The Ottumwa Courier

October 17, 2013

Interactive: Historic Hills Byway map

MATT MILNER
Courier Staff Writer

BLAKESBURG — The Historic Hills Scenic Byway is, officially, 110 miles long.

It's not. Not if you do it right.

How much longer is it? That depends on the driver. It depends on how much you stop and see and whether you decide to get off the marked path and into some of the towns. And this is the perfect time to do it.

The fall, with the leaves turning color and outdoor options starting to limit themselves, may be the best opportunity to follow the byway. There are two starting points in the area: Blakesburg and Moravia. Both of those western forks meet up at Drakesville and continue east to Donnellson.

Views shift from open fields to rolling hills as you drive. The Des Moines River joins the scenery outside Keosauqua and stays with you until you leave Farmington.

Stave off cabin fever for a couple weeks. Get out there and take a look at what's outside your back door. The map below can get you started; click on the blue spots to see a thumbnail picture. You can click on the picture to go to our photo purchase page.