Hatfield-McCoy Trails

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really distinctive geology
We started out by planning to attend the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council annual conference. Also held during the few days before is the National OHV Program Managers Association (those are State Agency folk), so we went down for that too. And, of course, we had to ride the famous Hatfield McCoy OHV trails.

We stayed in Charleston for the Conferences. We arrived a couple days early so that we could rent ATVs and ride the trails. WV has something like 3000 miles of ATV/dirtbike trails, so we chose the one closest to us. Even though the parking lot was crowded, we hardly saw anyone out on the trails. It was great -- all levels of difficulty...we mostly stayed on easy to moderate trails, although "someone" had to try his hand at a "black" trail, and promptly took a spill.
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Cool thing is that you can ride all day, even take side trails into town to visit restaurants and such, then head back into the woods. We went by all sorts of wildlife, which had no concern about the ATVs until we stopped, took our helmets off (and looked like people again).  The scenery is fantastic -- all steep, rocky mountains and lush valleys.

At the current time there aren't any Jeep trails in the Hatfield McCoy system, although they're working on it. They're goal is to add 1000 miles of trail each year until they reach 5000. There is also talk of networking the West Virginia trails with systems in Kentucky and western Virginia. We definitely will return someday.
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really distinctive geology
really distinctive geology
small challenge
small challenge
a lot harder than it looked
a lot harder than it looked
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