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The Roanoke North Loop is located in Northwest Virginia.  This route starts East of Roanoke near Stewartsville and heads east before turning North into the hills.  The road weaves and winds through the low hills and eventually emerges near Bedford.


After a short ride West, the route turns North again for more twisty fun.  This part of the route includes some very tight turns, so stay alert.  From Kelso Mill it’s a fun trip North for a short distance to join the Blue Ridge Parkway for a nice ride to the James River.  After crossing the James River, the route leaves the Parkway and follows the James River for a twisty ride to Glasgow.


From Glasgow, the path runs West through Natural Bridge and then turns back South to run parallel to Interstate 81 to Buchanan.  From Buchanan, the route continues South, up and over the mountains and down the other side into Montvale.  After Montvale, the road weaves through the low hills and then turns West again to join another section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, before finally exiting the parkway and returning to the starting point in Stewartsville.

Motorcycle Rides, Virginia, Glasgow, Big Island, Natural Bridge, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Montvale, Bedford

Location:  Northwest Virginia

Approximate Mileage:  140  miles

Estimated Riding Time:  4   Hours 

Surface:  Paved



Kelso Mill, Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Rec Area, Headforemost Mountain Overlook, Arnold Valley South Overlook, Terrapin Mountain Overlook, Lowest Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway, James River Overlook, Otter Lake Waterfall, Cushaw Rapids and Dam, Stewart Knob Overlook

Roanoke North 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.

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