Fairborn to Xenia to YellowSprings to Enron
Full of curves
Nice little scenic route
Gastonia to Spencer Mtn to NC 181 to Blue Ridge Pkwy to 226a to NC 80 to Marion.
This route starts off in a quiet residential area, so keep it composed for the locals, and as you wind up the ridge you climb into more scenic area. You do shave a few degrees of temperature off, as I wouldn't be surprised if this was one of the highest points near or around Wayne Nation Forest East. Probably best viewed in October, as it was fairly lifeless in early April.This road rates a 3, because some areas were a 5 and some were a 3. The road can have some spill over white rocks from cars and trucks kicking them out onto the road after an incomplete repair work. (They should really tar those rocks so that they don't kick out.) For a small while there may be some white dust from a Marcellus area nearby, but it doesn't last long. All in all it's certainly paved well enough to ride on, but if you're going south to north watch the right side of the road around right hand turns for loose gravel. (This is only a concern for a mile or two.)I have torn Wayne National Forest (East) apart since 2013 looking for the best roads, all of which are on this site, and others. Enjoy! Subscribe to my YouTube channel, if you're interested in more like minded videos in the SW PA, SE OH and WV areas www.youtube.com/AkumuX
Not a road that I would go out of my way for, but a pretty decent 'connector road' to get down into Ohiopyle. You do have to watch out for other cars, and the road surface could be better. Want a scare? Ride this road at dark like I did... My god, not a street lamp for miles on this narrow~ish road and I was about ready to jump out of my skin.
Short, but an insane silly road that has you feeling you're going to drive off of the road. Serious gradients here, folks.
For such a short ride it packs a bit of a punch. Even with the 25/35 speed limit you can't go much faster because the damned turns are so hard. Twisties, off camber twisties, steep up/downhill twisties, steep up/downhill off camber twisties and some sweepers thrown in for the cherry on top. I liked it quite a lot for such a shorty, and it sets you up great for 209 North, which I recommend doing, for 'The Rattler.' Face it, assuming you're coming in from 40 (West or East) what would you rather do? Slab it to 209 North, which looks like a very boring part, or take this little monster?
My second favorite road in the area after 421. This gem doesn't get any of the attention of people that ride Tail of the Dragon or the Cherohala Skyway or The Moonshiner or even TN 32. Their loss. This road is so fun it should be illegal. That said, as mentioned, it is pretty damn dangerous and I did see a black bear that was grazing near the edge of the road my last trip down there. So, be careful. However, if you're in for a good time and have solid nerves this is most certainly the road for you. I recommend a down and back from Blue Ridge to Blue Ridge.
It's not a boring road. It's not crazy exciting, but if you're in the area it might be worth a look-see. The scenery is standard fare for that area of West Virginia. Hills and valleys with woods on either side...no mountains, though.
The patch work along much of this road means that you can't really ride a too spirited of a pace, but it's not too bad. Also, it's not always like that, so when the surface does get better you can move a little faster.
This goes through 1 small town. Other than that there is precisely nothing on Rosedale Rd.
So, this road serves as a shortcut, of sorts, if you're coming from Brandywine (33) and wish to head north, up to Moorefield. Rather than taking the more trafficy 220, this is a nicely paved similar road that also gets you to the Moorefield area. Other than some wiggles just off of 33 this route is pretty damned straight, and so the cruiser/tourer crowd will probably be able to put their feet up on the highway pegs, for this one.CR3, if headed north, eventually turns to CR7, but nothing changes. Good road. Nice short cut. Good scenery in autumn.
