States traversed: Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia
US Route 522 runs mainly north-south from central Pennsylvania to central Virginia, spending short distances in Maryland and eastern West Virginia along the way. The northern portion of the highway bends into an east-northeasterly direction before it ends at US Routes 11 and 15 in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. In south-central Pennsylvania, though, US Route 522 straightens out a bit to a north-south highway, joining Interstate 70 south to cross the border into Maryland. Maryland is literally only two miles wide at this point, however, and US Route 522 splits from Interstate 70 at Hancock to immediately cross into West Virginia's eastern panhandle. US Route 522's time in West Virginia is short-lived as well, and it soon finds its way to Winchester, Virginia. From there, US Route 522 descends southerly to end at US Route 60 near the small town of Powhatan, Virginia, about thirty miles west of Richmond.
My photo for US Route 522 shows the last northbound trailblazer in West Virginia, before the highway crosses the Potomac River into Maryland. This is just north of Berkeley Springs, in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. Several miles north of this photo's location, US Route 522 joins Interstate 70 past the eastern end of Interstate 68 in Hancock, Maryland. This photo was taken as part of the Virginia trip; spring flowers are visible on the trees because this photo comes from the month of April, in 2021. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.