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New national park boosts popularity of motorsports route


Global attention that America's newest national park has garnered is boosting interest in The Talon, an exceptional new motorsports route in southern West Virginia. 

The 18-mile stretch of two-lane highway skirts the new New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and is growing fast as a favorite route for motorcyclists and other adventure motorists. 

According to cyclist Jeff Lanham, founder of Backroads of West Virginia, the Talon explores some of the most scenic mountain lands in the U.S. in addition to providing a variety of highway conditions, both relatively straight and exceptionally curving. 

"There's much more to the Talon than the blacktop," Lanham says of the route, which follows a rural section of US-60 that has enjoyed less traffic since the completion of I-64 to the south. 

“After many trips to the Smoky Mountains, exploring their named routes, it occurred to me that West Virginia has roads that are just as beautiful, twisty, and technically challenging as any of those out-of-state routes." 

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