DC to Snowshoe - driving tips please...
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kireland
February 28, 2008
Member since 02/7/2006 🔗
13 posts
Hello! We're off to Snowshoe tomorrow and for the life of me I can't find the directions we used last year. I did a Mapquest search and it has us going 66/81/250 and then a short time on WV 28 and WV 66. Is this the best/only way to get there? I thought I recalled some tips from a thread last year on making the drive the shortest possible. Unfortunately I think we'll be getting there past dark, which I'm not looking forward to as I recall going REALLY slow last year even in the broad daylight (and then there was that unfortunate barfing on the side of the winding road incident...)!

Thanks in advance!
matthew
February 28, 2008
Member since 10/5/2005 🔗
8 posts
From Snowshoe's web page--

I use the first alternative-- it cuts out the windy road from Seneca up towards Canaan Valley.

We've done this version straight through to Snowhsohe from Takoma Park and made it in 4.5 hours.

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Alternative 1

Washington DC Area: I-66 West to I-81 South to Strasburg, VA, travel West on HWY 55 into WV. Proceed through Moorefield and Petersburg where you will take Route 28 towards Green Bank / Cass. Travel on 28 through Green Bank. Take Route 66 toward Cass on on to Snowshoe.

Please Note: When traveling on Route 66, three miles outside of Cass, you will notice the new entrance (on right )into the resort. Please proceed up this road to the mountaintop check in center located at the Top of the World.


Alternate 2: I-64 to Charleston, I-79 North to US-19 South; exit at WV-55 at Muddlety East to Craigsville/Richwood; then 39/55 to Marlinton, continue North on 219 to Snowshoe - 26 miles. (Kennison Mountain between Richwood and Marlinton can be icy or snow-packed in winter.)

Alternate 3: Instaed of exiting I-81 in Strasburg, proceed on I-81 toward Harrisonburg where you will take 33 West. Off of 33, travel south on 220 to Vanderpool then 84 West to Frost then 92/28 North to New Rt. 66 to Cass and on to Snowshoe.
kireland
February 28, 2008
Member since 02/7/2006 🔗
13 posts
Thank Matthew - I like the idea about cutting out the windy road so maybe that's the route we'll take. I thought the drive took only 4 hours last year, but maybe that is just wishful thinking!!
kireland
February 28, 2008
Member since 02/7/2006 🔗
13 posts
Thank Matthew - I like the idea about cutting out the windy road so maybe that's the route we'll take. I thought the drive took only 4 hours last year, but maybe that is just wishful thinking!!
lbotta - DCSki Supporter
March 3, 2008
Member since 10/18/1999 🔗
1,527 posts
I take 3 hours and 50 minutes driving time from U Street and 14th to my Summit Condos home at top of Snowshoe. I say driving time because I always stop at the coffee house in Wardensville to get my baguettes and wonderful espresso coffee blend for my stay.

My way is the !-66/I-81/Rt 55/Rt 28/Rt 66 to the Redgate Road at Snowshoe. Goes by Wardensville, Moorefield, Petersburg, Seneca Rocks, Circleville, Judy Gap, Greenbank, Cass and Snowshoe.

I've done the 55 to 219 and it gets too much traffic. It is actually longer timewise, too. My GPS likes to route me through 55/219 after Seneca Rocks. But as soon as I deviate on 28 at the stop at Seneca Rocks, it recalculates and takes 15 minutes off the time and 12 miles off the distance.

I've also done 33 to Harrisonburg and 250 to Stanton. Both are good alternatives, though the windy stretches on either road are devoid of frequent passing stretches and invariably, I get stuck behind a logging truck at 15 MPH up to the Confederate Batteries near Churchville....
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