Originally posted by Ian
I'm heading up from Atlanta, but let me tell you about a very cool road if you're coming in on a GS from across Virginia.
Get your map and find Blacksburg, VA... just southwest of Roanoke off of I-81.
US460 heads west out of town... look for a little road called Craig Creek Road heading off to the right. ( N37?? 17.158' W80?? 27.665') If you reached VA42 you went too far (but that road will work, too.)
311 is a nice road up over Potts Mtn. and Peters Mtn.
If you're coming from the south and you want a "twisties" experience on the way, allow me to recommend VA 16 , which turns into WV 16. (And, actually, it's NC 16 before it's VA 16.)
Anyhow, beginning at Marion, VA, you've got three nice mountains between Marion and Tazewell, VA -- Big Walker Mtn., Brushy Mtn., and Clinch Mtn.
Good surface, very little traffic. Beautiful view of Thompson Valley from partway down Clinch Mtn.
Follow VA 16 toward Tazewell and take rt. 16 bypass to avoid "downtown" Tazewell. You'll then
have a nice twisty descent down to Bishop VA/WV (on the border), and beginning in Bishop, the scenery changes dramatically. You are now in coal country, and you'll be going through some coal camp towns. Continue on through Welch, Pineville, Mullens (devastated by a flood last year) to Beckley. You can jump on the turnpike there to get to Charleston faster, or you could take US 19 north, over the New River Bridge, to US 60 at Hico. Go west (left) on US 60 to Charleston.
(anybody remember what a "Weeble" is?)