The road to Damascus

U.S. 58 from Mouth of Wilson — home of the legendary Wayne Henderson — and the bicycling and float trip town of Damascus easily ranks in the top 10 of my favorite motorcycle riding roads in Southwestern Virginia.

It winds for 34 miles through farmland, forest and the Mt. Rogers recreation area, proving a good mix of twists, turns and challenges for the rider, accentuated by wonderful views of nature.

Leaves are just starting to turn in part of the Mt. Rogers preserve and should be in full colors later this month.

Take the ride. You’ll enjoy it.

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2 thoughts on “The road to Damascus”

  1. Have you ever been to Douthat State Park. It’s about an hour from Roanoke….Rt. 629 goes all the way thru the park. We took that route going to the Jefferson Springs in Warm Springs. Here’s the directions. Iron Gate is a neat old town and the park is gorgeous. From Interstate 81 South of Roanoke: Follow I-81 north to exit 150B (signed, 220 North, Clifton Forge). Bear right onto U.S. 11 south, then turn right at first light onto U.S. 220 north. Follow U.S. 220 north. After passing through Iron Gate, take the first exit to the right (signed, Covington). Once on the three-lane road (Exxon on your right), continue under the interstate. This road becomes Route 629, which leads into the park. Its entrance is four miles farther; guest registration is another two miles. Register at the green-roofed building on right. Drive time from the intersection of I-81 and 220 north is 55 minutes.

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