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5   in West Virginia West Virginia54 Miles

Motorcycle Roads US 50 - The George Washington Highway

By pamcat
on March 1, 2008

4.6out of 5

12 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Get yourself to the starting point/town of Grafton, WV. From Grafton head east on US Highway 50 through the most western tip of Maryland and continuing on to the small WV town of Mount Storm (where Highway 50 and WV Route 42 intersect). .

Scenery

Mountains, Rivers, Valleys, Great People, Fun things to do. You travel just north of the northern most reaches of the beautiful Monongahela National Forest!

rock formations seen along the way Road Quality: 4

Twist and turns, leading to places that have MORE twist and turns. Another nice thing about this run is when you complete it, you are close to another couple of great mountain runs in the area - Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. You could get to them by continuing from this ride's end point (Mount Storm, WV) and get down to Front Royal, VA where you can start heading down (south) Skyline Drive to the end and then pick up The Blue Ridge Parkway in Afton, VA ... put this all together and this could be a fantastic weekend of motorcycle riding! windmills seen along the way

Roadside Amenities:3

This is a wild ride ... at one point has a near 180 degree turn with other tight turns leading to a funky gift story with rustic old knickknack shop about mid way through the run. You'll pass Cathedral State Park along the way too and could stop there as it's a nice midway point stop. I suggest you stay at Abrams Creek Camp ground - a great place to be ... just past the Highway 50 and WV Route 42 intersection (Near Mount Storm, WV). Look hard or you'll miss the sign. There is a lodge house, camping are, and cozy cabins to stay in all alongside Abrams Creek. This is a place off the beaten path and you'll have a blast staying over for the night.

Road Quality

Twist and turns, leading to places that have MORE twist and turns. Another nice thing about this run is when you complete it, you are close to another couple of great mountain runs in the area - Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. You could get to them by continuing from this ride's end point (Mount Storm, WV) and get down to Front Royal, VA where you can start heading down (south) Skyline Drive to the end and then pick up The Blue Ridge Parkway in Afton, VA ... put this all together and this could be a fantastic weekend of motorcycle riding!

Roadside Amenities

This is a wild ride ... at one point has a near 180 degree turn with other tight turns leading to a funky gift story with rustic old knickknack shop about mid way through the run. You'll pass Cathedral State Park along the way too and could stop there as it's a nice midway point stop. I suggest you stay at Abrams Creek Camp ground - a great place to be ... just past the Highway 50 and WV Route 42 intersection (Near Mount Storm, WV). Look hard or you'll miss the sign. There is a lodge house, camping are, and cozy cabins to stay in all alongside Abrams Creek. This is a place off the beaten path and you'll have a blast staying over for the night.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By I RYD
on June 2, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Ultra Classic

Motorcycle Type Touring

Going East a couple of miles after you cross the Cheat River you go up "The Big Hill" This hill rises 1200 feet in 3 miles. As of this writing it was getting NEW blacktop from top to bottom.

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By Guest
on August 30, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I am sorry I didn't get to ride the road when it was dry. I found all the motorists were courteous. The trip was just beautiful. Can't wait to ride it again.

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By Guest
on September 7, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Hwy 50 is one of the better roads in the east. As pointed out Seneca Rocks are located elsewhere in beautiful West 'By GOD' Virginia. The wind mills are now found in several different spots. We spent 3 days trying to see all and fell short. Definitely worth a return trip.

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By Guest
on July 11, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a incredible ride. Went from Ohio to DC one week and loved it so much did it a week latter with a few chages and road to Baltimore Md. AWESOME RIDE

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By Guest
on December 30, 2008 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Concur with the comment from TheNomadRider. 50 is a fun route, but the windmills pictured are actually on 219 (great ride!) and Seneca Rocks is a bit of a haul off the described route (Great ride down and back though!).

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By I RYD
on March 28, 2015 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley - Ultra Classic

Motorcycle Type Touring

West Virginia, Maryland route 50 (Northwestern Turnpike) downhill ride. In 45 miles from Backbone Mountain Md. (elev. 3095') at the Maryland, West Virginia border west to Grafton W.V. (elev. 964') route 50 drops 2131 feet. In the first 17 miles it drops 1700 feet from the border to Cheat River.

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By Akumu
on December 28, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Just one great road through and through. Not the twistiest, not the most sweepers, not the best road surface in the state, but it's the jack of all trades road once you get east of Grafton. (West of Grafton it's pretty much boring slab.)

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By usagiyo11
on June 9, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Started this off at Valley Falls State Park by Tygart Lake(Grafton)and road WV-50E out to Aurora(just short of MD Line) and then back

Loved it! Climbing and then Cascading down Cheat Mountain is a blast. Good Road Conditions. I found the other motorist very aware and courteous of bikers.

Highly recommend this section of Road and will do it again hopefully by year's end.

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By Hyosung Girl
on August 13, 2012 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008 Aquila

Motorcycle Make yosung

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This was a great ride with plenty of twisties, switchbacks and smooth roads. I commend the folks in WV for their upkeep of the pavement, making it a joy to ride these roads. We stopped at The Millstone BBQ for some fabulous "Hog Wings" and Banana Pudding for dessert somewhere in the middle of the ride on Hgwy 50. It was a great place to get off. They are only open certain days and seasons so check before getting your hopes up. Great scenery along this route as well as a good campground should you choose to spend the night. (Abrams Family Campground)

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By Guest
on October 13, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

This is an incredible and gorgeous stretch of road, especially when the leaves are turning color. But watch out for deer and crazy drivers, both of which are plentiful!

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By Guest
on May 5, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great road - several highly technical sections, lots of scenery and generaly light traffic.
I have never seen those windmills on US 50 either but its possible i was just too focused on the road! I have seen a bank of these windmills on US219 just a few miles south of the intersection of US50.

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

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The "rock formation seen along the way" is actually 40 miles south of Mt Storm - Seneca Rocks. Also, I know that there are windmills on Backbone mountain in Tucker County but as far as I know, you can't see them very well (if at all) from US 50. Someone taking this route and expecting to see these scenes is going to be disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a great ride - you just won't see the scenery depicted in the description.

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