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4.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.33
3 Reviews

Covington to Pearisville

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By Ridden (22 McR Points) on Oct 07, 2011

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Guest
April 23, 2012
this is a great route. we normally do it…
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Marshman
August 20, 2015
Rode it this week. Incredible! It reminded me of…
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Written Directions

Start in Covington, VA and head south out of town on VA route 18. Eventually it turns into county route 17/Waiteville road in West Virginia. Stay on that and you will eventually cross the state line again back into Virginia, which will be Big Stoney Creek road. Take that until US 460.

Scenery

Just south of Covington, the route is in some hills but not big elevation changes. As you head towards the state line you end up in a valley, sometime following a creek. You are mostly going through farm land.

Drive Enjoyment

This road is not a super tight/twisty road but has good turns on it and great scenery. The road quality was excellent, for the most part clean pavement. The southern end was pretty fresh pavement through national forest. No lines on the road, but good quality pavement. The northern end was typical state route; double yellow lines/clean pavement, etc. Right before you get to US460 there is a gravel plant and the road is dirty but not for very long.

Tourism Opportunities

The road goes through national forest and farm land. While there are plenty of amenities on each end of the road, there's nothing but farms and woods in between.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

The road was EMPTY - no traffic when I rode it on a Sunday, late morning. It seemed pretty "out of the way" so i don't see it having a lot of traffic.

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Guest
April 23, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
this is a great route. we normally do it backwards from the directions given here. I personally, highly recommend the restaurant at PaintBank (which also has gas and a convenience store). Also dont forget to stop and check out the buffalo south of PaintBank. This buffalo farm is where the buffalo meat comes from at the PaintBank restaurant.
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Marshman
August 20, 2015
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Rode it this week. Incredible! It reminded me of a mini / smaller version of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don't get me wrong it's not the parkway but incredible ride. Great pavement, great twist its but not too technical. Not wide enough for lines to be painted but wide enough where you feel safe. And Empty empty empty so you can let it roll and just keep on smiling. And the restaurant and stop at Paint Bank is very cool. Plan a lunch there and then continue on in heaven for another 40 miles or so to the U.S. 460.
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LarryC
January 29, 2014
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Pearisville is really Pearisburg, VA. There is a fantastic stop along the route at the junction of Rt. 311 and Waiteville Road. The Swinging Bridge restaurant and the Depot for a night stayover. Menu includes Bison from the nearby Buffalo Farm. Not to be missed. Gas available. Very authentic "old time" atmosphere. The route from Pearisburg south to Blacksburg, home of VA Tech si also still a great ride.
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