Submit your on this road.
Dragged my wife out to see Crabtree Falls while touring the Blue Ridge Parkway this year.
Finding this pure motorcycle road was a gem of a bonus!
Twisties that just keep coming.
I unfortunately did not have my Kawi Ninja with me but I was salivating at just the thought of tackling this.
It obviously will bite cause there was a touring bike guy that had gone off the road in one of the corners.
Yeah Crabtree Falls Highway outta Vesusius is definitely on the list.
- Nick, Sport Rider (5/31/13)
Lots of twisty in this road!
Montebello store is a good place to take a break and fuel up if you need it.
SR 56 goes by Crabtree Falls.
If you have on boots you can walk in and take a hike up the mountain to different levels of the falls.
Very twisty road, some places barely 2 cars wide!
- Anonymous (5/5/12)
Gerties country store.
- Rider from Bridgewater, VA (8/1/11)
This stretch of road is very technical between Vesuvius and Campbells Mountain Road.
I counted 160 turns from where the white pavement ends to the Blue Ridge Parkway which is less than 12 miles in distance!
There is also a great gas station dead center of this stretch which doubles as a general store.
Several bed and breakfasts along with campgrounds and fishing holes dot 56.
A very biker friendly area which prohibits through trucks and convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Rider from Chesterfield, VA (7/28/10)
This is an amazing road with many tight curves, elevation changes, and beautiful scenery including Crabtree Falls.
The Montabello County store is a great place to stop for a drink prior to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Gertie's makes a great stop on the other side.
- Rider from Christiansburg, VA (9/28/09)
Great run. Starts off climbing to the Blue Ridge Parkway on a 55mph road, you're lucky to do at 40 on a sportbike.
After the climb it's a combo of downhill twisties and nice long straightaways.
Pavement is normaly well kept due to numerous tourist attractions (Montebello, Crabtree Falls) along the way.
- Rider from Rockbridge, VA (8/16/08)
I live near Harrisonburg, VA and this is my favorite ride.
It is like all the others have said.
I agree, watch for the gravel washed across the road.
Also, stop in at the Montebello store, they are nice people and have a nice campground and fishing ponds across the road from the store.
But, I have to kind of disagree on stopping at the Blue Ridge Pig.
A buddy and I were there in Oct 2007 on a Sunday, stopped there to eat and when we came out, the owner was blowing the parking lot off with a leaf blower and had covered our bikes in parking lot grit and trash.
I approached him and complained and he offered no apology or remorse, was very rude to us.
We will never stop there again!!!
It is a good BBQ, but after his actions, I can find somewhere else to eat!!!!
- Anonymous (2/14/08)
Some serious twisty's on this road.
Unmarked blacktop, sometimes leaves and gravel in turns, barely two lanes wide in some places.
Stop off at Crabtree Falls, a short walk from the parking lot will let you view the foot of the falls, a long walk will take you past the whole falls.
After you reach Route 151 take a left, stop for lunch at a place called The Blue Ridge Pig in Nellysford.
Best BBQ I've ever had!
- Rider from Virginia (9/20/07)
We rode over SR-56 on July 14, 2007 and found the first several miles from Steeles Tavern and east to be absolutely fantastic - lots of tight turns running uphill all the time.
However, once over the top of the first ridge, and for a few miles past the Blue Ridge Parkway, the pavement quality became very poor.
Several recent tar and chip patches with loose gravel caused some trouble, and slowed us way down.
The section just west of Route 29 was unexciting except for a few sections of long sweepers and a few long straights for speed.
Over all, it would be a nice route once the surface gets smoothed out a bit, but you'll enjoy the western section the most.
- Rider from Front Royal, Virginia (7/16/07)
We rode this road up and over the Blue Ridge and under the Blue Ridge Parkway.
What a ride!
Once you pass the little store on the right, it just keeps on twisting.
It may not be the 'Tail of the Dragon', but it could be called the 'Hump of the Dragon'.
An awesome ride that you won't soon forget.
- Rory Martin (5/16/07)