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Rt 42 - Virginia Mountains

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By MCR Contributor (967 McR Points) on May 18, 2011

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October 6, 2011
In my opinion it's a little boring/trafficky…

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Take I-81 to Bristol VA. Go North on I-81 to Rt. 92 North. 92 turns into 42. Go North for 2 days. Have fun!


This is the longest state road in VA. It runs from just north of Bristol VA (Glade Spring Rt 91) to Woodstock VA. 42 is west of I-81 and you will visit a lifestyle of Virginia that is lost in time. The ride is very mountainous, full of very small towns such as Saltville VA.

Drive Enjoyment

Rt 42 is very twisty, switch-backs galore, narrow in places with lots of farmland.

Tourism Opportunities

You will need to swing towards I-81 to find great steakhouses, Hampton Inns etc. Wear warm clothing. The altitudes will fool you, even in the summer.

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October 6, 2011
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In my opinion it's a little boring/trafficky until you get south of Staunton but no matter what, it's all better than I-81!
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