Man-cations: ATV and off-road escapes

Take your vacation for a spin in the Mountain State.

If your weekend needs some horsepower, West Virginia’s ATV trails and Jeep parks deliver all the octane you need. Bring your friends for true off-road man-cation!

ATV on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, WV

1.WV ATV Rentals | Rock

As one of the world’s largest, most extensive off-road connectors, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is a destination you can’t afford to miss. And WV ATV Rentals makes “Trails Heaven” even better.

When you arrive at the resort, you have several options. WV ATV’s Rip & Zip Trail Package combines an 82-mile round trip through the Hatfield-McCoy wilderness with zip lining. Soar through the trees at an incredible 60 mph! You can even spend the night; cooked-to-order meals, music and card games are tour highlights.

As its name implies, WV ATV has all sorts of rentals. Ride solo, double up with a friend, or bring several pals; they have ATVs of all sizes. If you want to make a weekend of it, the resort also has tent sites, RV hookups and a fancy 5th-wheel camper.

2. Big Jake’s ATV Rentals | McDowell

Unlike many off-road resorts, this one has a 24-hour rental philosophy. It’s hard to get an overdue fee with an all-day ride!

Big Jake has a fleet of Polaris 570 UTVs at your disposal. These 4x4s have room for 2 riders, so bring a friend for the weekend. Or go wild and extend your rental up to 3 days!

As for trail rides, Big Jake has on-site access to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. How’s that for convenience? Even lodging is no sweat. The resort is partnered with the nearby Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort. Basic cabins come with bathrooms, kitchenettes and TVs.

ATV getting some West Virginia mud.

3. King Knob Motorsports Park | Philippi

This resort is a bring-your-own vehicle destination. While King Knob doesn’t have rentals, they have 1,300 acres of tempting trails. Plow through ponds, sloshy terrain, and ruts! All drivers and all rides are welcome.

King Knob also has an active calendar. You don’t need to own a Jeep, ATV, or UTV; simply hang out and watch other off-road drivers do the hard, dirty stuff. Or spice up that weekend with mud bogs, endurocross, dirt track and concerts!

4. Off-Road Adventures at The Greenbrier | White Sulphur Springs

West Virginia’s legendary resort treats you to miles of off-road extravagance. An elaborate Jeep Wrangler Rubicon could be yours for the afternoon!

An expert at The Greenbrier will show you how to properly drive a 4×4. Learn handy tricks and techniques during 1 to 3-hour lessons. Later, you’ll get to take the reins! Explore the resort’s 10,000 acres and slog through mud, ruts and creeks.

Jeep Wrangler climbing up muddy slope in West Virginia

5. Chaos Off Road Park | Capon Bridge

The Jeep playground is open! If you want to join one of West Virginia’s most popular 4×4 hangouts, drive to Chaos Off Road.

Gigantic boulders, hills, ditches and ruts give Jeepers plenty to do. And unlike many similar parks, Chaos’ paths are kosher for any 4-wheel drive truck. You don’t have to own a fancy rig, although outfitting vehicles for muddin’ is part of the fun.

Chaos has frequent events, too. Meet Jeep fans for special trail rides, games and camp outs. You can even pitch a tent at a primitive campsite!

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This post was last updated on March 1, 2022