Check Out This Hidden Gem Overlook View

This secluded spot nestled within Mingo County is without a doubt one of West Virginia’s best-hidden gems. Sitting at 1,200 feet above sea level, a trip here is guaranteed to give one of the best views the region has to offer. Read on for more details on this spectacular spot and just how to find your way there.

Buffalo Mountain Trail

In order to reach the iconic Death Rock, you’ll want to first begin your journey on the Buffalo Mountain Trail, one of paths that makes up over 1,000 miles of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems. What was once the location of the world-famous Hatfield-McCoy feud is now home to some of the best riding trails in the entire country. This southern West Virginia paradise is open 365 days a year and has options for adventurers of every skill level.

The Buffalo Mountain Trail System is best known for having the most single-track trail, which makes it most popular among dirt bike enthusiasts. This system connects with three ATV towns: Matewan, Delbarton and Williamson, each of which provides gas and food for riders along their way. For those itching for an even longer exploration, the trail continues on and connects to both the Devil Anse and Rockhouse Trail systems.

Death Rock Overlook

After an uphill mountain climb in a machine of your choice, the trail will lead to Death Rock Overlook, a sandstone outcropping deemed one of West Virginia’s most Instagrammable Views. On a clear day, expansive views of up to 30 miles across the Tug Fork River Valley can be taken in from atop this rock. Not only does this spot overlook the mountain town of Williamson below, but is also home to one of the new, larger-than-life Almost Heaven swings.


For those looking to extend their stay, lodging options are also available along the Buffalo Mountain Trail. Only a half-mile from the trail is Buffalo Trail Cabins, home to vacation rentals that can each sleep up to six guests. These retreats are affordable with high-quality accommodations. There is also a multitude of other lodging options that are well-loved by Hatfield-McCoy Trails riders.

Want more spectacular overlooks and picturesque landscapes that are perfect for your Instagram feed? Set out on an adventure to visit the rest of West Virginia’s Most Instagrammable Views!

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This post was last updated on May 12, 2023