"The Water World of America's Heartland"
( Why cruising the Great Loop is much-much more than just a great loop. )
The Ohio River
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This leg of your journey is only 46 miles, from Cairo, IL to the Tennessee River at Paducah, KY.  That is
of course, if you resist the temptation to explore it further. As a side-trip the Ohio River offers another 935 miles from
Paducah to Pittsburgh. There is probably more neat stuff (and free stuff) to see and do along this river than any other.  
From Boat Shows to free river side summer Concerts & Festivals, the activities on the Ohio are non-stop for the entire
boating season.
The Ohio River It begins at the confluence of the Allegheny river near Pittsburgh, and flows 981 miles to join the Mississippi
at Cairo, Ill. There are 53 Locks on the Ohio RIver. Cairo of course, is where we Loopers are introduced to the Ohio.

In Summertime, there are long lines of pleasure boats waiting at locks. We were told over 30,000 recreational boats locked through
the Pittsburgh District’s locks last year.

Folks, between the Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee rivers and lakes, these are the safest most scenic and enjoyable side-
trips you can make.  Fishing is at an all time high, as the quality of the water and the fish have dramatically improved over the past
years. It is a long ride up from the Mississippi to Pittsburgh, and another long ride back down; but I can't think of a better use of the
time spent your boat.

Bon voyage!  (Did you know that means "good journey"?)
If no where else, the Ohio should wet your appetite for more side-trips and adventure as you cruise though the Heartland's
Planned right, and weather abiding, by the time you reach the Cumberland, Kentucky, and Barkley Lakes they will be a
kaleidoscope of Fall colors. The cool breeze, the sharp scent of apples, and a dazzling array of brilliant colors will blanket everything
you see from the shoreline to the tops of the rolling hills.

In Fall, the entire area transforms itself into an amazing blast of intense yellow, gold, orange and red landscapes. If you take the
time (and we strongly suggest you do) stop at all the "Welcome Centers" and pick up the area's calendar of Fall & Apple Festivals
along your route. There is such a variety of autumn activities surrounding you in this area, leaf peeping Loopers will find it difficult to
decide what to do next.
Cruising the Cumberland River - click next.
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America's Great Loop
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