Star Mothers Bridge

  • Graceland Cemetery

  • Roadside Park for the Big Four Bridge

  • Check out your echo under the Big Four Bridge

  • “Man in the Bridge” Historical Marker, also under bridge

  • The Old Jail (where famous escapes and one murder took place)

  • The Spot restaurant

  • Historic Peoples Savings and Loan building and carvings

  • G.W. Bush Plaque from 2004 visit to Sidney and The Spot

  • The Monument Building and Civil War soldier watching over Sidney

  • Four sculptures around the Shelby County Courthouse

  • The Shelby County Courthouse

  • Ron & Nita’s store

  • The Historic Sidney Theatre

  • Amazing architecture surrounding the courthouse square

  • Tawawa Park (covered bridge, hiking, picnicking, fishing and huge glacial erratics)

Directions:
From Troy City Park, head north of Riverside Drive. At Duke Park, the road becomes Troy-Sidney Road. At the Shelby County line, Troy-Sidney Road becomes River Road. Follow River Road until it dead-ends into Sulphur-Heights Hill Road. Turn left, cross the Great Miami River, then turn left onto Main Avenue. This will lead directly to downtown Sidney. (Click on map to enlarge).

If you’re not familiar with River Road in Shelby County, it is arguably one of the most interesting roads in the region. It follows the Great Miami River through the rural countryside, has a concrete bridge tunnel to pass through, visits the magnificent and mysterious Big Four Bridge, and leads straight into historic downtown Sidney, where you’ll find the equally historic The Spot restaurant and many other unique treasures. This 18-mile drive is a straight shot north from Troy and passes many other unique sights along the way. Listed at right are just some of the things you’ll see on this drive, culminating with a meal - or pie - at The Spot!

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