Although Delaware is the second smallest state in the nation, it manages to pack a lot into a little package. Within this state’s 2,044 square miles are 17 state parks, a designated America’s Byway, as well as a number of fun and scenic roads perfect for a day’s outing on the bike.
Delaware’s Brandywine Valley area provides a nice setting for a motorcycle journey. One of thebest ways to enjoy this pretty area is to take a ride on the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway. This 12-mile route begins at the Pennsylvania State line on Delaware 52, which is also known as Kennett Pike. In Wilmington, this road changes names to Pennsylvania Avenue, but riders should remain on it on until they reach Delaware 100, which is also known as Montchanin Road. Motorcyclists will continue on this road for another five miles before this route ends at the Pennsylvania State line.
The Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway takes riders past charming historic villages, gorgeous country estates, pretty rivers, andpicturesque countryside. In addition to all of this beautiful scenery, this area is also home to a lot of hilly little roads that boast hard corners, lots of curves, and rolling roller coaster stretches. Some of the best little side roads in this area include Thompson’s Bridge, Smiths Bridge Road, Adams Damn Road, and Route 230.
Route 9, which is also known as the Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway, is an excellent motorcycle ride that skirts the Delaware Bay Coast and travelsthrough farmlands, forests, wetlands and several wildlife preserves. This is an approximately 50-mile ride on a two-lane road that stretches from New Castle to just south of the Dover Air Force Base. Route 9 boasts some nice long straights, as well as switchbacks and some twisties. A word of caution, riders may encounter high-standing water onthis road if the tides are high or if there have been storms in the area.
US-113 is another pretty ride that takes motorcyclists from Milford, Delaware, through the pretty DelMarVa Peninsula, and to Pocomoke City in Maryland. DelMarVa stands for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, which are the three states that all occupy a portion of this large peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. This 75-mile route is fairly straight, but it is very scenic, especially as it travels through the Pocomoke River State Forest and Redden State Forest.
In addition to some nice motorcycle roads, the Delaware area isthe site of a number of shows, rallies and rides throughout the year, including the Delmarva Bike Week in September. This large, three-day event is actually held in Ocean City, Maryland, but is located on the same peninsula as Delaware.
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