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The Piedmont Loop by Ted Verrill
The Piedmont Loop is a great 179-mile ride through the
verdant Virginia and Maryland countryside and contains some of my favorite roads. The
route stresses winding backroads, many dating to the early 1700's. You will pass through
beautiful and historic Waterford (the whole
town is a National Historic Landmark!), through Middleburg (home to the Quandt family, the
billionare owners of BMW), through the top-secret Mount Weather EAC, and by historic
Harper's Ferry. You will also pass by some of Virginia's finest Wineries (just remember to
save the tasting for back at the Rally site :)
Directions NOTE - There are a lot of turns on this route and many of the
roads are simple two-laners - it is best to take it slow and enjoy the
countryside. Also note, I've broken up the maps into several tiles to
more easily get an idea of the smaller roads, and referenced them in certain
Follow Rt. 9 for a bit over 5.5 miles to a left turn onto
Rt. 690, Purceville Road, just as you enter Historic Hillboro.
In Purceville, make a right turn onto Rt. 7 west (this is
the Business spur of Rt. 7.)
Follow Rt. 7 west (business or express, your choice) for
several miles to a left turn onto Snickersville Turnpike. This one is easy to miss, it is
on the left across the divided 4-lanes as Rt. 7 starts to rise up a ridgeline, almost
exactly 7 miles from the turn from Purceville Road to Rt. 7.
Snickersville Turnpike starts off of Rt. 7 with a fairly
sharp downhill turn so go slow, but then winds along through the pastoral countryside. It
is such a great road ist has its own
Snickersville Tpk. winds along for about 15 miles to a right
turn onto Rt. 50 west. This stretch of Rt. 50 plays host to several wineries as well as
expansive estates and passes directly through tony Middleburg. If you like ice cream there
is a fantastic shop in the middle of town that has some of the best hand-dipped cones
around (and antique stores with pieces selling for more than my house!)
Follow Rt. 50 west for 17 miles to a right turn onto Rt.
601, Mount Weather Road. This is also a tricky turn as it is a bit hard to see (for good
reason...) It is just before the crest of the hill, if you miss it there is another
entrence just over the top.
Follow Rt. 601, Mt. Weather Road north for 11 miles - this
is also a beautiful road riding along a mountain crest with several great vistas. You will
pass by the Mt. Weather EAC "Emergency White House", (but around the EAC -
evidenced by high fences, lots of old buildings and numerous antennae - you might not want
to stop and take pictures lest you be visited by a few of our Nation's finest :)
Mt. Weather road ends at Rt. 7, within sight of your earlier
Snickersville turn off. Turn left and follow for about 6 miles, over and down the hill,
across the Potomac river to a right turn onto Rt. 608, Wickliffe Road (just shy of
Follow Rt. 608, Wickliffe Rd. north for about 6 miles to a
"T", where you will turn right onto Rt. 25, Kabletown Road. Kabletown Road
passes along and through orchards and farm fields (past the wonderful Smithfield B&B) and dead-ends at Rt. 9.
Make a right turn onto Rt. 9 - you will pass over the
Potomac again and rise up the mountain (several great vista pull-offs) for about 6.6 miles
to a left turn onto Rt. 687, Sagle Road. Follow Rt. 687, Sagle Road for a too-brief 2.5
miles to the end, and a left turn onto Rt. 671, Harper's Ferry Road.
Rt. 671, Harper's Ferry road winds along for 4.7 miles to a
dead-end at Rt. 340. There is a gas & convenience store here. Our route takes you to a
right turn onto 340, but if you turn left and go over the bridge you can visit Historic
downtown Harper's Ferry (well worth the stop if you have time.)
Follow 340 into Maryland for a brief 1.5 miles to a left
turn onto Rt. 67, Rohreasville Rd. Follow Rt. 67 north for 12 miles to a left turn onto
historic Rt. 40 through Boonsboro for a brief 1.3 miles.
Once you pass through Boonsboro make a right onto Rt. 66
north for 10 miles.
You will make a right turn onto Rt. 64 for a brief 1.3
miles, and then another right onto Rt. 77 east for 3.3 miles to a right onto Brown's road
and the Rally site.