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• Triple S Harley Davidon

308 Cheat Road Morgantown, WV 26508 304-284-8244 www.triplesharley-davidson.com

• Morgantown Powersports/Morgantown Honda 526 Mileground Rd Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-9055 www.morgantownpowersports.com

• Outlaw Motorsports

3833 Earl L Core Road Morgantown, WV 26508 304-284-0480 www.outlawmotorsports.4t.com

• Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street Morgantown, WV 26501 800-458-7373 www.tourmorgantown.com

• Preston County Visitors’ Center 200 Main Street Kingwood, WV 26537 800-571-0912 www.tourpreston.com

Photo Contributors: Cindy Coffindaffer, J. Stephen Conn, Nancy Dougherty, Ben Huffman and Justin Taylor

DISCOVER The Greater Morgantown area is an amazing place for motorcycling enthusiasts to gear down and unwind. The area offers a wide variety of exciting terrain and wonderful roads for any skill level. Breathe the fresh mountain air as you wind through wonderful mountain vistas.

Morgantown, West Virginia is home to the Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally. It’s time for you to experience one of America’s best-kept motorcycling secrets by visiting the rolling hills, scenic valleys and winding highways of West Virginia. Named “Best Rally of 2006” by Cycle Source magazine, MountainFest has quickly earned a reputation as one of motorcycling’s top events. Morgantown was named “3rd Best Small Town in America” - Men’s Journal. 

Conveniently located at the intersection of two major interstate highways, and surrounded on all sides by roads meant for motorcycles, Morgantown and MountainFest offer bikers the ultimate rally experience complete with small town charm and hospitality. Mark your calendar for July 28-31 and join us for four days of riding, music, food and good fun in the Mountain State because it’s time for MountainFest 2011!

Marvel at the beauty as you head out on our “Country Roads.” The Greater Morgantown Area is motorcyclefriendly. And our hospitality is evident everywhere you travel.

Discover More! More accommodations: From historic inns to upscale resorts…Rustic cabins to uptown hotels. More attractions: Greater Morgantown is a vibrant University city with a cool culture, challenging motorcycle adventures and scenic beauty. More scenery: Mountainous backdrops, rivers, streams and lakes, forests and farms. There’s more to love in Greater Morgantown. Morgantown is home to MountainFest – one of the leading motorcycle rallys in the USA. And for good reason: There’s More to do in Morgantown! Come see what we’re all about.

Did you know that MountainFest is a non-profit organization? MountainFest Motorcycle Rally, LLC is a non-profit organization that with the help of our generous sponsors and faithful attendees has been able to contribute over $500,000 to various non-profit organizations in our short five year history. The planning committee was ecstatic this year when making the largest single contribution to-date of $130,000 to Mylan Park, a 320 acre non-profit recreational and educational complex dedicated toward improving the quality of life of residents and visitors in North Central West Virginia.

186 MILES

A view of the area’s pristine nature. This tour includes waterfalls, caves, dams windmills and overlooks. It finishes off at the Forks of Cheat Winery to take a

finishing break before heading back to your hotel. Points of interest include: Dorsey’s Knob Park, Deep Creek Lake and Blackwater Falls State Park. There are plenty of interesting places to stop for a bite to eat, relax or enjoy the nature settings.

