Mid Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route

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The Mid-Atlantic BDR (MABDR) is the eighth BDR route developed for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

MABDR is a scenic ride for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles that uses dirt, gravel and paved roads to wind through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Starting in Damascus Virginia, and ending in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, PA, this 1,080-mile route, primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes, to lead riders through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.

The route is presented by American Honda Motor Corp., Inc.  

Cross Country Cycle is the official dealership of the MABDR route.

MABDR LODGING

The South Branch Inn-Moorefield is located in Historic Moorefield West Virginia, next to the civil war Battle of Moorefield.

1500 US Hwy

Moorefield,  VA

Ph. 304-538-2033

A tent camping facility to provide motorcycle riders a convenient and comfortable location to camp and enjoy street and dual sport riding areas. We also have a five bed bunkroom, furnished with linens and towels, to offer to our motorcycle travelers.

165 Mountain View Lane (2,192.86 mi)
Elk Park, NC 28622

Ph. (828) 528-2861

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Wood's Hole

Located on the MADBR Trail at the end of Day 1 and 1/2 mile from the Appalachian Trail.
Woods Hole is an isolated 1880’s Chestnut Log Cabin offering Private Indoor Rooms, Safari Tents, and Bunkhouse.

Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain B&B
3696 Sugar Run Road
Pearisburg, Virginia 24134

Phone: (540) 921-3444

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The Damascus Old Mill Inn is a historic hotel and restaurant located in Damascus, Virginia. All of our rooms have a private bathroom, daily housekeeping services, an individually controlled HVAC system, interior corridors, and elevator service. Located on the banks of Laurel Creek, the mill overlooks the grist mill waterfall, while ducks and geese float peacefully on the mill pond. Visit one of the most charming hotels in the state, located in “the friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.”

215 West Imboden Street
Damascus, VA 24236
Ph. (276)475-3745

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Lady Di’s B&B was founded in May 2021 because Lady Di (nobo class of 2019) fell in love with Damascus while hiking through.

Address: ​217 Damascus Drive Damascus, VA 24236

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One and two bedroom cabins with large decks overlooking the river. All of the cabins have full bathrooms, kitchen, microwave, oven, coffee pot and Wi-fi.

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Dragonfly Inn sign Dragonfly Inn

125 E Laurel Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

Formerly known as Augusta’s Appalachian Inn.
Each room comes with a private bath, as well as cable television and WiFi.
Breakfast for two is included with each stay and complimentary secure parking.

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Family and rider-owned Inn in Damascus, Virginia with a focus on rider support. Wonderfull accommodations from traditional B&B style to full suites. An onsite shop with lift and tire equipment. Limited parts stocks to help riders complete their trip.

The Dancing Bear Inn
203 E Laurel Ave
Damascus, VA 24236
276.475.8778

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Crazy Larry's Bed and Breakfast

209 Douglas Dr. Damascus, Virginia

Ph. (276) 274-3637

Hostel, cottage, and private rooms complete with showers, laundry, breakfast, snacks, and WiFi.

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The Hobo Hostel provides budget oriented, sociable accommodations where guests can rent a bed in a dormitory style setting (a room containing several beds) and share a bathroom, lounge and kitchen areas.

Address: ​Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania, Detailed location provided after booking.

Phone: (276) 356-2855

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Standard three-star Hotel

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Wood’s Hole Hostel serves the Appalachian Trail community as well as couples, families, and groups. Enjoy communal meals, yoga, organic gardening and more during your stay.

Wood’s Hole Hostel is located on 100 acres of land, surrounded on three sides by the Jefferson National Forest and protected by 780 acres of privately owned land. Located in Southwest Virginia, an easy drive from both I-77 and I-81.

Address: ​3696 Sugar Run Road

Pearisburg, VA 24134

Phone: 540 921 3444

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Mountain Lake Lodge

This 3.5 star hotel features an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge, and wireless internet access.

Filming location of Dirty Dancing the Movie

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At Country Inn & Suites, our hospitality comes from a deep sense of community. When you stay with us, you’ll find shared spaces that bring people together.

