W.Va "must hit" roads

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Patch, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Patch

    Patch Long timer

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    Hey all,

    I have 4-5 days to spend in West Virginia in late May ... starting in the south, Bluefield area, coming up from Tazewell, VA

    Compared to crap-tastic CT, every damn line on the map is nice and curvy - so where should I be sure to visit? I see route 16, 97, 85 ... it just goes on and on! Doesn't look like there are any bad options - but I'd love some ideas as to which direction I should head and some "can't miss" rides. I'll be camping, so no worries on lodging. Oh - traveling on a road bike, so packed dirt is OK but paved is preferred.

    Ultimately I'd like to end up in the northeast, making an easy ride home at weeks end.

    How about it gang? Help a yankee out :D Thanks!
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  2. WVhillbilly

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    All roads in WV are flat and straight. :nah
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  3. mrphotoman

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    greenbriar co, randolph co, parts of webster co (roads have pot holes though), pocahontas co
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  4. windblown101

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    Since you mentioned Tazewell I'd make a point of hitting Rt 16 up through Mullens to start.
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  5. TuefelHunden

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    Rather than run 16 all the way up to Mullens, slide over to Bluefield and catch 71 to connect with 10 at Matoaka. Then take 10 to Mullens. That section of 16 is "OK" but IMO, just OK. 16 get really good up north of Gauley Bridge (give my regards to the troopers in Gauley Bridge). 20 is good between Webster Springs and Holly River St. Pk. 15 from Web.Sprs to Valley Head isn't bad. 39 is good in lots of places clear into VA. US250 from West Augusta, Va to Huttonsville has some real good spots. US33 from Seneca Rocks to where things flattening out in VA is good. 311 in Va from New Castle to WS Springs is good and 42 S of New Castle is good. If you have a solid 4 days, my recommendation is to use day one as a travel day to stage for two one day, long day rides and day 4 to get heading back. Use day two to run maybe more to the west and day three to run more to the east. There are great roads everywhere, so some kind of plan to maximize you time in the twisties is a must or you'll spend most of your time gazing at the scenery rather than getting motion sickness hittin' the twisties. LOL
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  6. WVhillbilly

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    Right now, nearly every road in the state has potholes. :cry

    Rt 50 east of Bridgeport and over into MD is good.
    Rt 16 :thumb

    Rt 219, good stuff.
    Smoke Hole Rd
    Rt 72 north from the Canaan Valley area all the way to Rt 7, right turn onto 7, left onto St Joe Rd and then right onto 26 and this will take you to I68 or a few other little known roads that run into PA.

    Rt 33 from just west of Harrisonburg, VA into WV. Up to Franklin and then to Seneca Rocks......

    On and on.

    Camping is easy, campgrounds all over.

    You can head east and grab 220 to take you north into PA, then find your way east from there.
    I worked in CT last year, know the slab route well. But fun roads are not always fun in a 3/4 ton truck.
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  7. pnoman

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    Try my website for ideas: www.RidingWV.com

    The website is a hobby of mine - kind of relaxation therapy when I'm not riding. Still working on it, so some pages are pretty empty. We moved in December and I'm still unpacking boxes, so I haven't done much to it since fall. Check out the Street Rides and Backroads Rides pages, as well as Destinations.

    Hope this helps.

    And, yes, some of the roads are in really bad shape PLUS lots of sand/cinders/gravel from winter. Hope it's cleared off some by the time you come.
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  8. Patch

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    Yup - roads here got really torn up as well... nasty winter, still snowing here today.

    Thanks for the link... The Beckley loop looks like a promising day(s) ride.

    Loving the suggestions :clap

    Keep the suggestions coming ... I've got 4 days to fill!
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  9. Patch

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    This was my plan - Appreciate the info.

    According to the map and WVhillbilly rte 16 is Thumbs up, so thats a given! 250 and 33 will certainly make the cut as well.
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  10. WVhillbilly

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  11. Weldman

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    None. They ALL suck. Stay away.















    :D
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  12. WayneJ

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    Good eats can be had at Highs Restaurant in Monterey, VA. on US-250 just west of US-220...
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    ...the Station 2 in Durbin, WV. on US-250...
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    ...The Alpine Motel in Alpena, WV. on US-33...
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    ...The Gateway Restaurant on US-33 in Riverton, WV...
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    (The road up to Spruce Knob is here at the restaurant, it's paved all the way to the top. Worth the trip if the weather's clear and you have the time.)
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    The view west from Spruce Knob.
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    ...more good eats...
    ...at Fox's Pizza Den in Brandywine, WV. on US-33...
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    ...and the Fireside Cafe in Franklin, WV. on US-33/US-220.
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    If you run into "Crazy Annie" in Franklin, tell her Dennis says hi. :lol3
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  13. WVhillbilly

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    But Rella's isn't open anymore. :cry

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  14. WayneJ

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    I was getting ready to post Rella's and...:doh

    There's another good restaurant in Beverly, WV. on the north bound side of US-219, but I don't have a pic and can't remember the name of the place.

    :dg
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  15. RedneckRider

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    Definitely don't miss the Burke's Garden loop (Rte 623) outside of Tazewell. Although paved it's absolutely beautiful !! Route 61 from Tazewell to Narrows is a nice scenic ride instead of Route 460. :D
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  16. iBiker

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    Camping: Cranberry Glades - Holly River State Park - Tygart Lake State Park

    Roads: US 20 - US 119 - US 60 - US 220 - US 219 - RT2 - RT7 - RT5

    Good Eats: Cottage Corner Too (Salem) - Fairfield Diner US 50/Snowbird Rd - Purple Fiddle (Thomas) - Jerry's (Grafton) - Biggie's (Grafton) - Exxon Station @Cool Springs

    Plenty more placeys here and theref
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  18. Patch

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    Great info everyone - Thanks!

    dddd - great map, I have been adjusting my plan to add in routes suggested here from all and I'm sure glad I have several days!!


    Keep the info coming!! Whats your 'can't miss' roads?
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  19. StorckWhip

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    I'd deposit my .02 on Routes 39 and 50. I've ridden 50 on multiple occasions across WV beginning at Winchester (VA) ending at I-79. Beautiful and enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as Rt 39. I ran 39 from Goshen Pass in VA all the way to the end and it was awesome. Truly an excellent road with a nice mix of everything I love about riding (except the mile long train of Harleys going 10 under that I dispatched over three of the plentiful/generous passing zones).

    Also, I did the route from outside of Harrisonburg to Seneca Rocks last fall in my Miata. My wife took video of us running the big mountain pass and it was hilarious to hear her grunting and laughing as she held herself and the phone up against the cornering forces. One of my favorite miata roads ever.
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  20. backroadbob.com

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    Teufel's giving you some good suggestions. Don't forget WV 150 Highland Scenic Hwy., Route 28, and VA 55 West from Front Royal to get you started.
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