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West Virginia's Hatfield-McCoy Region
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Discover the world famous Hatfield McCoy Trails and endless outdoor recreation.
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Legendary characters and modern adventure. 12 Hatfield McCoy Trails System World class ATV experiences. 20 McDowell County Rich in history and adventure. 26 Mercer County A million reasons to visit.
on the cover A stunning aerial view of the Hatfield McCoy Trails. Photographed by West Virginia Tourism Office.
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When you venture into the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains, named for the infamous feuding families of southern West Virginia and Kentucky, you’re entering historically significant ground that is home to legendary coal mine wars and rich Native American heritage. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails system — professionally groomed trails for all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, and utility vehicles—is the heart of the region, and its trails spread like veins branching out over nearly 1,000 miles. The Bearwallow, Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch trail systems are also open to ORVs and 4x4s. ATV enthusiasts don’t need to travel far for a place to stay. Twin Falls Resort State Park is located 15 miles from the head of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails’ Pinnacle Creek Trail , with a 47-room lodge, cabin and camping sites, and a restaurant. Chief Logan State Park is located four miles from Logan and at the head of the Bearwallow Trail System —miles of easy scenic vistas and extreme terrain. This beloved state park is an affordable haven of relaxation, with 75 rooms, an indoor pool, hiking trails, miniature golf, and a restaurant. Located on a mountaintop outside Gilbert, Twin Hollow offers mist-laden views and accommodations from primitive to the plugged-in—and folks come from all over to enjoy Trail 12 BBQ . Buffalo Trail Properties in Mercer County can rightfully claim the superlative of “most unique lodging option,” with vaulted cabins called “tree houses.” Settled deep in the woods, Ashland Resort in McDowell County features a tranquil atmosphere with lodges that sleep six to eight people, timber cabins for four to six, and cottages for four or five. There are also tent and RV sites with full hookups. The area towns are ATV-friendly, too, so you can hop on your ATV and head into
town to grab some grub. If you are in Logan, pull up to Morrison’s Drive Inn , and waiters will deliver your food right to your window. While the trails may be the lifeblood of the area, there are plenty of other attractions. The Twisted Gun Golf Course in Gilbert is located on a former mine site. The entire town of Matewan is on the National Register of Historic Places and was made famous by labor union uprisings. Stop at the Matewan Depot Museum and, on Fridays and Saturdays, visit the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum , which is located in a building that is scarred with bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shootout. Here you’ll learn about everything from the Matewan Massacre to the Battle of Blair Mountain—the largest insurrection in U.S. history outside the Civil War. You can tour the area by water from April to November with Hatfield & McCoy Airboat Tours —and learn how the Tug Fork, the waterway that separates Kentucky and West Virginia, played an important role in the development of the feud and the region. In Williamson , you can’t help but notice the black building in town that resembles a chunk of coal. It is the historic Coal House built in 1933, and it is in fact made from 65 tons of bituminous coal. The Mountaineer Hotel , built in 1925, has hosted notable guests including John F. Kennedy. When coal was king and the constant rumbling of trains whistled through the mountains, Bluefield was called “Little New York.” Today it is a certified arts community and home to a cool gallery that features artists from around Appalachia— Gary Bowling’s House of Art , located in the Historic Ramsey School . Colorful murals have transformed the entire town of Princeton into a unique gallery and, for the best performing arts venue in southern West Virginia, visit the Chuck Mathena Center for the Performing Arts . To witness the wealth that coal mining created at the turn of the century, visit Bramwell —a treasure trove of beautiful homes that once touted more millionaires per capita than any other town in the United States. Drive the Coal Heritage Trail , more than 187 miles, to discover the unique
heritage that continues to fuel the country. The Hatfield-McCoy Mountains region is rich with special events and celebrations. Dirt Days in Williamson celebrates some of the best side-by-side, ATV, and dirt bike trails in North America. The festival includes many industry-related vendors, awesome local food, and hundreds of miles of trail riding within a quarter-mile of the city. National TrailFest Event in Gilbert, is the most fun you can have on two or four wheels. Spend five jam-packed days trail riding, witnessing demonstrations, browsing exhibits, mud bogging, drag racing, and eating good homestyle food. Each year in May, Matewan celebrates Heritage Day with food, activities, vendors, and a Re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre , a shootout between UMWA miners and Baldwin-Felts detectives that took place on May 19, 1920. Two times a year—in the spring and in December— Bramwell Tour of Homes brings thousands of visitors to meander in and out of the Victorian- and Tudor-style homes and buildings where residents are dressed in period clothes. Appreciate the locally quarried bluestone that imparts an unusual aesthetic—coal dust provides the stone’s blue coloring. If you are interested in the Hatfield– McCoy feud, then a visit to Hatfield Cemetery is in order. This off-the-beaten- path location in Sarah Ann is not for the faint of heart. Located at the top of a steep and rocky path stands a life-size Italian marble statue of Devil Anse Hatfield, leader of the Hatfield clan—and it is a sight to behold. Other Hatfields are buried in the cemetery, too, including Devil Anse’s son Johnse, father of RoseanneaMcCoy’s child. Run by descendants of the warring clans, Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine produces small, handmade batches of corn whiskey using a recipe handed down from Devil Anse Hatfield himself. This Gilbert micro- distillery uses West Virginia–grown corn and copper kettle stills to make authentic 90 proof moonshine. Use it in your favorite mixed drink instead of vodka or tequila. Or drink it like Devil Anse probably would have—straight, no chaser.
