The Hatfield-McCoy trail network offers something for everybody
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. The more compact Honda Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve is a natural fit for these tight West Virginia trails, as the self-adjusting electronic suspension is perfect for the varied terrain here.
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, though we prefer a side-by-side vehicle like the Honda Talon, as it’s a lot more fun to get out and enjoy the trails with a friend or family member beside you – life is better on a Honda.
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. The Talon’s I-4WD is ideal here, as it’s Hill Start Assist feature allows you to take your foot off the break to apply the throttle without any roll back down the hill. 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.
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 you and your co-pilot should be sure to stop the Talon now and again for photos or just to take in Mother Nature’s finest work before switching drivers and continuing on. The majority of the trails (71%) are easy to moderate in difficulty, so getting around shouldn’t be too challenging.
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. If you are sharing the experience with a newer driver, this is a great place to let them take the controls of the Honda Talon. You’ll find a number of scenic views and direct access to food, fuel and lodging.
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.” You’ll appreciate the Talon’s tough gear-driven dual clutch transmission as you tackle the most gnarly sections of trail. Direct access to food, lodging and fuel is readily available.