Virginia by Motorcycle

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 12, 2012 | Updated: Apr 16, 2018

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Motorcycles are the epitome of freedom. Wide open roads full of sun, wind, and nothing holding you down or back. Go where

Back of the Dragon

Back of the Dragon

you want to go, see what you want to see. Yesterday’s cares are in that tiny rear view mirror, if only for a short while.

Scenic drives through Virginia are so rewarding. The views are quite literally breathtaking, the serenity of being away from interstates and major thoroughfares is unequaled, and besides needing a stretch once in a while, you might not want to stop riding. Here are a few suggestions for a weekend ride through the countryside.

Back of the Dragon is Route 16 between Marion and Tazewell. The route courses over three mountains for a total of about 33 miles. For a taste of what the ride is like, see this clip of a Harley-Davidson V-ROD laying through the turns.

A winding route that delivers up great river and mountain views is Route 39. Begin in Lexington, traversing through Goshen Pass and working your way to Warm Springs. Along the way you’ll have stop over points like Dan Ingalls Overlook. Eventually you’ll find yourself passing the historic sites at the base of Warm Springs Mountain – Jefferson Pools and The Milk House Market and Old Dairy Barn. Take 220 over into Hot Springs and check out The Homestead Resort. Sam Snead’s Tavern is the perfect place to dine and have a cold beer.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is undeniably the most beautiful route for drivers and riders alike. Ride it for a while and then hop off to see the other sites along the way on the 50-mile Nelson Scenic Loop. The Loop winds along the BRP, Route 56, Route 151 and Route 664, and includes unique attractions like the Montebello Fish Hatchery, Crabtree Falls and Devil’s Backbone Brewery.

The Route 611 Cumberland Mountain Scenic Drive is a mountain course in Clintwood with incredible overlooks and an abundance of wildlife. If you find yourself looking for a great place to stay, this route is just a few miles from Breaks Interstate Park on the VA/KY border. You can have a true outdoors weekend in the Heart of Appalachia.

For more ride ideas, check out our Scenic Drives & Places directory.

Blue Ridge Parkway


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The Blue Ridge Parkway looks really beautiful Casey! Thanks a lot for these suggestions, can’t wait to go on a trip with my wife. Could you tell me what is the best time of the year to go there?


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Kristina B.
Kristina B.

Hi, Casey,
I like your ideas and suggestions for a weekend ride through Virginia. I’ve already heard for the Blue Ridge Parkway being a great place for bikers, but I still didn’t go there. I think after I purchase a new custom motorcycle, I would give it a try over there with my family.