Cycling Scenic West Virginia - Hokes Mill Loop

  • Arriving in Lewisburg
  • Leaving Lewisburg
  • Muddy Creek Mt.
  • Fort Spring Climb
  • Vernon Church Rd.
  • Sinks)
  • From Sinks Grove
  • Nickells Mill Road
  • Hokes Mill Covered Bridge
  • From Co. 62
  • Co. 56
  • Co. 56
  • Co. 56
Arriving in Lewisburg1 Leaving Lewisburg2 Muddy Creek Mt.3 Fort Spring Climb4 Vernon Church Rd.  5 Sinks)6 From Sinks Grove7 Nickells Mill Road8 9 Hokes Mill Covered Bridge10 From Co. 6211 Co. 5612 Co. 5613 Co. 5614

Hokes Mill Loop


Hokes Mill Covered Bridge

Length: 33.5
Climbing: Ft. 3,488
Rating: 3.5
Climbing Per Mile: 104 Ft.


The Hokes Mill Loop is in Southern Greenbrier and Northern Monroe Counties. The ride starts in Lewisburg and also goes thru Ronceverte.

PDF Map and Turn List

Slideshow of Route

Ride with GPS file of the route.

In the left column, under "Related Links", you will find links to the WV State Road Commission detailed county maps that cover this ride.


The area offers plenty of options and variations from the listed route. The map shows other suitable bike roads in conjunction with the route, and others are listed a specific routes on this site

General Description

This is a very scenic route and though not a long route, climbing in and out of the Greenbrier drainage three times provides plenty of challenge for those climbing legs.

Leaving Lewisburg on the rolling plains of the Big Levels, you soon drop down to the Greenbrier River and then climb out again at Fort Springs, the first of three big climbs on the route. You then enjoy the beautiful rolling farm land of southern Greenbrier and northern Monroe County. You then drop down to Second Creek and the Hokes Mill covered bridge and then climb to skirt along the highlands along the Greenbrier River. After enjoying some great vistas, you drop down to the Greenbrier River again at Ronceverte. From Ronceverte you have a long and sometimes steep climb topping out on the ridge overlooking Lewisburg and then descent to Lewisburg and the finish.

In addition to the basic route, a glance at the map will show there are some options to the listed route to add a little variety when riding in the area:

Route Description

The route starts at the Greenbrier County Courthouse in Lewisburg. I generally park in the courthouse parking lot.

Lewisburg to Fort Spring: From in front of the court house, you head downtown on Court Street. After crossing the main drag (route 60) I go up one street to Church Street and take is out of town. Church Street makes a 90 degree left at the edge of town and then you take the next right onto Old Powell Road. You follow the rolling Old Powell Road for a couple miles before making a right on Co. 37, Davis Stuart Road and have a short steep climb and then more rolling pastoral terrain. At 6.1 miles you make a right on State 63 and begin a 1.6 mile descent down to the Greenbrier River. AT the bottom of the descent (7.7 miles) you turn left on Co. 43 and you have a flat cruise along the Greenbrier River. At the end of the bridge over the Greenbrier, you take a left and arrive at Fort Spring.

Fort Spring to Sinks Grove: Arriving at Fort Spring, you begin the first long climb of the ride, as Co. 43 makes a sharp right climbing turn. The mile climb is a pretty consistent 6-8% grade along the edge of what used to be an oxbow of the Greenbrier River. After topping out the climb, you take the first right onto Co. 56. Co. 56 is a single lane paved road. After descending a mile you make a left onto Co. 56/1 just past the church. (You do not want to miss this turn.) Co. 56/1, Longanacre Road, has the poorest pavement on the route and you begin a rolling ascend up Scott Hollow. This road follows along the base of Flat Top Mountain to the West. Shortly after baring right at the intersection with Co. 43/2 you cross from Greenbrier to Monroe County and 56/1 becomes Co. 5/2. At the intersection with Co. 5, you take a right just before entering the community of Sinks Grove.

Sinks Grove to Hokes Mill: You enter on a short steep downhill and make a left on Co. 5/3.( If you reach route 3, you have gone to far.) Co.. 5/3 is another narrow paved road. Riding out 5/3 thru farm land you pass a couple intersecting roads and have a little ascent with nice views to the right. Topping out the climb, you begin a steep, twisting descent to Second Creek.. You cross Second Creek on a new bridge, passing from Monroe,County back to Greenbrier County again. The renovated Hokes Mill covered bridge is to the right of the new bridge.

Hokes Mill to Ronceverte: Shortly after passing the bridge, you begin a long climb out of the drainage to the ridge above the Greenbrier River. Co. 62/1 goes to the left and is a pleasant little out and back to the Greenbrier River, if you want to add a couple miles. After 1.2 miles of the climb, county 48, River Road goes left. This provides a shorter and much easier route to Ronseverte as it drops down and follows the river to Ronceverte, but you miss some great vistas. Continuing on Co. 62, you have another half mile before topping out the climb. After this long climb, you climbing is not done as the next 3.4 miles is up and down, but overall up, but you are rewarded with some great vistas off to the right. Co. 62 will make a 90 degree right at the intersection with Co. 56 along this section. You continue straight at this intersection onto Co. 56.You proceed 1.4 miles past this intersection before the long steep descent down to the Greenbrier River and the intersection with Co. 48, River Road. Turning right on River Road, you shortly arrive at U.S. 219. You turn right on 219 and cross the Greenbrier River and enter Ronceverte.

Ronceverte to Lewisburg: Entering Ronceverte, you take a right off of 219 down to Edgar Street, and follow Edgar Street past the train station and continue on Edgar Street (Co. 45) out of town. Once leaving town you begin climbing. The climbing is fairly easy at first but as you near Lewisburg, it becomes steeper. The last 0.9 miles of the climb is challenging before topping out. Dropping down to the outskirts of Lewisburg, you take a right on Holt Lane to avoid the traffic on U.S 219. Continue on Holt Street and then take a right on E. Foster Street. Cross 219 at the light and then take a right on Court Street and proceed back to the finish at the court house.

Items of Interest Along the Route

Hokes Mill Covered Bridge

Fort Spring Oxbow

Water and Food

After leaving Lewisburg, the next food and water opportunity is in Ronceverte.

Lodging and Camping

Lewisburg offers various lodging opportunities.

The Greenbrier State Forest offers camping and cabins.


The listing of routes on this site is not a guarantee of the safety of the route. Cycling has inherent risks and riders skills vary. Traffic conditions vary by time of day, season and local events. Road conditions can vary and change and may change dramatically over one winter season. Riders need to ride within their capabilities and be alert for road hazards and traffic at all times.

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