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My friend Mike guided me along part of this route in the car. I'll have to go back on the bike to check it out. For being so close to the water, this is a wonderfully twisty narrow little route with dramatic elevation changes.
Marion to Tazwell - The Back of the Dragon, a 29 mile long section of VA 16 runs north / south between the towns of Marion and Tazwell, Virginia. Climbing up and down the mountain ridges along the way it holds both sweeping curves in the valleys and tight and twisty sections carving through the rocky cuts in the high parts. There is little along the way, a few homes and farms. Most of it is wooded passing through Hungry Mother State Park at the south end. It is a useful road, one of the nicest ways to traverse this area, easy to work into your travel plans. Over the years it has been popularized and marketed as a motorcycle destination ride. The hub of this motorcycle related activity is at the north end in Tazwell where the Back of the Dragon Visitor Center opened a new facility in 2020. Several good rides connect to it and there is some great riding in the surrounding area.
Similar to Detour Road but with better pavement.
I've always enjoyed this section of road.
Sketchy Pavement but I enjoy it.
It seems like every road named Cold Stream Road is good.
As I remember it, this road is fantastic.
www.DaveMossTuning.com42 psi rear and 36 psi front have been the recommended tire pressures for every motorcycle tire brand and model since the dawn of time....
A superb ride to a great Overlook
111 miles of awesome expert level twisty mountain backroads. Definitely NOT recommended for new riders or those who are not experienced with mountain riding. All paved. Avoids almost all the towns, very little time on major roads.
On Facebook I saw an amazing video recorded by a GS rider of this road.
Jack reports this as the steepest road he has ever ridden.
Wayne shares one of his favorite ways to improve a classic ride.
From the Facebook "Where the Locals Ride" Group:
"Unmarked one lane road which connects VA. state highway 40 with the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd and Tuggles Gap. Awesome twists and turns and incredible scenery."
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