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POINTS OF INTEREST: Dorsey’s Knob Park A City park in Morgantown. Be sure to climb to the top of Sky Rock for a spectacular view of the Morgantown area. Bring your frisbee! The park has a new 18 hole disc golf course. Cheat River You will begin to notice the river at this point in Albright, WV. You will cross over a bridge. The Cheat river provides up to class IV rapids and is one of the few rivers that flows North. Monroe’s Deli Style Eatery Healthy and tasty food is on the menu as well as good music and an eclectic atmosphere. The Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse is held on the second Saturday of each month from October through April, bringing in acoustic musicians from all over the nation for your listening enjoyment. O  ld Cheat River Railroad Bridge Pull off to walk over the old Cheat River Railroad Bridge. Use the walkway to enjoy the river view from the bridge. O  ld Limestone Mine Entrances Watch for two large limestone mine entrances on the right side of the road. A cold sensation can be felt as you ride by due to the air from the mine. The railroad is live and runs above the mines. They are very close to the road and can be viewed from the pull off. Tray Run Viaduct In late fall or early spring you can view the Tray Run Viaduct. This railroad bridge is still in operation today and is the bridge depicted on the back of the WV State Seal. Almost impossible to see with leaves on the trees, it sits high on the hill and goes over the valley. Cannon Hill Civil War cannon site. The Union Soldiers and Rowlesburg Citizens held back around 10,000 confederate troops from destroying the town’s bridges and cutting off a main supply for Union Troops. There is a 45 minute walking tour of the site, which is marked with a US flag. World War II Museum 100% Authentic Military Garb and Supplies. Stand and enjoy real life history in front of your face. No Glass in between. Visitation is by appointment only unless you happen to catch them there. Planning is a must in this case, but well worth it! The Depot Museum A former B&O railroad freight and passenger station, which now houses hundreds of artifacts, a fully restored 1927 caboose, and an 1847 Howitzer replica. Cool Springs Park Gas, Restaurant, and Farm all in one stop! Take a break on Historic Route 50. Enjoy the animals, fish and the old equipment.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Cheat Mountain The Start of Cheat Mountain offers great views for the passenger as the driver will be concentrating on the road! This mountain provides a total of 33 turns in a 3 mile run to the top. Be aware of Coal and logging trucks. Cathedral State Park Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forests that once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to 90 feet and 21 feet in circumference form the cloisters in the park. Throughout the woods, eastern hemlock is the dominant species. Also enjoy restroom facilities and a picnic area in case you brought your own. Brookside Inn Overlooking Cathedral State Park, the historic inn features four spacious guestrooms and a hearty breakfast. Smallest Church in 48 States “Our Lady Of The Pines” is a small, well-kept Roman Catholic church. It has been promoted as the “Smallest Church in 48 States.” Even today, a sign makes this odd claim to fame. The church contains seating for 12, and the exterior measures 24 ft. x 12 ft. That makes it less dainty, if no less divine, than a number of tinier churches. A bonus attraction is right behind “Our Lady of the Pines”: The “World’s Smallest Post Office,” serving the community of Silver Lake. Windmills Once the windmills come into view, use the designated pull off to see the impressive WV windmill farm. Fairfax Stone Historical Monument The Fairfax Stone is one of the most significant historical landmarks in West Virginia. The stone marked the western boundary of land granted to Lord Fairfax by the King of England in the 1700s. Almost two centuries later the stone was used as the determining factor in the state boundary between West Virginia and Maryland. Blackwater Falls State Park Named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The “black” water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Deep Creek Lake State Park Maryland’s largest fresh water lake. Also home to Wisp Resort where you can ski and tube all winter long. Little Sandy Public Fishing Area and Dam Watch the water roll off the dam and stretch your legs. Little Sandy’s Truck Stop Stop for some gas and grub. Home made food that hits home whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. A great place to fuel up if needed, you or the bike.

From: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501 DIRECTIONS TO DORSEY’S KNOB PARK 1 Head southeast on Donley St toward Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 2 Turn rig’ht at US-119 S/Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 3 Turn left at US-119 S/Co Rd 73 4 Turn right at US-119 S/Grafton Rd 5 Make a U-turn at Scott Ave Arriving at US-119 N/Grafton Rd Total: 3.9 mi - about 8 mins DIRECTIONS TO COOPERS ROCK (304) 594-1561 coopersrockstateforest.com Starting from US-119 N/Grafton Rd 1 Head northwest on US-119 N/Grafton Rd 2 Slight right at Grafton Rd 3 Turn left at US-119 S/Grafton Rd 4 Turn right to merge onto I-68 E toward Cumberland, MD 5 Take exit 15 for County Rd 73/12 toward Coopers Rock 6 Turn right at Co Route 73/12 7 Follow Signs to Overlook Total: 18.6 mi - about 28 mins DIRECTIONS TO AURORA 1 Head southeast toward Co Rd 73/16 2 Turn left at Co Rd 73/16 3 Continue onto Co Route 73/12 4 Turn right to merge onto I-68 E 5 Take exit 23 for W Virginia 26 toward Bruceton Mills 6 Turn right at W Virginia 26 S 7 Turn left at W Virginia 7 E/E Main St 8 Turn right at W Virginia 72 S 9 Turn right at W Virginia 72 S/Buffalo St 10 Turn left at US-50 E/George Washington Hwy Arriving at US-50 E/George Washington Hwy Total: 52.0 mi - about 1 hour 14 mins DIRECTIONS TO BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK, DAVIS, WV Starting from US-50 E/George Washington Hwy 1 Head east on US-50 E/George Washington Hwy toward Aurora Pike/Co Route 53/Terra Alta Rd 2 Slight right at W Virginia 24 S/Co Route 24/14/Shillenberg Rd 3 Continue onto US-219 S 4 Continue onto W Virginia 32 S/Spruce St 5 Slight left at W Virginia 32 S/Davis Rd 6 Turn right at Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29 7 Turn right to stay on Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29 8 Sharp left at Blackwater Falls Picnic Area Rd/Park Forest Rd 803 9 Continue onto Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29/1 Arriving at Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29/1 Total: 21.1 mi - about 31 mins

