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For those (like me) who have a long history of riding ATV’s, there is an awesome trail system in West Virginia that just may strike your fancy. There are cabins and ATV rentals, restaurants that cater to the participants, and it looks like businesses offer pretty much anything one would need for a weekend riding the trails.

Believe it or not, there is no charge for riding unless your stay involves renting the ATV. Riders may bring their own, or reserve one for rental. We saw a television program over the Labor Day weekend about the trail system and I looked it up to get more information. The information below is taken from their website.

It took some individuals with ambition, intelligence, and a willingness to put their skills to work in order to boost the local economy to put this package together. As more and more businesses close, factories lock up and send work overseas, and those looking for decent paying jobs in exchange for a fair day’s work become harder and harder to find, I’d like to challenge all Southern states to follow their example.

“The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is a statutory corporation created by the West Virginia Legislature to generate economic development through tourism in nine southern West Virginia counties. As of 2013, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System covers more than 600 miles of off-road trails in seven of its nine project counties. All of the trail systems are open 365 days a year to ATVs, dirt bikes, and utility vehicles (UTVs). Hatfield-McCoy Trails is also open to 4×4 ORV’s at the newest, Ivy Branch Trail location. Many of the trail systems also offer community connecting trails that allow visitors to access “ATV-friendly towns” to experience the charm of southern West Virginia.

The eight Hatfield-McCoy trail systems are Rockhouse, Buffalo Mountain, Bearwallow, Indian Ridge, Little Coal, Pocahontas, Pinnacle Creek, and Ivy Branch. No matter which trail system you choose, Hatfield-McCoy Trail visitors can expect to find a variety of trails ranging from easiest to most difficult. These are not your typical “flatlander” trails, however, and can be a challenge for a first-time rider. For this reason, visitors may choose from a list of ATV guided tour and rental providers. You can also find a listing of lodging facilities by visiting our lodging page.

The overall goal of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails project is to develop a world-class trail system with an emphasis on safety in each of its nine project counties throughout southern West Virginia. Project estimates have concluded that once the trails are developed and linked, there may be as much as 2,000 total miles of trails.”

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