This is a road that I'm glad they fixed.
Not two years ago this was a real shitter, and it still is kinda sloppy in the start of the video coming off of Route 50, but it gets very very smooth.
Only the shale hillside that drops down a bit of rocks in the one spot of the video would bear concern.
Other than that, it's a fast smooth ride down into Parsons.
- 'AkumuX' (6/10/13)
This is one hell of a road.
It never gets two lanes wide, so short of one of the two cars trying to pass each other being half in a ditch while the other skirts any guard rails or cliffs.
I can only imagine the nerves it could work on.
The road surface isn't so hot, some loose gravel in spots, potholes, nothing too bad, but noticeable.
I felt so self-conscious riding this road hoping not to fall to my dooooooooom, heh.
We are going south in this video.
- 'AkumuX' (12/10/11)
SR 72 is best rode from the north at Kingwood to the south where it ends at SR 32.
The ride from Kingwood follows the Cheat River with sweeping turns and scenic views.
Crossing US 50 the ride continues on to Parsons again with outstanding mountain views down onto the river.
And the best is yet to come after Parsons to near Harmon and SR 32.
This section is narrow with many switchbacks and views of the steep banks down the the river below.
This section is the best scenic area with high mountains, pastures, and forest covering.
The road is so narrow that you need to slow down enough on the turns in case you meet a car in the turn.
Taking the turns at speed would make for a thrilling ride but it is not recommended because many of the blind turns don't allow you to see if you will have to share the narrow road with traffic coming from the other direction.
This is not a problem because this is one section of road that you want to slow down on and enjoy the scenery.
The road is so narrow that many turns have gravel or other debris from cars having to pass on the edges to avoid opposing traffic.
I recommend North to South because the last section if you are going south, you are on the outside lane as you pass through the hills.
That allows you a better view down over the hills to the river below.
- Rider from Morgantown, West Virginia