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    New Trails for Hatfield-McCoy Trails

    I live close to the trails, this article was in a Charleston, WV newspaper today. Sorry it so long.

    November 7, 2008
    Trailblazing: After record year, Hatfield-McCoy Trails officials plan major trail construction for 2009
    When the number of riders using the Hatfield-McCoy Trails begins to slack off after the Thanksgiving holiday, work will begin on the most ambitious trail-development program ever planned for the 400-mile network of ATV and off-road motorcycle paths.
    By Rick Steelhammer
    Staff writer
    LOGAN - When the number of riders using the Hatfield-McCoy Trails begins to slack off after the Thanksgiving holiday, work will begin on the most ambitious trail-development program ever planned for the 400-mile network of ATV and off-road motorcycle paths.

    In addition to the six trail systems now open in five Southern West Virginia counties, trail officials hope to open two new ones next year in Wayne and Lincoln counties.

    The Wayne County system has already been mapped out on property managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at East Lynn Lake. Hatfield-McCoy officials recently reached an agreement with landowners to examine and begin mapping a site near Harts for the Lincoln County system.


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    1 of 3 Photos Lawrence Pierce Charles Howell backs his UTV off the trailer before riding a Logan section of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail.
    Buy This PhotoMore Photos »To move forward with construction of the two new trail loops, "We need the Corps of Engineers to sign on with the Wayne County system, and we need the landowners to sign on with the one in Lincoln County," said John Fekete, the trail system's deputy director.

    Sites for trailhead facilities for each of the two new Hatfield-McCoy systems have yet to be determined, according to Fekete.

    "What we'd like to develop are trail systems of 80 to 100 miles - enough mileage to keep trail riding interesting for people spending a few days at an area," said Fekete.

    In addition to the two systems being eyed for possible opening next year, the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority has authorized the mapping of a potential ninth trail system in Mercer County.

    A series of connector trails also is being planned for development next year that would link:

    The Indian Ridge system in McDowell County with the Pinnacle Creek system in Wyoming County.
    The town of Mullens, now accessible via the Pinnacle Creek system, with a new trailhead facility bordering Twin Falls State Park.
    Logan's Fountain Place Mall, located along U.S. 119 near the new Chief Logan State Park lodge and convention center, with the Bear Wallow trail system.
    The McDowell County town of Keystone with the Indian Ridge system.

    Linking the trail systems with connector trails allows trail riders to explore new trails systems without having to trailer their vehicles or change campsites or lodging accommodations. Providing ATV access to towns near the trail gives riders easy access to gas, food and repairs while giving local businesses a new source of customers.

    Next year's plans also include construction of 10 to 15 miles of new trail at the Pinnacle Creek system, in addition to an extra 5 to l0 miles of single-track trail for motorcyclists, and to begin making all of the Little Coal River system in Boone County accessible to wider-bodied UTVs - utility terrain vehicles in which a rider and driver sit side-by-side.

    "UTVs are becoming the wave of the future," said Fekete.

    Since the Little Coal River system near Waterways waterpark has little room for expansion, Hatfield-McCoy officials are considering developing a second Boone County trail network in the Madison-Danville area.

    Fekete said 2008 is the busiest year on record for the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, with ridership up 20 percent over last year.

    "Despite the high gas prices, people continue to come to Southern West Virginia to ride the trails," he said. "People seem to be taking fewer long vacations in favor of several mini-vacations."

    While new trail systems for motor vehicles have sprung up elsewhere in the East, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails remains the biggest.

    LOGAN - When the number of riders using the Hatfield-McCoy Trails begins to slack off after the Thanksgiving holiday, work will begin on the most ambitious trail-development program ever planned for the 400-mile network of ATV and off-road motorcycle paths.

    In addition to the six trail systems now open in five Southern West Virginia counties, trail officials hope to open two new ones next year in Wayne and Lincoln counties.

    The Wayne County system has already been mapped out on property managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at East Lynn Lake. Hatfield-McCoy officials recently reached an agreement with landowners to examine and begin mapping a site near Harts for the Lincoln County system.

    To move forward with construction of the two new trail loops, "We need the Corps of Engineers to sign on with the Wayne County system, and we need the landowners to sign on with the one in Lincoln County," said John Fekete, the trail system's deputy director.

    Sites for trailhead facilities for each of the two new Hatfield-McCoy systems have yet to be determined, according to Fekete.

    "What we'd like to develop are trail systems of 80 to 100 miles - enough mileage to keep trail riding interesting for people spending a few days at an area," said Fekete.

    In addition to the two systems being eyed for possible opening next year, the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority has authorized the mapping of a potential ninth trail system in Mercer County.

    A series of connector trails also is being planned for development next year that would link:

    The Indian Ridge system in McDowell County with the Pinnacle Creek system in Wyoming County.
    The town of Mullens, now accessible via the Pinnacle Creek system, with a new trailhead facility bordering Twin Falls State Park.
    Logan's Fountain Place Mall, located along U.S. 119 near the new Chief Logan State Park lodge and convention center, with the Bear Wallow trail system.
    The McDowell County town of Keystone with the Indian Ridge system.
    Linking the trail systems with connector trails allows trail riders to explore new trails systems without having to trailer their vehicles or change campsites or lodging accommodations. Providing ATV access to towns near the trail gives riders easy access to gas, food and repairs while giving local businesses a new source of customers.

    Next year's plans also include construction of 10 to 15 miles of new trail at the Pinnacle Creek system, in addition to an extra 5 to l0 miles of single-track trail for motorcyclists, and to begin making all of the Little Coal River system in Boone County accessible to wider-bodied UTVs - utility terrain vehicles in which a rider and driver sit side-by-side.

    "UTVs are becoming the wave of the future," said Fekete.

    Since the Little Coal River system near Waterways waterpark has little room for expansion, Hatfield-McCoy officials are considering developing a second Boone County trail network in the Madison-Danville area.

    Fekete said 2008 is the busiest year on record for the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, with ridership up 20 percent over last year.

    "Despite the high gas prices, people continue to come to Southern West Virginia to ride the trails," he said. "People seem to be taking fewer long vacations in favor of several mini-vacations."

    While new trail systems for motor vehicles have sprung up elsewhere in the East, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails remains the biggest.

    "We'll keep expanding and getting bigger and better," said Fekete. "We want to be considered the Disneyland of ATV parks. Other smaller parks will pop up in Pennsylvania and other places in the East, and that's fine. It gives people places to ride until they can come here."

    "The Hatfield-McCoy Trail has done a good job of adding new trails to their system," said Charles Howell of Ashland, Ky., as he prepared to ride a section of trail from the Bear Wallow Trailhead near Logan on his UTV with his son, Chuck. The Howells, former Pineville area residents, have ridden all sections of the Hatfield-McCoy system except for Pinnacle Creek.

    "But we rode trails along Pinnacle Creek before the Hatfield-McCoy Trail was started," said Chuck Howell.

    "Having a variety of trails to ride keeps things interesting and keeps us coming back," said his father.

    Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 348-5169.

    Make safety No. 1 when on ATVs

    Some "common sense" rules for riding ATVs, as suggested by the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System:


    Never operate an ATV without proper training or instruction.


    Never carry a passenger unless the ATV is meant for more than one rider.


    Never use an ATV on public roads and other paved surfaces.


    Never use alcohol or drugs when operating an ATV.


    Always wear an approved helmet and other protective gear.


    Children under age 16 should not operate an ATV with an engine size greater than 90cc.


    Parents and adults should be role models for children
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    S. Loftis

    Forest Hills, KY

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