940 East Main St.

Abingdon, VA

Ph. 276-676-2829

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“The Country” is a veteran owned and operated business. Our family spent 30+ years in the US Air Force, and now after moving back home we are focusing on trying to make our home one of your favorite places to visit. We hope you, your family and friends can come visit and or stay a while, and enjoy the place I love more than any in the world!

Address: ​17267 Johns Creek Rd, New Castle, VA 24127

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The Inn at Gristmill Square

The Inn at Gristmill Square is Bath County’s premier boutique inn and restaurant located in the heart of the George Washington National Forest.  Our 18 rooms and suites are comfortably appointed with a mix of beautifully selected antiques and modern furnishings to create unique spaces for which guests have long enjoyed.

P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

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Swimming lake, bathrooms, showers, grills, tent sites = $16 (large enough
for 2 tents), hiking trails.

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Ranch style house on 300 acre farm where the Cowpasture river runs through it. Nestled beside a Big Spring. Farm is bordered on the east by the George Washington National Forest. Short walking distance to the Shaw’s Ridge Trail.Short driving distance to Shenandoah mountain and the Confederate breastworks. A few miles from historical McDowell and Monterey,Highland County,Virginia. Enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing hunting hiking biking kayaking in the area.

Address: Williamsville, Virginia

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One full apartment, two rustic camping cabins with 3-4 beds in each, and unlimited camping. Also, hot showers.

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Thorn Spring Park, the county’s 4-H camp for two weeks of the year, is also open to the public with cabins for rent, full hookups for trailers and RVs, and campsites for tenters.

42 All Star Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-7737

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5 cozy cabins with fully equipped kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, satellite TV, and full privacy from each other.

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The Star Hotel & Restaurant is the choice place to stay & dine
in the town of Franklin, West Virginia.

Our restaurant offers casual & fine dining, with the best prime rib around! Guests love our cozy rooms with vintage character.

We have everything you need for the perfect visit.

210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-3580

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314 Jefferson St., Clifton Forge, VA 24422

(540)797-5000

A 100 year old building, completely renovated; casual overnight accommodations; 7 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and common areas: living room, full kitchen, glassed-in porch and media room.

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14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro

(540)862-8100 or 1-800-933-PARK

Cabins, campsites, conference facilities, picnic shelters, stocked lake, boat house, sandy beach, hiking/biking trails.

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429 W. Main St., Covington, VA 24426

(540) 960-2131

Located 1.5 miles from I-64. Free breakfast, exercise facility, business center, and guest laundry facilities.

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820 E. Madison Ave. Exit 16, I-64, Covington, VA 24426

(540)962-4951

Cable TV, fridge, coffee maker

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701 Carlyle St., Covington, VA 24426

(540)962-1200

Free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, microwave and refrigerator in every room, exercise facility, outdoor patio with fire pit; on site business center.

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Experience the southern hospitality and elegant charm that have made this resort a premier destination for 23 U.S. presidents. Located across more than 2,000 acres of scenic Virginia landscape, this resort provides timeless comforts and access to an array of exciting activities no matter the season. From the full-service spa featuring the same mineral waters that President Thomas Jefferson experienced in 1818, to two of the best golf courses in Virginia, you’re sure to have an experience unlike any other.

1766 Homestead Dr.

Hot Springs, VA

Ph. 540-839-1766

www.omnihotels.com

Exits 10, 14, or 16, I-64 to Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam, St. Rt. 605, Covington, VA

(540)962-2214 (info only) 1-877-444-6777 (reservations)

Rustic campground, showers, also primitive camping; stocked lake; water sports; bath house, sandy beaches, hiking and in season hunting.

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123 Westvaco Rd., Exit 21, I-64, Low Moor, VA 24457

(540)929-0977

Adjacent to Penny’s Diner, open 24 hrs. Microwave and fridge, HBO. Near LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.

