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4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4
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Roanoke Hills

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By MCR Contributor (952 McR Points) on May 18, 2011

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bobsworld
2 McR Points
September 11, 2011
Definitely will test your riding abilities!!…
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Akumu
1629 McR Points
November 21, 2019
Not that the Blue Ridge Parkway and all of its…
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Written Directions

Sugar Loaf Mountain Road starts just off Route 419 on the south side of Roanoke VA. Take it (later it changes names to Mt. Chestnut Road) to the end at Route 221. Turn right. After a short distance take another right onto Twelve O'Clock Knob Road. This takes you back to Roanoke, ending on Riverside Drive.

Scenery

When you can take your eyes off the road there are great views.

Drive Enjoyment

This route has more twists and turns than you'll find in any other city!!! Some are very tight so be careful.

Tourism Opportunities

Not much, but check out the Valhalla Winery near the top of Mt. Chestnut Road. Very thing else you need is in Roanoke.

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bobsworld
September 11, 2011
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Definitely will test your riding abilities!! Unfortunately I rode after we have had alot of rain there was gravel at the end of every driveway, so be on the lookout! I rode 12 oclock knob road towards Salem VA downhill, but would have been better going uphill I am sure, the road surface was very uneven, 15mph speed limit but did 25 was on a bike of course. Be careful. Take 221 towards Cave Spring/ Salem for a great view coming down out of the mountains. Definitely a twisty road and narrow...look where you want to go
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Akumu
November 21, 2019
1629 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Not that the Blue Ridge Parkway and all of its twisties could ever bore you, but if you want a change and a bit of a lower elevation take the exit off of Blue Ridge and hit up this road. Certainly plenty of challenging twisties, was sparse patches of gravel here and there, but I think that is because a truck was spilling a bit. Certainly worth the effort if you're staying the night in the Roanoke area.
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