LYBURN, WV – The mercury is climbing, the buds are bursting and the trails are ready: it’s almost spring, so get your gear ready and head to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. “While the Trails are a fun ride any time of year, spring is one of the best,” Executive Director Jeffrey Lusk says. “It’s not too hot, and you get to see the re-emergence of the green and beauty of the trails. “Besides, with the spring rains we get, there’s plenty of mud to splash around in!” Lusk said. “For most people, April showers may mean May flowers, but for the off-road enthusiast, it just makes it that much more fun.”The Pinnacle Creek and Little Coal River systems are especially high on the list of places to ride this spring, he said.”Pinnacle Creek is awash in rhododendrons and when they’re blooming, it is one of the most beautiful places in the entire state,” he said.”Much of the Little Coal system borders a wildlife preserve, so it’s not unusual to spot a variety of wildlife – deer, grouse, even a few bears – on a ride,” Lusk said.Also, Lusk noted, Hatfield-McCoy has recently opened all Blue Trails (more difficult) to utility type vehicles, making about 80 percent of the system accessible to the wider, side-by-side machines.Permits are available online or at vendors throughout southern West Virginia.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trails was created by the West Virginia Legislature to generate economic development through tourism in nine southern West Virginia counties. The system comprises more than 500 miles of off-road trails in six systems scattered over southern West Virginia, each of which is open 365 days a year to ATVs, dirt bikes, select utility vehicles (UTVs), mountain bikes, horses, and hikers. Many of the trail systems also offer community connecting trails that allow visitors to access “ATV-friendly towns.”