ATV Rentals

So you want to visit Hatfield McCoy Trails but you don’t have an ATV?  Or maybe you have an ATV but don’t want the hassle of hauling it.

Not a problem.  Several businesses offer ATV & UTV rentals at Hatfield McCoy Trails.  Options are varied and they may be limited, so reservations are strongly recommended.



For ATV rentals at the southern trail trio, Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort has a fleet of brand new Polaris Sportsman 570 ATV’s with rates starting at $225 per day.   Onsite cabin rentals are available, as well as a souvenir shop, ATV parts store and garage, and lots of amenities.  Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort aserves the Indian Ridge, Pocahontas & Pinnacle Creek Trail systems.  Trailering is not necessary, because you can pick up your rental and ride it straight to the trails.  Additionally, Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort includes a free trail permit for each ATV rental customer lodging onsite.


For UTV rentals, WV ATV Rentals offers 2 and 4 seat Polaris RZR rentals starting at $400 for a one day rental. Onsite lodging is also available with lots of amenities, and you can ride your rental straight to the trails from this location.   WV ATV Rentals serves the Pocahontas, Indian Ridge and Pinnacle Creek Trail systems.

For UTV rentals in the Rockhouse Trail area, Mountaintop Adventures is your go-to.  They offer 2 and 4 seat Kawasaki Teryx UTV’s starting at $400 per day.  Mountaintop Adventures is located onsite at Twin Hollow Campground in Gilbert, WV, and serves the Rockhouse Trail system.

Single day trail permits are available for ATV rental customers, or you may elect to purchase the yearly trail permit.  Your rental facility can help you determine which permit type is best for you.

The three ATV rental businesses spotlighted in this article are Official Hatfield McCoy Trails Outfitters.  You can rest assured they will provide you with top quality rental vehicles and great customer service.

















Ask Your Lodging Provider


By now, you should be ready to plan your trip to Hatfield McCoy Trails.  Your first step will be to choose a trail.  Once you have chosen a trail system, you are ready to find a lodging provider.

There are many different types of lodging available.  Whether you are looking for a cabin, an RV site, a house rental, a hotel or a primitive campsite, chances are you can find it at Hatfield McCoy Trails.


Because all lodging establishments have their own characteristics, there are a few questions you might want to ask the lodging provider you have chosen.


  1. How do I access Hatfield McCoy Trails from your location?
    Some lodging providers have direct trail access, many are located along an atv approved route to and from a trail entrance, and some require you to trailer to a trailhead.
  2. Do you sell trail permits?
    Most lodging providers do sell trail permits, although a few may not.  Permits can be purchased from staffed Hatfield McCoy Trailheads, many local businesses, most lodging providers, etc. and can also be purchased online.
  3. What is the maximum capacity of my cabin, campsite, rv site?
    Many lodging providers have capacity caps based on local regulations, and these can vary by location.  Be aware how many people are allowed at your site.  It is often impossible to find additional lodging at the last minute.
  4.  How many beds are in my cabin?
    Do not assume a cabin advertised as “Sleeps 4” has four beds.  Sometimes, a cabin advertised as such will have one set of bunks and one queen bed.  That may be a fine set of circumstances for a family but not so ideal for a group of  4 guys.
  5. Do you have WiFi?
    Again, don’t assume.  Some very nice facilities do not yet have access to WiFi.  Unheard of to most people, but a very real consequence for parts of West Virginia.
  6. Will my cell phone work in your area?
    Same principle as #5.
  7. Are there restaurants close by?
    We’ve all seen pics of atv’s parked in the McDonald’s parking lot, at Walmart, etc..  Each trail system has a community connector, which allows access to food, gas, lodging, etc. from the trail system.  However, the offerings of these towns vary greatly.  Some have several restaurants and businesses, and some have much more limited businesses.
  8. Are linens provided?
    Some lodging establishments do provide linens, some do not.  Know before you go.
  9. How is my cabin/campsite equipped?
    Charcoal or gas grill?  Cooking facilities? Private bath? Picnic table? TV? Fire ring?  If certain items are important to you, be sure to inquire about them BEFORE you make your reservation.  HMT lodging providers offer a variety of lodging types with varying features.  Chances are, you can find what you are looking for.
  10. What time is check-in/check-out ?
    Most lodging providers have posted check-in and check-out times to allow for cabin prep between guests.  Be aware of these times, and if you have any concerns or requests, please communicate them prior to your arrival to eliminate any misunderstandings. A list of lodging providers can be found on the Hatfield McCoy website.  You can search lodging providers by type or by trail system .  There are also other local lodging providers that may be found by searching the town closest to the trail you have chosen.If you have any questions, please contact us through the contact link at the bottom of this page.

