AKA: Mountain Turnpike, Highland Turnpike, Shenandoah Mountain Road, Hanky Mountain Highway
Submit your on this road.
Great road. Lots of twisties.
Probably the most technical road in the tri state area.
Has some good sections and some great sections.
Unfortunately the pipelines/fracking companies have severely damaged this road recently.
Prior to them, this was a very well kept stretch of road.
In Moundsville, stop by and tour the Moundsville prison.
- Rider from Pittsburgh, PA (8/20/14)
We rode this road from Route 219 in WV to I-81. What a blast!! It has everything a biker wants.
It is in good condition, with plenty of places to pass.
Slow down thru the little towns, then it's back to twisties, switchbacks and some long straights.
There are gas & food stops along it.
My buddy rides an ST1300 and I have a VTX, so we didn't tear it up, but we had a great ride!
- Craig Carpenter (5/25/14)
The road from near Mill Creek, WV to a few mile before the 716 intersection in Virginia is mind boggling.
That long stretch with maybe 2 or 3 spots of easily spotted cinders.
The rest of the road was clean and smooth.
It's a bout of twisties, then some straights, then another bout, then some straights, then another bout and it just goes on and on doing this.
Extremely fun road. Here's some videos of it:
Part 1 East
Part 2 East
Part 1 West
Part 2 West
- Akumu (8/26/13)
The road has sagged, warning half of the lane has dropped up to 8 inches in spots and coming through it is like a curb on the other side.
So the first 43 miles from Wheeling to Hundred I would avoid and south from Hundred, 120 miles to Durbin, WV was very nice.
- Rider from North Jackson, OH (6/23/13)
This ride from where 250 meets 88 just outside of Wheeling, WV down to where 250 meets Route 7 just outside of Hundred, WV.
This road is a twisty filled delight during this period, not so much of Hundred, though I'm sure it picks back up as you go further south.
Being that it's so twisty makes it impossible to make a highlight reel.
Thus the videos are for the entire length.
Road surface is 4/5 in some spots 2.5/5 and 3/5 in some other spots.
You notice almost immediately by scanning ahead of you.
No cinders/dirt/rocks that I've seen, really.
, Video 2
, Video 3
- 'Akumu' (5/1/12)
Warning: 250 is a speed trap. Its a great road with awesome views and tight turns, but it is also a great place to get a ticket.
Just look up the Virginia court cases for Highland County and see how many tickets they give out to motorcycle riders.
Just be careful not to ride at a 'spirited' pace, at least on the VA side.
Other than that, have fun on this awesome road!
- Anonymous (2/20/12)
I just ran this route with 3 friends on 9-21-11 and 9-22-11, from Moundsvillle, WV to Elkins, WV, then we jumped on 33 to Harrisingburg, VA to I-81 to Stauton, VA and then back to Elkins, WV on 250.
250 from Moundsville to Elkins is a good road with some really nice sweepers and some nice switchbacks.
The road condition is good with some patch work and a little gravel in turns.
It is a truck route and we followed a truck for the first 15 miles or so, but once the trucks turned off, the road was all ours.
33 from Elkins to Harrisingburg is an outstanding road.
The road quality was great.
Coming from the potholed and beat up roads of Ohio, this road was a real treat.
Every rider should take time to run it.
We ran into practically no vehicles from Elkins to Harrisingburg.
This road is a combination of switchback mountain climbs and really well engineered mountain valley runs.
Staunton is a nice little college town with plenty of places to stay.
We rode 250 back to Elkins on the second day of the ride and it is as good or better than 33.
Running thru the 2 national forests with the leaves beginning to change colors and the morning fog gathering in the valleys was absolutely magnificent.
There were plenty of pull offs to catch the views and take pictures.
If we had another day, we would have turned around when we got to the end and ran both of these roads over again.
We were all riding cruisers and had a blast pretending we were riding sport bike while we were snaking up and down the mountains.
Do yourself a favor and take a couple of days and ride this road.
We are already planning our spring trip and are gonna give ourselves a couple extra days to ride the best parts of these roads over and over again.
- Anonymous (9/26/11)
Have come down from PA to ride this road (among others) at least 3 times over the years.
Have done the Route 28 to Staunton VA stretch eastbound a couple times and I have to say it may be my favorite road of all time.
Heading east from Hightown to Monterey there is a particularly intense stretch of uphill esses that can be run hard in 2nd or 3rd gear.
That stretch will put a smile on any hard core sport bikers face!
Beware of decreasing radius blind turns and gravel after rains!
This is a road that tempts you to push your limits and Iíve seen 2 guys go down on this stretch.
If you pair this stretch up with Route 33
out of Harrisonburg and use Route 28
to connect to 250 back to Staunton, you have what has to be one of the best Sunday morning rides on the East Coast!
- Dale Martin (6/28/11)
Having lived along US Route 250 all my life, I know what a great ride it
is, whether you're on two or four wheels.
The ride through the mountains is great at any time of the year, snow and ice excluded of course.
Another thing riders need to be mindful of is the leaves on the road in the fall, they can be like ice in a turn, especially when damp or wet.
Also, don't forget Route 250 west of the Ohio River. Once you get west
of Cadiz, Ohio, it flattens out, and has some good scenery through the
farm country. Plenty of gas and eateries along the way. It's not the
mountainous twisty ride of Virginia and West Virginia but, it's still
good ride. I've ridden US Route 250 from Sandusky, OH to Stauton, VA,
and it's well worth the time to take a couple of days and do it.
