Best/Fastest Route to T-Line?
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john84
December 17, 2006
Member since 11/7/2005 🔗
27 posts
Pending rain or 100 degree temps, my friend and I are planning a trip to Timberline next Sunday the 24th. I live in the "North Bethesda"/Rockville area, right around exit 4 on 270. In the past when going with my dad he always went the 270-70-68-220-50-42-93-32 route (or something similar to that). Would it be faster to head directly west on 66? Or is there a third option I'm not looking at? Any info would be appreciated.
camp
December 17, 2006
Member since 01/30/2005 🔗
602 posts
that's possibly your best bet from where you live,
if you were to head out 66, you'd have to make sure not to hit any of the local traffic. you can spend an hour just getting out of NoVa going that way.

going your dad's way, an hour should get you well past Hagerstown and even onto I-68.
Ullr
December 18, 2006
Member since 11/27/2004 🔗
531 posts
How about getting there from Richmond? I went once and took 64 to 81 to 33 to 32 (or soemthing like that). Would it be quicker to go up to NOVA and just cut west?
Clay
December 18, 2006
Member since 04/11/2006 🔗
555 posts
I don't think that I would do the DC route (95-66-81-55-32) but 64-81-55-32 might be an option. Coming from Stafford, I go 17-66-81-etc. I believe 33 gets pretty mountainous and I think you can skip some of that mountain driving by taking 55 and CH. I don't know if it will save you any time on a dry day though...

Clay

So possibly this is one of the longest "I don't knows" on the board. Perhaps I need an intervention...
JimK - DCSki Columnist
December 18, 2006
Member since 01/14/2004 🔗
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How about getting there from Richmond? I went once and took 64 to 81 to 33 to 32 (or soemthing like that). Would it be quicker to go up to NOVA and just cut west?



That part of 33 into WV is a good test for carsickness. I played around with yahoomaps - Richmond to Canaan Valley and looks like it's best out of Richmond, very approx times:
via the route you cited 4:15 hrs
via clay's suggestion about 5:15
via N.Va and route 50 about 5:40.
Clay
December 18, 2006
Member since 04/11/2006 🔗
555 posts
That feels about right John. Assuming that yahoomaps hasn't figured in Corridor H, you could subtract 15 minutes for using Corridor H So it's basically 45 minutes difference - depending on your tolerance for carsickness or weather, it might be an okay option.

Clay
RyanC
December 18, 2006
Member since 11/28/2003 🔗
160 posts
Quick question for everyone going to Canaan via the 'northern route' from I-68. Do you prefer 50-93 or 50-42-93? I think they are exactly the same as far as mileage goes. What's your preference and why? I still don't know which one I like better after 50 trips up there!!
Ullr
December 18, 2006
Member since 11/27/2004 🔗
531 posts
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That part of 33 into WV is a good test for carsickness.




You got that right!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tommo
December 18, 2006
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
303 posts
68 -> 220S ->50W ->93S to Scherr. Turn right up mountain. This keeps you in the valley longer and on a fast, almost straight road from the 50 split to Scherr. In winter, the weather and road conditions are almost always much better before you go up the Alleghany front. I do think it may be 3 or 4 miles longer, though...
ubu
December 18, 2006
Member since 05/11/2005 🔗
40 posts
I believe the 68 -> 220S ->50W ->93S route is actually a bit shorter than going right up the mtn on 50 -> 42 -> 93 rather than taking 50 -> 93 (3 miles shorter if I remember correctly). It also has gentler turns which is nice for people who get motion sick easily
bawalker
December 18, 2006
Member since 12/1/2003 🔗
1,547 posts
Here is a hidden route that no one knows of when going to TLine from the south...

- Take I-64 west from Richmond to I-81.
- Take I-81 north to the Broadway/Timberville Exit. Look for Rt 259.
- Take Rt. 259 through Broadway, VA and continue onward towards Mathias, WV. It's all wide 2 lane road, flat, no mountains. Approximately 24 miles / 30 min.
- Continue onward towards Baker, WV, 14 miles past Mathias. 14 Minutes tops.
- Take a Right at the intersection following the Rt 55 signs.
- Drive 1/4 of mile and get on Corridor-H and head onward to Moorefield and go to CV.

Total mileage from Richmond to Baker, WV: 180.7mi
Total driving time from Richmond to Baker, WV: 3hr 34min


The other alternative would be:

- Take I-95 to Fredricksburg and get on US 17.
- Take US 17 to Warrenton.
- Continue on US 17 to I-66 and head towards Strasburg.
- Take Rt 55 to Wardensville and onto Baker.

Total Mileage from Richmond to Baker, WV: 170.0 mi
Total driving time from Richmond to Baker, WV: 3hr 45min


This is from Yahoo maps so I'm willing to bet that the driving times can be reduced 20-30 min each on both routes.



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How about getting there from Richmond? I went once and took 64 to 81 to 33 to 32 (or soemthing like that). Would it be quicker to go up to NOVA and just cut west?


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