WV: Go Offroading on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System

Have you heard about the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys? This bitter family feud began more than 150 years ago, and you can go offroading on the private roads where these families lived through the roads of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System [photo credits: trailsheaven.com]
Spanning more than 700 miles through southern West Virginia, the off-road trail system features trails for everyone, including ATV and motorcycle routes. These twisty, winding roads travel through the backroads that were once home to William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System

National TrailFest

Various festivals and fun runs are also held throughout the year. TrailFest Packages feature drag racing, a mud pit, Poker Run, Dice Run, Mud Run (for cash), a Scavenger Hunt and Casino Night, along with a commemorative TrailFest T-shirt, a parade and street fair, and fireworks. Meal packages are also available. The 2019 TrailFest runs between October 9 and October 14, 2019 in Gilbert, WV.

Bring your dirt bike, motorcycle, ATV, Jeep or any other off-road vehicle a have a blast rolling up and down hills and through streams, all while enjoying the spectacular views West Virginia has to offer.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System

Hatfield-McCoy Trail Permits Required

Each person visiting the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, including passengers, is required to acquire a User Permit. This allows you to ride in accordance to the trail system rules through the private land of the eight trails: the Bearwallow, Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, Pocahontas, Rockhouse and Warrior trails. You must display your permit on your helmet at all times.

Stop by the Hatfield-McCoy Welcome Center at 28 big Pinnacle Branch Rd., Julian WV 25529, just 20 miles south of Charleston on US 119. The center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and offers trail permits and rules, maps, brochures, area information and merchandise.

Get the Hatfield-McCoy Trails Rider App!

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System


What Was the Hatfield and McCoy Feud All About?

West Virginians are well versed in the history of the two families: the Hatfields and the McCoys, a story that has been passed down for generations.

During its heyday, the two families were headed by William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield and Randolph “Old Ranel” McCoy. It is said that the feud began with the 1965 murder of Randolph’s brother Asa Harmon McCoy, and relations between the families continued to sour throughout the next decade, over a dispute about a hog. Randolph accused a Hatfield relative of stealing his hog, a valuable commodity for this poor family. Murders, romances, and an eventual massacre ensued.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System


Other Things to Do in Logan County, WV

Logan County, WV is home to music and arts as well as the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Learn about the history of the local coalfields at a local museum, or catch a live performance at a nearby theatre.

  • Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum
  • Museum in the Park regional cultural center
  • The Aracoma Story, Inc. performance art theatre
  • Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours
  • Country Roads Byway Visitors Center

For more information, contact:
Hatfield-McCoy CVB

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