The ultimate way to go. Whether youíre into green meadows or white knuckles.

What makes the perfect ride?

Some riders like to soak up the scenery. Others like to hug the curves. Some might choose tree-lined roads where youíre as likely to see a deer as a car. Others prefer historic towns and country barns. Or maybe a carpet of city lights from a perch high atop a mountain.

In Southwest Virginia, one 50-mile stretch serves up an asphalt buffet to cover just about every taste for motorcycle enthusiasts. Itís a ride that will throw you a curve or give it to you straight. And it certainly has its ups and downs. All wrapped around the ultimate American biking pilgrimage, the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Although youíll never want to stop, youíll have plenty of great choices when you do. Whether you choose a world-class hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast, youíll find hospitable places to kick back for the night. History buffs will enjoy our railroad heritage as well as visits to great American institutions, historic downtowns, and homes of legendary heroes. And if you need a little downtime, you can shop in regional malls or stop by a country store for a candy bar, a bottle of pop and a side of conversation. All closer than a tattoo.

Youíll also find periodic gatherings of riding clubs, including a Moto Guzzi enthusiasts group, a British Motorcycle club and a Christian Motorcycle Riders association. The Gold Wing Road Ridersí Rally at the Salem Civic Center attracts enthusiasts from across the country.

Weíve put together a few sample rides to get you started on your two-wheel tour. But itís just a beginning. Youíll discover a lot more to make your motor purr as you explore Roanoke Valley and Rockbridge.

Please click on the links below for printable route maps and descriptions (you will need Adobe Reader to view the PDF files; please click on the logo to the right to download Adobe Reader for free, if you do not already have it):

The Sport Loop Tour
Little North Mountain Ride
Roanoke Valley/Rockbridge Combo Tour
Bent Mountain/Blue Ridge Parkway Loop
311 Loop



If you have any questions or would like more information about Lexington & the Rockbridge area, please contact the Tourism Office at 540-463-3777 or 877-453-9822, email us, or use our Online Request Form.


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