New River Gorge Ride Preview
Route 219. Route 60, and Route 39 are
great riding roads.
Battlefield Park, the Glade Creek Grist Mill in
Babcock State Park, the
New River Gorge Bridge, the Hawk's Nest Overlook,
Highland Scenic Highway are all great things to see.
This 276 mile ride begins with a nice ride south on Route 219 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 right onto CR23. Follow it
and CR19 to U.S. 60. U.S. 60 from Rainelle to Route 41 is great
riding. It is 2 lanes of great curves, elevation changes, and
U.S. 60 from Rainelle to Route 41
Turn left on Route 41 and ride into
Babcock State Park (map)
($2). Park and see the famous Glade Creek Grist Mill.
Glade Creek Grist Mill
Return to U.S. 60 and follow it west to U.S. 19
in Hico. Turn south on U.S. 19 and ride it to
New River Gorge Bridge (wiki).
Stop at the
Canyon Rim Visitor's Center (review).
The Visitor's Center has a great view of the bridge from the
back deck. There is no fee.
Fayette Station Road to the river. Cross the Fayette
Station Bridge and the climb back up toward U.S. 19.
Fayette Station Road
View of the New River Gorge Bridge from the
Fayette Station Bridge
Turn right on Keller Avenue and
follow it into Fayetteville. Keep your speed down as
Fayetteville has a reputation for rigorous speed enforcement.
Turn right on Route 16 and stop for lunch at the
Secret Sandwich Society (review).
Contine on Route 16 north to U.S.
60. Turn right and ride to
Hawk's Nest State Park (map).
Be sure to stop at the Hawk's Nest Overlook
Hawk's Nest Overlook
There is another overlook just down the road called Lover's Leap with
a tram down to the river ($6) for those looking for a closer view of
Backtrack on U.S. 60 and follow it west to Route 16 in
Gauley Bridge. Turn right on Route 16 and ride it north to Route 39.
Turn right on Route 39 and continue through Summersville. Continue
east on Route 39 to the Monangahela National Forest.
Where Route 39 enters the Monongahela National Forest in Fenwick
Highland Scenic Highway (map).
This route offers great views and nice riding.
Highlands Scenic Highway
Route 39 is some great riding all the way to the
Cranberry Mountain Nature Center in Hillsboro. The center has some
good nature displays, walking paths, and restrooms.
Turn left on Route 150 and begin to climb.
There are 4 scenic overlooks on Route 150. From the south the first
one is the Williams River Valley Overlook.
Highlands Scenic Overlook #3 - Williams
Next is the Big Spuce Overlook.
Highlands Scenic Overlook #2 - Big
Then the Big Little Laurel Overlook.
Highlands Scenic Overlook #1 - Little
overlook on Route 150 is the Red Lick
Descend down to Route 219.
Turn left and follow Route 219 north to the hotel.