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5 out of 5 Rider Rating 5
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Woolwine Hwy to Tuggles Gap

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By Brian Fistler (67 McR Points) on Feb 12, 2015

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Brian Fistler
67 McR Points
June 25, 2016
As of 2016 the road surface in most of the right-…
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Butch Reid
February 28, 2015
One of my favorite rides.
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Written Directions

Starting from Bull Mountain Fork at the intersection of VA Hwy 8 and US Hwy 58 6 miles north of Stuart VA, stay to the right of the fork and follow Hwy 8 17 miles to Tuggles Gap where Hwy 8 meets with the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you want more twisties, you can get on the BRP and head west for 12.5 miles to Meadows of Dan VA, then head south on Hwy 58 back to Stuart. (Hwy 58 is already listed as part of the "Greensboro, NC - Blue Ridge Pkwy - Winston-Salem" route. Both Hwy 8 and 58 are great twisty roads, but I feel Hwy 8 has a bit steeper grade and somewhat tighter curves, so it's more fun, for me, going up Hwy 8, then back down the mountain via Hwy 58.

Scenery

This road will take you along fields, streams and woods for the first 12 or so miles with scenic sweepers then you will suddenly enter more dense forest and start climbing an 8 or 9% grade with great twisties and a 55 MPH speed limit, allowing you to get on the throttle and climb the mountain.

Drive Enjoyment

Hwy 8 is in great condition (as is Hwy 58, should you decide to come back via that route).The road is usually free of gravel and other debris, however there is 1 right-hand curve that has a moderate pothole in the middle of the north bound lane. (shouldn't be a problem if you are following the proper line, and if you are not going so fast that you are taking the optimal line through the curve, then pothole isn't bad enough to worry about.) This road does carry local traffic and some blind curves, so be aware and ride accordingly.

Tourism Opportunities

Gas is available in Stuart, as well as at a road-side produce area 2 miles south of the start point on Hwy 8. At the north end in Tuggles Gap there is a restaurant and motel, but I've never eaten there, but no gas. If you follow the BRP west for 10 miles, there is a restaurant at Mabry Mill, and 2 miles farther west from Mabry Mill is Meadows of Dan with gasoline. (Mabry Mill is the single most photographed location along the entire 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.)

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Brian Fistler
June 25, 2016
67 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
As of 2016 the road surface in most of the right-hand turns going north (up the mountain) are becoming increasingly degraded with potholes developing in many of the blind turns. Nothing deep enough to cause a direct accident, but certainly bad enough to lose traction of you are attacking the corners at 8/10 or above. It's a shame, and hopefully the road will be repaved soon (Hwy 58 just to the west was repaved this year - 2016)
This road is still worth a "5", but barely. (Sport mode riders will probably consider it more of a 4 these days) Just don't go hitting the curves in the steep/twisty portion of the road with the expectation to be leaning 45 degrees in the turns any more, as was great fun to do in previous years.
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Butch Reid
February 28, 2015
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
One of my favorite rides.
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Brian Fistler
February 13, 2015
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
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