The Fort Valley & Thornton Gap Run

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State: Virginia
Date Submitted: December 1, 2007
Submitted by: Brad Morgan
Motorcycle Road Length: 50 Miles

Written Directions

Start in the town of Waterlick (just east of Strasburg). In Waterlick you will find the starting road - Fort Valley Road and want to take this south for about 20 miles. When Fort Valley Road runs into Route 675, take a left on to Route 675 (you'll be heading southeast). Now stay on 675 till it takes you into the town of Luray. In Luray you want to now get on to US Hwy 211 (Lee Hwy). Take Hwy 211 through Shenandoah National Park and to the route's end point of Sperryville, VA. As suggested above, I highly suggest you turn around and go back. Enjoy


Fort Valley Road takes you along a picturesque forest (Shenandoah National Park) and creek-bed before it deposits you in a gorgeous valley.VA 675 ends taking you up up up and over a mountain as does US Hwy 211 - both roads offer some spectacular views!

Road Quality  

Fort Valley road starts-off with a series of sweepers as it follows a creek-bed. You will hug the corners of some sheer rock walls and wind through thick forest. (part of the George Washington Nat'l Forest). After a few miles the road opens-up and you are treated to more gentle curves as you ride through a beautiful scenic valley.Turn left onto VA675 (after about 23 miles) and things change-up significantly as you are greeted with significant elevation change and some switchbacks that head-up and over the mountain. At the end of 675 you will want to pick-up US 211 East and head for the Thornton Gap which switchbacks up and over the Shenandoah Mountain range. This road offers tons of peg scraping twisties - its a thrilling ride. Be careful - this section is heavily patrolled by VA's finest because so many squids push-it beyond their limits here. Once over the mountain things ease-up a bit. I recommend turning around having another go at US211, VA675 and Fort Valley Rd!

Roadside Amenities  

The town of Luray sits at the intersection of VA675 and US211 - there are several places to stop for food and fuel. Also - the entrance to Skyline drive is at the top of the Shenandoah Mountain as you pass through the Thornton Gap ... here is where you can visit Shenandoah National Park.

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Reviewed by Ridden on October 13, 2011
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Creator: Ridden
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: Good casual road with good views, both in the valley and across the peak. Good for a quick ride from the DC area. Getting popular among the motorcyclists so traffic is building on it.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 29, 2009
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Creator: missin44
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Buell
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I ride this road often, it's a fun ride. Not a lot of traffic. Road up and down the mountian can hold a little gravel.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 13, 2009
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Creator: Dave
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: I ride this road often. It has some great views and not overly traveled. Watch yourself in the turns, some carry quite a bit of gravel.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 5, 2009
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Creator: David
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I have been out on this road several times it is a great road to ride just watch out for the turn that is up-hill and basically a u-turn sign says 5 mph and if there is a car coming the opposite way hold on
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