It's not a boring road. It's not crazy exciting, but if you're in the area it might be worth a look-see. The scenery is standard fare for that area of West Virginia. Hills and valleys with woods on either side...no mountains, though.
The patch work along much of this road means that you can't really ride a too spirited of a pace, but it's not too bad. Also, it's not always like that, so when the surface does get better you can move a little faster.
This goes through 1 small town. Other than that there is precisely nothing on Rosedale Rd.
So, this road serves as a shortcut, of sorts, if you're coming from Brandywine (33) and wish to head north, up to Moorefield. Rather than taking the more trafficy 220, this is a nicely paved similar road that also gets you to the Moorefield area. Other than some wiggles just off of 33 this route is pretty damned straight, and so the cruiser/tourer crowd will probably be able to put their feet up on the highway pegs, for this one.CR3, if headed north, eventually turns to CR7, but nothing changes. Good road. Nice short cut. Good scenery in autumn.
Taking this road north is the better way to do it, and as such that would be to head to Mathias, WV on WV 259. You can't miss the signs for Lost River State Park. (Mathias is a tiny town.) However, if you want to take this route south then you would do so by heading south out of Moorefield, WV onto CR 7 (S Fork Rd) and looking on the right side of the road for Lost River State Park Rd signs. They're about 3 miles south out of town.You can do this road for the fun, but it's biggest asset, especially in the autumn is the scenery. You are, after all, driving a thin windy road up a mountain, no matter which way you take the road, and then you plateau on the dome for a time before winding back down the mountain. We didn't stop in the park, nor did we see any cars, but I would imagine it's very pretty. Just from driving the road which has a 55 mph speed limit on a 1.5 lane road (God bless those crazy West Virginians) it was a very pretty set of sights, particularly when looking west.Nothing but good things to say about this road despite it being a good bit lumpy and slender. For sure, keep your wits about on this road, because up and down the mountain can bite you, and the lumpiness makes it more fun in a quick car than on the motorcycle with your elbows flailing around, but either mode of transport should give you a good time, with the car being a bit less harrowing. Be sure to look west, when you can, safely, for some great views and even some wild game. (Saw 4 dear bedded down watching us go by.)I don't know anything about Lost River State Park, but I would imagine that's your 'tourism.' Other than the the only amenities are in the Moorefield area, as I don't think there's as much on the east side of the mountains.
Far be it for me to recommend slab, but what a piece of pavement this one is. This freshly built road is pure eye candy, from what I've seen between Moorefield, WV and Mount Storm, WV. Parts of the road are blown straight through mountains, parts are built of bridges that are thousands of feet up, and in many parts you can see the road a mile ahead of you...and it's not a straight path to get there. Bravo to the designers of this beauty.Fresh, new pavement that is completely flawless and much of it is less than a year, two or 3 old. Everything about this road speaks to them taking their time, doing it right and with much care.No amenities on the sides of this road. Mount Storm has pretty much nothing, either. If you want amenities you'll want to stop in Moorefield, WV or one of the bigger exits on this road.
High alert mode here, folks. This section of 72 is 1.5 lanes in many spots. Gravel is a thing, cars coming the other way, though rarely, is a thing and the edge of the road is a thing. That said, all of these 'things' also make the road so fun.
HOWEVER, if you don't think you can handle all of those twisties then draw up this road on Google Maps and look up WV County Route 26 'River Rd' that parallels this road. It also is 1.5 lanes, but it's practically straight as an arrow and will let you bypass the insanity for 85% of the road.
I recommend you try both methods to see which you like best. (The video is all 72, no River Rd.)
To be clear, this route is already up in a Dennison, OH to Fairmont, WV capacity. However, because it 'starts' in Dennison it doesn't show up when you browse roads in West Virginia. So, I'm building this route to start and end in West Virginia, so that it shows up when you select the state 'West Virginia'
That said, this is one of the greats. From out of Moundsville down to Hundred this twisty bastard just goes and goes and goes. The layout is so damned good.
The bad news is that the pavement is getting sketchy in spots. Particularly between where it meets 88 (up north) to Cameron. Even then there's still spots south of Cameron where the side of the road is slipping away, so watch yourself.
Hilly road with sweepers, twisties and some straights. You're in luck, as of this posting in October 2020 this road was freshly paved for the majority of it.
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Great corners and great views!
Nice road trip in to WV and back
Fantastic curves and mountains with light traffic all the way. The best section is once you get on 311.
Nice road with some good corners
Simply amazing combination of a large number of many different types of turns and virtually no traffic. This is a MUST for riders visiting this area.
Pleasant rural ride with some nice curves but some patchy surfacing in places, otherwise good.
Surface quite mixed but corners are good, more possibilities to make your acquaintance with road wildlife so take care.
Loads of corners but with quite a few hazards in terms on oncoming trucks, animals and so forth that mean you need to be alert at all times. A good road, but not particularly relaxing!
A good road for sport bikes. Keep you witts about you and youll enjoy the turns a lot.
This must surely be one of the best roads in this area (if not the whole of the US) Many excellent cornering combinations, good surface and great views. Beware of the drop offs in some places. Seriously good road, try it!
Excellent curves of different types, a little narrown in places. A great road.
Narrow up and down road with lots of nice turns.
Surface not great and route a bit narrow in places, but I liked it because there are lots of nice corners
Great road, but many blind corners and the possibility of animals in the road so be cautious.
Good selection of different curves with enough tight ones to keep you smiling.
Very twisty (if a little short) section with well marked turns and low traffic, pleasant environment.
Very narrow and twisty in places so easy to have an off if you push it too hard. Mostly narrow throughout with no trucks allowed in certain sections (just to give you an idea) but lots of corners to keep you amused.