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Smoke Hole Caverns Log Cabin Resort

8290 N Fork Hwy Cabins, WV 26855‎
Ph. (304)257-4442

Tourist attraction located in the Seneca Rocks/Spruce Knob National Recreational Area. Cozy log cabins and Cavern pool tours.

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Warm Springs Inn

A landmark in Bath County since it was built in the late 1800’s, this historical inn was established in the same building as the first courthouse and jail in the county.

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110 McCormick Blvd., Clifton Forge, VA 24422

(540)865-0359 or (385)201-4106

100 year old Historic Greek Revival Home nestled on the top of the Alleghany Hills of Virginia. 7 Federal Style guest rooms, 6 private baths. Guests are spoiled and pampered with 3 to 7 Course Silver Service Candlelight breakfast, afternoon tea time, and turn down service in the evening.

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31307 Oldtown Orleans Rd SE
Little Orleans, MD 21766
Ph.(301)723-0213

Hot showers. 100+ acres for camping. Some electric available. One 175 year old rustic log cabin with water/electric etc..

4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging.
The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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4328 William L Wilson Fwy

Harpers Ferry, WV

Ph. 844-283-1846

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Just south of Sharpsburg, along Antietam Creek which feeds into the much larger and faster Potomac River directly adjacent to the campsite.

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Take a step back in time at Fallen Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast. In the heart of Central Pennsylvania, our historic 20 acre horse farm and unique stone and brick farm house is located just south of Carlisle, only five minutes off Interstate 81. We are an easy 10 minute commute into town but feature all the peace and quiet of the country.

Address: ​1634 Holly Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015
Phone: 717-713-5407

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We encourage our guests to disconnect and unwind while staying at our Inn. Once you check-in you’ll find that we make it very easy to relax. With no distractions such as televisions or internet access you’ll be able to truly enjoy the natural beauty of the smells, sounds, sights of rural farm life. Hear our rooster crow and watch them nest in trees at dusk. Watch the goats and sheep play in pastures. Collect free-range eggs. Cut flowers or stroll out to barn. See the occasional horse and buggy trot by. Live rather than text.

Address: ​3581 Ritner Highway, Newville, PA 17241
Phone: 717-559-FARM (3276)
Fax: 717-221-8006

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We are motorcycle enthusiasts and welcome fellow travelers. We will gladly garage your bike during your stay with us.
At the end of the day, there are complimentary snacks, home baked goods and a refreshing drink for you to enjoy.

Address: ​521 Lerew Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015

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Poe Paddy State Park is at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek, a trout angler’s paradise featuring the nationally recognized green drake mayfly hatch in June. Hikers enjoy the Mid State Trail. Poe Valley State Park is nearby.

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Weiler Mansion BnB has a large pole barn where the bikes can be parked out of the weather. There is ample room to park vehicles if anyone wants to start and end their trip from this point. They’re on the route after McVeytown, heading north.

Weiler Mansion BnB (Caretakers Claudia and Park Myers)
2588 Front Mtn Rd
Belleville, PA 17004
PH: 717.483.6736
Email: weilermansion@centurylink.net
Web: www.weilermansionbnb.com

3332 Little Pine Creek Road
Waterville, Pa 17776
Ph: 570-753-8000
Fax: 570-75308030

Located in the beautiful Pine Creek Valley, Happy Acres Resort offers lodging with 60 different cabins & rooms, full kitchens and baths, jacuzzi tubs, A/C, heat, gas grills and Direct TV, along with all types of camping.
Our Restaurant and Wildlife Lounge has daily specials, Prime Rib Friday and Saturday, along with Karaoke every Friday night and live music every Saturday night.
Our Happy Store offers Perry’s hand dipped ice cream, gifts and groceries. We are open year round.

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Sunsational Family Campground sign1120 Hoffman Lane
Millmont, Pa. 17845
570-922-CAMP ( 2267 )

Family owned campground offering $15 a night to BDR riders. Includes pool access.

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Address: ​Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania, Detailed location provided after booking.

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MABDR FOOD

Local gathering place on Wilderness Road in beautiful Bland County Virginia! Convenience store and more: popular stop on the gorgeous Appalachian Trail.

