Get Ready to Get Dirty!

Gear up for an adventure you won't soon forget! McDowell County offers an extensive route of exciting ATV trails on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Certain Rules and Regulations apply to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

General Rules

  • User Permits required.
  • Everyone must wear a DOT or SNELL approved helmet and eye protection.
  • All operators and passengers on an ATV, UTV, or motorcycle must follow manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • All operators and passengers on an ATV, UTV, or motorcycle must meet manufacturers’ minimum age requirements. No booster or car seats are allowed.
  • Obey all signs, gates, and barriers.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Adult supervision is required for those under age 16.
  • Do not leave any trash or litter behind.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
  • Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions.
  • No camping.
  • Firearms are allowed. If the firearm is a handgun for personal protection, then you can carry it concealed or unconcealed, loaded or unloaded,  whether you have a concealed carry permit or not. If it is a long gun that you are using for hunting purposes and are traveling on the Trail System to get to a hunting location, it must be unloaded and cased while on the Trail System. No hunting is allowed from or on the Trail System itself.
  • No fires.
  • Stay alert at all times, be aware of oncoming traffic.
  • Trails only open during daylight hours.

ORV-Specific Rules

  • ORVs are ONLY permitted on the Bearwallow trail system.
  • Driver and passengers are required to wear helmets.
  • Driver and passengers must have valid trail permits.
  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate an ORV.
  • All passengers must be over 8 years of age, or 4’9” tall. No booster or car seats are allowed.
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times. the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • ORVs are required to have a roll cage on all most difficult (black and black/red) trails.

UTV-Specific Rules

The driver and passengers of a UTV must:

  • Wear seat belts at all times; the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • Keep their hands, arms, feet, head and legs inside the vehicle at all times during operation.
  • Possess a valid owner’s manual for the machine being operated that is able to be produced upon request.
  • Stay on designated trails. UTVs are permitted on easiest, more difficult, and select most difficult trails (signed accordingly).
  • UTVs must be equipped with a steering wheel and roll-over protection system from the manufacturer. Low pressure tires required.

Learn more about the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System at www.trailsheaven.com

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Best Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Popular Location:Indian Ridge, Pocahontas, Pinnacle Creek

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