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Hatfield-McCoy Trails Suspends Trail Development at East Lynn Area of Wayne County

September 7, 2021

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The Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Authority) is a public corporation and instrumentality of government set up to manage off-road trails in southern West Virginia, better known as the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is an economic development project utilizing tourism to promote entrepreneurship and job creation.

The goals of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System are to diversify the economy of southern West Virginia, provide a positive economic impact within the fourteen-county project area and to offer a safe recreational experience for each visitor of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

The proposed East Lynn area trail would have encompassed roughly 9,000 acres of the East Lynn Wildlife Management area. As part of its community and environmental assessment and impacts process, the Authority solicited public input on the proposed East Lynn project.  Based on the responses and participation of community members in the public input process, the Authority Board of Directors has decided to suspend the project.  The importance of community input into this type of decision is reflective to its success and the Authority Board of Directors appreciates the feedback from members of the community.

“Our goal is to enter an area that is looking to diversify their communities through tourism opportunities,” said Chris Zeto, Marketing Consultant of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. “We respect the views of all involved parties and at this time, we feel that we need to redirect our attention to other areas.”

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail system will continue to seek out new projects and expansions within their fourteen-county project area.

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Upcoming Local Events

July 21, 2021

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**All events listed below are hosted by other organizations/groups.

Dirt Days 2021: July 22-25, 2021- Williamson, WV. Click here for event details!

Summer Shindig/Craig Morgan Concert: July 24, 2021- Appalachian Outpost. Click here for event details!

Dignity Hospice Charity Ride: August 14, 2021- Rockhouse Trailhead. Click here for event details!

ChildLaw Services Charity Ride: August 14, 2021- Pocahontas Trailhead. Click here for event details!

National TrailFest 2021: October 7-11,2021- Gilbert, WV. Click here for event details!

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Trailheads Transition to Card Only Transactions July 1, 2021

June 25, 2021

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Beginning July 1, 2021, all Hatfield-McCoy Trails (HMT) trailhead facilities, HMT Welcome Center and Country Roads Visitor Center will transition to credit/debit card only transactions. Cash will no longer be accepted or available onsite at any of these locations. We truly appreciate your patience during this transition and apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you,

HMT Staff

For a list of other authorized permit retailers and locations, see link below!

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WV State Residents Get a Free Ride this West Virginia Day!

June 4, 2021

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Hatfield-McCoy Trails to Offer Free Passes to WV Residents during the WV Day Weekend!

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

WV State Residents can ride for free during the West Virginia Day holiday weekend, June 18 through June 21, 2021. West Virginia Day Trail Passes will be available to state residents who present a valid West Virginia driver’s license or WV state-issued I.D. at HMT trailheads and facilities.

“We want all Mountaineers to discover the best ATV trails in the U.S.A.,” said Hatfield-McCoy Trails Executive Director, Jeffrey Lusk.  “So, saddle up, ride free and celebrate West Virginia Day with us.”

Lusk cautions all riders that Hatfield-McCoy Trails regulations apply to all riders and noted that West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police Officers will be out on the trails checking for rider permits.

West Virginia Day permits are not available online or at local retailers and are only valid from June 18 through June 21, 2021. Residents can visit for complete listing of all Hatfield-McCoy Trails permit pickup locations and trail regulations.

All Hatfield-McCoy Trails Rules & Regulations apply.

“WV Day” permits are only available at Hatfield-McCoy Trails trailheads & facilities:

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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2021 Earth Day Clean Up!

April 28, 2021

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2.3 Tons Of Trash Collected From Hatfield-McCoy Ivy Branch Trail

Diversified Gas & Oil, PLC properties in West Virginia cover a significant portion of the state – including areas that make up parts of the Hatfield-McCoy, Ivy Branch Trail system. So it was a natural fit for DGOC, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System and police officers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to partner for an Earth Day Trail Cleanup on April 22.

Hatfield-McCoy and local Diversified Gas & Oil personnel were quick to volunteer and worked together to remove 2.3 tons of debris from the Ivy Branch Trail – including over 50 tires that will now be recycled.

DGOC Production Manager Bob Simmons was proud to be part of the effort. “My wife and I spend most of our free time hiking and bicycling in our beautiful state. We appreciate the opportunity to help restore this little piece of heaven.”

“When DGOC extended their invitation to join with them to celebrate Earth Day, we jumped at the chance,” said John Fekete, HMT Deputy Executive Director, “We must continue to keep our trails and roadways clean and free of trash and litter.  We look forward to more collaborations with DGOC in the future!”

Working together organizations like Diversified Gas & Oil, PLC and Hatfield-McCoy Trails can make a difference and contribute to a better quality of life for us all. To find out more about how you or your organization can help our planet visit:

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West Virginia Strong: The Comeback- February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

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**Updated February 19, 2021**

To see the latest Executive Order, from Governor Jim Justice, concerning the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, please see link below:

Thank you,

-HMT Staff

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Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch Trails to open March 1, 2021!

