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4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4
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By Akumu (2841 McR Points) on Dec 24, 2013

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Akumu
2841 McR Points
December 29, 2013
In 2011 and earlier this road used to be a real…
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M109Rsv
June 24, 2019
The south end after Parsons WV is NOT RECOMMENDED…
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Written Directions

I always pick 72 south up off of 7 east out of Kingwood, WV. Take it all the way till it intersects with Route 32 54 miles later.

Scenery

For much of this road you're riding next to a creek with a pretty good view of it, when not next to the creek the elevation offers a fair view. Not too shabby...

Drive Enjoyment

Very good pavement just before or after Rowelsburg, I believe. Before then it's shoddy, but not horrible. North of Parsons it's great and south of 219 it's a 1.5 lane suicide (see: fun) road.

Tourism Opportunities

Parsons,WV is it. The other towns are too small to offer anything up.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

The faster you take this road, the more fun it is. Now, granted that can be said about anyone road, but seeing as the lanes get pretty fat at the mid and late part of this road allowing plenty of room for smooth sweeping turns. Do mind the red clay that falls down on the road in one spot on the right if heading south. You can't miss it, given that the hills are all trees until you get to the red hill part, then it goes back to trees.

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WV 72 South of Parsons (1.5 lane)
West Virginia State Route 72
West Virginia State Route 72
West Virginia State Route 72
West Virginia State Route 72
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Akumu
December 29, 2013
2841 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
In 2011 and earlier this road used to be a real crapped. They paved it in late 2011, I believe and ever since then it's been a mainstay on how I get deeper into West Virginia coming from south western PA. It's a great cruising road, but can be even more fun by adding some speed since the turns aren't anything too sharp. The view is great north of Parsons, as well. South of Parsons is a whole different animal, basically a paved 1.5 lane 25 - 40 mph road with no guard rails in many spots and a fair dose of gravel. I only take this south branch when I'm in the mood to do so, but I thoroughly recommend that you try it at least once. Just...be careful. It's a steep drop.
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M109Rsv
June 24, 2019
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Motorcycle Type : Other
The south end after Parsons WV is NOT RECOMMENDED!!! Maybe for a Dual Sport.... But a nice little cut through. To US 50.
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chestonius
May 11, 2015
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Took 72 from Kingwood to US 50. It was absolutely beautiful. For most of the route you can see the Cheat River to your side which gives amazing views. The road quality wasn't the best but I slowed down to take advantage of the scenery so it wasn't a big deal.
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