Address: 900 Wilderness Rd, Bland, VA

Phone: (276) 928-1349

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A delicious homestyle breakfast diner in Marion, VA

1050 VA-16, Marion, VA 24354
Ph. (304) 358-2002

https://m.facebook.com/Sur81marion/

The Inn at Gristmill Square is Bath County’s premier boutique inn and restaurant located in the heart of the George Washington National Forest.  Our 18 rooms and suites are comfortably appointed with a mix of beautifully selected antiques and modern furnishings to create unique spaces for which guests have long enjoyed.

P.O. Box 359 / 118 Old Germantown Road
Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Ph. 540-839-2231

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562 E. Madison Ave., Covington, VA 24426

(540)962-3964

Authentic, family-owned, Italian restaurant with a casual dining atmosphere.

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Gateway Family Restaurant is a family-owned business that prides on hospitality and comforting food.

Briery Gap Rd, Riverton, WV 26814
Ph. (304) 567-2810

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The Star Hotel & Restaurant is the choice place to stay & dine
in the town of Franklin, West Virginia.

210 S Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph.(304) 358-3580

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The best little Supermarket in the Potomac Highlands. A Full service Grocer providing the best in Meats, Produce, Dairy, Frozen foods, Deli, Bakery, Wine,and Beer.

32 Pike Rd- Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-7662

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Korner Shop Cafe

Experience the small town flavor of the place and the attention to the customer that makes a stranger feel welcome.

200 N Main St, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph. (304) 358-2979

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Rite Aid Corporation is also proud to be one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains. With approximately 2,500 stores in 19 states, we have a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts, employing more than 51,000 associates.

Us 220 & 33, Franklin, WV 26807
Ph.(304) 358-7980

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4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Website: www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging. The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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 South Mountain Creamery is a farm, creamery, home delivery service, and wholesaler that is proudly farmer operated and family owned. For more than 20 years, we’ve been bringing high-quality products to our friends and neighbors throughout the region, so they can feel good about the food they eat. When you know your farmer, you know your food.

8305 Bolivar Road, Middletown, MD 21769
Ph. 844-762-6455

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Cassell’s Grille is a completely smoke free establishment, with a full liquor license and multiple dining options. The tavern is equipped with booths and tables as well as a 20 seat bar. Above the bar are six flat panel t.v.’s always tuned to the games, and a sound system playing your favorite music, creating a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Equally pleasing is our dining room presenting a quieter more intimate setting. Al fresco dining is the third option. Our spacious wooden deck will provide outdoor seating, season and weather permitting. For your convenience, a private parking lot is attached to the property.

5 West Pine Street, Mount Holly Springs, PA 17065

(276) 475-5454

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A family-owned, family friendly, casual dining restaurant featuring American cuisine with an Aussie twist.  Conveniently located just outside of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania on Limekiln Road.  Situated next to I83 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, we are an easy drive from Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, or anywhere in between.  They also feature Harrisburg PA’s best standup comedy club, the Harrisburg Comedy Zone.  Plus the Harrisburg West Inn is conveniently located on the premises, negating your need to drive home.  Be sure to check out the awesome package deals!

110 Limekiln Rd. New Cumberland, PA

717-920-3627

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1415 State Rte 235
Laurelton PA 17835
Ph.5709221709

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

Fabulous food in the 50’s Mood. Celebrating over 30 years of business. Currently open for both dine in and curbside service. Visit and experience it for yourself!

22 Railroad Trail, McVeytown, PA

Ph. (717) 899 – 7751

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13605 Greenwood Road

Huntingdon, PA   16652

814-667-2016

couchstore1@gmail.com

At Couch’s, we offer a wide array of services to ensure you leave with a full belly and a smile on your face. Come to us for casual dining in, or order takeout to eat as you hike the trails or go fishing in the nearby area. We also stock local produce and groceries. Or, you can opt for some delicious ice cream to enjoy while watching a beautiful sunset. Our signatures include meatloaf, Reuben Stromboli, Italian Hoagies, our own Wing recipes and Pappy John’s Sweet Tea.

