WV-20 Interactive Route Map with Photo Points - Double-Click map to expand
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West Virginia
State Route 72

A short, very twisty, narrow, poorly paved backway in North-central West Virginia. That this is designated as a major state highway is a little surprising.


Section Covered:
Hambleton, WV to Dryfork, WV

Length:
27km / 17mi

Ratings:   Rankings:
Scenic Impact 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Overall Score: 5.6
Twistiness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Fun-to-Drive: 7.2
Surface Quality 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
Traffic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rankings and ratings explained


West Virginia route 72 -- at least the stretch from Hambleton to Dryfork -- is a strange little highway. Effectively it is only one and one-half lanes wide. It winds through steeply hilly Appalachian Plateau countryside, frequently traversing along steeply wooded ravine slopes. There are many blind turns, where it is not a bad idea to honk in order give a signal to oncoming traffic.
Like a backroad in Europe
Pavement quality? Poor pretty much sums it up. In places it is just ok - chip-sealed and a bit of gravel. In other places it is worse: full of pavement patches, some of which have eroded away and left spots of dirt or even potholes. Some turns have a moderate amount of gravel in them. The road goes by some pretty rustic looking farm-yards, too -- which you'll also strongly smell.

This 'highway' is indeed quite twisty, and in it's own way, it is a neat kind of road with a very different character than most highways. However, it is probably not a good idea to try and go too fast on this road -- 35 mph is pretty much a reasonable top speed, I think. (I'm not sure what the speed limit is - I can't recall).
WV-20 Interactive Route Map with Photo Points - Double-Click map to expand
Route Data - WV-72, Hambleton to Dryfork
Start Time: 6:25PM
End Time: 6:55PM
Duration: 0h29m
Distance: 27.67 km (17.2 mi)
Average Speed: 57.3 km/hr (35.6 mph)
Start Elevation: 1796ft (547m) *
Max Elevation: 2868ft (874m) *
Min Elevation: 1727ft (526m) *
End Elevation: 2811ft (857m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 1653ft (504m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 560ft (171m) *
 
 
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph


[ Introduction & Day 1 | Day 2 - Journeying South | Day 3 - Exploring West Virginia | Day 4 - Dragon's Tooth and Yet More Twisties | Day 5 - Final Twisties and Drive Home | Related Presentation: The Dragon's Tooth Hike | Ranked Summary of Twisty Roads | PA-549 | PA-144 | WV-72 | WV-20 | WV-16 & VA-16 | VA-311 | WV-39 & VA-39 | US-250 | US-33 | PA-125 | Road Rankings Explained ]


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