ATV & Off-roadingWest Virginia’s mountainous terrain is more than just a sight to behold. Our rolling hills provide the foundation for one-of-a-kind off-road fun and adventure. Ride more than 1000 miles of trails that wind along the landscape where this historic feud evolved. Explore West Virginia’s natural amusement park. Discover why thrill-seekers continue to step off-the-beaten-path right here in Almost Heaven.
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System
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. Visit your favorites: Bearwallow, Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, Pocahontas, and Rock House trails, as well as the Warrior Trail System, or try some new ones:
- 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 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.
Burning Rock Off-Road Park
Only 15 minutes from Beckley, Burning Rock Off-Road Park is located on 10,000 acres and includes over 100 miles of off-roading trails. Burning Rock offers a trail for all experience levels -everything from family-friendly to “winch recommended” advanced. You can find trails for every type of bike, ATV, or UTV. No need to worry if you don’t have your own vehicle, Burning Rock has onsite rentals available.
New River ATV
New River Gorge may be known for whitewater rafting and rock climbing but don’t count out off-roading. New River ATV is home to over 100 miles of trails ranging from beginner to expert. Explore the mountains with either their ATV adventure tour or the side-by-side family tour. Test your skills while having fun in the mud.
King Knob Off-Road Park
Choose your own Adventure at King Knob Off-Road Park. Bring your own vehicle to discover all that the 1,300 acre park has to offer. Any vehicle regardless of shape or size is welcomed at King Knob. The park offers rugged terrain, mud, ponds, ruts, and more. Regardless if you’re looking for something simple or something with adrenaline, there is a trail for it.
Mountwood ATV park has an adventure for everyone. With nearly 20 miles of trails, there is every from easy to most difficult. Mountwood Park offers something for everyone in the family. Besides off-roading, the park contains over 600 acres with 50 miles of separate hiking and biking trails. Plan on staying a few days as the park has campsites suitable for tents, trailers, and recreational vehicles. Mountwood Park Family Campground even offers primitive cabins for your overnight stay.
Chaos Off-Road Park
Explore the 400 acres of trails that are home to Chaos Off-Road park. The park is located near the West Virginia-Virginia border. Find something fun for the whole family from mild trails to wild trails. Chaos Off-Road Park welcomes 4x4 vehicles and trucks, Side by Sides, and most UTVs, all vehicles on trails must have seatbelts.
The Greenbrier Off-Road Adventures
Cover yourself in mud at The Greenbrier and we don’t mean at the spa. The Greenbrier offers off-roading tours on their wild and private 11,000 acre mountain preserve. Pick between either an elaborate Jeep Wrangler or a Polaris RZR. The trained guides will lead and instruct you through rocky terrain, ruts, creek crossings, and steep hills. Let this legendary resort treat you to miles of off-road extravagance.
Snowshoe Off-Road Adventure Tours
Begin your expedition of Cheat Mountain with Snowshoe Off-road Adventure Tours. Hop in a 4-seated Polaris RZR for a 90-minute guided tour. Travel across thrilling terrain, under towering Spruce trees, and witness mountain view. Don’t let the off-road journey end when the snow begins to fall. In the winter Snowshoe offers unforgettable snowmobile adventure tours.
The greatest advantage of off-roading in Almost Heaven is that it is a four-season activity. You can enjoy exploring West Virginia driving through budding spring flowers, warm summer days, colorful fall foliage, or snowy winter days.
How To Start
Not sure where to start? If you are planning on going to the Hatfield-McCoy trails make a stop at either the Hatfield McCoy Trails Welcome Center or the Country Roads Byway Visitor Center. At both facilities, you can buy trail permits, find trail maps, and get all your questions answered. If you feel more comfortable with a guide West Virginia offers plenty of tour-guided trips through its scenic mountains and country roads. The best way to learn more information is to give the local outfitter a call.
What To Bring
Your gear list is always going to vary on the weather, time of year, and Almost Heaven destination. If you are traveling with friends or a local guide, it is always best to consult them on specific gear needs. However, if you’re just looking for the basics, here’s a helpful list that outlines gear almost every adventurer needs.
- Permit – Make sure you have your permit
- Protective eyewear
- Over the ankle footwear
- The more waterproof your clothing, the cleaner you be at the end of your adventure
- Dry change of clothes
- A water bottle with extra water
- A small backpack
- Insect repellent
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