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Old 12-11-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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Default Best route to Snowshoe Mountain?

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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JohnNC-
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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