Come & take time to CHILL with us! Hours are 11am-8:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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Ph. (304) 358-2002

Family style restaurant, homemade food and friendly staff.

12 Main St, Lawrenceville, PA 16929
Ph. (570) 827-2775

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A small town Market & Deli.

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58 Main St, Lawrenceville, PA 16929

Ph. 570-827-9000

Cedar Run General Store is a memorable stop. A hub for fellow travelers. The food and ice cream are delicious and the owner is very friendly.

284 Beulah Land Rd, Cedar Run, PA 17727
Ph. (570) 353-2740

MABDR FUEL

532 North Main St, Franklin WV 26807

27 Mountaineer Dr, Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: (304) 358-222

P,O. Box 129,
Laurelton PA 17835

Location is: 1415 State Route 235
Laurelton PA 17835

Phone: (570)922-1709

1415 state route 235
Laurelton PA 17835
Ph. 570-922-1709

Family owned with 3 grades of gas and diesel. Also a small grocery store, made to order deli, and hand dipped ice cream.

MABDR MOTORCYCLE DEALERSHIPS

KISSELL MOTORSPORTS

Tyrone, PA

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Kissell Motorsports was founded in 2001 and offers European motorcycle enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic region a premium motorcycle buying experience. Whether it's for sales, service, or parts and accessories, you won't find a friendlier dealership anywhere. We are a dealer for BMW, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Beta and Zero motorcycles. Just minutes off of the MABDR, we're here to help you get back on the road as quickly as possible if you're in need of repair parts or service. Please give us a call or make us a destination point on your next trip!

CROSS COUNTRY CYCLE

Metuchen, NJ

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Cross Country is a family-owned and operated dealership, conveniently located near the areas of New Brunswick, Elizabeth, Perth Amboy, Staten Island and Old Bridge Township.

Cross Country Cycle can provide you with the latest and best in powersports products and service to make your outdoor motorcycle adventures more enjoyable.

MABDR DISCOVERY POINTS

4236 Main Street
Rohrersville, MD 21779

Phone: (301)302-8032

Email: info@bigcorkvineyards.com

Website: www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Big Cork Vineyards offers wine for tasting and purchase, the Grab-and-Go Food Market, and lodging.
The 6,600-square-foot, four-bedroom estate on the Big Cork Vineyards property sleeps up to nine people and is just a short walk from the winery. The house is available to rent for the night or for longer stays.

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official start photo opp

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Lodging, Food, Fuel, General Francis Marion Historical Hotel, Historic Lincoln Theater.

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Hungry Mother State Park

twisty twisty mountain road

Filming location of Dirty Dancing the Movie, Four Star accommodations and restaurant, pub, vacation home rentals, small food supplies.

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Home of the Omni Homestead Resort, Public Hot springs, Lodging, food, fuel

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Navel moth balled communications center

Start of the smoke hole canyon.

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Food, lodging, local caves, fuel within 10 miles

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Motorcycle in front of Horn Camp sign

2175 Horn Camp Rd Rio, WV 26755

Family living museum dating back to original homesteaders in the valley.

Historical civil war community, lodging, camping food, fuel museums, national parks and monuments

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Revolutionary era township. Home of Civil War Antietam Battle field and many other historical sites, lodging, fuel, food, camping

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Limited services, food and fuel

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camping and outdoor activities

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camping, lake, showers

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Camping, cabins

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Food fuel and lodging. Finish of the MABDR

MABDR PACKING LIST

This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.

  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Goggles
  • Gloves (2 sets)
  • Protective gear (pressure suit, Leatt brace, knee braces)
  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Balaclava or neck gaitor
  • Water bladder or bottle
  • Hydration pack
  • Ear plugs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route.

The Mid-Atlantic BDR is a scenic dual-sport adventure on dirt, gravel and paved roads through remote parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Starting in Damascus, VA, and ending in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, PA, this 1,080-mile route primarily uses forest roads and rural country lanes through the Appalachian mountains, majestic forests, bucolic farming landscapes, Amish country, and locations that played pivotal roles in early American history.

