Explore Adventure and Heritage during 72 hours in Hatfield-McCoy Mountains

The Hatfield McCoy Mountains are home to exhilarating adventure, historic heritage and family-friendly activities. 72 hours in the southern part of the state is plenty of time to get in on the fun. Follow this itinerary to get started:

 Day 1

Start your trip with a hike at Cabwaylingo State Forest in Dunlow. With nine miles of trails, the forest has plenty of scenic beauty. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery at one of Cabwaylingo’s shelters or picnic areas. After lunch, get ready for your next adventure on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System, composed of seven trails throughout southern West Virginia. Travel an hour south to the Buffalo Mountain Trailhead in Williamson and ride the trails on an ATV or side-by-side. If you don’t have a vehicle, don’t worry, area retailers rent ATVs and sell permits for the trails.

If you worked up an appetite on the trails, visit local favorite Sazon, a Mexican restaurant, and enjoy daily specials with your chips and salsa. If you’re in the mood for an after-dinner drink, visit Starters Sports Bar and Grill, with appetizers, desserts and a full bar. After a long day of adventure and eating, wind down at the Hatfield McCoy House bed and breakfast in Williamson. With five themed rooms, named after major players in the Hatfield-McCoy feud, you’ll be able to take learn more about the region’s history while you unwind.

Day 2

Wake up and take a short drive to Logan, where adventure awaits. Stop in Nu Era Bakery to grab a sweet treat or to explore what they are serving up for breakfast that day. After getting your fill, visit the Doughboy Monument and Memorial at War Memorial Park, designed to honor World War I veterans.

Once lunchtime rolls around, visit Morrison’s Drive Inn, which has been family owned since 1947. Serving burgers, hot dogs and other comfort food, this drive-in is sure to please.

After lunch, visit Chief Logan State Park, with 18 miles of hiking trails, fishing and geocaching. The park is named after Chief Logan, a Native American leader that lived in the area. Giovanni’s Pizza is the perfect way to end your stay in the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains, with an affordable, family-friendly menu. While you’re there, choose from pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and calzones. Head to Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center for the night and enjoy the indoor pool on your last night in the mountains.

Day 3

In Wyoming County, you will find much to explore about the region’s coal heritage with coal camps and houses scattered across the countryside. Twin Falls Resort State Park is a hidden gem in the Appalachian Mountains that offers rustic lodging, an 18-hole championship golf course and nearly 28 miles of scenic hiking. For a delicious lunch, head to Pineville’s famous Pinnacle Drive Inn.

Sterling Drive-In in Welch is a genuine, classic drive-in restaurant with curb service. This multi-cuisine drive-in is perfect for a date night or a family dinner. While you’re out and about in Welch, catch the latest movie at the Pocahontas Theatre.

For a relaxing way to cap off your third day, head to the scenic Panther State Forest in McDowell County. This is the state’s southernmost state forest, occupying more than 7,800 acres of serene wilderness. Panther State Forest also features a campground that is open year-round, large swimming pool, a 60-person barracks-style house, cabins and much more. No matter which charming accommodation you choose, Panther State Forest will easily let you unwind and enjoy kicking back.

There is plenty of hidden gems to be explored in southern West Virginia. Request our free West Virginia Vacation Guide to discover more amazing destinations in Almost Heaven.

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This post was last updated on June 3, 2024