'The Python' I sum up with only one phrase, 'ROCK N ROLL'.
It is super fast and super flowing.
In the video, I could confirm 7 knee drags in less than 15 minutes of footage and I am sure there were more.
If I lived anywhere near this thing, I would have to buy Magnesium Knee Sliders and still end up buying at least two pairs of leather pants a year, if not three!
- Nick Gee (10/10/13)
Town of Damascus, Bearclaw Holler, and Grayson National Park.
- Anonymous (9/14/13)
This is a great stretch of road.
Sweepers, twists, mountains and valleys.
Beautiful country to ride through.
Be mindful of a very sharp right hand turn just before you reach Konnarock if traveling east.
If you miss the turn go up the creek about 1.5 miles to Konnarock for easy turn around.
Mount Rogers and the White top can be reached from this road, but the White top only has gravel road to access the top.
Damascus, Volney and independence have places to eat and get fuel.
Konnarock also has a gas station across the creek from the turn around mentioned above.
- Rider from Dugspur, VA (4/22/13)
I just got home from a weekend of riding The Mighty Python and camping at Bearclaw Holler Biker Rest Stop in Damascus, Virginia.
The Mighty Python is US 58 between Volney, Virginia, as it crosses Whitetop Mountain and Mount Rogers (The highest mountain in the state of Virginia and 2nd highest mountain east of the Mississippi.)
Here's its entire length: http://g.co/maps/zdpfm.
The views are amazing and the riding better than 'The Tail Of The Dragon' IMHO.
There are 318 mostly hairpin curves in 31 miles and less traffic.
Here's a link to the Google map: http://g.co/maps/8ry5m.
US 58 (J.E.B. Stewart Highway) is also known at The Mountain Parkway and is designated a National Scenic Highway.
But you'll have to pull over to enjoy the view as those 15 MPH curves will require pretty much everything you've got to keep from riding off the mountains.
The rest stop offers free primitive camping, covers over 100 acres, has a motorcycle shop, a general store and the nicest folks you'll ever meet.
The rest stop is less than 1 mile from the Appalachian Trail and has horses available so you can ride to see the wild ponies that live on the mountain, if you call in advance so they can bring them down off the mountain.
You might even see a bear or a mountain lion.
Deer walk right through the campsites to eat from the wild apple trees there.
There's even a hillbilly Jacuzzi filled with ice cold mountain water if you dare.
The apron to the driveway is a little rough as they're waiting on the highway department to come and fix it, but if you'll slow down you'll do okay.
They have one camper you can rent for $10.00 per night that will sleep 6 people.
If you let them know you can even arrange for them to cook your meals at very reasonable rates provided you like what they're eating.
And their chickens should be laying fresh eggs by spring.
I'm going back very soon.
I first rode The Mighty Python, circa 1979, when it was just called US 58.
I wish they had been around back then.
- Billy Jones (10/10/11)
This road has all three characteristics, sweeping turns, scenic, and twisty.
There are some spectacular views along the road and one terrific stop at Lover's Leap.
The overlook is rather small at the leap but there is a spot at the top of the hill where you can park the bike and walk down for a great view and a some pictures.
- Kevin Harding (2/14/09)
Great turns and curves but watch out for gravel in the curves.
It is fairly well maintained and not terribly busy with traffic.
Overall a great ride.
- Paul Schmutzler (9/21/06)