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Old 11-06-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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WV, VA and Kentucky residents, school me on what not to miss

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.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:15 AM   #2
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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.


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Send a PM and I'll give you some areas to concentrate on.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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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.

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
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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In Kentucky:

Red River Gorge NRA - http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dbnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=39458

Big South Fork NRA - http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/index.htm

Hwy 421 thru eastern KY, Hwy 80
Others here - http://motorcycleroads.com/Routes/Kentucky_93.html

Little Shepherds Trail - http://www.harlancountytrails.com/littleshepherdtrail.php

Cave Run Lake - http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dbnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=39320&actid=29

Daniel Boone NF - http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/dbnf/about-forest
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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Suggest you check out a few of these roads, especially Highway 16 and Highway 58.

http://www.bestbikingroads.com/motor...v-_cffd90.html
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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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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Old 11-07-2013, 04:46 AM   #8
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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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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.

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info. Now I gotta try and string a route together.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:39 AM   #11
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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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Old 11-14-2013, 07:15 AM   #12
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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.
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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Old 11-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #13
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Sweet. I'll pin those areas on the map.


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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Old 11-14-2013, 09:43 PM   #14
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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/prog...ohv_maps.shtml

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Old 11-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #15
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Couple links for you.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...ev3_000233.pdf

http://trailsrus.com/railcoalwv/

http://motorides.com/

http://www.damaps.com/1231/

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