Virginia is one of the original colonies with the slogan “Virginia is for lovers”. Well, Virginia is for lovers of adventure on the TAT, be it on a Dual Sport Motorcycle, a Jeep, or any vehicle capable of back road driving.
The TAT enters VA from Marlington, WV and traverses the WV, VA state line on a beautiful 20-mile section of hard-packed Jeep road. This opens up into the rural countryside with a paved back road and hard-packed dirt/ gravel roads. The TAT winds through the Monongahela National Forest, Back Creek Mountain Range, George Washington National Forest, Rich Patch Mountains, Jefferson National Forest, and Blue Ridge Mountains, just to name a few.
At Bland, VA, you cross I-77 and set your sights on Burkes Gardens. The hard-packed Jeep road is a 20-mile gradual ascent one-lane with many switchbacks and a beautiful valley at the top. Then it’s onto Hwy 16 S for the Back of the Dragon.
Toward the last of VA, the Hurricane Creek Road is 8 miles of twisting forest road with switchbacks. Damascus is the end and also the hub on the “Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail”.