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Not sure if this post belongs here, since I have a question about the area, not a story, but .....

We hope to spend a few days riding in the Fayetteville WV area this spring. I've done some research on some of the good riding routes and some interesting natural features, such as New River Bridge, state parks, and waterfalls. Just wondered if anyone familiar with the area could point out some interesting routes or sights that are lesser known.

Thanks in advance for any tips!
 

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County Road 82 that winds its way below the New River Gorge Bridge is a great little ride. Start at the Bridge Visitors center just north of the bridge. 82 is one way for much of its length. You will cross the New River on a smaller bridge and be able to look up at the underside of the gorge bride.
 

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Babcock State Park is not far from Fayetteville and has a very picturesque water powered mill. A ride north on 16 from Fayetteville will take you to US 60 (Midland Trail) turn left at 60 and head toward Gauley Bridge. There is a waterfall right on 60 on the right just as you enter Gauley Bridge. In Gauley Bridge is the Glen Ferris Inn portions of which date from the 1840s. You can get lunch or dinner there just don't expect speedy service. Just past the inn is a Kanawha Falls that spans the Kanawha. The Gauley and New Rivers merge just up stream from the dam and form the Kanawha River. Route 16 north from Gauley Bridge is a great motorcycle road. Expect an extreme lack of straightaways on this road as there are very few.
 

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Portions of this might be a stretch for a day ride from Fayetteville but I'll let you decide. From Summersville take 39 east toward Richwood. You will traverse through quite a bit of the Monongahela National Forest. A few miles before 39s junction with 219 you will come to WV-150. This road is known as Highland Drive and IRRC its the highest elevation in WV that you can reach by road. At the end of 150 you will come to the junction with 219. If you turn north on 219 and then east on 66 you will eventually come to Cass State Park and Scenic RR. Cass boasts train rides up through the mountains on rails originally built for logging. The steam engine is unusual as it boasts a Shay Drive to glean maximum torque from its engine. Even if you don't take the train ride its an interesting place.



https://wvstateparks.com/park/cass-scenic-railroad-state-park/


Riding past Cass to 66s junction with 28 and turning left on 28 you'll come to Green Bank home to a very large radio telescope. They offer a low cost tour that's worth taking.



https://greenbankobservatory.org/


Your best view of the telescope actually comes while you are on 66 to the left just a couple hundred yards from its junction with 28. Watch for a break in the trees and you'll see the telescope. Its an impressive sight.
 

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A couple more places to visit. On US 60 not far from Fayetteville is Hawks Nest State Park. There is an arial tramway located behind the lodge that will take you down the New River Gorge to the river.



Another State park of interest is Pipestem located off route 20 south of Fayetteville. This state park features a gourmet restaurant located down the gorge only accessible via arial tramway. Here is an excerpt from the website:


Mountain Creek Dining Room at the Mountain Creek Lodge is known for its gourmet menu and high-quality presentation. This unique riverside location, accessible only by the park’s popular aerial tramway, serves dinner Wednesday-Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. To see a menu, click here. Reservations are required. Call 304-466-1800. Due to popular demand, the restaurant will serve lunch Wednesday-Sunday (Oct. 5-27).


https://wvstateparks.com/park/pipestem-resort-state-park/



https://wvstateparks.com/park/hawks-nest-state-park/
 
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