Most years you should be able to ride starting mid May until the first snow fall in late fall.  The best time of year will be early June and September/October.

The MABDR route is designed to be ridden on adventure and dual-sport motorcycles, as well as driven in 4×4 vehicles. There are no single-track style trails on this route. Generally speaking, this is one of the easier BDR routes, however, there are a lot of tight corners on sleek gravel roads, and you can expect to cover sections of road with deep ruts, loose rocks, and other challenges.  Road conditions change from week to week based on the recent weather.  Depending on time of year and weather, there may be a few small deep water crossings. Flash floods are frequent during summer storms.  Don’t cross flooded washes. Wait until water subsides.

This route is perfect to ride two-up if you are skilled in riding off-road two-up.

The Mid-Atlantic region can have strong thunder storms during the summer months.  These storms can contain lightning, hail stones and heavy downpours.

The longest section without gas is 115 miles, which doesn’t seem like much, but you never know when the next gas station will be closed or out of gas.  So carrying extra gas is strongly suggested. Never pass up the opportunity to get gas.

There are campgrounds along the route. But fewer in Virginia and West Virginia. You will find more in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Butler Motorcycle Map for the MABDR has a tent icon showing campgrounds on the route and many near the route. The MABDR Butler Map is available at www.touratech-usa.com,  www.butlermaps.com and other fine retailers. Some primitive backcountry camps can be found along the way. Please make sure you camp near the road and respect the property owners’ private lands along the route.

In most cases camp fires are allowed, but check with local Ranger Stations to determine if campfires are allowed before you build one. In most cases, campfires are only allowed in fire rings. Be sure to fully extinguish fires so they are DEAD-OUT. Use water to ensure a fire is fully extinguished and the ground is left cool and wet.

The answer is no. The MABDR has some motel opportunities on the route and if you travel off route you will fine more motels in the bigger cities. If you do decide to camp, you will fine official campgrounds on the front of the MABD map with a small tent icon and some primitive backcountry camps can be found along the way. Because of the limited beds available in the small towns along the MABDR, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that riders make reservations ahead of their arrival.

There are a few natural water sources along this route however, depending on time of year, some may not be running. You can find potable water in the towns along the way.  It is suggested that plenty of water is carried for personal and cooking use. Here is a video on water filtration filmed in the Oregon Backcountry: http://youtu.be/vqOFZAoZdTU

Always bring a complete set of maps for the area you plan to ride. They have good information about roads, water sources, and are an indispensable resource when the GPS doesn’t work, or is giving questionable advice. Unplanned events can occur and having paper/synthetic maps of the area can be a life saver. National Forest maps are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#U and local Ranger Stations. MABDR Butler Motorcycle Maps are available at www.touratech-usa.com or www.butlermaps.com.

The tracks for the route can be downloaded free of charge online at https://ridebdr.com/download-tracks/.

Any GPS unit capable of displaying 15 track logs with a minimum of 500 points each is suitable for use on the MABDR. Garmin models that work best for this application are: Zumo 665/660, Montana, GPSMap 60, 62, 76, 78 and 276. Other GPS manufacturers may have units that will work. Check the technical specs to determine suitability.

Any bike that has a license plate, can run knobby tires, is set-up to carry the gear you plan to bring, and has the fuel range to make the distance between gas stops. Most adventure or dual-sport motorcycles will be suitable for the trip.  Choose the bike that you are the most comfortable riding off-road.

DOT approved knobby tires are strongly recommended.

There is one gate if you decide to visit McLevy’s cemetery and fort. Please shut the gate when going up to the Fort and then when coming back down.

Most people average 150 miles a day on a backcountry motorcycle trip. Plan on doing this route in 7-9 days depending on how fast you want to travel and how early you want to roll out of camp. There is a lot of history to see and places to visit on the MABDR so planning a little extra time is suggested.