The Mountain State is easily accessible by six major interstates: I-64, I-79, I-77, I-70, I-68, and I-81. The state’s only toll road is a southern portion of I-77. Welcome Centers are located along these points of entry. COUNTRY ROADS
Take Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 2 through the Northern Panhandle region to explore historic Wheeling and Ohio River towns. The region is rich with entertainment, racing and gaming including Wheeling Island Casino . LEAD TO AMAZING WEST VIRGINIA ADVENTURES
State Park with Lodge
Watters Smith Memorial
Wheeling Island Casino
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State Natural Area
Interstate 64 takes you from Huntington to Charleston to Lewisburg for rich culture and full service resorts. The Resort at Glade Springs boasts three fabulous golf courses and The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs is known world-wide.
Cass Scenic Railroad
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield
Forks of Coal State Natural Area
Calvin Price Watoga
Droop Mountain Battlefield
Twin Falls Resort
Resort at Glade Springs
Pinnacle Rock State Park
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The I-79 corridor snakes through Morgantown and the Mountain Lakes region, ending at the state capital of Charleston . Known as the High-Tech Corridor for its 300 technology companies, the area is also rich with scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. Stonewall Resort State Park features a beautiful Adirondack style lodge overlooking Stonewall Jackson Lake.
Berkeley Springs State Park
Travel Responsibly West Virginia’s country roads are made for exploration, and our mountains provide a wealth of socially-distant getaways for you and your loved ones as you gear up to hit the road. Throughout your time in West Virginia, please travel responsibly. Stay up-to-date on state health guidelines. Wear a mask, if required. And maintain proper social distance to keep you and your fellow travelers safe. The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our top priority. As you plan your trip, explore socially-distant vacation ideas and the latest statewide guidelines at www.coronavirus.wv.gov or call the WV DHHR at 1-800-887-4304. Don’t forget to post pictures from your responsible road trip with #AlmostHeaven. Safe travels! We hope to see you soon.
Interstate 81 and the scenic Route 55 connect the Eastern Panhandle to the Potomac Highlands region of the state. Highlighted by the Harpers Ferry Historical National Park , the panhandle abounds with history and culture. Located in the center of historic Berkeley Springs , Berkeley Springs State Park is home to a mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times.
Famous for the New River Gorge and world-class whitewater rafting, U.S Route 19 in southern West Virginia leads to adventure. Discover amazing rock climbing, high-speed zip-lines, mountain biking and some of West Virginia’s scenic state parks, it is worthwhile to get off the interstate and experience the treasures of Route 19.
Adventures on the Gorge
From the Ohio River to the Virginia border, Interstate 77 travels through some of West Virginia’s greatest cities and scenic beauty. You’ll discover some of the state’s most vibrant arts and culture at Tamarack in Beckley and spectacular mountain vistas at Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell .
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L ogan County was formed in 1824 and named in honor of the famous Mingo Indian Chief Logan. The county is comprised of three main cities: Chapmanville, Logan, andMan. Logan is a small town big on history, the arts, and outdoor fun. It sits smack dab in the middle of West Virginia’s southern coalfields and has been a hub for the coal industry for decades. Logan is also the birthplace of Captain William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during its feud with the McCoys in Kentucky. He’s buried in the Hatfield Family Cemetery just outside of town in Sarah Ann—the grave is topped with a life- sized statue sculpted from Italian marble. Nearby, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system is one of the longest systems of ATV and UTV trails in the world. It covers more than 700 miles and spans nine counties in southern West Virginia. One of the original, most difficult, and most popular of those trails, the Bearwallow Trail System, has a trailhead in Logan that has brought thousands of tourists to town since it opened in 2000. It’s even legal to ride an ATV or UTV on many streets in Logan. The growth of ATV-related businesses has transformed the economy of Logan County from one once dependent on coal to one based now on tourism and outdoor recreation. Lodging, restaurants, and other businesses servicing visitors and locals have become the backbone of the region’s economy. hatfieldmccoycvb.com LEGENDARY CHARACTERS— MODERN ADVENTURES CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK T here’s just something about the scenic mountains and winding country roads at Chief Logan State Park that makes you feel like you’re in a place where you belong. Just four miles north of Logan, Chief
hundreds of miles of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system’s world-class ATV trails. While ATV use is not permitted in Chief Logan State Park, the trails are only a short drive away and provide hours of thrilling outdoor recreation. Overnight guests have access to the recreation center’s aquatic and fitness centers, professional sports shop, multipurpose areas, and elevated walking track. Chief Logan also has three newly built four-room cabins. Each cabin offers spectacular views of the park, which you’ll want to enjoy from the porch as you sip your morning coffee. The cabins feature large living areas and all the modern conveniences you and your family will need, making them perfect for vacations, reunions, weddings, and getaways. The cabins feature West Virginia products, including original artwork by state artists, Homer Laughlin china, and Wild Mountain Soap products.