February 12, 2021

Beginning March 1, 2021, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System will welcome riders to it’s newest attractions – the Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch Trail Systems.

The Cabwaylingo Trail is the first in Hatfield-McCoy Trail System to be located within a state forest. Created as an initiative of the West Virginia Legislature, the new trail represents a unique partnership between West Virginia’s State Parks and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

Cabwaylingo State Forest sits on nearly 8,300 acres of land in southern West Virginia. Its colorful name was chosen as a combination of the four closest West Virginia counties surrounding the forest – Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, and Mingo.

ATV, UTV, 4×4 and dirt bike riders will find nearly 100 miles of new trails to explore, plenty of parking for trucks and trailers, and a trailhead facility with trail permits and Hatfield-McCoy Trails merchandise for sale.

Off the trails, lodging in the park’s fourteen newly renovated cabins is available mid-April through late October. And two, multi-site campgrounds also await riders. Outside the park, Rustic Ravines ATV Resort offers novel lodging in “Yurts” and conventional cabins, weekend entertainment and a high-altitude zip line that whisks visitors across a scenic valley.

The newly reopened Ivy Branch Trail System – located just twenty-minutes from West Virginia’s capitol city of Charleston – offers real adventure for riders of full-sized, off-road vehicles like Jeeps and land cruisers along with ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes.

The Little Coal River can be seen at several points along the 50 plus mile Ivy Branch Trail and a new Hatfield-McCoy boat launch for canoes and kayaks is accessible from the trail and County Road 14/1 off Route 3 West.

There’s plenty of parking at the trailhead and permits and merchandise will be available. And coming soon – 6 new cabins available for rent.  Other accommodations include the Ivy Branch ATV Resort, Pappy’s Cabin and Mountain Mama Lodging – just off the trails. Nearby, the town of Madison welcomes visitors and offers a glimpse of its historic past at its fascinating Coal Heritage Museum.

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Two New Trails Opening Soon!!

January 27, 2021

There will be two new Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems opening soon!

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The Cabwaylingo Trail System, located in the Cabwaylingo State Forest, will be open to ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes and 4x4s!

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The Ivy Branch Trail System, located in Boone/Lincoln County, will be open to ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes and 4x4s!

Stay tuned for more information and updates.

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Hatfield McCoy Emergency Loan Program

June 29, 2020

Dear Partners,

Please review the following business assistance opportunity provided by our friends at Natural Capital Investment Fund.

Thank you,

-HMT Staff


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Important Update: May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020

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Hatfield-McCoy Trail permits are available for purchase on our website at

Permits that are purchased online will be mailed out Certified and will take approximately 5-7 business days to be delivered. Permits mailed Certified must be signed for when delivered at home or picked up at your local post office.

Permits are also available for purchase through our Hatfield-McCoy Trails Approved Permit Vendors. See full list of Permit Vendors here!

Please note that all Hatfield-McCoy Trails’ trailhead parking areas are open; however, the trailhead, Welcome Center and Visitor Center facilities remain closed during this time.

For those guests visiting the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, please remember the following guidelines:

When visiting our local businesses and communities, please remember to wear appropriate face coverings, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and follow the CDC recommendations and guidelines. It is important that everyone stays safe and healthy so that the Trails and local businesses can continue to operate and move forward. Ignoring these precautionary measures may result in closing down the Trails for an extended period of time.     

While the trails offer outdoor recreation opportunities for both in-state and out-of-state visitors, it is important to maintain proper physical distancing and safety precautions, even while out in the field. The following guidance has been issued to ensure riders remain as safe as possible.

  • PPE: Riders are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings or face shields while stopped. All riders, by law, must wear a helmet while riding.
  • Self-screening: Riders are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms with the following questions:
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
    • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
    • Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Temperature checks: Riders are encouraged to take their temperature prior to arriving at the trails. If their temperature measures over 100 degrees, the riders are not permitted to enter the trails.
  • Sick riders: Any rider or visitor who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., answers yes to any of the screening questions or who is running a fever) must leave the trails immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines.
  • Limit groups: Riders are prohibited from congregating on the trails.
  • Physical distancing: Practice proper social distancing, minimum of six feet where practical and safe to do so.
  • Shared vehicles: Riders are discouraged from sharing a UTV, ATV or Off-Road dirt bike with anyone outside their immediate group or party.
  • Shared equipment: Riders are discouraged from sharing safety equipment or appropriate face coverings.

For questions or concerns, please call our Main Office at 800-592-2217, Monday-Friday between 8:00am to 4:00pm. Please note that we are operating with limited staff and appreciate your patience.

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