Gap Ride Preview
This is awesome riding. Route 311 is as
good as it gets.
This 278 mile ride begins with a nice ride south on Route 219
(Seneca Trail) to
Battlefield Park (map).
The park is free and has multiple restrooms.
Droop Mountain Sign
Take the short park road to the observation tower and past
cannons, a museum, and soldier's graves.
Droop Mountain Tower
Continue south on Route 219. Turn on
CR 21 and follow it east into the Monongahela National Forest.
Turn right on Route 92 and follow it south to White Sulphur
Springs. Take a short detour to see the
Congressional Bunker inside the Greenbrier Resort if
it is of interest.
Turn left and follow U.S. 60/I-64
for a little bit and then turn right on Route 311. This road
soon crosses into Virginia and into the George Washington
National Forest. The road briefly crosses back into West
Virginia and goes through Sweet Springs. Now the fun begins!
Route 311 now crosses a series and
ridges and is one of the better riding roads in the Region. The
road becomes twisty and crosses into Virginia and the Jefferson
National Forest. The twists continue as 311 crosses 2 ridges and
then descends into Paint Bank beside Pott's Creek.
Follow the shore of the Paint Bank
though the Gap of the ridge and then ride a twisty letter Z over
Paint Mountain. Cross John's Creek and descent into New Castle.
Take Route 615 north along Craig
Creek. Turn left on Route 624, cross the ridge, and follow Rich
Patch Road north to I-64. Ride I-64 along the Jackson River west
into Covington and then turn north on U.S. 220. This is one
great 2-lane piece of asphalt.
Turn right on Route 606 (McGraw Gap
Road) and put your big boy/big girl boots on. This super twisty
crosses multiple ridges before dropping into Clifton Forge.
Sulphur Spring Road
Stop for lunch at the
Family Restaurant in Clinton Forge, VA.
Take U.S. 60 east to Cliftondale
Park and then turn north on Route 629 and follow Wilson Creek to
Douthat Lake. This is a nice ride with a waterfall and lake on
your left and woods on your right. Continue north along Mill
Creek to Route 39 in Millboro. Turn left on Route 39 and follow
Thompson Creek and Jordan Run through the Gap and then begin to
climb. Stop at the Dan Ingall's Overlook.
Route 39 to Dan Ingall's Overlook
Dan Ingall's Overlook on Route 39 -
Photo by Dave Hallock
Continue west to Warm Springs and
then climb the ridge.
39 up and around the Ridge
Follow Spring Run and Big Turn Run
west into West Virginia. Finally follow Laurel Creek, Douthat
Creek, and Knapp Creek to Route 219. Turn right on Route 219 and
ride north to the hotel.