Logan State Park features a museum and gift shop, campground, wildlife center, fishing pond, swimming pool, and a miniature golf course. Set out on a real mountaineering adventure by trekking some of the park’s 18 miles of hiking trails. Sprawled out across two sides of a mountain, the park gives you plenty of areas to explore. On Friday and Saturday evenings, check out the Pickin’ in the Park music jams, or attend a performance at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater, where you can see the region’s Native American history played out in “The Aracoma Story.” If an adrenaline rush is more your thing, don’t miss your chance to race through
LOCAL EATS & DRINKS
T he small businesses lining Logan’s downtown streets are hip and cool. Take Hot Cup Coffee , for instance. This local coffee shop serves up an eclectic mix of espresso drinks, including a slew of things you won’t see anywhere else. Once you’ve gotten your coffee fix, head across the street to Nu Era Bakery , a local favorite since 1940, for a hearty lunch topped off with a decadent fresh-baked dessert—everything from cakes to pies to donuts. For a relaxing dinner with a great cut of meat, 317 Steakhouse in Logan is known for the best steaks in the area. If you have a taste for Italian, try Chirico’s Ristorante on Main Street. Savor unique family recipes, from their famous bread to their exclusive Italian butter brickle dessert. If you need something quick, Morrison’s Drive Inn has been serving world- famous hot dogs, hamburgers, and homemade onion rings since 1947. Morrison's hot dog was even ranked in the top 32 hot dogs in the United States by Rachael Ray’s magazine. You can find a little bit of everything at the Four Seasons Country Store on Main Avenue, including delicious food at its deli. Grab a bite while you shop, snag a seat on one of the outside picnic tables to enjoy some slow cooked, mouth watering bbq, or rent a kayak for a fun time on the river. Later, enjoy an old-fashioned country meal at The Surry House in Chapmanville. Be sure to try the fried green tomatoes, egg salad sandwich, and cornbread salad. If you have a craving for pizza, head to the Hillbilly Fire Pit in Man for a great local pie.
A Native Animal Treasure Reintroduced West Virginia’s last native elk was seen in Webster County in 1875. As a result of a reintroduction program beginning
management and insights into what the Division of Natural Resources is doing to make sure the growing elk herd thrives in its new home. Tours are offered daily in the fall at Chief Logan State Park Lodge. Spots book up fast, so make your reservation as soon as possible. Book online at wvstateparks.com.
in 2016, about 90 free-roaming elk make up a growing herd in southern West Virginia. Back by popular demand, Elk Tours are the best way to learn about elk
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Water Trail Adventures The Guyandotte River follows a wandering course through one of the world’s most rugged moun- tain regions—an Appalachian landscape covered in thick forests and peppered with ghost towns and relics of one of the nation's historically most productive in- dustries: coal mining. A tributary of the mighty Ohio River, it runs for over 160 miles through south- ern West Virginia. Kayaking has become an increasingly popular activity on the Guyandotte River. You can rent kayaks from Four Seasons Country Store in Logan or bring your own for a fun-filled day on the water. The 160-mile Guyan- dotte Water Trail includes 25 river access points between its sources near Mullens and the river's mouth on the Ohio River near Huntington. The Guyandotte is a popular fishing river, particularly where float trips are concerned. Much of the river from R.D. Bailey Lake downstream is runnable without portage. Though the Guyan- dotte is a popular destination for warm-water fishing, several of its tributaries—Buffalo Creek, Pinnacle Creek, and its Clear and Slab forks—are cold enough to support trout and are stocked annually, usually in spring.
HIT THE TRAIL
T he legend of the Hatfield-McCoy McCoy Trails system . The Bearwallow Trail System , one of the three original trail networks, opened in 2000. The Bearwallow Trail is currently open to Jeeps and other 4x4s. With ratings from Easiest to Most Difficult, you’ll find everything from a leisurely trail ride to more technical rock crawling. Bearwallow extends to more than 100 miles of trail and has direct access to the towns of Logan, West Logan and Chapmanville. If dirt bikes are more your thing, check out the Rockhouse Trail System . This trail network is especially popular with dirt bikers feud defined Logan County for many years, but the area is now known for the nationally recognized Hatfield-
looking for an extreme mountain experience. Rockhouse has the largest total mileage of the eight Hatfield-McCoy Trails systems and offers a wide variety of trails for all levels of difficulty. This trail system has direct access to the ATV- friendly towns of Man and Gilbert. Just 20 years old, the Hatfield-McCoy ATV and UTV trails have become one of the largest and fastest-growing tourism and economic drivers in the state. Since the trails opened, economic impact studies have shown the creation of more than 300 jobs and more than 45 businesses added to the surrounding communities. More than 50,000 trail permits are sold each year, with over 85 percent sold to out of state residents.
