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Old 12-11-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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I have been looking at Google maps trying to plan the best route to Snowshoe Mountain. Has anyone driven up there? Can you offer some good info on what roads are good? The route I am considering is 501 up through Lynchburg.

Thanks,

John
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:05 PM
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John,
I like to go to Hillsborough, North on NC86 to Danville, and then US29 to Lynchburg.

I think 29 is a great ride to Lynchburg, where 501 is more 2 lane driving, IIRC.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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Take 40E to 85S to 86N to 58W to US-220N to Roanoke and on to Clifton Forge, VA, then I-64 West to White Sulphur Springs, then 92 North to WV-39 West to Marlinton, WV; and 26 miles North on US-219 to Snowshoe. (Highway 92 is a very drivable route from I-64 to WV39).
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:59 PM
 
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Hey you copied that right off the snowshoemtn.com website. Is that really the best way to go? Are there any decent/cheap places to stay in Roanoke ares on the way up for the night?

Thanks,

John

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Take 40E to 85S to 86N to 58W to US-220N to Roanoke and on to Clifton Forge, VA, then I-64 West to White Sulphur Springs, then 92 North to WV-39 West to Marlinton, WV; and 26 miles North on US-219 to Snowshoe. (Highway 92 is a very drivable route from I-64 to WV39).
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:38 PM
 
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I don't have a clue on the best route, but Enjoy Snowshoe ! I used to go ski there as a kid growin' up outside DC-- awesome part of the country... Best skiin' in the east short of maybe Vermont, imho
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:45 PM
 
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If you follow the route from their web site, its an easier drive to take I-81 out of Roanoke, instead of staying on 220, to I-64 (all intertate). Another easy drive is to take 40 to I-77 on to I-64 (again, all interstate). When are you leaving? I'm leaving next Saturday, the 20th, and staying until Christmas Eve. The weather has been great up there with lots of early season snow - 85", which is almost half their yearly average. Unfortunately, its fairly balmy up there right now and best I can tell from the 10-day weather.com forecast, it doesn't look like its going to get real cold or get significant snow any time soon.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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On the last section is there any reason I could not follow what Google Maps shows? It goes from I-64 to US-219 and from the time info takes about a half an hour less?

From the site:
then I-64 West to White Sulphur Springs, then 92 North to WV-39 West to Marlinton, WV; and 26 miles North on US-219 to Snowshoe

Google map shows:
then I-64 West to US-219 to Snowshoe
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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Click on the Terrain button and you will see why that is not a good route unless you wish to test the tire grip of your new sports car. I made that mistake once, lots of up/down/twisting road at slow speed. Also the roads get much worse with bad weather, where 92 is always drivable and maintained.

OTOH I had one bad experience on 92: following days of rain and driving during a heavy snowfall the trees began crashing onto the road. Towed many trees to the side, then one tree was much too large, fortunately a maintenance crew showed with chain saws @ 3am. Added many hours to the trip, but 219 would have been much worse.
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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Hey you copied that right off the snowshoemtn.com website. Is that really the best way to go? Are there any decent/cheap places to stay in Roanoke ares on the way up for the night?

Thanks,

John
This is the best way, 220 and 81 are actually the same road for a while, but this is the best way.
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:33 PM
 
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I am reviving this thread to see if anyone has new info to give. Roads are changed, added, widened all the time, so there might be a better way now ?

I'm not looking for the 'easiest' route per se. I am looking for the fastest route for driving time, which may or may not be the shortest distance or the easiest to drive. When you reply, will you also please include what general area you usually leave from (i.e. Durham, SE Raleigh, Capital/540 - nearby major intersections like this would be great). The area you are traveling from may affect the route you find is the fastest. Please also include how long it normally takes you, how fast you tend to drive over the speed limit, and how many/how long are the stops you usually take !

Over the last 10+ years, we have taken coltank's route several times. We have tried getting on 220N in Greensboro to Roanoke and then followed coltank's the rest of the way. Out of Roanoke we have also tried going all the way up I-81 to I-64 and across. Off of I-64, we have tried 219 all the way, 92 to 39 to 219, and also 92 to 66 thru Cass up to what we call the back entrance that brings you in at Top of the World. One time we tried mapquest which sent us who knows where on some crazy backwoods roads north of Danville (then again, I can't get out of my neighborhood using mapquest directions, but I digress). We have never tried I-40 to I-77 to I-64.
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Take I-40/I-85 to Hillsborough, 86N to Danville, then 58W to 220N thru Martinsville to Roanoke, then I-581 to I-81N around Roanoke to exit 150B and on to Clifton Forge VA via 220N, then I-64 West to White Sulphur Springs, then 92 North to 39 West to Marlinton WV; and 26 miles North on 219 to Snowshoe.
However, Google maps insists that it is faster to go (whatever way I-40/I-85) to get on 86N in Hillsborough to Danville THEN follow 29N past Lynchburg to 60W, then I-81 north for a short distance to I-64 West to exit 43 taking 780N for 10 miles, THEN 39W to Marlinton WV; and 26 miles North on 219 to Snowshoe

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