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 700 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 eight trails – and growing – the system cuts through the mountainous terrain of southern 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?
Buffalo Mountain Trail is known as the most historic trail in the system. It’s popular with dirt bike enthusiasts because it has the most single-track trails. With the trailhead located in Williamson, you’ll be able to explore much of the history of this region. Known primarily for its coal production, Williamson is home to this historic coal house. Built in 1933, the Coal House is made from 65 tons of bituminous coal.
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.
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.
Warrior Trail is located in West Virginia’s southernmost city, War. The Warrior Trail System offers numerous scenic views and has direct access to gas, food and lodging.
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.
Pocahontas Trail is the eastern most trail connection to the Indian Ridge and Pinnacle Creek trails and located near Bramwell. The town is known for once having the most millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the US. Today, you can tour the homes on a street called Millionaires Row and see how coal barons lived.
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.
Rockhouse 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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