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Parkersburg-Clay-Harrisville-Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


3   in West Virginia West Virginia180 Miles

By WVrider
on January 13, 2012

5.0out of 5

2 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This loop will start and finish in Parkersburg, WV. Leave Parkersburg on WV-14 toward Elizabeth. Continue through Elizabeth to the town of Spencer. Go left on U.S.33 for less than a mile. Take a right on U.S.119 and continue for 8/10th mile where you will go left on WV-36. Follow WV-36 for about 30 miles till you come to Interstate 79. Go north on I-79 for 6 miles exiting at WV-16. Follow the signs for WV-16 north, through Grantsville, Smithville, Harrisville, Ellenboro and ending in St.Mary's, WV. Go left on WV-2 in St. Mary's and follow back to Parkersburg.

Scenery

There are some scenic valleys and hill top views along this route. It takes you through several small country towns where everyone seems to enjoy seeing visitors. The last portion of the loop takes you along the Ohio River from St.Mary's most the way to Parkersburg.

Road Quality

This is a great route for sport and sport touring types. Lots of curves and twisties in the first three quarters of the route. Then lots of straight two lane highway at the end. WV-14 and WV-16 offer some great twists and turns although my favorite is WV-36 from Spencer to I-79. Just plain sweet for the sport rider. Not sure this loop would be great fun on a large touring bike. Have observed many sport bikes on this route. If for some reason you choose not to complete the entire loop there are several bailout options such as WV-47 and U.S.50 which will both take you back to Parkersburg.

Roadside Amenities

With all the small towns along the way there are numerous restaurants and stops along the way. When you arrive at Harrisville you can detour a short distance and enjoy North Bend State Park.

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By Guest
on July 18, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha VStar 650 Custom

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this loop with three other riders in June, 2012. It was a lovely ride with lots of curves. I would highly recommend it. My only caution would be, keep your tanks topped off, there were long stretches of the route where there was no gas stops or food stops. But I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.

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By WVrider
on January 19, 2012 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda NT700V

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Awesome ride !

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