Trail Rules & Trail Permits

permit_2017Trail Permits

Trail permits are required to ride Hatfield McCoy Trails.  Each person accessing Hatfield McCoy Trails is required to purchase a permit, passengers included.

Permits are issued by year and will expire on December 31 of the year in which it was purchased.

Permits rates are:

  • $50.00 for non-residents
  • $26.50 for West Virginia residents*

*West Virginia Residency is determined by state-issued identification for all individuals 16 years of age or older. ID must be presented at the time of purchase.

Additionally, military members are eligible for WV resident rate permits.

A trail permit is a sticker that is to be attached to your helmet.  Don’t worry about damaging your helmet.  When your permit expires and you would like to remove it, we suggest you sit your helmet in the sun on a warm day and it will peel off pretty easily.

Trail permits for the upcoming year are usually made available around mid to late November.  If you are planning a trip to HMT late in November, you will most likely be issued the upcoming year’s permit which will be valid until the end of the upcoming year.

Trail Rules

It is necessary to have trail rules in order to maintain a safe environment for the enjoyment of everyone.  We have included the official Hatfield McCoy Trail rules below.


General Rules

  • User Permits required.
  • Everyone must wear a DOT or SNELL approved helmet and eye protection.
  • All operators and passengers on an ATV, UTV, or motorcycle must follow manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • All operators and passengers on an ATV, UTV, or motorcycle must meet manufacturers’ minimum age requirements. No booster or car seats are allowed.
  • Obey all signs, gates, and barriers.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Adult supervision is required for those under age 16.
  • Do not leave any trash or litter behind.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
  • Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions.
  • No camping.
  • Firearms are allowed. If the firearm is a handgun for personal protection, then you can carry it concealed or unconcealed, loaded or unloaded,  whether you have a concealed carry permit or not. If it is a long gun that you are using for hunting purposes and are traveling on the Trail System to get to a hunting location, it must be unloaded and cased while on the Trail System. No hunting is allowed from or on the Trail System itself.
  • No fires.
  • Stay alert at all times, be aware of oncoming traffic.
  • Trails only open during daylight hours.

ORV-Specific Rules

  • ORVs are ONLY permitted on the Bearwallow trail system.
  • Driver and passengers are required to wear helmets.
  • Driver and passengers must have valid trail permits.
  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate an ORV.
  • All passengers must be over 8 years of age, or 4’9” tall. No booster or car seats are allowed.
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times. the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • ORVs are required to have a roll cage on all most difficult (black and black/red) trails.


UTV-Specific Rules

The driver and passengers of a UTV must:

  • Wear seat belts at all times; the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • Keep their hands, arms, feet, head and legs inside the vehicle at all times during operation.
  • Possess a valid owner’s manual for the machine being operated that is able to be produced upon request.
  • Stay on designated trails. UTVs are permitted on easiest, more difficult, and select most difficult trails (signed accordingly).
  • UTVs must be equipped with a steering wheel and roll-over protection system from the manufacturer. Low pressure tires required.


