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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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