Road Trips from Kentucky – Hatfield-McCoy Mountains
The Hatfield-McCoy Mountains Region is a place with extensive history and ample outdoor recreation. This region was named after the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud that took place from 1863 to 1891 between the Hatfield family from West Virginia and the McCoy family from Kentucky. A region rich in coal mining heritage, the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains were one of the world’s busiest coal mining regions in the early 1900s.
Start your adventure in the city of Logan, a place with history larger than the city itself, and enjoy the vast trails, parks and dining options that make this a must-visit destination on your road trip.
After exploring some of the region’s best attractions, grab a bite to eat at Morrison’s Drive-Inn. With American classics like burgers, onion rings, fries and what the locals call “the best hotdogs around”, this old-fashioned drive-in takes you back in time to when quality food, a friendly atmosphere and fast service went hand in hand.
After eating, take an adventurous journey through the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, and see for yourself why the scenic system was deemed “the best-motorized trail system in the USA”. With serene streams, gorgeous mountain top views and vast forestry that expands for miles, you’ll want to purchase your trail permit online before you get here to ensure you have ample time to explore. It is suggested that you head over to their website and make your purchase in advance.
Check out Chief Logan State Park, a park named after a Native American leader who lived in the area before the American Revolutionary War, that provides 4,000 acres of beautiful mountains, lodging, hiking trails and outdoor activities. Within the park is the rightfully named Museum in the Park, which showcases some of West Virginia’s best art and history. The museum features changing exhibits and displays artwork and historical pieces from the West Virginia State Museum and State Archives.
Spend the night at the park’s very own Chief Logan Lodge, featuring 75 modern rooms and suites for guests to enjoy.
Kick-off day two by venturing through Matewan, a historic West Virginian treasure. Here, you can get a taste of small-town living and southern charm in a place that populates only 500 citizens. With cozy restaurants, plenty of hiking trails and a dark history that further adds to its appeal, Matewan is a must-see place.
Located at the site of the historic and devastating Battle of Matewan that took place in May of 1920 (which set in motion the events that led to the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, the largest armed uprising in the United States since the Civil War), the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is the perfect first stop on your journey. This museum is dedicated to preserving and uplifting the voices of those involved in some of the most violent and life-changing battles the state has ever seen.
For some tasty locally made honey and assorted jellies, stop by the quaint Appalachian Artisan Shop to purchase beautiful antique goods and delicious, down-home treats.
Check out the Matewan Depot Replica and Museum to see artifacts from the Hatfield-McCoy Feud and step inside an exact replica of the train depot that stood in downtown Matewan until the 1960’s.
Take an airboat tour on the Tug Fork River and experience the beauty of southern West Virginia in a way like never before. Based out of Matewan Depot, Hatfield & McCoy Airboat Tours offers hour-long rides to guests looking to learn more about the deep history that runs through this small town.
If you work up an appetite throughout the day, stop by Wingo’s Grill, connected to the Hatfield-McCoy Resort Inn, and try some of the best home-style comfort food in the region. With friendly staff and quality bites, this is just the place to stop for a late lunch or early dinner.
If you’re looking for outdoor recreation, exhilarating adventure and rich history, pack up the car and set out for the Hatfield McCoy Mountains.
This post was last updated on October 13, 2021