SKY ROCK AT DORSEY’S KNOB PARK

DIRECTIONS TO DEEP CREEK LAKE, MD Starting from Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29/1 1 Head east on Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29/1 toward Blackwater Falls Picnic Area Rd/Park Forest Rd 803 2 Slight left at Blackwater Falls Picnic Area Rd/Park Forest Rd 803 3 Sharp right at Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29 4 Turn left to stay on Blackwater Falls Rd/Co Route 29 5 Turn left at W Virginia 32 N 6 Continue straight onto US-219 N 7 Keep left at the fork >> Entering Maryland 8 Turn left at E Oak St 9 Turn right at US-219 N/S 3rd St Arriving at US-219 N/Garrett Hwy Total: 34.8 mi - about 55 mins DIRECTIONS TO FORKS OF CHEAT WINERY 2811 Stewartstown Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508-1404 Starting from US-219 N/Garrett Hwy 1 Head north on US-219 N/Garrett Hwy toward Arrowhead Ln 2 Continue onto MD-42 N/Friendsville Rd 3 Turn left to merge onto I-68 W toward Morgantown Entering West Virginia 4 Take exit 7 toward W Virginia 705/Airport/Pierpont 5 Turn right at Cheat Rd/Co Rd 73/Co Rd 857 6 Continue onto US-119 N/Point Marion Rd 7 Turn right at Co Rd 6/5/Stewartstown Rd Arriving at Co Rd 6/5/Stewartstown Rd Total: 47.7 mi - about 58 mins DIRECTIONS TO GREATER MORGANTOWN CVB 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501 Starting from Forks of Cheat Winery 1 Head west on Co Rd 6/5/Stewartstown Rd 2 Turn left at US-119 S/Point Marion Rd 3 Turn right at US-119 S/Mileground Rd 4 Turn left at High St 5 Turn right at Walnut St 6 Turn left at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 7 Turn right at Donley St Arriving at 68 Donley St Total: 8.8 mi - about 19 mins

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183.6 MILES

This is a VERY curvy ride and meant for just riding and breaks. But we guarantee you’ll be back to try it again. Spring, summer or fall is always a great time for a ride in Greater Morgantown.

CHEAT LAKE

POINTS OF INTEREST: Old Iron Bridge Iron open grate bridge that crosses Cheat Lake. If unable to travel over open grate bridges, utilize I-68 at Pierpont road. Coopers Rock Overlook Bands of rockcliffs line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The centerpiece among these is the main overlook, which furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. A maze of enormous boulders and cliffs fascinates hikers, and the trails are especially lovely in June when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom. L  ittle Sandy Public Fishing Area and Dam Watch the water roll off the dam and stretch your legs. Little Sandy’s Truck Stop Stop for some gas and grub. Home made food that hits home whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. A great place to fuel up if needed, you or the bike. Cheat River You will begin to notice the river at this point in Albright, WV. You will cross over a bridge. The Cheat river provides up to class IV rapids and is one of the few rivers that flows North. C  heat River Outfitters Raft the rapids of the Cheat River, take a float trip, find adventure with paintball or climb the rock wall...Cheat River Outfitters will create a day of fun for you. Monroe’s Deli Style Eatery Healthy and tasty food is on the menu as well as good music and an eclectic atmosphere. The Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse is held on the second Saturday of each month from October through April, bringing in acoustic musicians from all over the nation for your listening enjoyment.

POINTS OF INTEREST

ARTHURDALE Cool Springs Park Cool Springs Park is located along Rt. 50 in Preston County. The park sets about 1/2 mi west of the Rt 72 - Rt 50 intersection. Rt. 72 Runs from Parsons through Rowlesburg and into Kingwood. A drive along Rt. 72 provides great views of the Cheat River. Rt. 50 & 72 are popular routes for motorcyle riding. Cheat Mountain The Start of Cheat Mountain offers great views for the passenger as the driver will be concentrating on the road! This mountain provides a total of 33 turns in a 3 mile run to the top. Be aware of Coal and logging trucks. D  escention of Cadell Mountain This leg of the trip begins at the top of the mountain. This isn’t as hairy as Cheat but still a mountain with good sweeping curves. Be aware of coal and logging trucks They are required to stop at the top before descending. Cheat River Valley The Valley begins at the bottom of Cadell Mountain. Cheat River is a white water rafting river and it is one of the few rivers that flow north. Another small mountain will begin to enter Kingwood, WV Smokin’ Jacks From wings to crab legs, stop in for a nice relaxed place to hang out. Great food and service and night life, as well. Arthurdale Known as “The Reedsville Project” by the government employees who were sent here to establish the first New Deal community under the first of three Franklin Delano Roosevelt administrations. Today, the community is known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” after the first lady’s interest and dedication to the creation of the project. She often stayed and visited the community. Several of the original buildings are still standing and available for tours. D  orsey’s Knob Park A City park in Morgantown. Be sure to climb to the top of Sky Rock for a spectacular view of the Morgantown area. Bring your frisbee! The park has a new 18 hole disc golf course.

