Parsons / Spruce Knob
First, a little background.
I was born and raised in
It’s great to be back and riding the
mountains again. We have a 130-acre farm
In May, I rode out
through Parsons, Seneca Rocks,
Ride 1 – The first week: Solo Ride
I already have several photos posted of this route on my “Retirement Rides”, so
I’m just posting new photos.
Heading east out of
Parsons, WV – Armed Forces Memorial. Very nice.
Rt 72 Between Parsons and
Great curves, but narrow – blind corners – and some fine gravel in many corners.
Rt 72 Heading East as you approach
After crossing the mountains from Harmon to Seneca on Rt 33 (Great Riding!!), I turned south
at Seneca Rocks to Judy Gap, then east
again up over the mountain to the overlook of
This is one of my favorite scenic overlooks, and it’s a great ride to the top.
After coming back down from
for Spruce Knob, the highest point in WV. The first 5 or 6 miles (CR 33-4) is paved, steep, and curvy.
Continuing up to Spruce Knob, the road soon turns to gravel.
(Update: This section is now paved)
One of the scenic overlooks on the road to Spruce Knob.
Same location as last photo, but you can see the valley below a little better.
Almost there, the last leg of the road up to Spruce Knob.
The V-Strom is lovin’ it!
The famous sign - Spruce Knob, the highest point in WV – 4863 Feet
The observation tower at Spruce Knob. Nice views from the top.
As I was leaving the parking lot, I had to stop for this photo, because somewhere I have a photo of
my second bike (1980 Suzuki GS-450E) at about the same location in 1981.
Coming back down from Spruce Knob – now THESE are hairpins!
Who needs Deals Gap? Not me!
Another hairpin curve coming down from Spruce Knob.
It was a great day’s ride. Total mileage was about 275 with all the side trips.
Hope you enjoyed it. I did, and I proved it by bringing 2 friends back up here a week later.
Ride 2: With Chris and Mark
Starting out Rt 72 from Hendricks – nice waterfall along the roadside
One of many hairpins on Rt 72.
Fun, but watch for fine gravel in the corners!!
More of Rt 72 between Hendricks and
After coming out onto Rt 32 and heading south to Harmon, we passed these
abandoned gas pumps with a bad omen for the future.
Soon, we were over the mountains and
heading up to
Rt 33 over this mountain (just east of Judy Gap) is a workout!
This is one of my favorite overlooks in WV
I usually ride alone, so I don’t have many photos of myself riding.
Chris took this photo of me coming through the twisties on CR 33-4 up to Spruce Knob.
The guys didn’t want to take their sportbikes up the gravel road to the top.
(UPDATE: NOW IT’S PAVED ALMOST ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP)
Hope you enjoyed the ride. We did!