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3.75 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.75
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The Snowshoe Challenge

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 01, 2008

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usagiyo11
44 McR Points
June 9, 2013
Did this 15 years ago with the Miata Club and…
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Guest
April 23, 2012
Not much has changed since the comments from '08…
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Written Directions

From Snowshoe, WV, take route 66 east till it runs into route 28/92.

Scenery

Huge inclines and declines on hwy 66 east of Snowshoe Mtn. Snowshoe itself is a 6 mile climb to the top and twists and curves that will challenge even the best riders. I coasted down mostly. Beautiful log homes that implanted themselves in the side of the mountain and beautiful scenery. Nice streams usually follow the roads around Snowshoe. This road will challenge you, I promise!



Road Quality: 5

The roads are great for having all four seasons. Every so often you'll see some loose gravel on the tight turns, so be especially careful on the tight 20mph turns. And when it says 20mph, it means 20mph! Very little trucks except for the occasional timber truck. This area is not for leaning back and stretching out. It will challenge you and you will be leaning all the time. If you want to stretch out, follow hwy 33 or 220 near Petersburg, WV.

Roadside Amenities:: 2

Nothing but beautiful scenery. Hwy 66 east of Snowshoe is all forest, gas up when you get a chance. Go see Senaca Rocks. And fill up there. There is a cool bar/restaurant as well. Snowshoe has a gas station at the bottom of the mountain, can't miss it because everyone stops there. Marlinton is about 15 miles south of Snowshoe, this is a neat little town with ample refueling, shopping, and eating places. There is also a restaurant about 6 miles north of Snowshoe off hwy 219 (look for the bear). If you go to Snowshoe Freedomfest the 3rd weekend of July, join the guided tours. There are tons of bikes at this. Also, go on the ride and hike ride, it's well worth it.



Drive Enjoyment

The roads are great for having all four seasons. Every so often you'll see some loose gravel on the tight turns, so be especially careful on the tight 20mph turns. And when it says 20mph, it means 20mph! Very little trucks except for the occasional timber truck. This area is not for leaning back and stretching out. It will challenge you and you will be leaning all the time. If you want to stretch out, follow hwy 33 or 220 near Petersburg, WV.

Tourism Opportunities

Nothing but beautiful scenery. Hwy 66 east of Snowshoe is all forest, gas up when you get a chance. Go see Senaca Rocks. And fill up there. There is a cool bar/restaurant as well. Snowshoe has a gas station at the bottom of the mountain, can't miss it because everyone stops there. Marlinton is about 15 miles south of Snowshoe, this is a neat little town with ample refueling, shopping, and eating places. There is also a restaurant about 6 miles north of Snowshoe off hwy 219 (look for the bear). If you go to Snowshoe Freedomfest the 3rd weekend of July, join the guided tours. There are tons of bikes at this. Also, go on the ride and hike ride, it's well worth it.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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usagiyo11
June 9, 2013
44 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
Did this 15 years ago with the Miata Club and just got to do it again on Sportbike...

On Top of the World Views, Tight, Technical Roads, and usually above average road conditions. The Snowshoe Challenge is a feather that needs to be on any Sport Inspired Rider and/ or Driver's cap.
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Guest
April 23, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Not much has changed since the comments from '08. One thing to remember, alot of snow fall on this area during winter, therefore alot of cinders and salt are applied to this rode. So, yes, there are some gravely turns.
I also agree with taking this trip backwards from rt 28 to snowshoe. The road, as most, is much more fun going uphill then downhill!!!.
Stop by Cass Scenic Railroad for a blast to the past. They have a railroad museum and also give old coal engine train rides.
Be careful and enjoy your ride!!!!!
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Pouge
November 2, 2011
60 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I consider this the back side of Snowshoe. It does get steep and it has hairpin curves. I prefer to go up to be in more control and less wear on my brakes, and go down on the Rt. 219 side. Beautiful view at the top. This Rt. 66 is well worth the trip...
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