From: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501 DIRECTIONS TO W VIRGINIA 7 W/MASON DIXON HWY 1 Head southeast on Donley St toward Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 2 Turn left at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 3 Continue onto Beechurst Ave 4 Continue onto US-19 N/W Virginia 7 W/Monongahela Blvd 5 Slight right at US-19 N/W Virginia 7 W 6 Turn left at W Virginia 7 W/Mason Dixon Hwy Arriving at W Virginia 7 W/Mason Dixon Hwy Total: 13.2 mi - about 20 mins DIRECTIONS TO STATE ROUTE 2004/TAYLORTOWN RD Starting from W Virginia 7 W/Mason Dixon Hwy 1 Head northwest on W Virginia 7 W/Mason Dixon Hwy toward Buckeye Rd/Co Rd 39/Co Rd 7/27 2 Take the 1st right onto Buckeye Rd/Co Rd 39/Co Rd 7/27 Continue to follow Buckeye Rd/Entering Pennsylvania 3 Turn right at Buckeye Rd/State Route 2003 4 Turn left at Slag Rd 5 Take the 3rd right onto US-19 S/Mechanic St Continue to follow US-19 S/Entering West Virginia 6 Sharp left at W Virginia 100 S/Lazzelle Union Rd 7 Turn left at Co Rd 51/Old Taylortown Rd Entering Pennsylvania 8 Continue onto State Route 2004/Taylortown Rd Arriving at State Route 2004/Taylortown Rd Total: 10.9 mi - about 19 mins DIRECTIONS TO US-119 S/POINT MARION RD 1 Head east on State Route 2004/Taylortown Rd toward Bald Hill Rd 2 Turn left to stay on State Route 2004/Taylortown Rd 3 Turn left at Bobtown Rd/State Route 2011 4 Turn right at Holbert Stretch/State Route 2010 5 Continue straight onto PA-88 S/S Eighty Eight Rd 6 Turn right at S Main St 7 Take the 1st left onto Broadway St 8 Turn right at US-119 S/Morgantown Rd Continue to follow US-119 S/Entering West Virginia Arriving at US-119 S/Point Marion Rd Total: 11.8 mi - about 21 mins DIRECTIONS TO CHEAT RD/CO RD 857 Starting from US-119 S/Point Marion Rd 1 Head south on US-119 S/Point Marion Rd toward Warm Hollow Rd 2 Continue onto Cheat Rd/Co Rd 73/Co Rd 857 Arriving at Cheat Rd/Co Rd 857 Total: 6.3 mi - about 12 mins

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DIRECTIONS TO BRUCETON MILLS, WV Starting from Cheat Rd/Co Rd 857 1 Head northeast on Cheat Rd/Co Rd 857 toward Ices Ferry Bridge 2 Turn right at Co Rd 69 3 Turn left to merge onto I-68 E 4 Take exit 15 for County Rd 73/12 toward Coopers Rock 5 Turn left at Co Route 73/12/Co Route 73/73 6 Turn right to stay on Co Route 73/73 7 Continue onto Co Route 73/3/Morgantown St Arriving at Co Route 73/3/Morgantown St Total: 14.6 mi - about 26 mins DIRECTIONS TO W VIRGINIA 26 S Starting from Co Route 73/3/Morgantown St 1 Head east on Co Route 73/3/Morgantown St toward Main St 2 Turn right at W Virginia 26 S Arriving at W Virginia 26 S Total: 31.4 mi - about 46 mins DIRECTIONS TO AURORA PIKE Starting from W Virginia 26 S 1 Head southwest on W Virginia 26 S toward US-50 E/George Washington Hwy 2 Turn left at US-50 E/George Washington Hwy 3 Turn left at Co Route 53/3/Fox Rd 4 Slight left at Aurora Pike/Co Route 53/Terra Alta Rd Arriving at Aurora Pike Total: 24.0 mi - about 36 mins DIRECTIONS TO TERRA ALTA, WV Starting from Aurora Pike 1 Head northeast on Aurora Pike toward Co Route 96/Crookedstump 2 Continue onto Aurora Ave 3 Slight right at N Main St Arriving at N Main St Total: 5.2 mi - about 11 mins DIRECTIONS TO REEDSVILLE, WV Starting from N Main St 1 Head northeast on N Main St toward E State Ave 2 Take the 1st left onto W Virginia 7 W/W State Ave 3 Turn right at Morgantown St/State Route 7 4 Turn right at Tunnelton St Arriving at Tunnelton St Total: 17.6 mi - about 29 mins DIRECTIONS TO BLUEVILLE DR Starting from Tunnelton St 1 Head southwest on Tunnelton St toward Co Route 27/Kingwood Pike Rd 2 Continue onto W Virginia 92 S 3 Turn right at US-50 W/George Washington Hwy 4 Sharp right at Blueville Dr Arriving at Blueville Dr Total: 24.8 mi - about 33 mins DIRECTIONS TO GREATER MORGANTOWN CVB Starting from Blueville Dr 1 Head west on Blueville Dr toward Victory Ave 2 Turn right at US-119 N/Victory Ave 3 Turn left at Donley St Arriving at Donley St Total: 23.8 mi - about 36 mins

115.8 MILES

This is a great tour that includes five covered bridges along the countryside of West Virginia. You’ll enjoy the rolling Appalachian mountains and small towns along the way.

