There’s nothing better than a long drive through the various elevations and winding roads of Mercer County, West Virginia. It’s the perfect opportunity to see all the sights, get a breath of fresh air and just unwind. Not to mention, it’s almost leaf peeping season, and we’re a stone’s throw from Back of the Dragon, the nation’s premier riding road that starts just across the state line in Tazewell County, Virginia. Take all of that together, and you’ve got all you need for an exhilarating adventure, especially for those revving up on two wheels.
- Rt. 20: The longest state route in West Virginia, Rt. 20 runs from the Bluewell in Mercer County all the way up to New Martinsville in Wetzel County (200+ miles away). In our area, following this road will take you to Pipestem Resort State Park and Concord University.
- US 19: This highway runs through much of the Eastern United States, including West Virginia and Virginia. In addition to the cities of Bluefield and Princeton, one of the major points of interest along this particular route is Camp Creek State Park.
- Rt. 52: You can also take the junction at Rt. 20 or US 19 to Rt. 52 and visit the city of Bluefield and the town of Bramwell, a favorite among visitors because of its historical significance and charm. Tour the mansions of former coal barons and grab a bite at The Corner Shop, which was recently voted the best place to get a milkshake in WV by USA Today.
Insider’s tip: East River Mountain, off Route 598 (accessible from Rt. 52) along the West Virginia-Virginia border, is an excellent place to pull off and watch the sunsets. It’s a local favorite among local riders!
Make a pitstop during your ride at Cole Harley-Davidson in Bluefield, the area’s only authorized Harley dealership. The family-owned business has been selling new and used bikes, motorclothes and parts in Southern West Virginia for more than 20 years. It also has a service department, in case you need a tune-up.
Now, who’s ready to hit the road?
This post was last updated on August 29, 2019