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Day Trip: Augusta, KY & Ripley, OH

17 Apr 2013  My husband and I love to take day trips - we do it nearly every weekend!
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If you're looking for a nice way to spend a Saturday in the Cincinnati area - Augusta, KY & Ripley, OH are a perfect day trip. There's a nice drive, good food and a little history along the way.

First, you head down 52 for about an hour to Higginsport, OH. There you catch the ferry (there are signs - it's about a mile from the town) and head over the river to Augusta, KY. The ferry costs $5/car and it's a blast.

Once you're on - get out of your car and enjoy the ride across the river. It takes about 10-15 minutes. Nice and peaceful start to the day!

After driving off the Ferry we drove through Augusta. It was a chilly Saturday so not a lot was open. This is really a perfect drive in the spring/summer if you like to walk around, have lunch and shop a little. I hear the Beehive is excellent!

After driving through Augusta we headed south about 30 minutes to Maysville. Again - very quaint town with lots of dining and shops. Great visit for summer. We drove around town just more to take in the sites and make plans for a warmer-weather visit. Either Augusta or Maysville would be great stops for lunch or dinner!

Then we headed across the bridge at Maysville and back into Ohio. About 20 minutes north on the Ohio side we headed into Ripley. By this point we were starving! So first mission was FIND FOOD!

After lunch we stopped by an indoor farmers market around the corner. I picked up some tomatoes (fresh from someone's trip to Florida), locally made pasta sauce and a farm-raised frozen chicken. Always a treat when you stumble upon things like this!

Why Should You Go? It's a great drive...the scenery along the Ohio is beautiful, the Rankin House is a historic must-stop and the food at the Riverhouse was AWESOME!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ripley, Augusta
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Families with small children, Seniors, Budget travellers
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Cohearts Riverhouse
    Cohearts Riverhouse, Ripley, Ohio

    Fresh bread, a great river view and hamburgers that taste like HAMBURGERS! Riverhouse is our favorite restaurant in Ripley.

  • 2. John Rankin House
    John Rankin House, Ripley, Ohio

    Part of the Underground Railroad history of Ohio. They offer tours at specific times but it's great to just walk around and see the path someone took coming down the Kentucky hillside, swimming across the Ohio and back up to the house on the Ohio side.

  • 3. Rosemary Clooney House
    Rosemary Clooney House, Augusta, Kentucky