5 incredible motorcycles rides in West Virginia
There’s nothing quite like riding over the mountains and through the valleys of West Virginia. Whether you want a curve-hugging, thrilling ride or a relaxing trip with incredible views, these routes are all better via a motorcycle. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here are a few of our favorite spots to explore:
1. U.S. 250
Starting in Elkins, this road takes you over two large mountains with panoramic views of valleys. Drive over beautiful farm land, through thick forest and nearby trickling streams in the Monongahela National Forest. With some challenging switchbacks and elevation changes, the road provides some fun opportunities to test your skills.
Elkins is a cultural hub, serving as home to several theaters, art galleries, and even a school devoted to the preservation of traditional music and dance. With delicious eateries, like Latin American fusion restaurant El Gran Sabor and casual American spot C.J. Maggie’s, you’ll never go hungry!
2. Historic National Road
Ride across the Northern Panhandle on the oldest road in America on U.S. 40, the “All-American Road.” For 16 miles, check out historic sights like the Wheeling Suspension Bridge and Independence Hall — West Virginia’s first capital. Centre Market, which is now home to eateries, antique shops, salons, bakeries and cafes, is a Victorian-era mall that dates back to 1853.
Take in a show at the historic Capitol Theatre or grab a bite to eat at one of several award-winning restaurants, including Coleman’s Fish Market and Avenue Eats. You’ll find lodging, dining and numerous recreational offerings and amenities at Oglebay Resort.
3. U.S. 219
Explore a relaxing drive from Lewisburg to Thomas. This road runs through the Allegheny Mountain range and the Monongahela National Forest past some of the wildest and most scenic parts of the state.
Area attractions include Beartown State Park, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and Droop Mountain Battlefield. If you have time, be sure to check out Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. And, for a different kind of ride, check out the antique steam engines and explore the old logging town at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
With trips ranging from 75 to 180 miles, you can explore as much or as little of these rich heritage sites as you would like. Try the Mason County Loop, which will take you from Ravenswood up through Parkersburg, where you can explore the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Mountwood Park and a mix of history, bridges and scenic two-lane roads.
North End Tavern & Brewery is a Parkersburg mainstay. As the oldest brewery in the state, they have produced some of the most beloved beers. Make sure to try a glass of Roedy’s Red, their multiple award-winning amber ale.
5. Mountaineer Country
If you’re visiting MountainFest, you’ll want to get in some scenic riding while you’re there. For a great curvy ride, head south on U.S. 119 through Grafton then north on W.Va. 26 to Kingwood and west on W.Va. 7 to loop back to Morgantown.
Stop for a tour at Forks of Cheat Winery and fuel up at popular restaurants like Marios Fishbowl with delicious wings in Morgantown. Area attractions include the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, while the Cheat River offers boating and fishing.
Which is your favorite route?
This post was last updated on March 17, 2021