Normally we have our Sequatchie Valley Days around this weekend, but I decided to move SVD to the first of October for a little cooler temps. So........what to do with this weekend.......but to take a trip up to the cooler temps of West Virginia and Virginia!
I have toured these parts of WV/VA on 4 occasions (2 by bike), and have loved every minute of it! I wanted to share this ride with the rest of you to see if anyone wanted to join me. Instead of doing a tour of the states by setting up camp each day, I wanted to set up like we normally do at our rallies.... and find a place centrally located to the regions of WV that I would like to travel to. Unfortunately, there are no motorcycle campgrounds near this area.....so this is what I have planned:
What: WV Country Roads
Where: White Rocks Campground
When: May 30 - June 3 ......coming soon!
Who: All who love touring on Adventure bikes!
Why: Country Roads take you home.
The campground is practically on the VA/WV state line and located near the town of Pearisburg, VA. It is a George Washington and Jefferson NF campground. The camping is only $4/night per person and there are 35 sites available. First come, first serve, but it is supposedly not busy. It has water and bathrooms, but no electricity or showers......just a wash basin. I will charge my phone from my vehicle, and can charge others, as well. I doubt there will be any cell service, there......but I can go without it for the night. I figured with the savings we get from the low cost of staying there, we can eat local cuisine along our routes. I will also have a grill, etc. for anything we may want to cook at night. here are some PICS
of the campground.
If you are in need of more amenities, there are some cabins and hotels in the vicinity......though a little pricey. There are plenty of campgrounds in the area, but they were either beside I 64, beside Hwy 460 (4 lane), $25+ per night where only 1 person could be on that site, and/or just too busy looking. Probably the coolest place to stay, is in the Depot Lodge....which is across the street from one of my breakfast stops (Swinging Bridge Restaurant) in Paint Bank, VA.
Also.........just a few minutes down the road from White Rocks Campground is the Mountain Lake Lodge, which is where Dirty Dancing
Well.....I have been looking forward to getting back to this area! If you are interested in going along, just let me know! It would be great having some company on the daily rides and around the campfire!
Wed, May 30
- I am trailering the KLR to the White Rocks Campground. Setting up camp and enjoying the remote location.
Thurs, May 31
- Breakfast in Pearisburg area. Taking a scenic route along many of the back roads and FS roads to have lunch (1pm) at Hungry Mother State Park Restaurant
off of the great Hwy 16 out of Marion, VA. For those of you riding your bike to this Ride, this would be a great place to meet, before heading towards camp as a group via..... Hwy 16, Burkes Garden, FS roads, and back roads. Supper either in town or back at camp.
Fri, June 1
- Breakfast (and perhaps their famous buffalo for supper) at The Swinging Bridge
. Heading north along great paved surfaces and FS roads, enjoying such places as: Scenic Hwy 150, Snoeshoe, Cass Railroad, Greenbriar River Trail Tunnel, etc. Lunch at Last Run Restaurant
in Cass. Very cool train history in the area! More scenic riding as we make our way back to camp.
Sat, June 2
- Breakfast in Pearisburg area. The tour for today will be along the New River Corridor! We will be visiting such places as John Henry's tunnel, Backus Mtn. Rd., McKendree Rd., Thurmond, New River Gorge Bridge and it's Coal Heritage Trail Rd. Lunch at The Cold Spot
. Great scenery along the curvy pavement and some FS roads! Exploring under the Gorge Bridge is cool! Supper either back at camp or near camp.
Sun, June 3
- Departure day for me..........but not before I hike out of the campground to the top of the ridge and see the White Rocks! I also have a friend nearby that I will visit with he and his family, on my way home.
Here is a map of the campground. In reading about it, there is room in many campsites for a travel trailer, rv, cargo trailer, etc. There is also a campground host on site.
Sorry it took me so long to get this plan together.