Williamson

Known as the “Gateway to the Hatfield McCoy Trails” Williamson lies nestled in an area made famous after a bitter family feud. A hotel that’s hosted presidents and first ladies, a visitor’s center made of coal and a historic fire station with North America’s longest fire pole are a few of the things you can expect to find in this southern West Virginia town. When you’re in coal country, the possibilities for fun are endless.

Dining

For the area’s best comfort food, look no further than 34:Ate. Made popular by their chicken and waffles, you can also expect to find sandwiches, wraps and salads made from locally sourced produce. Miss Wandas serves up the best in Southern hospitality. Find hotdogs, cheeseburgers, pizzas, salads, milkshakes and more on their menu. If you prefer a sports bar setting, Starter’s Bar and Grill has just what you’re looking for.

Shopping

You can find just about anything at the Hurley Drug Store. Aside from your typical drug store needs, you can also find lunch specials here. Southern Bellez Boutique specializes in handbags, jewelry, home goods and more. For unique gifts, check out Melisa’s Baskets Galore, a store known for personalized gifts. Find wedding gifts, embroidery, baby clothes and more.

Recreation

Williamson is an ATV-friendly town, meaning riders can drive their off-road vehicles through the city streets and right up to the local shops and restaurants. Explore over 350 miles of direct trail access, including the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems’ oldest trail, Buffalo Mountain.

This area is also known for beautiful hikes and overlooks. Don’t let the name scare you – Death Rock is perhaps most famous for the 1,200 foot view of the Tug River Valley. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring an adequate water supply as this trail is marked moderate/hard.

History

History comes in abundance in the town of Williamson. The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce is a sight to see. Built in 1933, it’s made of 65 tons of bituminous coal. History lovers will enjoy visiting famous sites of the Hatfield McCoy family feud – all within a 15 mile radius of town.

The Williamson Fire Department has significant history. This station has North America’s longest solid-brass fire pole which extends over three stories high. You can also find a unique 1923 Ahrens Fox firetruck with an engine that runs and operates properly.

Along with other features in the area, Williamson has also provided national attention on the TV screen. The Tug Valley Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the Travel Channel, are thrilled to reveal that Destination Fear will conclude its 2nd Season with an episode highlighting the Old Hospital on College Hill located in Williamson, West Virginia.

Stay

The Mountaineer Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1925 and most notable include President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and country superstars Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Rest, relax and reminisce in one of the comfortable rooms at the hotel, equipped with flat screen tvs and wireless internet.

The Hatfield McCoy House Inn is a historic Victorian home built in 1896, making it one of the oldest standing buildings in town. Choose from one of five private suites, each named and decorated to reflect a character from the feud, to call your home away from home.

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