Virginia State Route 39

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State Route 39

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length59.17 mi[1] (95.22 km)
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
West end WV 39 near Mountain Grove
Major intersections
East end US 11 in East Lexington
CountryUnited States
CountiesBath, Rockbridge
Highway system
SR 38 SR 40

State Route 39 (SR 39) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 59.17 miles (95.22 km) from the West Virginia state line near Mountain Grove, where the highway continues as West Virginia Route 39 (WV 39), east to U.S. Route 11 (US 11) in East Lexington. SR 39 connects Lexington with several communities formed around hot springs in Bath County. In Rockbridge County, the state highway passes through the town of Goshen and Goshen Pass, a gorge formed by the Maury River.

All of SR 39 is a Virginia Byway.

Route description

SR 39 begins at Ryder Gap at the West Virginia state line, which also serves as the boundary between George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest and between the James River and Monongahela River watersheds. The roadway continues west of the state line as WV 39 toward Minnehaha Springs and Marlinton. SR 39, which is named Mountain Valley Road, passes through a hairpin turn on its descent of the dividing ridge, then follows Big Turn Run to the valley of Little Back Creek, which passes by the hamlet of Mooretown. At Mountain Grove, the state highway turns south to follow Back Creek through a gap in Back Creek Mountain. SR 39 ascends the east side of the mountain along O'Rourke Draft, then descends to the Jackson River. The state highway continues east along Warm Springs Run through a gap in Little Mountain to the village of Warm Springs. SR 39 has a short concurrency with US 220 (Ingalls Boulevard) north of the village in which the highways pass the Jefferson Pools.[1][2]

View west along SR 39 at SR 42 in Millboro Springs

SR 39 ascends Warm Springs Mountain and passes around the edge of Big Piney Mountain, then follows Jordan Creek and Thompson Creek past Bath Alum, the site of an airport, and McClung. The state highway follows the Cowpasture River to Millboro Springs, where the highway begins to run concurrently with SR 42 (Cow Pasture River Road). SR 39 and SR 42 leave the Cowpasture River and enter the valley of Mill Creek, which the highways and a CSX rail line follow through the gap in Mill Mountain at which they enter Rockbridge County and the town of Goshen and continue as Maury River Road. Just north of the center of town, SR 39 Alternate splits to the south as Main Street. SR 42 (Virginia Avenue) splits to the north immediately before SR 39 passes under another rail line and crosses Mill Creek just above its confluence with the Calfpasture River. SR 39 meets the first rail line at grade immediately before receiving the eastern end of SR 39 Alternate (Main Street).[1][2]

SR 39 as it heads east into Goshen Pass

South of Goshen, SR 39 leaves the rail line after an at-grade crossing and follows the Calfpasture River through a gap between Bratton Mountain and Knob Mountain and passes to the south of Lake Merriweather, an impoundment of the Little Calfpasture River. The two Calfpasture rivers merge to form the Maury River. SR 39 passes through Goshen Pass, a gorge formed by the Maury River through Great North Mountain that is preserved in the Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve. East of the gorge, the state highway crosses to the north side of the river and passes through Rockbridge Baths. SR 39 leaves the immediate vicinity of the river and meets the southern end of SR 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike) at Cedar Grove. The state highway veers south along a curvaceous path toward East Lexington. SR 39 briefly parallels Interstate 64 (I-64) before reaching its eastern terminus at US 11 (Lee Highway). US 11 has an interchange with I-64 immediately to the south, which also leads to I-81 a short distance to the east.[1][2]

SR 39 Alternate

SR 39 Alt. westbound at SR 39 in Goshen

Alternate plate.svg

State Route 39 Alternate

Length0.35 mi[1] (560 m)

SR 39 Alternate (SR 39 Alt.) is a 0.35-mile-long (0.56 km) alternate route serving as a shortcut for through traffic on SR 39 in the town of Goshen. The route serves as a truck route for SR 39 as bridge with a low clearance on the main route. The name of the road throughout the entire route is Main Street.[3] SR 39 Alt. begins at the intersection of Main Street and Virginia Avenue (SR 39 and SR 42) and heads south. Immediately, it crosses over the Mill Creek and has a grade crossing with a railroad. After the railroad crossing, Main Street sharply curves to the east to parallel the railroad. The route ends shortly thereafter at a T-intersection with Maury River Road (SR 39).[3]

Major intersections

Ryder Gap0.000.00
WV 39 west – Marlinton
West Virginia state line; western terminus
Bath SR 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) – Bacovaformer SR 268 south
Warm Springs17.8128.66
US 220 south (Sam Snead Highway) – Covington
Western end of US 220 concurrency
US 220 north (Sam Snead Highway) – Monterey
Eastern end of US 220 concurrency
SR 678 (Indian Draft) – Williamsville, Coursey Springs State Fish Hatcheryformer SR 269 north
Millboro Springs31.0549.97
SR 42 south (Cowpasture River Highway) – Clifton Forge
Western end of SR 42 concurrency

SR 39 Alt. east (Main Street) – Lexington
Western end of SR 39 Alt.
SR 42 north (Virginia Avenue) – Craigsville, Harrisonburg
Eastern end of SR 42 concurrency

SR 39 Alt. west (Main Street) to SR 42
Eastern terminus of SR 39 Alt.

SR 780 (Brattons Run) to I-64
former SR 270 south
Cedar Grove51.6283.07
SR 252 north (Brownsburg Turnpike) – Staunton
Southern terminus of SR 252
East Lexington59.1795.22 US 11 (North Lee Highway) – Fairfield, LexingtonEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. ^ a b c Google (2011-08-19). "Virginia State Route 39" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  3. ^ a b Google (July 17, 2014). "Overview of SR 39 Alternate" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 17, 2014.

External links

SR 337 Spurs of SR 33
SR 339 >
SR 803 District 8 State Routes
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