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Off-Road Trails: West Virginia

The Hatfield-McCoy trail network offers something for everybody

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No state in the nation has adopted the off-road community quite like West Virginia. Looking for a way to spur some economic growth in the area, one of the world’s largest networks of off-road trails was developed – the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

A total of eight different trail systems are part of the Hatfield-McCoy network and many of them are interconnected, meaning once you park your truck and unload your vehicles, you can explore much of the system without having to load back up again. Surrounding communities have built businesses to meet the needs of visiting off-roaders, including restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and mechanics you can reach on your ATV or SXS.

The majority of Hatfield-McCoy trails are hard pack, though some areas offer some rocky areas and you will find mud if the area has seen rain recently. All of the trails we mention are open to both ATVs and SXS.

Destination Yamaha

If you are looking for an off-road adventure in West Virginia but you don’t feel like towing an ATV or UTV all the way there, Destination Yamaha has a pair of locations in the state where you can rent a machine.

These rental partners have everything you need for an amazing off-road experience aboard a Yamaha ATV or UTV on some of the best terrain in the state.

Northfork – Eagle ATV Rentals & Guided Tours
Minden – New River ATV

Distance 100+ Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Man, WV

Rock House

Distance 100+ Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Man, WV

The largest system in the Hatfield-McCoy network is Rock House, with more than 100 miles of trails to explore. Rock House connects the towns of Man and Gilbert, where riders can access food, fuel and lodging. Expect a lot of elevation changes as you climb and descent the mountains on switchbacks. You can make the trip from Gilbert to Man on easy to handle trails, but only 31% of this system is labeled “Easiest.” Challenging, rocky climbs are available for those seeking a challenge.

ATV Trails West Virginia

Distance 60 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Ethel, WV

Pinnacle Creek

Distance 60 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Ethel, WV

If you really want to go exploring, the Pinnacle Creek trail system is a great starting point, as you can explore all this system has to offer, then continue on to both Pocahontas and Indian Ridge – creating the largest continuous areas of the Hatfield-McCoy network. The towns of Mullins and Pineville connect to Pinnacle Creek, offering food, fuel and lodging. This system is known for stunning views, so be sure to stop now and again for photos or just to take in Mother Nature’s finest work before continuing on. The majority of the trails (71%) are easy to moderate in difficulty, so getting around shouldn’t be too challenging.

Distance 65 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead War, WV

Warrior

Distance 65 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead War, WV

Located in the city of War, which is West Virginia’s most southern city, the Warrior trail system also connects to the city of Gary. The vast majority of trails in this system are easy to moderate, so just about anybody can explore without worrying about getting stuck. You’ll find a number of scenic views and direct access to food, fuel and lodging.

Distance 70 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Ethel, WV

Bearwallow

Distance 70 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Ethel, WV

One of the original three Hatfield-McCoy systems, Bearwallow is located near the town of Logan and is the place to go if you are interested in challenging yourself, as more than a third of the trails are labeled “Most Difficult.” Direct access to food, lodging and fuel is readily available.

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