N amed after Governor James McDowell in 1858, McDowell County is located deep in the heart of coal country. The largest coal-producing county in the world for many years, it fueled the steel industry and was responsible for the making of weapons and ships that won World Wars I and II. McDowell County is known as the setting of the New York Times Best Seller “Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam that inspired the major motion picture “October Sky.” This is the story about the Coalwood boys whose innovations and aspirations in the art of rocket science in the 1950s gained the town national recognition. Cradled by the Appalachian Mountains, McDowell County has a wide range of activities for visitors. Enjoy everything from ATV rides on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System and camping in wildlife management areas, to a round of golf on the Black Wolf Golf Course. Also, visit the World War I Memorial Museum that honors African American veterans of the Great War. Visitors can enjoy wildlife reserves such as Anawalt Lake, Berwind Lake, and Panther wildlife management areas. McDowell County puts you close to three popular Hatfield-McCoy trails, including Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, and Pocahontas. No matter which trail system you choose, Hatfield-McCoy Trails system visitors can expect to find a variety of paths ranging in activity level difficulty. McDowell County is well known as an ATV-friendly area. Visitors come throughout the year to explore both the trail riding and the towns, and in most areas ATVs and side-by-sides are street legal. meetmcdowell.com A RICH HISTORY AND AN EXCITING FUTURE.
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