PHILIPPI COVERED BRIDGE

SIMPSON CREEK COVERE

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CARROLLTON COVERED BRIDGE

From: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501

DIRECTIONS TO DENTS RUN ROAD Morgantown, WV 1 Head north on Co Rd 250/32/Pike St toward Buffalo Rd/ Pine Grove-Barrackville Rd 2 Turn left at Buffalo Rd/Co Rd 250/32/ Pine Grove-Barrackville Rd 3 Turn right at Co Rd 250/32/Pike St 4 Continue onto Co Rd 21/Flinches 5 Turn right at Chesapeake Rd/Chesapeake-Finches Run Rd/ Co Rd 250/31 6 Take the 1st left to stay on Chesapeake Rd/ChesapeakeFinches Run Rd/Co Rd 250/31 7 Slight right to stay on Chesapeake Rd/Chesapeake-Finches Run Rd/Co Rd 250/31 8 Turn right at Chesapeake Hampton Rd/Co Rd 250/31 9 Slight left at Co Rd 250/19/Hampton Rd 10 Turn left at US-19 N/Pennsylvania Ave 11 Turn left at US-19 N/1st St 12 Slight left at Sugar Grove Rd 13 Slight left at Co Rd 43/6/John Fox Rd Arriving at Co Rd 43/6/John Fox Rd Total: 15.8 mi - about 31 mins

DIRECTIONS TO PHILIPPI COVERED BRIDGE Philippi, WV Starting from Donley St 1 Head southeast on Donley St toward Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 2 Turn right at US-119 S/Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 3 Turn left at US-119 S/Co Rd 73 4 Turn right at US-119 S/Grafton Rd 5 Turn left at US-119 S/W Main St 6 Turn right at US-119 S/Webster Rd 7 Turn left at Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St Arriving at Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St Total: 40.4 mi - about 1 hour 5 mins DIRECTIONS TO CARROLLTON COVERED BRIDGE Buckhannon, WV 1 Head west on Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St toward Mansfield Dr 2 Turn left at US-119 S/Mansfield Dr 3 Turn left at Carrollton/Co Route 36 4 Turn right to stay on Carrollton/Co Route 36 5 Slight right at Century Junction Rd/Co Route 11/3 Arriving at Century Junction Rd/Co Route 11/3 Total: 6.5 mi - about 12 mins

DIRECTIONS TO GREATER MORGANTOWN CVB Starting from Co Rd 43/6/John Fox Rd 1 Head east on Co Rd 43/6/John Fox Rd toward Sugar Grove Rd 2 Continue onto Co Rd 4/3/Sugar Grove Rd Continue to follow Sugar Grove Rd 3 Turn left at US-19 N/Fairmont Rd Continue to follow US-19 N 4 Turn right at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 5 Turn right at Donley St Arriving at Donley St Total: 6.1 mi - about 14 mins

DIRECTIONS TO SIMPSON CREEK COVERED BRIDGE Bridgeport, WV 1 Head northeast on Century Junction Rd/Co Route 11/3 toward Carrollton/Co Route 36 2 Slight left at Carrollton/Co Route 36 3 Turn left to stay on Carrollton/Co Route 36 4 Turn right at US-119 N 5 Turn left at W Virginia 57 W 6 Continue onto W Virginia 20 N 7 Turn right to merge onto I-79 N 8 Take exit 121 toward County Route 24/Meadowbrook Rd 9 Turn left at Johnson Ave/Co Route 24/Meadowbrook Rd 10 Turn left just before covered bridge Arriving at Simpson Creek Covered Bridge Total: 26.4 mi - about 37 mins DIRECTIONS TO BARRACKVILLE COVERED BRIDGE Barrackville, WV 1 Head northeast toward Co Route 24/Meadowbrook Rd 2 Turn right at Co Route 24/Meadowbrook Rd 4 Turn left to merge onto I-79 N 5 Take exit 137 toward W Virginia 310 N/Co Rd 3/1/E Grafton Rd 6 Turn left at W Virginia 310 N/Co Rd 3/1/E Grafton Rd 7 Turn left at E Park Ave 8 Slight left at Merchant St 9 Take the 3rd right onto Jefferson St 10 Turn left at Jackson St 11 Turn right at US-19 S/US-250 N 12 Turn right at Co Rd 250/32/Pine Grove-Barrackville Rd Arriving at Co Rd 250/32/Pike St Total: 20.6 mi - about 31 mins

PO IN TS O F IN TE RE ST

• Philippi Covered Bridge is the oldest and

longest covered bridge in West Virginia. It is also the only covered bridge servin g the US Federal Highway system (U.S. Rou te 250). Carrollton Covered Bri dge spans the Buckhanno n River near Carrollton and was built in 1856. Simpson Creek Covered Bridge is a multiple-King post truss bridge that was built in 1881. It wa s washed out by a flood in July 1889 and later relocated to its current loc ation a half-mile upstream. Barrackville Covered Bri dge spans Buffalo Creek near Barrackville, West Virgin ia. Built in 1853, the str ucture is a modified arched Burr tru ss, the bridge’s construction with siding added twenty years after . Dents Run Covered Bri dge was erected in 1889 by order of Monongalia County Court. The bridge is 40 ft. long, 13 ft. wide, and utilizes the Kingpost truss design.

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167.9 MILES

This is an Historic tour ride through the country side visiting important West Virginia civil war sites and a WWII Museum. Bring your camera to capture a bit of American history in West Virginia.