- Hap Parsons (11/21/10)
My friend, Mike Dunn, and I started this ride from Staunton, VA on August 27, 2010.
The weather was absolutely beautiful and I would choose this Route 250 ride any day over the 'Dragon'.
It would be a spectacular ride in the Fall to see all the colors.
I would ride it both directions so I wouldn't miss out on any of the Great Spirit's art work.
- Frank Pechin, Jr. (9/21/10)
My friend I rode this route on Friday, August 27th.
It was a great ride from Stauton, VA to Route 219.
I would compare it to the 'Dragon' in many ways.
Very little traffic with some gravel in the turns.
You have to be careful coming out of the very sharp turns, as we were exiting some of them there were deer standing in the road.
Some of the turns were decreasing radius turns going up and down hills.
I am tellling all my friend that right that this is a must ride if they get a chance.
We are planning on riding it again in the fall when the leaves start to change color.
Gas up before taking the ride.
Not a lot of stations along the route.
- Michael J. Dunn (9/5/10)
250 is an excellent (though still country) sinuous road, but with enough twists to keep one alert and not to much traffic.
Stanton, VA is nice, even has a microbrew.
Getting to Monteray, VA is twisty no matter what route and has several good down home restaurants.
Also, if you see a duc or two don't be surprised, they live there.
From Monteray to Elkins I'm enjoying the road and don't pay much attention to the scenery, but do watch for gas stations.
Elkins is good for food, art and beer.
250 is connected to many of the other good roads in the Potomac Highlands area of WV.
Be safe; have a beer at the END of the ride.
- Lee Badger (7/28/10)
US Route 250 is mislabeled on the map.
It is NOT a 'Sweepers' road.
It is an intense twisties road with climbs, decents, hairpin turns, and few passing lanes, depending on which section you ride.
It's a mistake to think it's a sweepers road, Watch out for gravel washed onto the turns in the road from steep driveways if there have been hard rains.
- Mark Killar (7/17/10)
This road is not for the faint of heart.
It's narrow in places, very steep, and full of curves but it's well worth the scenic views and beauty of the ride.
Once you leave Durbin there really isn't much out there so be sure to fill up the tanks before you go.
Also, make sure there's plenty of daylight if you plan on leaving and coming back the same route.
This is not a road you want to travel at night.
- Anonymous (6/15/10)
This is a GREAT motorcycling road.
Lots of twisties up and down the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia.
Always well maintained, never found much gravel, with moderate to light traffic depending on what day you ride.
During the week you can get stuck behind some timber trucks, but even at slow speeds this is a fun road.
I ride from Annapolis, MD just to ride this road.
Tons of fun.
- Ken (1/22/10)
Did it from Staunton to Elkins (300 miles round trip for me from Charlottesville) on 4/25/09.
The best parts were between Staunton and Durbin, WV.
Great road for anyone interested in corner carving and grades up to 8 and 9 percent in places, uphill and down.
Beware of the sheriff waiting for you coming into Monterey VA, from WV.
He's got a little hidey hole on the right hand side and the speed limit suddenly drops from 55 to 35 outside of town.
No comparison between this road and Skyline Drive
, unless you are only interested in slow cruising with lots of cops and traffic.
- Anonymous (4/27/09)
Holy Shmokies!!! This could be one of the best roads I have ever ridden.
Everything a rider could want.
Took a tour down Skyline Drive out of Pa and spent the night in Staunton, VA.
Next morning (10/19/2008), took off out of town on 250 towards Monterey.
Beginning of the ride was nice for the scenery.
Got down to business just past Deerfield Valley Road.
There is an overlook at the top of the first climb.
Bathroom facilities are available here.
Make sure you stop and take some pics.
The view is outstanding.
Immediately after the overlook is a little over a mile of sheer bliss.
Careful of the gravel near the shoulder as it almost cut my trip short here.
Tight twisties with enough straight away to keep my pipes happy (Suzuki Cruiser).
Several other sets of climbs/descents out to Route 28N in WV.
You're pegs will come out shorter than when you went in.
Gas is plentiful enough for such a remote area.
Take 250 for the Twisties.
28N for the Scenery.
I'll be skipping Skyline Drive the next time and save myself $10.
- Steve McGarvey (10/20/08)
We ride from New Jersey for this road!!
I'll take it over Deal's Gap anytime.
- Dave (10/7/07)
Great ride! Many tight turns with steep decents and ascents along most of the route.
Take a camera as the scenery is gorgeous.
Got a picture of the "Welcome to WVA" sign in a SNOW field in late May, 07.
Be sure your bike is in good condition.
Cell phones don't work on many parts of this ride.
Speeds range from 15 mph to 55 mph.
Waynesboro to Moundsville took almost 8 hours of steady riding, so this is NOT a road where you make good time.
- Rider from Virginia (6/18/07)
Moundsville to Fairmont. Road is in great shape, new bridges at Littleton, great twisty ride.
You can get gas and eats in Cameron, Hundred, and Mannington.
- Mike Smith (5/6/07)
Huttonsville to Monterey, West Virginia. One of the great stretches of federal highway in the east.
Fantastic scenery, climbs, and switchbacks make this section of highway one to remember.
- Tracy Merritt (7/26/07)
The is one of the greatest roads you'll ever ride!
Constant twisties and switchbacks with great scenery all around.
- Brad Morgan (7/7/06)
One of the best motorcycling roads I've every rode.
Very twisty, scenic, light traffic, little gravel to worry about.
- Rider from West Virginia