In Sweet Springs, WV there is an old resort that was designed by Thomas Jefferson.
- Rider from Bluefield, WV (10/17/11)
I've ridden through much of this region in the past five years, and VA 311 is one of the best bike roads through here!
As of July, 2011, the road is in excellent condition - no worries.
A low-clearance tunnel right near the north end at I-64/US60 keeps the big rigs away, and there's very little traffic.
All that's left is mile after mile of serious twisty goodness, especially over Peters Mountain between Sweet Springs and New Castle.
Things flatten out a bit south of New Castle, but there's still plenty of great riding to keep your attention.
On a scale of 1 to 10, this was at least a 9.8!
- Rider from Durham, NC (7/2/11)
We rode 311 in Sept of 2009 to Paint Bank, Virginia.
We ate some great buffalo BBQ and burgers at the Paint Bank General Store.
This is a must stop if nothing more then to take a look through the store.
Be sure to check out the bathroom.
Behind the store is an old water powered mill.
Then we headed north on 311 into West Virginia and connected to Route 3 west to Hinton, WV.
- Greg Offenback (9/12/10)
We took this road a couple of years ago because on the map it looked wonderful.
Right where it gets really twisty we hit MAJOR gravel in the road.
And this was fine, not coarse gravel.
We came upon 4 other riders who were slowly traveling in the ruts where there was minimal gravel.
So we all cautiously snaked through some pretty cool curves whose promise of exciting motorcycle riding was squelched by gravel.
Virginia does this every now and then to 'repair' the roads, but its a nightmare for motorcycles.
IF there was no gravel this should be a spectacular road.
Guess I'll give it a try again this year!
- Ken (1/22/10)
We stumbled across this road simply looking to get to Roanoke and a motel for the night, and boy I'm glad we did!
Excellent road surface, lots of elevation changes, sweeping turns, sharp turns, twisties and scenery that will take your breath away!
We had a ball!
Not a lot to offer in the way of places to stay or eat, but a couple of places to get fuel along the way.
This road will now be on our list of 'must rides' when we are in the area and should be on yours too!
- Anonymous (8/11/08)
Nice ride, scenic, when connected to Route 3 from Union.
- Rider from Winchester, Virginia (9/21/06)