Taking this road north is the better way to do it, and as such that would be to head to Mathias, WV on WV 259. You can't miss the signs for Lost River State Park. (Mathias is a tiny town.) However, if you want to take this route south then you would do so by heading south out of Moorefield, WV onto CR 7 (S Fork Rd) and looking on the right side of the road for Lost River State Park Rd signs. They're about 3 miles south out of town.You can do this road for the fun, but it's biggest asset, especially in the autumn is the scenery. You are, after all, driving a thin windy road up a mountain, no matter which way you take the road, and then you plateau on the dome for a time before winding back down the mountain. We didn't stop in the park, nor did we see any cars, but I would imagine it's very pretty. Just from driving the road which has a 55 mph speed limit on a 1.5 lane road (God bless those crazy West Virginians) it was a very pretty set of sights, particularly when looking west.Nothing but good things to say about this road despite it being a good bit lumpy and slender. For sure, keep your wits about on this road, because up and down the mountain can bite you, and the lumpiness makes it more fun in a quick car than on the motorcycle with your elbows flailing around, but either mode of transport should give you a good time, with the car being a bit less harrowing. Be sure to look west, when you can, safely, for some great views and even some wild game. (Saw 4 dear bedded down watching us go by.)I don't know anything about Lost River State Park, but I would imagine that's your 'tourism.' Other than the the only amenities are in the Moorefield area, as I don't think there's as much on the east side of the mountains.
Far be it for me to recommend slab, but what a piece of pavement this one is. This freshly built road is pure eye candy, from what I've seen between Moorefield, WV and Mount Storm, WV. Parts of the road are blown straight through mountains, parts are built of bridges that are thousands of feet up, and in many parts you can see the road a mile ahead of you...and it's not a straight path to get there. Bravo to the designers of this beauty.Fresh, new pavement that is completely flawless and much of it is less than a year, two or 3 old. Everything about this road speaks to them taking their time, doing it right and with much care.No amenities on the sides of this road. Mount Storm has pretty much nothing, either. If you want amenities you'll want to stop in Moorefield, WV or one of the bigger exits on this road.
High alert mode here, folks. This section of 72 is 1.5 lanes in many spots. Gravel is a thing, cars coming the other way, though rarely, is a thing and the edge of the road is a thing. That said, all of these 'things' also make the road so fun.
HOWEVER, if you don't think you can handle all of those twisties then draw up this road on Google Maps and look up WV County Route 26 'River Rd' that parallels this road. It also is 1.5 lanes, but it's practically straight as an arrow and will let you bypass the insanity for 85% of the road.
I recommend you try both methods to see which you like best. (The video is all 72, no River Rd.)
To be clear, this route is already up in a Dennison, OH to Fairmont, WV capacity. However, because it 'starts' in Dennison it doesn't show up when you browse roads in West Virginia. So, I'm building this route to start and end in West Virginia, so that it shows up when you select the state 'West Virginia'
That said, this is one of the greats. From out of Moundsville down to Hundred this twisty bastard just goes and goes and goes. The layout is so damned good.
The bad news is that the pavement is getting sketchy in spots. Particularly between where it meets 88 (up north) to Cameron. Even then there's still spots south of Cameron where the side of the road is slipping away, so watch yourself.
This route was made by a friend, ThomSS. It's a good route, so I thought I would put it up on here.
"For the most part pavement is good, to great, places CR-2 is the poorest section, but its not bad. Most of CR-44/Gundy Ridge has fresh pavement. Gundy Ridge has hills and twist with some canopy from time to time, US-250 sweeps along Tappan Lake with many nice views. The county roads on last section after crossing Tappan Lake snakes ya thru the country side, past Tappan Lake State Park and Deersville. Runs along a ridge with a mix of rolling hills, farmland, tree line, and some some canopy."
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Hilly road with sweepers, twisties and some straights. You're in luck, as of this posting in October 2020 this road was freshly paved for the majority of it.
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Nice country cruise
BEWARE: Not a ride for beginners! Rest stop staring location in Marion, NC. Ride 226 to 226a around Little Switzerland and then up 226 to Spruce Pine. Take a curve break on Hwy 19 to Double Island Rd. Ride north on until you can't on this road and double back south to NC80. Ride NC80 back to the starting rest stop.
Nice little ride up to Bogalusa and looping back.
I love this road. Short of 536 & 258 this is the twistiest road that I've been on in Ohio. Furthermore, it, unlike the previous two, does not have a gravel or debris problem at all. I roll onto this road full of confidence that the road will be relatively clean where as 536 and 258 always demand a much higher degree of caution. Another mainstay of my Wayne's Forest runs, and will stay so for a long time to come, I think.