The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System
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. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System covers hundreds of miles of off-road trails. All of the trail systems are open throughout the year to ATVs, dirt bikes and utility vehicles. 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.
McDowell County allows you to connect to three popular Hatfield-McCoy trails including Indian Ridge, Pocahontas and Pinnacle Creek. No matter which trail system you choose, Hatfield-McCoy Trail System visitors can expect to find a variety of paths ranging in activity level difficulty. 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 online at www.trailsheaven.com
The overall goal of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System 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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Destination Type TypeRecreation
Activity Level Ultimate
Group Size Large Group
The Indian Ridge Trail System
Most noted for one third of the largest continuous areas of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System network along with the Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas systems and connectors.
Percentage Breakdown by Activity Level:
Easiest (Green): 18%
More Difficult (Blue): 46%
Most Difficult (Black): 25%
Most Difficult (Red/Black): 2%
Single Track (Orange): 9%
Located in the town of Ashland, WV, near Northfork, WV. (lat 37.41330, long -81.35263)
Has a 2+ acre parking lot and onsite restrooms. This trailhead is NOT staffed. Permits and merchandise can be purchased at Ashland Resort which is directly connected to the system and is the nearest business to the trailhead.
Ashland, WV (food, fuel and lodging available)
Northfork, WV (food, fuel and lodging available)
Keystone, WV (food, fuel and lodging available)
The Pinnacle Creek Trail System
Most noted for one third of the largest continuous areas of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System network along with the Pocahontas and Indian Ridge systems and connectors. Pinnacle Creek is also know for its scenery and proximity to Twin Falls State Park (15 miles) as well as skiing and whitewater rafting (within 1 hour).
Percentage Breakdown by Activity Level:
Easiest (Green): 33%
More Difficult (Blue): 41%
Most Difficult (Black): 8%
Most Difficult (Red/Black): 10%
Single Track (Orange): 8%
Located at 2733 Pinnacle Road, Pineville, WV 24874 (lat 37.55580, long -81.50793)
Has a 2+ acre parking lot, staffed trailhead, onsite restrooms, permits and merchandise
Pineville, WV (food, fuel and lodging available)
The Pocahontas Trail System
Most noted for one third of the largest continuous areas of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System network along with the Pinnacle Creek and Indian Ridge systems and connectors. Pocahontas is also know for historic former millionaire town of Bramwell where it’s trailhead is located. The Pocahontas trail system is the nearest Hatfield-McCoy Trail System trail to the I-77 Turnpike and gateway to the southeast.
Percentage Breakdown by Activity Level:
Easiest (Green): 22%
More Difficult (Blue): 47%
Most Difficult (Black): 22%
Most Difficult (Red/Black): 3%
Single Track (Orange): 6%
The trailhead is located at 174 Simmons Ave. Bramwell, WV 24715 (lat N 37 19 40, long W 81 18 47). The trailhead site currently has a 2+ acre parking lot and onsite portable restrooms. Permits can be purchased at the Bramwell City Hall or nearby businesses.
Bramwell, WV (food, fuel, lodging available)
Montcalm, WV (food, fuel, lodging available)
Phone: 1 (800) 592-2217
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is made up of over 600+ miles of trails and located in the rich mountains of southern West Virginia. As one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world, Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is open 365 days a year and offers something for every skill level.
Trail User Permit
Required for Residents and Non-Residents
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 the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System rules, on hundreds of miles of private land that make up seven trails: Bearwallow, Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, Pocahontas and Rockhouse. User Permits must be displayed on the users helmet at all times while on the trails.
Purchasing a Trail User Permit
Get Your Trail User Permit Today
WV Residents: $26.50 (w/tax)
Non-Resident: $50.00 (w/tax)
West Virginia Residency is determined by state-issued identification for all individuals 16 years of age or older. ID must be presented at the time of purchase. If ordered online, a $4.00 shipping and handling fee will be applied. All permits will be mailed certified for tracking purposes.
Call today to find out about the Military Discount 1 (800) 592-2217
Misplaced, lost, stolen or unused permits are NOT refundable.
We do not require you to have a title or insurance on your machine to ride the Hatfield McCoy Trails.
All permits are valid from the date of purchase until December 31st of that year.
Ways to Purchase a Trail Permit:
1) TrailsHeaven.com: You will receive a Hatfield-McCoy Trail Permit in 3 to 5 business days.
2) At our Welcome Center, just off U.S. State Route 119 and 19 miles south of Charleston, WV.
3) At the Country Roads Byways Visitor’s Center near Logan, WV on Route 73.
4) At one of the following staffed Trailheads, between 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.
- Bearwallow Trail– near Logan, WV
- Buffalo Mountain Trail– between Williamson and Delbarton, WV
- Devil Anse Trail– in Matewan, WV
- Pinnacle Creek Trail– outside of Pineville, WV
- Rockhouse Trail– in Man, WV
5) At one of over 60 authorized retail locations in the area.
Local ATV/UTV Rentals
Need a Rental? Looking for a Guided Tour?
Eagle ATV Tours was started by two friends that wanted to share their love of riding with others. Since then we have been from Maine to Mexico, California to Carolinas and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Come visit us in the world famous Hatfield McCoy Trails. We are based out of Crumpler Mountain Resort. Give us a call at (304) 460-TOUR we would love to hear from you.
We offer ATV/UTV Rentals, Tour Guide Services, Safety Training, Rescue and Recovery Training. Our close partnership with Crumpler Mountain Resort allows us to offer lodging and other mechanical services.
Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort is a Hatfield-McCoy Authorized Outfitter. We are partnered with Big Jake’s ATV Rentals of Mt. Airy, NC to offer UTV rentals for Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Our rentals are Polaris Rangers, as shown below.
Rentals are available for pick-up at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort. UTV rental customers may choose to stay at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort or you may transport the atv to the lodging provider of your choice. We do not deliver rental units.
Our UTVs can only be ridden on Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Rental costs do not include trail permits. Trail permits are available at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort.
Popular lodging locations designed with the ATV enthusiast in mind include:
Nestled amidst 1,600 acres of private hardwood forest, Ashland Resort is the largest campground in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and the only Guest Rated™ “A” camping facility in West Virginia. Ashland Resort offers the perfect friends and family lodging location for ATV & Dirt Bike enthusiasts with a selection of Lodges, Cottages and Cabins, RV and tent sites plus a Camp Store.
Learn more about the Ashland Resort at www.atvresort.com
Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort
Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort offers cabin rentals and ATV/UTV rentals. We are conveniently located with access to Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas Trails. Our standard cabins accommodate up to four guests and feature bathrooms with showers, TV with cable, kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, picnic table, firepit, charcoal grill, heat and air conditioning and more. Our Lodge accommodates up to eight with kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, TV with cable, bathroom with shower, heat and air conditioning, plus much more.
Learn more about Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort at www.wildwillysatvrezort.com
YES! The following is a list of General Rules for the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System:
- 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.
YES! The following is a list of ORV-Specific Rules for the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System:
- 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.
YES! The following is a list of UTV-Specific Rules for the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System:
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.