WWII MUSEUM IN ROWLESBURG

POINTS OF INTEREST: S  mokin’ Jacks From wings to crab legs, stop in for a nice relaxed place to hang out. Great food and service and night life, as well. W  orld War II Museum A 100% Authentic Military Garb and Supplies museum.Stand and enjoy real life history in front of your face. Visitation is by appointment only. Planning is a must in this case, but well worth it! Call 304-329-1240.

OVERLOOK AT CANNON HILL C  annon Hill A Civil War cannon site where the Union Soldiers and Rowlesburg Citizens held back around 10,000 confederate troops from destroying the town’s bridges and cutting off a main supply for Union Troops. There is a 45 minute walking tour of the site. General McClellan’s First Headquarters AKA: ANNA JARVIS BIRTHPLACE (Birth Place of Mother’s Day) This wooden two-story structure was built in 1854 by Granville Jarvis and occupied by him and his family for eleven years through one of American history’s most exciting periods. His wife, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, was instrumental in saving thousands of lives by teaching women in her Mothers Friendship Clubs the basics of nursing and sanitation which she had learned from her famous physician brother James Reeves, M.D. The house became a focal point of the Civil War when General George B. McClellan used it as his headquarters and his troops were encamped across from the house in what is now Ocean Pearl Felton Historic Park.

POINTS OF INTEREST

US Government Grafton National Cemetery In 1867, Maj. R. C. Bates was ordered by the War Department to locate a permanent burial site for the Union soldiers who had died in hospitals and battlefields throughout West Virginia. Bates chose the Grafton location because it was relatively level in a region noted for mountainous terrain and it was near Maple Avenue Cemetery where many war dead had already been buried. In 1903, Thornesberry Baily Brown was reinterred at Grafton National Cemetery. Brown was rumored to be the first Union casualty of the Civil War, having been killed May 22, 1861, when he refused a Confederate sentry’s order to halt and shot the sentry in the ear. The sentry responded by shooting Brown through the heart. The Brown monument is a marble obelisk that was erected by the GAR, Reno Post No. 7, and dedicated on April 28, 1904. Grafton National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. P  hilippi Covered Bridge The bridge has strong associations with the American Civil War, especially the Battle of Philippi (1861). The Philippi Covered Bridge is the oldest and longest covered bridge in West Virginia. Jackson’s Mill Boyhood Home of Stonewall Jackson Site of the boyhood home of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The Old Mill, the last of the original buildings, features a museum of artifacts relating to 19th century WV homesteads. Other period structures include an operational 1794 water-powered gristmill, a weaving shop, blacksmith shop, a 1793 cabin, and a gift shop & heritage center. Special programs are available; bus tours are welcome with advance arrangement. Visit the web for special events. R  itzy Lunch A family-owned business since 1933. They take pride in their dogs with spiced up chili done right! Join “the Ritzy” for Bike Night on Thursday nights from 5-9pm in the Summer (weather-permitting).

From: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501 DIRECTIONS TO ROWLESBURG, WV 26425 (ROWLESBURG SCHOOL) 1 Head southeast on Donley St toward Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 2 Turn right at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 3 Slight left at Dorsey Ave 4 Slight right at Kingwood Pike/Ross St Continue to follow Kingwood Pike 5 Continue onto Kingwood Pike 6 Continue onto Dorsey Ave 7 Continue onto Kingwood Pike 8 Continue onto Kingwood Ave/State Route 7 Continue to follow State Route 7 9 Turn left at W Virginia 7 E/W Main St Continue to follow W Virginia 7 E 10 Turn right at W Virginia 72 S 11 Turn right at Buffalo St Arriving at Buffalo St Total: 35.0 mi - about 57 mins DIRECTIONS TO GRAFTON NATIONAL CEMETERY Grafton, WV Starting from Buffalo St 1 Head south on W Virginia 72 S/Buffalo St toward W Main St Continue to follow W Virginia 72 S 2 Turn right at US-50 W/W Virginia 72 S/George Washington Hwy Continue to follow US-50 W 3 Turn left at Victory Ave 4 Continue onto Lincoln St 5 Continue onto E Main St 6 Turn left at US-119 S/W Main St Continue to follow US-119 S 7 Continue onto Beech St 8 Turn right at Co Route 119/42/Walnut St 9 Turn right at Armstrong Alley Arriving at Armstrong Alley Total: 26.7 mi - about 40 mins DIRECTIONS TO PHILIPPI COVERED BRIDGE Philippi, West Virginia 26416 Starting from Armstrong Alley 1 Head southeast on Armstrong Alley toward Co Route 119/42/Walnut St 2 Turn right at Co Route 119/42/Walnut St 3 Continue onto Pearl St 4 Turn right at Liberty St 5 Turn left at US-119 S/Webster Rd Continue to follow US-119 S 6 Turn left at Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St Arriving at Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St Total: 14.7 mi - about 24 mins

