Steps to Freedom

Uncover America’s past when you visit these Underground Railroad sites along the Ohio River.

The Ohio River harbors an untold number of secrets from the days of the Underground Railroad. Some will remain undisclosed forever, washed away with the swirling waters into the Mississippi. Others are exposed in these sites that dot the river starting in Cincinnati and heading along Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia’s borders.

Whether you explore one of these spots or several, visiting in person provides a perspective that can’t be found in books. With the Civil War’s 150th anniversary upon us, it’s the perfect time to take in these pieces of America’s history.

Many sites are run by volunteer staff and have limited hours, though several open outside regular hours by appointment. Be sure to call before visiting. To read more, click here to subscribe. >>