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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Lexington, NC, USA
Home of my grandparents
and I was just up that way this past weekend. Here are some good things in the area, and good roads, in no particular order.
US 250 from Elkins to Staunton, VA, (or at least to Monterrey, VA) is a great road. The best climb is the first one, up Cheat Mtn., but after that you just keep going over ridges. There are like 7 of them on that stretch.
On 250, in Durbin, WV, there is a restaurant called the Old Pike Grill that's worth going to. IF it's still in business. The last time I went through there there was a white wreath on the door, and the place was closed. I don't know if that was permanent.
Taking Route 92 from Bartow south, you go through Cass, WV, home of the restored scenic railway. A good stop.
Also on that stretch is Green Bank, home of what must be the largest array of radio telescopes in the east. They give tours.
The road from Cass west to US 219 is a great twisty road. There's not much elevation change, but there's never more than 50 yards of straight road in one stretch.
For just tooling around, the Canaan (pron. ke NANE) Valley is beautiful, and I recall that Blackwater Falls State Park is also nice (been a few years since there).
At some point in that time frame, there's a Mountain Heritage Festival in Elkins which is fun. You'll be too late for the ramp festival (wild onions).
And they have rent-a-horses that you can take up to the top of the Seneca Rocks, available at the store at the corner of WV28 and US 33.
Have a great time.