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A buddy and I just finished coordinating a few days off in April. We have to make a stop in Maryland, then we are headed west to W. VA. We'll have two+ solid days to kill in the area. I'm going to be putting a route together this weekend. Anyone familiar with the area have suggestions for good MC roads or places we shouldn't miss? thx

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What part of WV are you willing to travel to? The Greenbrier bunker tour in White Sulphur Springs is very cool but you have to make reservations in advance. And there are some decent roads in the New River Gorge area but both of those are in the westernish part of the state.

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I have ridden on a number of roads in WV but concentrated in four areas which I describe below along with one route that I have not been on but have heard about. First is in an around Welch, WV in the southern part of the state. I attend a Honda VTX group ride on a weekend there each summer. There are tons of fantastic roads in this area but they are small unknown roads which would be hard for a nonresident to find. Fortunately for us, we are guided each ride by a local resident who knows all of these roads. One good motorcycle road that nonresidents could find is US52 from Williamson, WV to Bluefield, WV.

Second is on tiny road over and down/up the "grand canyon of the east". The official name is the New River Gorge. Ride over the bridge. Go to the visitor center. Go to the scenic overlook. Then ride down to the bottom of the gorge and back up the other side on the narrow switchback road. Watch for sand in the corners of the switchbacks.

Third is US50 from Parkersburg, WV all the way to Winchester, VA (including a short length in MD) but especially the portion from Grafton, WV to Winchester, VA is a good road. It is not a great switchback road ala the Dragon or southern WV backroads but it has lots of sweeping turns that are fun at 50-60 mph.

There are lots of good roads in the area around White Sulphur Springs, WV. In particular (although mostly in VA), VA311 from I64 to Paint Bank, VA and then continuing into Roanoke, VA is great.

Lastly, US33 from Elkins, WV thru Seneca Rocks and then on to Harrisonburg, VA is a very famous motorcycle road. I have not been on it but will be this June.

Have fun on the ride and let us know what you find to ride on.

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I'm willing to travel to any part of the state and hope to hit most of it. I just don't want to waste time riding in bad areas
I'll take all those suggestions into consideration when I start putting something together this weekend. Thanks again.

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If I hear any of that.....I'm making a B-Line back to CT ...

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I stayed in Staunton VA one year and rode in WV for 5 days. I really liked county road 250 going to Monterey. We also swung by Green Bank and toured the electron telescope thing. Probably one of my favorite trips.

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He couldn't , he is one of the players .....

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+1 Highway 50--yee haw!

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Google " Back of the Dragon". I've rode it and it was good. I think it is hwy 16, but can't remember for sure and don't have a map nearby.

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