This road is what I call a good cruising road for all types of motorcycle.
Not crazy twisty, but certain twisty in some spots, mainly a heavy dose of long and short sweepers with curves on the softer side.
The pavement is in good to excellent condition as of Sept, 2013 and a solid ride is to be had from Parkersburg all the way to its terminus in Linn, WV.
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- 'Akumux' (9/25/13)
Rode this from end to end in September, 2012 and my thought when I was done - write this one down.
I would say it's a road with a mix of sweepers and tighter technical stuff much like US 219 that runs north/south through WV, but this road is absent the busy towns that dot 219.
No traffic during the week at all and I rode for many miles without seeing another vehicle.
This one is a keeper.
This is an OUTSTANDING two lane road.
And the farther from Parkersburg, the better it is.
It sweeps, it swoops, and it has a couple turn in your wheelbase switchbacks.
More sweepers than switchbacks. You can run.
I rode it on a showery rain day.
Very variant road conditions - you could be on a dry/damp road and have it go full wet as you rounded the corner.
Watch out for 'rivulets' draining from the rocks.
Lots of gravel driveways, so lots of opportunity for gravel to be on the road.
Road surface is generally good, but varies by county.
So do the corner warning signs.
Some counties, every corner is marked, and others, not so much.
Just the way it is – keep your head up and pay attention.
I don't actually remember seeing one the full length (west-east from Parkersburg).
In fact, there just wasn't much traffic at all.
- Anonymous (10/1/11)
Rode west-to-east on 10/7/07.
This road was the highlight of my weekend in WV.
I even preferred it to the Seneca Rocks area in WV.
I didn't see any other motorcycles, only locals in their pickup trucks haulin' an ATV.
Strangers on the side of the road offered me a friendly wave.
Hardly any stop signs.
Several switchbacks and 20mph curves.
The road had its share of gravel in some turns, but I was able to see it from a distance.
The towns I rode through are really small and it would be best to plan your eating before or after you're on this stretch.
I wanted to turn around and ride the same stretch again, but had to get back home.
- Rider from Cincinatti, Ohio (10/15/07)
The best road I've seen since I lived in California, and the equal of many there.
Totally worth the trip from Columbus.
- Rider from Columbus, Ohio (8/27/07)
This road is INCREDIBLE!!! No TRAFFIC!!
The pavement is in great shape and the twisty turns won't stop.
Worth the trip even from Michigan.
- Rider from Canton, Michigan (6/11/07)
From the West it has mainly sweeping turns and then after Smithfield more twisty areas.
Very rural. Can go for miles without seeing a car. Lots of wild life.
I almost hit a buzzard the other day on this road.
Just a great road, mostly good pavement.
I believe it's a treasure more riders should experience.
Look out for deceiving turn right after Bernice.
That's about the area you transition from sweepers to twisty.
If you are in this area be sure and check this road out.
It's a favorite of the locals.
- Rider from Morgantown, West Virginia (8/23/06)