REST YOUR HEAD
I n addition to Chief Logan Lodge & Conference Center , there is a wealth of lodging options in Logan County. Rest and relax for your next adventure in Hatfield-McCoy Mountains at a cozy lodge, a picturesque cabin, a rustic campground, or a hotel. Located near U.S. 119 in Chapmanville, discover luxury cabins at Almost Heaven Cabin Rentals . These fully equipped, custom-built cabins, have direct access to the Bearwallow Trail and close to all the action in the area. Plenty of parking for your trailers is available at all the units. The entrance to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails Bearwallow Trail System is direct access from the Holiday Inn Express in Logan. Once you unload your UTVs or trail bikes, you don't have to load them back up until you are ready to go home. Stop to visit the Appalachian Outpost , the newest lodging accommodations featuring 25 new cabin rentals in Lyburn, located just 6 miles from Logan. Rockhouse Lodge , HMT Rentals , and The Depot Lodge in Man are owned by the same local family and cater specifically to ATV riders. Riders staying at either lodge can trailer on-site and legally ride on the town streets directly to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails Rockhouse trailhead. Prefer to sleep under the stars? Chief Logan State Park has 26 campsites available for rent. Fourteen sites have full water, sewer, and electric hookups, and 12 have electric and water only. Hot showers are available at a centrally located bathhouse. Located right next to the Bearwallow Trail System on West Virginia Route 17 is Black Bear Campgrounds & Cabins . Wake up in the morning and ride your machine directly to the Bearwallow trailhead. Six nicely equipped cabins and nine camper sites with full hookups are available for rent. Visit Rockhouse RV Park with 12 sites with direct access to Rockhouse Trail. If you prefer a hotel/motel experience, there are lots of options available throughout the area. Locally owned motels like the Colonial Motel and Trails Inn in Man as well as national brands, including Best Western Logan Inn , Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites in Logan, are conveniently located near the attractions.
Local Events not to Miss The WV Freedom Festival is sched- uled for early July,
Appalachian Heritage Days will be be held in early fall honoring legendary West Vir- ginia Vandalia award winner, Aunt Jennie Wilson. This family event allows everyone to learn the history of Appalachian life.
in downtown Logan. Events include a pa- rade, car show, bike show, block party, live entertainment, food, and fireworks.
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MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS L ogan is awash with artists, especially musicians, and especially musicians playing bluegrass music. Some say it’s because Logan is so remote—you don’t always have something to do after the sun goes down, so you pick up
a guitar. Or a fiddle. Or a banjo. Or a mandolin. Such was the case for singer–songwriter and performer Roger Bryant , winner of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia's highest folklife honor. Regardless of the reason, there are plenty of opportunities to see first- rate musicians. Every week there are a shows at Pickin’ in the Park , a unique homegrown music venue in what used to be a horse stable. Logan also has two community theater companies, and they’re both very active. Outdoor community theater company The Aracoma Story was formed in 1975 to ensure that a play by the same name, which tells the story of the Native American tribes in the area, would be staged every year. The Coalfield Jamboree theater, home to an elaborate production of Shrek and an impressive array of performances every year, is a 1930s venue that has been restored beautifully through the efforts of community volunteers committed to the arts. Logan is most recently famous for being the home of America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr . As his manager, Burke Allen Adkins says, “As a coalfields kid, could I have imagined one day working with a bluegrass picker? Maybe. A country crooner? Possibly. Dreadlocks and Sinatra? Who would’ve thought it? Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and I have now been around the world and back together for the past decade, and it all comes back to our common bonds of music and our love of our shared hometown of Logan in the southern West Virginia coalfields." If you aren't familiar with the name Liam Farley , it's only a matter of time. The 10-year-old fiddle playing phenom from Logan County has been entertaining folks since he was 4. He has played for dignitaries and won several competitions in West Virginia and around the country. Liam won first place at the 2018 Vandalia Gathering in the state capital of Charleston and has become a YouTube sensation with millions of views.
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The Annual WV Fire & Ice is held in early October at the Logan County Airport in Logan. WV Fire & Ice is a craft beer/wine tasting event and chili cook-off. Enjoy a beautiful venue with great food and cold drinks. Entertainment provided by the Santa Cruz Band!
