posted on June 25, 2020
For many motorcyclists, being on their bike with the open road ahead of them is what it’s all about. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Appalachians, Virginia offers scenic and diverse rides for solo bikers or groups of motorcyclists. Here are 5 of our favorite Virginia motorcycle routes.
There’s not much that tops this 105-mile ride along the spine of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Once you’ve made the scenic ride from Front Royal south to Waynesboro, you can connect seamlessly to 216 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Ride Skyline Drive to catch cooler temps in the summer, when colors are popping in the fall or anytime you need to get away. Shenandoah National Park’s Skyland and Big Meadows recreation areas offer gas, food and lodging just off Skyline Drive, and there are two more waysides in the park with dining, plus about 75 overlooks and hikes of varying lengths and difficulty to waterfalls, historic sites and other points of interest.
On the other side of the state, the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel offers a completely different motorcycling experience. This 17.6-mile engineering wonder connects the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk with Virginia’s Eastern Shore near Cape Charles. Two mile-long tunnels interrupt bridges spanning the bay from up to 200 feet above the water on this 30-minute ride. There’s also a restaurant over the water and three more islands available for stopping and enjoying the scenery. Keep in mind that it’s a toll road ($18 peak season plus $2 for a return within 24 hours) and that high winds over the bay can make the trip inadvisable on a motorcycle. It’s been called the scariest bridge in America!
This 32-mile mountain road ride gets you into the real feel of the Virginia mountains between Marion and Tazwell as you lean into the ups, downs and curves of the 430 switchbacks, slaloms and hairpin turns. As you might expect, the scenery spanning the three mountains covered during this ride peaks during fall foliage season. In addition to local restaurants, bars and breweries, VA 16 cuts through Hungry Mother State Park just north of Marion if you need a reason to stop and explore further.
This 25-mile scenic road along the Potomac River is the best way to make the transition from Northern Virginia to Washington, D.C. The scenic views of the Potomac and lush woodlands between Mount Vernon and the I-495 beltway at Turkey Run Park include 25 historic sites and wildlife preserves, and Arlington Memorial Bridge and Avenue, the ceremonial entrance to Washington from Virginia. Though this National Parks property was designed for recreational driving, its multiple stops provide their own Northern Virginia scenic and historic tour itinerary.
Taking VA Route 5 from Richmond to Williamsburg and then, after taking Route 31 through Jamestown and across the James River, returning to the capital via Route 10 is known as the “Nickel & Dime Drive.” The 3.5-hour loop is a country drive past more than two dozen Civil War sites as well as the homes of three former U.S. Presidents. The route is also known for its heavy bald eagle population.
Even on a leisurely motorcycle ride, things can go wrong and accidents can happen. Our experience as Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys has taught us that a motorcycle accident is likely to have been caused by a motorist who failed to see a motorcyclist, violated the motorcyclist’s right of way or rear-ended the bike.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, there are 5 steps you need to take to protect your eligibility to seek compensation in an accident claim:
In Virginia, contact Marks & Harrison attorneys at law about a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault. We will meet with you to review your legal options at no charge. If we can pursue a claim for you, we will not charge you for our services unless we recover compensation for you.
Gregory S. Hooe is a graduate of the University of Virginia who earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. After serving as a law clerk with the Virginia Supreme Court, Gregory entered private practice in 1982. Throughout his career, he has practiced in the area of civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, including arguing cases before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He currently serves as a Principal of Marks & Harrison.