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DIRECTIONS TO JACKSON’S MILL CENTER 4-H CAMP Weston, WV Starting from Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St 1 Head west on Beverly-Fairmont Pike/Main St toward Mansfield Dr 2 Turn left at US-119 S/Mansfield Dr Continue to follow US-119 S 3 Slight right at W Virginia 57 W 4 Continue onto W Virginia 20 N 5 Turn left to merge onto I-79 S 6 Take exit 105 for County Rd 7 toward Jane Lew 7 Turn right at Co Rd 7/Co Rd 8/Hackers Creek Rd 8 Turn right at Main St 9 Turn left at Co Rd 8/High St 10 Slight left at Co Rd 10/Sycamore Lick Rd 11 Turn right at Jackson Mill Rd 12 Slight left to stay on Jackson Mill Rd Destination will be on the right Arriving at Jackson Mill Rd Total: 33.6 mi - about 51 mins DIRECTIONS TO GREATER MORGANTOWN CVB Starting from Jackson’s Mill 1 Head west toward Co Rd 1/Old Mill Rd 2 Turn right at Co Rd 1/Old Mill Rd 3 Turn right at Co Route 35/Kincheloe Run Rd Continue to follow Kincheloe Run Rd 4 Turn left at US-19 N/Milford St 5 Turn right toward US-19 N/Milford St 6 Make a U-turn 7 Turn right at US-19 N/Milford St Continue to follow US-19 N 8 Turn right at W Pike St 9 Take the 3rd left onto Gandy St 10 Turn right at Locust Ave 11 Turn left at N Chestnut St 12 Slight left to stay on N Chestnut St 13 Slight right to merge onto US-50 E 14 Merge onto I-79 N via the ramp to Fairmont 15 Take exit 148 to merge onto I-68 E toward Cumberland 16 Take exit 1 for US-119 toward University Ave/Downtown 17 Turn left at US-119 N/Grafton Rd Continue to follow US-119 N 18 Turn left at Donley St Arriving at Donley St Total: 57.9 mi - about 1 hour 17 mins

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For those that only have a few hours to enjoy the countryside, this out and back trip can be completed in three hours or less including a few stops. You don’t ride the same road twice.

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POINTS OF INTEREST S  mokin’ Jacks From wings to crab legs, stop in for a nice relaxed place to hang out. Great food and service and night life, as well. A  rthurdale known as “The Reedsville Project” by the government employees who were sent here to establish the first New Deal community under the first of three Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. Today, the community is known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” after the first lady’s interest and dedication to the creation of the project. She often stayed and visited the community. Several of the original buildings are still standing and available for tours. C  ool Springs Park Gas, Restaurant, and Farm all in one stop! Take a break on Historic Route 50. Enjoy the animals, fish and the old equipment. T  he Depot Museum A former B&O railroad freight and passenger station, which now houses hundreds of artifacts, a fully restored 1927 caboose, and an 1847 Howitzer replica. W  orld War II Museum A 100% Authentic Military Garb and Supplies museum. Stand and enjoy real life history in front of your face. Visitation is by appointment only. Planning is a must in this case, but well worth it! Call 304-329-1240. C  annon Hill A Civil War cannon site where the Union Soldiers and Rowlesburg Citizens held back around 10,000 confederate troops from destroying the town’s bridges and cutting off a main supply for Union Troops. There is a 45 minute walking tour of the site. T  ray Run Viaduct In late fall or early spring you can view the Tray Run Viaduct. This railroad bridge is still in operation today and is the bridge depicted on the back of the WV State Seal. Almost impossible to see with leaves on the trees, it sits high on the hill and goes over the valley. O  ld Limestone Mine Entrances Watch for two large limestone mine entrances on the right side of the road. A cold sensation can be felt as you ride by due to the air from the mine. The railroad is live and runs above the mines. They are very close to the road and can be viewed from the pull off.

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P  reston County Buckwheat Festival Late in the Great Depression, rural West Virginia and Preston County found economic recovery slow and tedious. Local farmers grew buckwheat, although mainly for animal feed, as an “insurance crop” because of its short growing season and good quality; it was thought that perhaps this grain might spur agricultural economic growth. For this reason and for its uniqueness, buckwheat was chosen as the focus for an end-of-harvest homecoming when farmers could relax, have fun, and compete - thus blossomed the Preston County Buckwheat Festival! The first Buckwheat Festival was held in 1938 and continues today the last weekend in September every year. M  cGrew House Former home of James Clark McGrew (1813-1910), an American politician, merchant, banker and hospital director from Virginia and West Virginia. He was the mayor of Kingwood from 1863 to 1865 and again from 1879-1880. E  sso Gas Station A “stuck-in-time” period gas station. Complete with glass-domed gas pumps, era Coke machines, signs etc., and restored pick-up truck in downtown Kingwood. Preston County Inn Built in 1857 and is located in downtown Kingwood. A great place to grab some buckwheat cakes and sit on the front porch in a rocking chair. Monroe’s Deli Style Eatery Healthy and tasty food is on the menu as well as good music and an eclectic atmosphere. The Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse is held on the second Saturday of each month from October through April, bringing in acoustic musicians from all over the nation for your listening enjoyment. F  orks of Cheat Winery Family owned winery that sits on almost sixteen acres. Forks of Cheat Winery now grows at least some of each of the French Hybrid and American varietal grapes that are used in the wine production. Locally marketing a few bottles has grown to state-wide distribution. The little enterprise that started in one room at the Deals’ weekend get-away has expanded into a new 5,000 square foot facility with space designed for tasting and sales and special events.