We do our best to post the most up-to-date information on our Route Updates Page. We depend on the BDR community to inform us about route and road conditions, so if you encounter any road closures or severe conditions that are worth reporting, please contact us with the information.

There is also a dedicated MABDR Facebook Group Page. We recommend that you join the group prior to your trip to read trip reports and comments from other riders about their experience on the route.

Don’t forget to use our Interactive Map to get route conditions in real time. Read this Article to a quick tutorial on how to use the Interactive Map.

Much of this route is remote and out of reach for cell phone towers. There will be long sections with no coverage. Your best bet is to talk or text in the towns or on top of

Yes the route can be done North to South.

The Mid Atlantic is a habitat to many large animals like the Black Bear, Deer even Mountain Lions. Safe food practices while camping are an absolute for your safety and the animals safety.  Here is a link to find out more http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/Hiking_and_Camping/hiking_and_camping.html  Rattlesnakes are also found throughout the route.  You should also take special precaution and safeguard yourself from ticks, which are numerous in the forests of the Mid-Atlantic states.  Make sure to check yourself every night after riding, especially if you’re camping.  Visit this page for more information on tick-safety.  https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/index.html

We get this question all the time. Here are some key things to consider as you put together your plan.

All of the BDR routes include intermediate to advanced terrain. If a person is on a large bike twin-cylinder bike like an R1200GS Adventure or Yamaha Super Tenere, the routes can be very difficult. If a person’s skills are not advanced level, they may consider taking a smaller bike or choosing the easier options when possible. A BDR is something a person should build up to and it shouldn’t be their first overnight trip on their ADV bike.

Although, MA, ID, WA and CO are less difficult than UT and AZ, they all contain difficult sections. Lockhart Basin in UT is the hardest section of all the BDR’s. We suggest looking at the Butler Map and take the optional easier routes to avoid the difficult sections.

Even taking this approach there may be difficult stretches depending on changes in road conditions, weather, construction and the unknown. This is part of what makes it an adventure. Regardless of its description on the map or in the film, no section of a BDR should be underestimated.

Do some shorter overnight trips as practice and ride increasingly difficult terrain to build up your skills and confidence. Also remember that riding with a fully-loaded bike should be practiced prior to tackling a BDR. Lastly, always ride with a group so that you have a team to help overcome any obstacles whether it’s terrain, mechanicals, navigation, medical emergency, etc…

In summary, take baby steps and work up to doing a BDR. Don’t make it your first adventure motorcycle outing on a full-sized twin-cyclinder bike.

This advice comes from Rob Watt, BDR Director of Development, and Wilderness EMT.

We carry items for wound management, breaks, basic meds and dental.  You can buy a good first aid kit at one of the outdoor stores online or Touratech-USA.  Get one that is an Extended Day Backpacker or 3-4 person kit.

These kits usually have the basics for a motorcycle trip.

They usually don’t have a SAM splint, so pick one of those up along with a couple ace bandages.  One other thing that we do for every multi-day trip, is to gather important information about each rider: allergies, medications, medical issues, emergency contacts, etc.

Then we put that on a master sheet for each person, so if something does happen we have that information handy incase that person can’t speak.  Another good practice is to do a little research of where medical facilities are along your planned route.  Is there a “flight for life” in the area? Where are the hospitals, Medical clinics, etc?

Here is a list of some items that you should have in your medical kit:

