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Carl Varney

WV State Residents Get a Free Ride This West Virginia Day

June 12, 2023

Hatfield-McCoy Trails to Offer a Free Day on the Trails to WV Residents on WV Day!

West Virginia’s state slogan proudly proclaims: “Mountaineers Are Always Free.” This West Virginia Day, those words take on a new meaning for riders on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

WV State Residents can ride for free on West Virginia Day, June 20, 2023. West Virginia Day Trail Passes will be available to state residents who present a valid West Virginia driver’s license or West Virginia state-issued I.D. at HMT trailhead locations, HMT Welcome Center and Country Roads Visitors Center.

“This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the support to the residents of WV,” said Marketing Consultant, Chris Zeto. “We want you to venture outside, explore the mountains, visit an ATV-friendly town and have some fun!”

HMT officials caution all riders thatHatfield-McCoy Trails regulationsapply to all riders and note that West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police Officers will be out on the trails checking for rider permits.

West Virginia Day passes are NOT available at local retailers and are only valid on June 20, 2023.

All Hatfield-McCoy Trails Rules & Regulations apply.

“WV Day” passes are only available on June 20, 2023, at the Hatfield-McCoy Trails trailheads & facilities listed below.

  • Bearwallow Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Buffalo Mountain Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Cabwaylingo Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Country Roads Visitors Center – Open 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Devil Anse Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Hatfield McCoy Welcome Center – Open 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Ivy Branch Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Pinnacle Creek Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Pocahontas Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Rockhouse Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Warrior Trailhead – Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
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Hatfield-McCoy Trails to Partner with onX Offroad

March 30, 2023

HMT OnX Mobile Device PhotoHatfield-Mccoy Trails to Partner with Navigation Application Developer to Provide Mapping Solutions for Riders

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail (HMT) System is partnering with navigation application developer onX Offroad to provide a new way to safely navigate the trails in real-time.

“The maps application currently on your phone may be useful for highway driving and finding an address, but these apps aren’t much help when it comes to off-roading on our trails,” said HMT Executive Director Jeffrey Lusk. “Quite a few of our trails are in areas with little or no cell service, which makes traditional navigation impossible. The onX Offroad Application will change all that.”

The onX Offroad app currently provides over 600,000 miles of mapping data that will soon include the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. The app allows riders to download maps for offline use and use their phone’s GPS while on the trails to pinpoint their location and explore the HMT system.

John Fekete, Deputy Executive Director of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, is impressed with the app’s offline capabilities. “For years, we have provided downloadable trail maps for offline use, but this app provides a simplified, directional navigation view of the trail while driving. That’s a real game changer,” said Fekete.

Trail riders will find all the information they need to safely navigate the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, including trail difficulty ratings, different map views, vehicle allowance, open and closure information, and recreation point details for lodging, river access, trailheads and local businesses. What’s more, riders can use the built-in tracker to add custom waypoints for campsites, obstacles, parking, and anything else they might want to save.

“We are proud to become the official navigation partner, combining the East Coast’s preeminent trail system, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, and onX Offroad’s GPS App technology,” stated onX Offroad General Manager, Rory Edwards. “Providing HMT users with easily accessible and up-to-date trail navigation, so they can make the most of their time out there, enjoying routes and exploring the largest trail system in the world.”

The Hatfield-McCoy Trails constantly change as land use agreements on existing trails are renegotiated, and new tracks are established. HMT personnel are actively involved with onX Offroad’s dedicated geospatial team to review all HMT trail data to ensure accuracy. As the official mapping application for the HMT, riders can be sure the information they are receiving from onX Offroad is current and proven.

“Riders can be misled by user-generated and unverified mapping information,” said HMT’s Marketing Consultant, Chris Zeto. “Right now, folks are selling unsanctioned trail maps and even pre-loaded tablets that can contain unreliable and outdated mapping information. These maps can get you lost or, in some situations, lead you to private and posted lands as an unwelcome visitor. Now riders have an app they can depend on.”

For more information regarding onX Offroad applications, visit

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Gov. Justice and Hatfield-McCoy Trails announce Fall Giveaway for two brand-new UTV’s

October 7, 2022

2022 Hatfield-McCoy Trail UTV Giveaway

Purchase an annual permit to be automatically entered for a chance to win one of two brand-new UTVs

Anyone who purchases a 2022 riding permit for the Hatfield McCoy trails before November 15, 2022,
will be entered to win the prize and the two winners will be randomly selected on December 15, 2022. 

One UTV will be awarded to an in-state resident, while the second UTV will be given to an out-of-state resident.
Anyone who currently holds a Hatfield-McCoy Trail permit for 2022 has been automatically entered to win.

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