WV, VA and Kentucky residents, school me on what not to miss

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikewillsmith, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    I'm working on planning a route in the spring for large ADV bikes from Maine (camping at night) through the southern half of PA, WV, VA and Kentucky. I'd like some local feedback on what not to miss, awesome roads, great campgrounds, weird stuff we should check out, where to avoid?
    Any and all help is appreciated. I know it all depends on the individual, but this will be a back road ride, dirt roads are great, but not going to do single track on this ride. I'm hoping to get some info. on some really cool spots than I can then plan a route through.
    Thanks in advance
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  2. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    All of WV except for the northwest section is excellent !

    Western and southwest VA is excellent !

    Eastern KY is excellent !

    Too many roads to list, paved and gravel.

    Buy a Gazetteer for each state and follow the squiggly lines.

    Forget any road with a reptile name and website.


    Simple

    Send a PM and I'll give you some areas to concentrate on.
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  3. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    Thanks.

    We have a week to explore and are looking for key areas. We are going to slab it down there and then explore around.
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  4. Rider_WV

    Rider_WV Long timer

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    Monongahela Nation Forest, GW Nat Forest, and Jeffereson Nat Forest. You can spend a week along the WV/VA Border, never see pavement and never see a LEO. Lots of awesome FS roads, almost all are big bike friendly.

    Lots of great riding around Breaks Insterstate park on the KY/VA border as well.

    Like mentioned above, grab a WV and VA Gazetteer and go explore. Some campgrounds have showers, the best ones only have stone fire rings:evil
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  5. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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  6. roborider

    roborider New River Roborider

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  7. pnoman

    pnoman Just Average

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    This might give you ideas for rides in West Virginia:

    www.RidingWV.com

    It's a hobby project of mine, so I work on it as I have time, and as readers submits photos and articles. Some pages are pretty empty, others are filling up.

    Hope this helps.




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  8. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    Great stuff! Many thanks. Luckily I have all winter to try and put together a good loop through these areas.
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  9. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    Yeah, Hwy 16 in VA is fun, especially near Hungry Mothers State Park which also has camping. Foster Falls in VA is another fun area with campground on the New River. Ivanhoe VA is fun area.

    Asheville NC has some great riding and a fun local scene. Boone NC also but on smaller scale. You can't go wrong in the VA/Wva region. Plenty of small towns to leave a trailer parked and just go ride.

    website visitvirginiamountains.com is a help.

    Enjoy.
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  10. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    :thumb

    Thanks for the info. Now I gotta try and string a route together. :D
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  11. TORKS

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    Through Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods some great photo opps to be had in this area. All of these about a 30-40 mins from Elkins WV.

    If you go to Elkins must eat spots are Dukes steak house and Scotties dinner.

    The steak house is not fancy but great food.
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    Scotties is great for breakfast. I'll add El Gran Sabor for eats in Elkins, cool little Venezuelan place. Don't miss the Smoke Hole Road down near Seneca Rocks if you are in that area.

    Shoot me a message if you are in Elkins and want to ride or need help.
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  13. mikewillsmith

    mikewillsmith Not the f'g fresh prince!

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    Sweet. I'll pin those areas on the map. :thumb


    Smoke Hole Road looks awesome BTW.
    Any more hints for roads like that not to be missed will be greatly appreciated.
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  14. roborider

    roborider New River Roborider

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    Also check out the national forest service motor vehicle use maps for the states, especially since you're looking for some dirt and off road... Jefferson National forest has some great trails and roads.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml

    Roborider - 1150 GS Adventurer - Galax VA
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    WayneJ Get Off My Lawn

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  17. DJ.

    DJ. Been here awhile

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    Yeah that may be a stretch on a big loaded bike.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk
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  18. gomerkfx700

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    dont miss rt 16 its trying to compete with the tail of the dragon I've never riddin the dragon tail but this is a nice section of road.
    http://backofthedragon.com
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  19. seasider

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    No shit best motorcycle campground in SW Va......go to Wilville motorcycle campground. Tent camping with clean hot showers, campfire and the owner has a vast knowledge of the area for anyone's riding desires. Oh and did I mention literally a half mile to Blue Ridge Parkway access with a couple little restaurants and fuel right there.
    It is located in The Meadows of Dan and if you are there on a Friday evening you can go into Floyd for some true down home blue grass music at the infamous Floyd Country store.
    Worth checking into I assure. Have fun!
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  20. mrphotoman

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    Dukes is my favorite place to eat, the best.

    Randolph Co, Pocahontas Co., parts of Webster co,, Greenbriar Co. are all great in WV for riding
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