I n a world full of overrated pleasures and manufactured entertainment, what could be a better antidote than the authentic thrills of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System ? Here nature is our architect, as mountains create vistas more amazing than anything one could see from a skyscraper. The moon and stars stand in for neon lights. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails System offers a riding trail for every day of the week, with ten trails and more on the way. No two rides are ever the same, as rugged terrain winds its way to panoramic views that deserve to be seen only by those with wings or a brave spirit. Concrete jungles may need makeshift fountains to decorate their worlds, but ours comes adorned with the natural beauty of the aptly named Twin Falls State Park . Streams and rivers, so beautiful from the shore, can be further enjoyed on a kayak or canoe expedition, or even on an airboat ride. Feuding families are just the beginning of the area's illustrious past. The homes of coal barons and battlefields of labor have been turned into exciting museums and attractions. Entire towns like Bramwell and Matewan have been restored to tell about a unique slice of our great nation’s history. Off the beaten path—in this case literally—is a region replete with celebrated amenities. The restaurant scene dots the map with places offering Appalachian cuisine famous for its use of homegrown produce fresh from the earth. Chefs offer classics like Brunswick stew or specially prepared venison, as well as new twists on old favorites like pizza, burgers, and milkshakes. Bakeries and coffee houses offer great meeting places to catch up with the crowd or just to enjoy a fresh brew and dessert. Meanwhile, a local moonshine distillery is the perfect place to get acquainted with mountain spirits of a different kind. Where to lay your head after a full day of trailblazing and sightseeing? The lodging selection is eclectic and unique. Of course, we offer an array of hotel brands known to all selective travelers, offering all the comforts one requires. But if you’re longing for a more mountain-type experience, logs cabins nestled in the cool shade of forests offer rustic charm from the outside and modern, up-to- date luxuries on the inside. Meanwhile, graceful bed & breakfasts created from historic homesteads provide wonderful lodging with stories to tell. For those who enjoy being close to nature, multiple campgrounds provide the services and conveniences every camper needs. trailsheaven.com AN AUTHENTIC VACATION EXPERIENCE
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Devil Anse Trail System
Indian Ridge Trail System Indian Ridge is the central trail system connection between the Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas systems. Located near Ashland, the Indian Ridge Trail System offers a nice variety of trails of all difficulty levels. Indian Ridge is approximately 100 miles of trail when all are open to the public and, combined with the Pinnacle Creek, Warrior, and Pocahontas trails, the four trail system network offers nearly 400 miles of riding adventure. The trails are open to all skill levels of riders including novice, intermediate, and advanced level trail riders who wish to ride between the three trail systems. The trails are open to dirt bikes, SxSs, and ATVs. Note that this trail is not currently open to the 4x4 user group. This trail system offers community access to the ATV-friendly towns of Northfork and Keystone. Nearby communities offer gas, food, and lodging. Indian Ridge Trailhead Located in the town of Ashland, near Northfork. It has a two-plus-acre parking lot and on-site restrooms. This trailhead is not staffed. Permits and merchandise can be purchased at the Ashland Resort, which is directly connected to the sys- tem and is the nearest business to the trailhead.
Bearwallow Trail System
The Devil Anse Trail System opened to the public in May 2016. Named after William Anderson Hatfield, also known as Devil Anse, the trail system has a rich connection to the Hatfield-McCoy feud that played out in this area along the Tug Fork River. Riders can visit the Hatfield Cemetery just off the trail in Sarah Ann. The Devil Anse Trail System connects with the Buffalo Mountain and Rockhouse trail systems and is primarily recommended for intermediate and advanced level trail riders who wish to ride between the three systems. The trails are open to dirt bikes, SxSs, and ATVs. Note that this trail is not currently open to the 4x4 user group. The Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, and Rockhouse systems together offer more than 300 miles of trails. The Devil Anse system has direct access to gas, food, and lodging. Devil Anse Trailhead The trailhead for Devil Anse is located on Main Street in downtown Matewan, near the historic site of the Matewan Massacre. It has a parking lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, permits, and merchandise.
Located near the ATV-friendly town of Logan, the Bearwallow Trail System is one of the three original Hatfield-McCoy Trails systems that opened in October 2000. Its mix of trails from easy to technical and its scenic vistas make it one of the more popular systems. This trail system is located at the foothills of the historic Battle of Blair Mountain site and has approximately 100 miles of trails when all are open to the public. Bearwallow is a great destination for a one day or multi-day adventure and is the only trail open to ORVs (4x4s) as well as ATVs, UTVs, and off-road motorcycles. This trail system has direct access to the ATV- friendly communities of Logan, West Logan, and Chapmanville for gas, food, and lodging. Note that the Bearwallow trails do not have a direct connection to other trail systems. Bearwallow Trailhead 247 Bearwallow Drive, Ethel, 304.831.2042 The trailhead has a two-plus-acre parking lot, staff on site, restrooms, permits, and merchandise.
Country Roads Byway Visitors Center 40 Welcome Center Drive, Logan, 304.752.4645
The Country Roads Byway Visitors Center serves as an additional trailhead for the Bearwallow Trail System. It has a large parking lot, on-site restrooms, permits, and merchandise available. Take the Visi- tors Center connector to access the town of Logan or the community connector to access the Bearwallow Trail System.
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BUFFALOMOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM Opened in October 2000, the Buffalo Mountain Trail System is one of three original trail systems. It is known as the most historical trail system, as well as the one with the most single track trails, making it incredibly popular with dirt bike enthusiasts. Combined with the connecting Devil Anse and Rockhouse systems, this three-trail combination offers something for every rider’s level of skill. The connection between the Buffalo Mountain and Devil Anse trails also offers the closest historical ties to the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Buffalo Mountain Trailhead 34 Oakwood Heights Road, Williamson, 304.235.0442
The Buffalo Mountain Trail System offers over 100 miles of trails when all are open to the public, with more than 200 additional miles including the connecting trails of Devil Anse and Rockhouse. This network has a great balance in mileage for novice, intermediate, and advanced skill level riders. It is a great destination for single-day or multi-day adventures. Note that this trail is not currently open to the 4x4 user group. This system has three community connectors providing direct access to the ATV-friendly towns of Delbarton, Matewan, and Williamson. Each of these towns offers gas, food, and lodging.
