The Allegheny Mountains Loop offers a wide variety of riding types from pavement to gravel, from gentle grades along river valleys to steep, muscle burning climbs and fast descents over ridges, and from busy U.S. highways to lightly trafficked county roads and rail trails where no cars are allowed. Besides the 395.5-mile main route there are 4 options which give the cyclist choices in the mileage they choose to ride. The route begins and ends in Blacksburg, VA, and crosses back and forth between Virginia and West Virginia several times. Highlights along the route include the Humpback Covered Bridge, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and excursion train rides from the town of Durbin.
Current Printed Version: 2011
Reviewed by: A customer from San Francisco, CA USA 10/2/09
wonderful map! even had the pleasure of handing it off to a mapless cyclist traveling the opposite way. all i'd say is this route didn't provide a lot of options for camping. I'd be interested to know if there are any better opportunities for folks on bicycles that didn't include the screaming families and drab of rv/camper stops. not to mention I do not have $20 every time I wish to sleep on the ground. other than that, I did notice one *mistake* that threw me off, and that is on map 11 you take us to "Speculator" lake, when really that lake labeled 'speculator' is actually a lake called 'lake pleasant' speculator is more east. i just felt a little confused for a moment why this huge lake that wasn't speculator was following me. thanks for the maps!
Reviewed by: Anne Anderson 4/12/10
Being able to get a map immediately while I am dreaming about a trip is wonderful.
Reviewed by: A customer from State College, PA USA 9/6/11
I did this loop clockwise and linked it with the green mountains loop for a wonderful two-week vacation. As usual, the maps provided excellent guidance and good advice for stops. The route isn't "epic" like the mountains out West are, but the hills and marshes and lakes are definitely worth your time. Save time for swimming if the weather's right!