The Covington VA Loop is located in Northwest Virginia. Starting in Covington, this route climbs quickly and turns to the Southwest before coming to the first point of interest, the Humpback Bridge. Crossing under I-64, the path continues to the Southwest for a long stretch of curvy roads in the Dunlap Creek valley. The valley starts out fairly wide, but as the path progresses, the valley narrows and the curves get tighter and more frequent.
The route leaves the main road for a fun side trip up the Snake Run valley. Shortly after returning to the main road, the path crosses into West Virginia for a short time before climbing up and over the ridgeline and back into Virginia. Descending on the other side of the mountains, the ride passes by Tinglers Mill and the fish hatchery before climbing up and over another ridgeline.
On the valley floor, this route takes another turn to follow John’s Creek for a short distance before turning back and arriving at New Castle. This stretch of the path is a combination: curves along the banks of John’s Creek, another climb and pass crossing, more twisty valley roads, a steady climb and then a twisty descent into New Castle.
After New Castle, the route follows the twisty Peaceful Valley and then travels along the banks of Craig Creek. Although this part of the route is on the valley floor, it is still full of twists and turns as it follows the path of the creek. The path climbs up a small rise as it passes the Roaring Run Furnace and drops back down before turning off onto Rich Patch for the ride into Clifton Forge.
From Clifton Forge, the path climbs up the valley and then crosses the ridgeline with a series of switchbacks. After crossing the pass, the route descends to the valley on the other side before one last set of great curves and the final stretch to the starting point in Covington.
Location: Northwest Virginia
Approximate Mileage: 150 miles
Estimated Riding Time: 3.75 Hours
Luke Mountain Historic District, C&O Railway Heritage Center, Historic Masonic Theatre and Amphitheatre, Humpback Bridge, Sweet Springs Resort Park, Tinglers Mill, Potts Mountain Wayside, Rte 42 Overlook, Roaring Run Furnace, Falling Springs Waterfall, Hwy 220 Overlook
Covington VA Loop
If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.
In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.
Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices. In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps. They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.
If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app. REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.
For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone. Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option.
You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.
AND using this coupon code at checkout: Driftlessforless.
By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.