The trailhead has a two-plus-acre park- ing lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, permits, and merchandise.
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PINNACLE CREEK TRAIL SYSTEM
Pinnacle Creek is a favorite system to riders who enjoy scenic qualities such as its breathtaking vistas, trailside rhododendrons, and the Pinnacle Creek tributary that runs near the trail. Pinnacle Creek Trail System, with direct connections to the ATV-friendly towns of Mullens and Pineville, is also known for its proximity to world-class whitewater rafting and snow skiing— both less than an hour away. The trail system connects with three other Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems—Indian Ridge, Pocahontas, and Warrior—allowing for extended off-road trips. Pinnacle Creek offers approximately 100 miles of trail when all are open to the public and, combined with the Indian Ridge, Pocahontas, and Warrior trails, the four trail system network offers nearly 400 miles of riding adventure. Trails are open to all skill levels of riders including novice, intermediate, and advanced level trail riders who wish to ride between the four trail systems. Trails are open to dirt bikes, SxSs, and ATVs. Note that this trail currently does not offer trails open to the 4×4 user group.
Pinnacle Creek Trailhead 2733 Pinnacle Road, Pineville, 304.732.6633
The trailhead has a two-plus-acre park- ing lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, permits, and merchandise. A commu- nity connector to the town of Pineville also offers amenities such as food, gas, lodging, souvenirs, and more.
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Warrior Trail System
The Warrior Trail System is located in the town of War—West Virginia’s most southern city. This trail system also accesses the ATV friendly city of Gary. The Warrior system has nearly 100 miles of rugged West Virginia trails with a mix of all-terrain and rocky hill riding that keeps bringing you back for more. The Warrior Trail System offers numerous scenic views and has direct access to gas, food, and lodging. The system also connects with the Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, and Pocahontas trail systems.
Pocahontas Trail System
Rockhouse Trail System
The Pocahontas Trail System is the easternmost of all of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails and is located near Bluefield, West Virginia, and Interstate 77, a main route for travelers in the eastern U.S. The Pocahontas Trail System links up to three other Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems—Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, and Warrior—making for the most continuous miles of trails east of the Mississippi. The trailhead is located in Coaldale, just outside the town of Bramwell, historically known as home to the most millionaires in the nation in the early 20th century. Pocahontas offers approximately 100 miles of trail when all are open to the public and, when combined with the Indian Ridge, Warrior, and Pinnacle Creek trails, the four trail systemnetwork offers nearly 400 miles of riding adventure. Trails are open to all skill levels of riders including novice, intermediate, and advanced level trail riders who wish to ride between the three trail systems. Trails open to dirt bikes, SxSs, and ATVs. Note that this trail currently does not offer trails open to the 4x4 user group. Pocahontas Trailhead 11110 Coal Heritage Road, Bramwell, 304.248.8483 The trailhead has a two-plus-acre parking lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, per- mits, and merchandise. Amenities such as food, gas, and lodging are accessible near the trailhead and in the town of Bramwell.
One of three original trail systems of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, Rockhouse is a favorite of many trail riding enthusiasts from around the world. The Rockhouse Trail System opened in 2000 and is the largest single trail system, with more than 100 miles of trails. It offers a wide variety of trails at all difficulty levels. It is especially popular with riders who are looking for an “extreme” riding experience. More than 300 miles of trails are available when including the connecting trails of Devil Anse and Buffalo Mountain. This trail is popular with novice, intermediate, and advanced skill level riders. Trails are open to SxSs, ATVs, and dirt bikes. Note that this trail is not currently open to the 4x4 user group. This trail system has direct access to the ATV-friendly towns of Man and Gilbert. Each of these towns offers fuel, food, and lodging, along with a generous helping of southern hospitality. The town of Gilbert plays host to the National Trailfest each October.
Warrior Trailhead 84 Silcox Lane, War, 304.875.4185
The trailhead has a two-plus-acre parking lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, per- mits, and merchandise.
Rockhouse Trailhead 83 Rockhouse Creek Road, Man, 304.583.0590
The trailhead has a two-plus-acre park- ing lot, staff on site, on-site restrooms, permits, and merchandise.
New trails for 2021 Ivy Branch Trail System
The Cabwaylingo The Cabwaylingo Trail System is located in the tranquil setting of the Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne County. This trail system is open to ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes and 4x4s such as Jeeps, rock crawlers and trucks.
The Ivy Branch Trail System is open to ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, and 4x4s such as Jeeps, rock crawlers, and trucks.
Visit trailsheaven.com for updates on trail openings.
