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What Are The 9 Best Motorcycle Rides in West Virginia?

- George Washington Hwy (36 miles)
- Route 250 (31 miles)
- Seneca Trail (197 miles)
- US-33 (79 miles)
- WV-14 (48 miles)
- WV-20 (53 miles)
- WV-39 (102 miles)
- Midland Trail (80 miles)
- Highland Scenic Hwy (38 miles)

Motorcycle Rides Near Me In West Virginia

Below is our detailed list for the best motorcycle roads in West Virginia! From the mountainous back country to historic byways, West Virginia offers some fantastic motorcycle riding. Discover the beauty of the Mountain State on these motorcycle roads in West Virginia. Click on each West Virginia motorcycle map link for the direct Google Maps route.

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Tips For W Virginia Motorcycle Rides

The summers are hot in WV, but there will be less heat and humidity if riding in the mountains, as the higher elevations have a dramatic effect on the climate. In the winter months, snow and ice will shut down any rides in the mountains. The eastern part of the state tends to be warmer, so consider breathable riding gear if you're planning a ride in that region. In addition, WV is one of the rainiest states in the nation, so be sure to pack rain gear.

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DISTANCE: 36 miles
TIME: 1 hour

This is a great West Virginia motorcycle ride in the eastern part of the state, with plenty of twists, switchbacks and several highly technical. East of Cheat River, ride up an exciting 1200 feet in 3 miles on the Big Hill. Start this route in Grafton and head east for several highly technical sections, lots of scenery and generally light traffic. The views are especially terrific in the autumn when the foliage is at its peak. Another nice thing about this ride is you are close to some of the best motorcycle roads in the country - Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.



DISTANCE: 31 miles
TIME: 45 mins

Pickup this route in Huttonsville and enjoy this remarkable West Virginia motorcycle road through the deep forest of Monongahela National Forest. This road takes you over two large mountains with panoramic views of valleys and through small historic towns. Motorcyclists will also ride through beautiful farm land, thick forest and nearby trickling streams in the Monongahela National Forest. US-250 provides some very technically challenging switchbacks, tight corners and elevation changes. This ride won't disappoint. In fact, it's considered by many to be the best motorcycle ride in West Virginia!



DISTANCE: 197 miles
TIME: 4.5 hours

The Seneca Trail is a gorgeous WV motorcycle road that covers much of the state and runs through the Allegheny Mountain range and the Monongahela National Forest. This 200 mile route will take you past some of the wildest and most scenic parts of the state. The pavement quality is great. There are plenty of twisties, and there's many other fantastic roads that branch off every part of this W Virginia motorcycle ride, including Rte 61 in Virginia. Optionally try the fun little detour around Marlington, WV on Highland Scenic Highway. There's also many other State Parks around this route to explore as well.



DISTANCE: 78 miles
TIME: 2 hours

For an absolutely thrilling ride on the west side of the Appalachian mountains, we suggest this well maintained route from Elkens to the WV border. You'll be passing through two national forests - the George Washington and the Monongahela - on US-33. There are some sharp turns and few straight-aways with some great vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. Route 33 also provides exquisite twists and turns, drops and climbs as you motorcycle along the gorgeous WV scenery. Continue on to Seneca Rocks with some of the most stunning rock formations east of the the Rockies, and enjoy one of the best motorcycle roads in W Virginia!



DISTANCE: 48 miles
TIME: 1 hour 10 mins

In the northwestern part of the state, you'll find this awesome West Virginia motorcycle ride with lots of curves. WV-14 connects from Parkersburg down to Spencer, WV. You'll ride for about 48 miles among some gorgeous scenic valleys and hilltop views. As of 2023, the road pavement quality is excellent, making it one of the prettiest rides in West Virginia!



DISTANCE: 54 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours

For never ending twists and turns, check out the great motorcycle ride along WV-20 from Buckhannon to Webster Springs, WV. This road has all the twisties and elevation changes you could want. It has a nice little state park called Holly River along the route. Riders will have beautiful scenery of hill, mountains and valleys for the 54 mile trip. The road pavement quality leaves much to be desired in some areas of WV-20, so watch out for patches and gravel. The best part of this route is in the southern section, while northern part of this road will usually be a bit busier.



DISTANCE: 102 miles
TIME: 2.5 hours

If you're looking for a technical, sporty ride, look no further than this great motorcycle route on WV-39! This road has a lot to offer as far as twists and turns go. There's a nice balance of sweepers, tight turns as well as elevation changes as you traverse through the Monongahela and George Washington forests. Motorcycle riders will also have some open spaces which provide opportunities for passing if needed. The eastern section will offer more mountain views, as the western portion will be more dense forest riding. This route will take you over 100 miles from the junction of US-60 in Gauley Bridge to Minnehaha Springs. But Route 39 continues to be a fantastic motorcycle ride past the Virginia state line.



DISTANCE: 80 miles
TIME: 2 hours

The Midland Trail is an awesome motorcycle road in the Appalachian region. This ride can be started just off our above-mentioned WV-39 route, where you'll carve alongside the Kanawha River. There's a lot of scenic diversity on the Midland Trail motorcycle ride, including grassy farmland, mountain views and waterfalls to stop and check out along the way. Continue east to White Sulphur Springs, WV. There are many scenic overlooks along this part of US-60, including places to stop and enjoy the views of the river. Look out for bits of gravel on the road as well as a few rough sections. On the plus side, much of this road runs along Highway 64, so there is not a lot of traffic to contend with along US-60.
(Photo: J. Watt)



DISTANCE: 38 miles
TIME: 1 hour

Just off of the above-mentioned Seneca Trail motorcycle route, is this detour just north of Hillsboro, WV. The Highland Scenic Highway offers motorcyclists a beautiful, smooth route. It's 38 miles of riding high on the mountains of Pocahontas County. WV-150 is more of a relaxed ride, as there are not any technical, tight turns. It's mainly sweepers with some elevation changes, all with very minimal traffic. The Highland Scenic Highway is a well-maintained, lovely road high above the neighboring valleys, and a great motorcycle road to take in the overlooks.
(Photos: B. Powell / J. Bailey)


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