I ride Route 40 frequently since it is in close proximity to my house.
East of Rocky Mount is kind of a snooze-fest but west of Rocky Mount to Route 8 in Woolwine is a very nice ride.
The western end of 40 offers quite a few twisties and switchbacks.
It can be pretty busy on a nice weekend day so be aware of other riders.
Also of note, there seems to be a local contingent of young sport bike riders that really rip it up on 40.
Watch your mirrors!
I'm not a knee dragger and will try and move over for the fast movers.
Route 40 is usually the first leg on a lot of my loop rides.
The western terminus is Route 8.
- Nathan S., Franklin County, VA (3/7/12)
I just rode VA-40, 10/21/10, starting at 46 to the east.
The ride was pleasant with the last 17 miles, Ferrum to Woolwine, very exciting.
Be aware that late in the day heading west can be a challenge with the sun blasting you in the face as you round some of it's tight turns.
The road surface was excellent.
- Benton Blalock, '08 BMW K1200LT (10/25/10)
Just did the entire route last week.
The Woolwine to Ferrum part was challenging for my Goldwing.
The Hub in Rocky Mount is a great place to eat.
The balance of the road is a pleasant ride.
- Kevin M. (9/27/09)
Woolwine to Rocky Mount, through Ferrum.
As previously described, well worth riding if you're in the area - maybe even worth a detour.
Two things to note: there is currently (Aug /08) roadwork near the Woolwine end, in Patrick County.
It's not a problem on weekends, but be aware of a few rough sections.
Also, there are several sharp turns just after road crests, so it pays to pay attention!
In the quieter sections, the scenery is gorgeous.
- Rider from Durham, NC (8/17/08)
Woolwine to Ferrum is a hoot!
The road surface could be better and it can also be a bit dirty in the turns at times, but overall this section of road is as fun as it gets!
Put it in your plans when in the area.
- Anonymous (8/11/08)
This road starts at the Junction of SR-10 & SR-40 near Spring Grove, Virginia.
This is a well maintained road for the entire length with plenty of stops for gas, food, and rest.
Speed is monitored by State and Local so mind your manners.
Traffic is minimal with a 55mph speed limit with the exception of towns along the way.
The trip from the start is pretty straight until I-85 crossing.
Be careful of tanks crossing the road as you roll through Fort Pickett and don't let the cannon fire scare you as well.
Keep sharp as you near Woolwine. The last 15 miles becomes rather twisty.
- Scott Baker (4/8/07)
Woolwine to Ferrum. "Sweeping curves to tight switchbacks.
When the road is clear, the road is great.
Watch for the occasional gravel in the roadway.
- Christopher Froeschl