18 west virginia
19 west virginia
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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Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort
Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort is located in the heart of the Hatfield-McCoy Indian Ridge Trail System—you can ride your ATV directly to the trails from the cabins. The connectors to both Pocahontas Trails and Pinnacle Creek Trails are just a short ride away. Additionally, guests can access the newest addition to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, the Warrior Trail System. Virginia’s Spearhead Trail of the Original Pocahontas Trail System is easily approximately 200 miles of linked riding trails. The location offers centralized access to the southern trail systems and eliminates riding miles of the same trail every day to reach something new. accessible just across the stateline. Visitors to Wild Willy’s can access Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort is open seven days a week and offers cabin and lodge rentals, ATV and UTV parts, tires and repair, UTV rentals, Hatfield-McCoy Trails permits, and souvenirs. Clean and affordable cabins are equipped with conveniences such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, heat and air conditioning, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms. Polaris ATV rentals are available on site. 641 Leftwich Branch Road, Northfork, 304.862.2312, wildwillysatvrezort.com
Nestled amidst 1,600 acres of private hardwood forest, Ashland Resort is the largest campground in the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System. The resort welcomes guests who are ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts with lodges, cottages and cabins, RV and tent sites, and a camp store. Ashland Resort offers convenience and comfort. The campground bathhouse is centrally located to RV and tent sites. All lodging sites feature fire pits, picnic tables, and Wi-Fi. RV sites feature varying degrees of convenience ranging from basic water, electric, and TV cable to long full-service pull-through sites. Cabins feature heat and air conditioning plus TV, small refrigerator, microwave, and outdoor grill. Step up to Ashland Cottages for full baths, patios, and more. Most units include kitchenettes. Lodges offer modern conveniences with full-size kitchen appliances. The Indian Ridge Trail passes right through the campground, which also connects to the Pocahontas and Pinnacle Trails. Leave your trailer at your campsite, gas up at the camp store, and concentrate on enjoying the wild and wonderful trails. Choose family-friendly green trails or dare to be challenged on black and single track dirt bike trails. Enjoy vistas, wildlife, and endless miles of canopied forests throughout the remote, rugged terrain. Split the mud holes or take the high road— this mountain challenge awaits you. County Route 17, Northfork, 304.862.2322, atvresort.com
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Old School ATV Retreat
Miracle Mountain Trailhouse For large groups looking for an entire house to book for their next ATV adventure, Miracle Mountain Trailhouse in Gary is the perfect spot for enjoying the trails and then unwinding together afterward to relive the day’s ride. Miracle Mountain Trailhouse features five bedrooms—10 total beds—with two full baths and a full kitchen for its guests. It truly is a home away from home. Just head out the door in the morning to catch the Hatfield- McCoy Warrior Trail or explore outlaw trails of varying difficulty throughout the area. After your day on the trails, cook out on the grill and then retreat to the fire pit for an evening of peace, quiet, and tall tales. Miracle Mountain also comes equipped with an ATV/ bike wash and an outdoor shower if you get extra muddy. 2431 Miracle Mountain Road, Gary, 434.637.2188
Mama Dood’s ATV Lodging
Located in Gary, Mama Dood ’s honors the nickname of the owner’s mother-in-law. This bed and breakfast opened in 2008 and is a homestyle place where you can relax in a clean and quiet atmosphere. Mama Dood’s is newly remodeled and is just a short distance from the Hatfield-McCoy Warrior trailhead in Gary. Mama Dood’s caters to groups of six to eight people. All four rooms have two beds. A downstairs room with a private bath holds twin and queen beds. The upstairs rooms share a common bath. You can prepare a meal using the gas grill on the porch with the help of a microwave and toaster oven. Coffee, water, and simple breakfast snacks are included with your stay. After a day on the trails, enjoy the Wi-Fi or relax on the wrap around porch. In addition to access to the Hatfield- McCoy Trails, Mama Dood’s provides ample parking and is close to local gas and food markets. Enjoy world class riding to world- class trail riding, enjoy great hunting and fishing in the area. Miracle Mountain Park is just a few miles away and offers a playground and a picnic area. 191 Ream Road, Gary, 304.448.2566
Built in the early 20th century, Gary Hollow became an industrial powerhouse and had some of the most productive coal mines inWest Virginia. Gary and its satellite towns employed thousands of miners. The workforce was highly diverse, with workers from all over the world, especially eastern and southern Europe and the deep south in the United States. The former Gary High School, built in 1914, has served for the past 15 years as a mission and outreach center that strives to bring hope and help to this community. A wing of the old school has been converted into rooms for riders on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Profits from this endeavor go toward the mission and outreach programs while providing much-needed employment in the community. Apartment-style suites, private rooms, and bunk rooms are available. Enjoy a variety of breakfast selections in the breakfast bistro each morning before you hit the trails. The retreat offers trail permits, gated parking, a picnic area, a fire pit, and scenic stream views. 97 Coal Diggers Street, Gary, 304.448.2309, @oldschoolretreat on Facebook Did You Know...
McDowell County is West Virginia‘s southern most county and is often referred to as the “Free State” because of the independent nature of its citizens.
