72 Loop Ride Preview
This 261 mile ride begins with various County Roads up to
Buckhannon. Little county roads like these can be really awesome
in West Virginia. These are some of the best.
Take U.S. 119 north to Phillipi. If
you have a taste for the macabre, cross over the Philippi
Covered Bridge on your right to check out
Mummies of the Insane.
Mummies of the Insane
Continue north on Route 119 and
follow Berkeley Run to Grafton. Cross Tygart Valley River and
then turn right on U.S. 50. Many U.S. Roads in West Virginia are
very different from what we think of in the Northeast. Often
they are 2-lane curvy gems. U.S. 50 is one of the best.
Turn right on U.S. 50 and follow
Three Fork Creek. The road crosses the river and then begins to
climb. This next stretch to Route
72 in Rowlesburg is great riding!
U.S. 50 to Rowlesburg
Turn left on Route 72. This is a very pretty road that
follows the Cheat River north to Kingwood.
Turn right on Route 7 and ride it east to Terra Alta.
Take Aurora Pike South back to U.S. 50.
Turn right on U.S. 50 and ride west from Aurora to Rowlesburg.
This is another great 2-lane curvy gem.
U.S. 50 west from Aurora to
Turn left on Route 72 and follow it
south into the Monongahela State Forest. Stop for lunch at the
Iron Bridge Bistro in Parsons, WV.
The next section of
Route 72 from Parsons down to Davis is a very narrow & curvy road.
Here is a screen grab to show you what it is like:
Street View of WV 72 from Parsons
It is a great ride, but if narrow
and curvy bothers you then I suggest taking Route 219 north out
of Parsons (nice road!) and then riding south on Route 32 to
pick up the route in Davis.
Those that choose to ride Route 72
are in for a treat if you like curves. Check out the map below:
Route 72 from Parsons to Davis
From Davis, ride Route 32 south
and follow the Cheat River to U.S. 33.
Turn west on Route 33,
cross the ridge at Wymer and ride it to Route 219. Follow Route
219 south to the hotel.