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5 out of 5 Rider Rating 5
4 Reviews

Parkersburg-Clay-Harrisville-Loop

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By WVrider (89 McR Points) on Jan 12, 2012

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Guest
July 18, 2012
I rode this loop with three other riders in June…
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Dayton riders
September 24, 2018
Nice loop, great twisties and good quality
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Written Directions

This loop will start and finish in Parkersburg, WV. Leave Parkersburg on WV-14 toward Elizabeth. Continue through Elizabeth to the town of Spencer. Go left on U.S.33 for less than a mile. Take a right on U.S.119 and continue for 8/10th mile where you will go left on WV-36. Follow WV-36 for about 30 miles till you come to Interstate 79. Go north on I-79 for 6 miles exiting at WV-16. Follow the signs for WV-16 north, through Grantsville, Smithville, Harrisville, Ellenboro and ending in St.Mary's, WV. Go left on WV-2 in St. Mary's and follow back to Parkersburg.

Scenery

There are some scenic valleys and hill top views along this route. It takes you through several small country towns where everyone seems to enjoy seeing visitors. The last portion of the loop takes you along the Ohio River from St.Mary's most the way to Parkersburg.

Drive Enjoyment

This is a great route for sport and sport touring types. Lots of curves and twisties in the first three quarters of the route. Then lots of straight two lane highway at the end. WV-14 and WV-16 offer some great twists and turns although my favorite is WV-36 from Spencer to I-79. Just plain sweet for the sport rider. Not sure this loop would be great fun on a large touring bike. Have observed many sport bikes on this route. If for some reason you choose not to complete the entire loop there are several bailout options such as WV-47 and U.S.50 which will both take you back to Parkersburg.

Tourism Opportunities

With all the small towns along the way there are numerous restaurants and stops along the way. When you arrive at Harrisville you can detour a short distance and enjoy North Bend State Park.

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Guest
July 18, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I rode this loop with three other riders in June, 2012. It was a lovely ride with lots of curves. I would highly recommend it. My only caution would be, keep your tanks topped off, there were long stretches of the route where there was no gas stops or food stops. But I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.
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Dayton riders
September 24, 2018
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Nice loop, great twisties and good quality
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WVrider
January 18, 2012
89 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Awesome ride !
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