Conquer the Hatfield-McCoy Trails
Rugged mountain wilderness. Off-road adventure. One-of-a-kind experience. The quintessential summer activity in West Virginia has to be ATV riding. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails feature over 1000 miles of trails, many with direct access to food, lodging, and fuel. Craving an adrenaline filled exploration? Almost Heaven can get you there.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is named after the bitter family feud that took place over 150 years ago in the Tug River Valley. Made up of ten trails – and growing – the system cuts through the mountainous terrain of West Virginia. Each trail has its own distinct personality from scenic and leisurely to heart-pounding and hair-raising. Trails are made to accommodate every skill level as well, from beginners to the most seasoned rider.
Which trail will you conquer?
The Bearwallow Trail is one of the three original trails in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Located near Logan, you’ll have access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Chief Logan State Park offers 4,000 acres of recreational activities including hiking, biking, and swimming. Rest up at their lodge, or a campground, and dine at their full-service restaurant.
The Buffalo Mountain Trail System is regarded as the most historic trail system. With one of the highest single-track trail systems, it is extremely popular with those who love to dirt bike. This trail system connects three small town communities which all have direct access to gas, food, and lodging.
The Cabwaylingo Trail is the first in Hatfield-McCoy Trail System to be located within a state forest. Explore nearly 8,300 acres of land in southern West Virginia. Anything from ATVs, UTVs, ORVs (such as Jeeps), or dirt bikes can enjoy the nearly 100 miles of new trails. The unique name comes from a combination of the four closest West Virginia counties surrounding the forest – Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, and Mingo.
The Indian Ridge Trail offers over 60 miles of trails but connects with Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas to provide nearly 200 miles to explore. The trailhead is located in Ashland, where you can find the largest campground in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, Ashland Resort. Nestled in a private hardwood forest and covering 1,600 acres, Ashland Resort is your one stop shop on the trails. A selection of lodges, cottages, cabins, RV, and tent sites will have you feeling at home.
The Warrior Trail System is located in West Virginia’s most southern City of War. Riders can find a good mix of easiest and more difficult trails. The Warrior Trail System offers numerous scenic views and has direct access to gas, food, and lodging.
The Ivy Branch Trail is one of the new systems added to the family. The Ivy Branch Trail System is a short twenty-minute drive of the state’s capital Charleston. The Ivy Branch offers adventures for all riders including full-sized off-road vehicles, ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes.
The Devil Anse Trail is aptly named after William Anderson Hatfield, one of the patriarchs of the infamous feud. Its’ trailhead is in Matewan, a place rich with history. Sitting in the heart of Hatfield-McCoy country, Matewan was also home to the Mine Wars, a movement to reform working conditions in mines. While passing through, visit the Matewan Depot Replica Museum to learn more about the history of the area.
The Pocahontas Trail is the eastern most trail connection to the Indian Ridge and Pinnacle Creek trails. The Pocahontas Trail is located near Bramwell. The town is known for once having the most millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. Today, you can tour the homes on a street called Millionaires Row and see how coal barons lived.
The Pinnacle Creek Trail is most known for its breathtaking scenic views and proximity to world class whitewater. This is popular for folks wanting to take a nice leisure ride through walls of rhododendron. Nearby Twin Falls State Park offers all your creature comforts, including an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, and 47-room mountaintop lodge. You can even visit a fully functional Pioneer Farm that offers a glimpse into frontier life.
The Rock House Trail is a popular trail for those seeking an extreme adventure. With over 100 miles of trails to explore, there’s a great balance of trail mileage for novice, intermediate, and advice skill riders, too. While on the trail you can even visit the historical Hatfield family cemetery.
Feeling inspired to hit the trails yet?
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This post was last updated on October 7, 2021