The Bear’s Den The Bear’s Den ATV Cottage is located on five acres adjacent to the Kimball-to-Welch Hatfield-McCoy Community Connector on Belcher Mountain in McDowell County. If peace, quiet and privacy is what you seek after a long day’s ride, this is the place for you. Hundreds of miles of trails are accessible from this location, with no need to trailer your ATV. The cottage has four bedrooms—three queen beds, four twin beds, and a full-size futon—with two-and-a-half baths and can host a maximum of 12 guests. Cable TV and Wi-Fi are provided. After a day on the trails, gather around the fire pit with wood provided for your enjoyment to share stories of the day. 5 Baptist Drive, Welch, 304.887.3185, @bearsdenatvcottage on Facebook
Brewster’s Lodge Brewster’s Lodge is a charming old coal-camp house in Newhall. It is the perfect home base for enthusiasts who want to go four-wheeling on the Hatfield-McCoyWarrior Trail system and for motorcycle riders who want to ride the “Head of the Dragon” to become a DragonMaster. This year-round vacation rental sleeps up to nine people in the main house and two people in the Retreat. The house has a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, and one bath. Enjoy a large backyard with a picnic table, creekside bench, swing, charcoal grill, and fire pit. There is also an open lot for guests who have dogs. Bring your own food and prepare your meals in a fully finished kitchen—or you can walk to the Ol’ Country Store . Also nearby is the town of War, where you’ll find the Coalfield Cafe , Orbie’s Coffee Shop , the Owl’s Nest Drive-In , and Troy’s Pizza . 6480 Rocket Boys Dr, Newhall, 304.875.3389, @brewsterslodgevacation- rental on Facebook Retired NASA engineer and McDowell County native Homer Hickam published his boyhood memoir, “ Rocket Boys .” The book recalls the waning days of coal mining in the town of Coalwood, the dawn of space exploration in
Me and Mr. Jones Estate Bed & Breakfast Just a stone’s throw from the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system, Me and Mr. Jones Estate is a spacious mountainside lodge that will make the time spent off the trails just as fun and relaxing as the hours spent riding your ATV through the scenic West Virginia mountains. The lodge is located in the home of the famous coal baron James Ellwood Jones. Guests may enjoy complimentary tours of the gracious mansion, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Located less than 2 miles off U.S. Route 52 in Maybeury, this lodge can accommodate up to eight guests in each of its two units. The upstairs unit is your home away from home with two bedrooms, a deluxe kitchen, living room with TV, and bathroom. The downstairs unit is the bunkhouse. It consists of one large sleeping area with four bunk beds, kitchen, TV area, showers, and bathroom. After a long day of ATV riding, you can enjoy other amenities, such as grilling, horseshoes, cornhole, an outdoor fire pit, and a swimming pool. A large, secure parking area offers plenty of room for loading and unloading ATV trailers. 114 Papaya Street, Maybeury, 304.827.2887, “Me and Mr. Jones Estate” on Facebook
Did You Know...
the late 1950s, and the lofty aspirations of a group of mountain boys. In 1999, Universal Studios released the film “ October Sky ,” based on Hickam’s book.
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HISTORIC KIMBALL ATV HIDEAWAYS
Sam’s Guest Houses
It can be argued that all trails really do lead to Sam’s Guest Houses in Northfork. You can easily access four of the Hatfield- McCoy Trails (Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, Pocahontas, and Warrior trails) from Sam’s. From their front porch, guests have access to over 400 miles of trails and seven local communities with a variety of eateries, watering holes, retail shops, museums and local landmarks—all accessible from your ATV. The Main House, The Annex, and Antonio’s and Giustina’s lodges are all part of the Sam’s Guest House accommodations. The Main House, built in 1941, greets visitors with a hometown feel after a long day of riding. Its sister house, The Annex, sleeps nine and makes it easy for large groups to stay together. The newest additions are Antonio’s and Giustina’s lodges. These newly renovated gems allow up to 28 people to share the property or groups of 13 and 15 to rent separately. Units include amenities such as cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a landline phone. A large parking area is provided with an area for vehicle cleaning. ATV garage storage is also available with a lighted repair area. You can picnic by the fire pit located beside the historical coke ovens or kick back with a view of the trout stream just across the road from Sam’s. 142 Cherokee Road, Northfork, 814.648.3723, samsguesthouses.com
Kimball ATV Hideaways are owned and operated by ATV enthusiasts with the goal of providing a comfortable home base for ATV riders. Both locations have direct access to all of the local trails, with no trailering needed. You can ride your ATV or SxS from your front door to hundreds of miles of trails. Units are designed so you can pull in with your trailer full of ATVs, unload, and just go riding. The cottages are 70- to 100-year-old homes built during the heyday of the coal industry in McDowell County. The Kimball location features two cottages with a privacy fence surrounding both units. Cottage #1 sleeps eight people with one full bath. Cottage #2 sleeps 12 people with two full baths. The Eckman location features two cottages set up as a duplex that sleeps up to 16 people, eight per side. It can also be opened up as one large house. Both locations are easily accessible from U.S. Route 52. 28427 Coal Heritage Road, Kimball; 406 County Route 15/8, Eckman; 304.320.7832, kimballatvhideaway.comPage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36
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