From: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501 DIRECTIONS TO KINGWOOD PIKE Morgantown, WV Starting from Donley St 1 Head southeast on Donley St toward Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 2 Turn right at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave 3 Slight left at Dorsey Ave 4 Slight right at Kingwood Pike/Ross St Continue to follow Kingwood Pike 5 Continue onto Kingwood Pike 6 Continue onto Dorsey Ave 7 Continue onto Kingwood Pike Arriving at Kingwood Pike Total: 5.0 mi - about 10 mins DIRECTIONS TO ROUTE 92 Reedsville, WV Starting from Kingwood Pike 1 Head southeast on Kingwood Pike toward Kennedy Store Rd 2 Turn right at Tunnelton St Arriving at Tunnelton St Total: 9.2 mi - about 16 mins DIRECTIONS TO US-50 E/CO ROUTE 66/YARKS RUN Starting from Tunnelton St 1 Head southwest on W Virginia 92 S/Tunnelton St toward 1st St Continue to follow W Virginia 92 S 2 Turn left at US-50 E/Co Route 66/Yarks Run Arriving at US-50 E/Co Route 66/Yarks Run Total: 14.5 mi - about 20 mins DIRECTIONS TO ROWLESBURG, WV S tarting from US-50 E/W Virginia 92 S/George Washington Hwy 1 Head southeast on US-50 E/W Virginia 92 S/George Washington Hwy Continue to follow US-50 E/George Washington Hwy 2 Turn left at W Virginia 72 N Arriving at Buffalo St Total: 14.6 mi - about 23 mins DIRECTIONS TO KINGWOOD, WV Starting from Buffalo St 1 Head north on Buffalo St toward Catherine St 2 Take the 1st left onto W Virginia 72 N/Catherine St Continue to follow W Virginia 72 N 3 Turn left at W Virginia 7 W Arriving at E Main St Total: 13.2 mi - about 19 mins NTY PRESTON COU AL IV ST FE T EA H BUCKW

DIRECTIONS TO MASONTOWN, WV Starting from E Main St 1 Head west on E Main St toward 52 7/N Sigler St 2 Turn right at Morgantown St/State Route 7 Continue to follow State Route 7 3 Turn right at W Virginia 7 W/Tunnelton St Continue to follow W Virginia 7 W 4 Turn right to stay on W Virginia 7 W 5 Turn left at Depot Way Arriving at Depot Way Total: 11.0 mi - about 18 mins DIRECTIONS TO PIERPONT ROAD Morgantown, WV Starting from Depot Way 1 Head southeast on US-50 E/W Virginia 92 S/George Washington Hwy Continue to follow US-50 E/George Washington Hwy 2 Turn left at W Virginia 72 N Arriving at Buffalo St Total: 14.6 mi - about 23 mins DIRECTIONS TO MILEGROUND ROAD Morgantown, WV Starting from Pierpont Rd 1 Head north on Pierpont Rd toward Co Rd 68 2 Take the 1st right to stay on Pierpont Rd 3 Turn right at Co Rd 67/S Pierpont Rd 4 Turn left at Cheat Rd/Co Rd 73/Co Rd 857 5 Turn left at US-119 S/Mileground Rd Arriving at US-119 S/Ices Ferry Rd/Mileground Rd Total: 4.4 mi - about 11 mins DIRECTIONS TO GREATER MORGANTOWN CVB Starting from US-119 S/Ice S Ferry Rd/Mileground Rd 1 Head southwest on US-119 S/Ices Ferry Rd/Mileground Rd toward Eisenhower St Continue to follow US-119 S 2 Turn left at High St 3 Turn right at Walnut St 4 Turn left at Don Knotts Blvd/University Ave Continue to follow University Ave 5 Turn right at Donley St Arriving at Donley St Total: 2.6 mi - about 7 mins

services

• Triple S Harley-Davidson

308 Cheat Road Morgantown, WV 26508 304-284-8244 www.triplesharley-davidson.com

• Morgantown Powersports/Morgantown Honda 526 Mileground Rd Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-9055 www.morgantownpowersports.com

• Outlaw Motorsports

3833 Earl L Core Road Morgantown, WV 26508 304-284-0480 www.outlawmotorsports.4t.com

• Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors’ Center 68 Donley Street Morgantown, WV 26501 800-458-7373 www.tourmorgantown.com

• Preston County Visitors’ Center 200 Main Street Kingwood, WV 26537 800-571-0912 www.tourpreston.com

Photo Contributors: Cindy Coffindaffer, J. Stephen Conn, Nancy Dougherty, Ben Huffman and Justin Taylor