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Paris to Waterloo on the Splendid 688 (AKA Leeds Manor Road)! + ADD NEW ROUTE


20   in Virginia Virginia25 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Paris to Waterloo on the Splendid 688 (AKA Leeds Manor Road)!

By State: Virginia Jake T.
on November 1, 2008

4.0out of 5

13 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Get yourself to Paris, VA and the intersection of US 50 and US 17. Head south on US 17 and in about 2 miles you'll see VA route 688 to the right. Start your route here and take a right on to 688 as it meanders southward down to Waterloo, VA.

Scenery

Wow!!! I can't believe I've been riding motorcycles in the DC area for 12 years now and never found or heard about this beautiful little gem tucked away in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. I was tipped off to this sweet little run when I bumped into an old high school friend while I was out shopping at a home improvement store. He's a member of a biking club and told me that his group rides this at least 2 or 3 times a summer. On this ride you'll slip into some secluded hill and valley country with great diversity of heavily wooded sections and open viewing sections. There are quant little farms and cottages spread out throughout the drive with peaceful pastures some with grazing cattle. You pass near and over streams occasionally and there are a few nice new impressive homes but mostly it's a lot of modest and older country homes. Many of the homes are surrounded by picture perfect white or black wooden fences and stone driveway entrance walls. When I took this ride the leaves had not changed yet but I'll bet it would be even more incredible in the fall or spring when there would be even more colors to take in. It's only 11 miles so I suggest you either turn around and do it again or head down to the Blue Ridge Parkway and make it a day trip!

Road Quality

The roads offer a lot of nice gentle curves and sections with good elevation changes but none of the turns are twisties by any means. Road conditions are rough in a few sections and if it were not for this I would have given this road a 5 here. However, the best part about it was that when we took this ride (on a weekday evening) the roads were nearly empty ... passed one car going one way and then 2 cars coming back ... an ideal lazy country road to ride one ... you'll love it!

Roadside Amenities

There really isn't too much to do along the way however there are at least four wineries along the way and the setting is perfect for these too. If we would have had more time that would have been a great way to take a break half way through the ride. I'm already getting a group together for the spring. Other than that there is not anything to do along the way yet there is a state park (Sky Meadows State Park) at the beginning so considering all this, I gave this motorcycle ride a 3 for amenities.





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By SterlingRider
on April 7, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2016

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Nice route. Road conditions are seasonal by county. Currently many Loudoun County section roads are being regraveled and it gets on the paved roads. Also shoulders are being graveled. There are great dirt roads off this route for adventure bikes to taste some dirt.

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By SterlingRider
on April 7, 2017 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2016

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

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By Yellowneck
on October 19, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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I had to make a correction to my review. The section between 66 and 17 is paved but it is not marked. The road is rather bumpy and has developed numerous potholes over the years. Be weary of this and you should be ok, Enjoy the nice scenery.

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By Yellowneck
on October 19, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

A friend wanted to go for a ride so I did a search online and came across this webpage. It was a good find. I found this route and another almost connecting to it so we decided to try it out. 2/3 of it is a nicely paved road and has good turns with elevation changes. If your not a seasoned rider, I suggest taking it slow if its your first time on this road, it incorporates turns with elevation changes. As long as there isn't a car in front of you, it is possible to maintain a decent pace and really lean into the turns. I did come across a patch of gravel in the middle of the road by FEMA so be careful. You'll know that you are by FEMA when you come across a tall fence that just appears out of nowhere.

The section between 211 and 66 is nicely paved and comfortable. There are no real stops but the scenery is serene. The section between 66 and 17 offers better views but the road is not paved and is rather bumpy. There is also a lot of traffic on this section of the road so in kind of inhibits a good pace and the bumpiness of the road along with pot holes keeps you a bit hesitant when trying to lean into the turns.

Not a bad ride though.

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By Guest
on May 14, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Enduro

I absolutely LOVE this road. I don't live far from the southern end, so I tend to zip up and down this little gem frequently. I have yet to see a speck of gravel. Road condition, except for a bit near Markham (south of 55), is splendid. There's a little store in Orlean where you can stop for gas, lunch, or other refreshments. If you are in the area, I'd rank it a must-ride.

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By Guest
on March 20, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Really enjoyed this ride, even without leaves on the trees (March 2011). The very northern section of 688 is narrow, unstriped, and has some rough sections, but still a nice ride. And it gets better. The journey offers pastures, woods, mansions, shacks, country churches, cemeteries, vineyards, an orchard, and two four-way stop villages, Hume and Orlean. Except for the twists and turns, cruising was about 45 mph. South of Hume the road widened slightly and was striped. Cruising was about 50 mph. But with so little traffic you can easily cruise slower to enjoy the sights. South of Orlean the road straightens a good bit and the stripping even allows passing in a few sections. Sixty mph is easy here. I enjoyed the ride enough to plan on riding it again this summer.

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By Guest
on June 6, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Not as bad as others make it out to be, but there are better roads in the area for sure. I thought just getting to Paris on 50 was more interesting than 688 itself. The road was a bit rough, not a lot of loose gravel on it today. It would have been better to get off at 66 and head towards Skyline for a longer, better ride than to continue south.

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By Guest
on October 26, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1994

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I tried this road on 10-25-09, it was pretty as described, but the loose gravel ruined it, most of the road is covered with loose gravel, so it was very sketchy for me on this road, I aborted it once I crossed under i-66

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By Guest
on October 8, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This road was fantastic! At times the mountains are visible on the horizon, and meanwhile there are beautiful farmhouses, antique churches, abandoned road-side stores, and lovely foliage. Not to mention, there were barely any cars. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

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By Guest
on July 7, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

I found this site and since I live near this road decided to check it out. To begin.. the road condition is horrible. Pot holes everywhere and broken up asphalt. There are no markings for lanes and many blind corners. It is also very short and I would consider it one of the worst "motorcycle roads" I've been on in a while. Loose gravel everywhere and leaves. No I was not trying to race down this road. It's just in poor condition for any ride. Maybe was once a good destination but not anymore.

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By Guest
on April 9, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Based on the recommendation of this site I took a ride on this road yesterday. Very nice indeed. It's a great place for a beginner to go hone skills without having to worry about traffic around every bend. I came out rt. 7 from Sterling and took the 601 south, which is another fine road up through the mountain. From Warrenton to my house was 75 miles one way, so it was a good afternoon ride. Highly recommended for Northern VA riders.

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By Guest
on March 5, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

or it may be easier to just look for leeds manor road just watch out cause the traffic on it does get heavy at times and people drive the speed limit on it

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By Guest
on November 11, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I stunbled accross this road myself last year and it is real gem of a road. This one is worth seeking out!

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