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Ohio is a state of the United States of America.

American Midwest is full of friendly down to earth people that enjoy life at a slower pace than some from the east coast are used to.


4511.51 Hitching of Rides

Soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle while on a roadway outside a safety zone is forbidden. Standing on a highway to solicit business is also forbidden. A person shall not hang onto or ride on the outside or the rear end of any motor vehicle moving on a roadway. Drivers shall not permit any person, other than workers performing maintenance or construction duties, to ride in the cargo storage area or on a tailgate while the tailgate is unlatched.

4511.01 Definitions

(EE) "Roadway" means the improved surface ordinarily used for vehicular travel. Excludes the shoulder.

As with most states, hitchhike off the traveled portion of the road and you should be fine.

Federal Districts

Note:All land regulated by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.


I hitched from southern Toledo where I-75 hits I-80/90. There are four large truck stops right next to each other, each with different types of truckers and car drivers. The people were receptive to hitchhikers and told me that people pass through that truck stop looking for a ride about once a week. I had a sign and asked the guys as they entered the stores. One offered me a ride 5 hours in the direction I was going within the first fifteen minutes (but I had to wait two hours till he left). A woman at the store said she'd seen people have to sleep overnight because they didn't "look as friendly as you" and couldn't get a ride.

Hitchhiking is quite difficult in Ohio I have waited several hours on many occasions. The people of Ohio are scared of their own shadow, but the people who do pick you up are aware of the local attitude and strongly reject it. The people who have picked me up here are some of the coolest folks I've met. I got picked up once by a guy here who ended up giving me a ride in his plane and actually letting me fly the plane part of the way! Thewindandrain (talk) 00:11, 2 June 2013 (CEST)

"Hitchhiking was definitely more difficult in Ohio then PA. I got more rides from people from other states then locals and allot of them think it's illegal. I was visited by a cop once when people called on me because i was standing on the road when i was not. But police people are mostly nice when they got to know you." Herog (talk) 2:07, 19 June 2014 (CEST)

I left Detroit to get to Indiannapolis or Columbus (I-70), and ended up at Dayton. No people would stop to go to such destination. Tried Huber Heights and south of the crossroad of the americas. I ended up taking a greyhound bus from Dayton-Trotwood directly to Indianapolis. Alexandre, 02:13, 14 March 2015

I found hitchhiking in Ohio quite easy. I traveled west along 90 and found myself getting picked up by locals I n less than 20 minutes most of the time. My longest wait between ride offers was about an hour and that only happened once. I did get approached by a police officer once while hitching by the entrance ramp to the toll portion of the road but after talking with the toll booth attendant I was given permission to stay where I was until dark. Overall I found Ohio to be fairly easy to get through. (TheLoneBaker)


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