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.
The Largest Trail System in the East
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 two of the newest systems:
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.
Other ATV and Off-Road Adventures
Burning Rock Off-Road Park
Burning Rock Off-Road Park is a 10,000 acre park with over 100 miles of off-roading trails, located just 15 minutes from Beckley. This park offers everything you'd need to experience the ultimate off-road adventure from trails for all experience levels to onsite rental equipment.
New River ATV
Whitewater rafting may come to mind when thinking of New River Gorge region -- that, and the newest national park designation -- but the area also offers incredible off-roading. With over 100 miles of trails ranging from beginner to expert, New River ATV is the perfect outfitter to explore the area. Bring your whole family or opt for a solo expedition. The mountains are waiting.
Located in the picturesque Mid-Ohio Valley region, Mountwood ATV park has an adventure for everyone offering nearly 20 miles of exciting trails. In addition to off-roading adventures, the park has over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails so there's fun for everyone in the family. With campsites and primitive cabins, you can extend your afternoon trip into an overnight stay.
Chaos Off-Road Park
Chaos Off-Road Park has everything you need to know in it's name. The park, located in Capon Bridge, covers 400 acres of lush West Virginian wilderness. From mild to wild trails, the park welcomes 4x4s, side by sides and most UTVs.
The Greenbrier Off-Road Adventures
Sure, The Greenbrier is known as a luxurious retreat but adventure is around every corner in White Sulphur Springs. The private 11,000 acre resort is a mountainous playground for off-road enthusiasts. Rent Jeep Wranglers or Polaris RZRs and hit the great outdoors where the rugged terrain crosses creeks and steep hills. After the fact, indulge in the finest of Appalachian cuisine one of the resorts many restaurants.
Snowshoe Off-Road Adventure Tours
Snowshoe is an iconic winter destination for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobile tours but come summer and fall, the place transforms into an off-roading paradise. Explore Cheat Mountain on a four-seated Polaris RZR and enjoy the stunning mountain views made even prettier in summer blooms.
When To Go
One of 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 sunny winter days. Pick your favorite season because our world-class Hatfield-McCoy Trails are open 365 days a year!
How To Get Started
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 System 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 or lodging provider 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, if you're riding the Hatifled-McCoy Trail System
- 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
Each person visiting the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, including passengers, is required to purchase an individual User Permit. This Permit allows you to ride, in accordance with their rules, on hundreds of miles of private land that make up our trails. User Permits must be displayed on the users helmet at all times while on the trails.
Lodging on the Trails
Rest up after a day on the trails at West Virginia State Parks. With close proximity to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, West Virginia’s state parks and forests cozy cabins, comfy lodge rooms and scenic campsites make perfect accommodations.
Located in the town of Lyburn, WV surrounded by majestic mountains and overlooking the Guyandotte River.
This is the perfect place to ride, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. Lyburn is located approximately 5 minutes from the town of Man.
This location provides 25 cabins on location to rest and gear up for another great day on the trails.
Small cabins with the cozy feel is exactly what you need after a long day of riding. Buffalo Mountain Lodging does exactly that!
Only located .5 mile from the main trail you can be up and riding after a great night of sleeping in no time at all. It's always important to make sure reservation are available before heading into the trial.
WV State Parks
Chief Logan State Park is less than an hour away from six of the 10 trailheads in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and is home to 75 lodge rooms and three vacation cabins.
Twin Falls Resort State Park is just 15-miles from the Pinnacle Creek trailhead and has an array of lodge rooms and cozy cabins with mountain views to choose from.
At Cabwaylingo State Forest, set out on the Cabwaylingo Trail, part of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and features 80 miles of trail. Cabwaylingo has 14 cabins and 19 campsites to reserve for your next ATV getaway.
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