  • Bandages: Assorted sizes for small cuts, blisters, etc.
  • 4-inch closure strips or butterfly closures: For closing large wounds. 4-inch strips are more effective than butterfly.
  • 4 inch by 4 inch sterile dressing pads (5 to 10): To apply pressure to a wound and stop bleeding
  • Non-adherent sterile dressing (2 inch by 2 inch): Use these or Second Skin to cover blisters, burns or lacerations.
  • Gauze roll: Holds dressing in place.
  • Small roll of 1-inch adhesive tape: Holds dressings in place.
  • Multi-use tool or knife: Should include knife, scissors. A scalpel and blade are also useful for first aid.
  • Forceps or tweezers: For removing splinters, ticks, and removing debris from wounds.
  • Scissors: Trauma scissors, which have a blunt end to protect the patient, can be used for cutting away clothing from injury, cutting medical tape, etc.
  • Thermometer: Digital is generally more accurate, but batteries do wear out.
  • Malleable splint: Lightweight foam-covered aluminum, such as a SAM splint.
  • Irrigation syringe (35 cc): Used to flush and clean wounds.
  • Suction syringe (65 cc): Used to clear mouth of fluids when giving CPR.
  • Safety pins: Can help remove splinters, fasten arm sling, or make a whole in a plastic bag for improvised wound irrigation.
  • Cotton-tip swabs: For removing  foreign objects from eye, or applying antibiotic ointment.
  • Resealable plastic bags: Many uses, including icing a swollen joint or creating wound irrigation device.
  • ACE, Coban, or other rubberized bandage: Can be used as outer wrap on splints, wound dressings or support for joint injuries. Be careful not to wrap too tightly.
  • Antiseptic towlettes: For cleaning small wounds.
  • Cleansing pads with lidocaine: For cleaning. Includes a topical anesthetic for abrasions, stings, etc.
  • Topical antibiotic ointment: For application to wounds. Simple Vaseline can also be used in dressing a wound.
  • Moleskin: Prevents blisters. Cut and apply a section to your foot as soon as you discover a “hot spot.” Duct tape also works for this purpose.
  • Povidone Iodine USP 10 percent, 1 oz.: For preventing infection. Bottled PVD iodine 10 percent solution should be diluted to a ratio of 1 percent or less for flushing wounds.
  • Aloe vera gel: Found in packets or small bottles for relief of minor burns.
  • Pain relievers, including aspirin and Ibuprofen: Provides relief for minor aches and pains, reduces fever, helps reduce inflammation of sprains and other injuries.
  • Antihistamines: For relief of pollen allergies, or to reduce reaction to bites and stings.
  • Immodium 2 mg capsules or tablets: For relief of diarrhea from intestinal infections.
  • Pepto Bismol or antiacid tablets: For relief from general diarrhea, abdominal upset.
  • After Bite or hydrocortisone cream USP 1 percent: Relieves skin irritation from bites, poison oak, stings, or allergic reactions.
  • Latex or nitrile gloves: Protects against blood-borne diseases and infection.
  • CPR microshield mask: A compact flexible barrier with a one-way valve for rescue breathing, which protects user from blood, vomit or saliva.
  • Oral rehydration salts: Packet of electrolyte salts and glucose for treatment of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or loss of fluids from vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Space bag/blanket: Lightweight emergency shelter. For treating hypothermia victims.
  • Paper and pencil: For recording medical data such as body temperature, pulse, time and date of symptoms, injuries, medicines administered, etc. Most repackaged kits include accident report forms.
  • Wilderness First Aid booklet: Many prepackaged first aid kits contain one. An excellent pocket guide is the Wilderness Medical Handbook

Rating the Routes by Difficulty

We often get requests to provide the difficulty ratings of the BDR. We do not officially rate roads or routes because the difficulty can change from day to day depending on weather, changes in road conditions, and road damage caused by a variety of forces including wind, storms, flooding, snow, logging, forest fires and more.

The difficulty experienced by an individual also depends on their off-road skills, level of fitness, stamina, bike size and amount of weight carried on the bike. For these reasons we can’t provide a rating system like a ski resort or OHV park.

We can help you a bit by ranking the existing Backcountry Discovery Routes from most difficult to least difficult. Here is the list: CABDR-South, NEBDR, AZBDR, UTBDR, COBDR, NVBDR, WABDR, NMBDR, IDBDR, MABDR.

So CABDR-South is the most difficult especially if you ride the expert sections and MABDR is the easiest in general terms. Although MABDR is the easiest there are still a few challenging rocky sections and the several water crossings that can get very difficult if the water is high.

Be sure to also review the FAQ’s for each route and our General FAQs prior to embarking on your trip.

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