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Suggested Rides in the Staunton Virginia area

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Next week we are hauling the bikes down to a KOA in Staunton Virginia for the Labor Day weekend. We were planning to ride Skyline Drive, but any other good routes in the area or places to go see that are recommended? This is our first time taking the converted horse trailer/RV with the bikes. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Skyline drive is ok. The fun part is timed and you have to pay. If you get to the end quicker than the estimated drive time they can issue you a ticket. I think it was 10 bucks last time I rode it, not including the speeding ticket lol

If you really want to have a beautiful and fun ride you need to ride in Seneca Rocks WV and take rt 33. Beautiful scenery and deals gap quality turns.
If you head north towards Harrisonburg from Staunton and take US Rt 33 west you'll be on your way to the route I mentioned. Well worth it, I used to ride those roads every weekend on my sport bikes. One tip, there is an Exxon station in the middle of no where when you get through the mountains. Get gas. Lol

33 west to rt 220 south to rt 250 east. 250 will take you back to Staunton.
It looks like Seneca Rocks, Cannan Valley State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park are all in the same area. Are there good trails to hike and things to see, or is this just a good place to ride through/around?

We like photography, so any good sites would be appreciated. And if we can get pictures with the Strykers in it...all the better.
There are a lot of nice mountain views, some where on this roads there is a bridge with a water fall, I can't remember where because it was a long time ago, but pretty much the whole ride is great scenery, from mountains to wooded park land. Lots of great views and photo opportunities. There is a mountain zip line in Seneca Rocks, you can ask about it at the general store/restaurant/bike stop. It is also a good ride flow wise. You transition from scenic roads, to some nice sweepers to peg grinding cliff hanging turns. Watch for rock fall off in some areas.
We returned from our trip to Staunton VA. It was a nice weekend and a very successful attempt with our converted living quarters horse (and now motorcycle) trailer.

One day we road up 340 to Front Royal and got on Skyline Drive. That was a nice ride, but the overlooks and 35mph get old by mile marker 70. Add to that, we got caught in a big rain storm at mm 50, and decided to hike down to the falls to try and keep dryer. Lucky we found a big rock outcrop and stayed fairly dry for the 30 minutes rain storm. We will go back but I know we won't do the entire 103 miles. With the photography interest we stopped at a lot of the lookouts for good photo opps. The highlight was seeing a small black bear right along the roadway.

Sunday we went south to Natural Bridge and the Safari. The Safari was really cool with all the animals. We rode the wagon and all the animals would come right up to be fed. It was a really nice place, very well kept and with a knowledgeable staff. The Natural Bridge, caverns and wax museum were OK but nothing spectacular. We only had two full days so we didn't get to go north to Blackwater Falls. We will go back in the fall and do some more exploring.

I'll post some pics in the coming days.

Thanks again for the information.
I did warn you about skyline drive :lol:
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