If you have any questions or need clarification about any of these rules, you can contact the Hatfield McCoy Trails offices at 1-800-592-2217 or contact us using the Contact link at the bottom of this page.


Which is the best trail system?


The answer to that question is easy.

Answer:  The one you’re riding.

But seriously, if you ask 5 people that question, you will get 5 different answers.  Each trail system has it’s own characteristics.

In the span of just 1 day, yesterday, I heard Pinnacle Creek referred to as the most difficult of the southern three, and as the easiest of the southern three.  What, what?

I’ve heard people say one system is their favorite, only to hear someone else say it was their least favorite.

Sounds crazy, huh?


There are a lot of reasons, and we’ll touch on a few.

Around here, you can ride a trail in one direction that seems pretty easy, and then ride it in the opposite direction and have a totally different experience.  There are certain trails that are pretty tough going up, and pretty tame going down, and vice versa.  We even advise a certain direction only for a few specific trails.  An alternate route or different combination of trails ridden can result in a totally different experience within the same trail system.

Additionally, everyone has their own riding style.  Some riders like to ride fast and put on the miles.  Others like a more leisurely pace. Some people like technical trails that take skill to navigate, and some want wide, smooth trails that anyone can navigate. Some riders come for mud, some like to stay as dry as possible. I’m in the dry-as-possible camp.

Skill level plays a factor.  What makes one person’s glutes pucker will not phase the next rider.  We’ve seen grown men that couldn’t navigate a 4×4 quad on a trail an 8 year old girl just blew through on a dirt bike.

What you are riding matters.  A rough trail might not seem rough at all to the guy riding a brand new sxs, but will beat a man’s bones on a straight axle quad.  The guy on a dirt bike might love a trail system with a lot of single track, whereas the guy in a sxs would have a completely different experience because he’s riding totally different trails on the same system.

Trail conditions can vary from one visit to the next.  A trail with a moderate incline can be easy peasy today but slick as snot after a rain.  Rain storms can wash out big ruts in a trail that was unremarkable yesterday.  Your trip may not see the same trail conditions as the next guy.

In short, several factors play into a person’s perception of a trail or system.  Fortunately, the trails are well mapped, color coded by level of difficulty, and they are maintained regularly.  The system is designed so that you never have to take a difficult trail if you aren’t so inclined, but if you want the technical stuff, we can put you on it.


Trails are color coded on map by level of difficulty.

There’s a sweet spot at HMT for everyone, regardless of skill level, riding style, and experience.

Hope to see you soon!

Helmets, Goggles & Gloves…oh my

evsThe #2 question we get is, “Do we have to wear helmets?” (# 1 question to be addressed in another post.)

Followed by, “Even in a sxs?”

The answer is, “Yes.”

Hatfield McCoy Trails does require all users to wear a helmet.  It’s in da’ rules.  If you do not wear one, you could get a citation.  The trails are patrolled by a DNR officer who can and will issue a citation for not wearing one.  The fine is in the $200 range.

You really should wear a helmet.  Not because you could get a citation for not wearing one, but because it could save your life. It’s a long way to the bottom of some of these hills and chances are you’ll hit a thousand rocks on the way down.  Even the best rider isn’t infallible.  We like this style, because it will protect not just your head, but that pretty face as well.

It is at this point that someone out there is thinking, “Well, I knew a guy who was killed on an ATV and he was wearing a helmet.”

Look guys, we are not Hatfield McCoy.  We aren’t the DNR.  We’re just telling you the facts.  Nothing kills a good time like a ticket you’ll have to pay later.  Trust me.



We recommend them, or at least some type of eye protection.  It can get dusty out here, rocks get thrown around, bugs, tree limbs.  It’s just a good idea.  If safety glasses are more your speed, that’s fine too.  Sunglasses.  A blindfold.  Grow your bangs. Something.  Believe me when I say, you’ll thank me later.
Gloves.  Recommend.  And if it’s on the cool side, bring your winter gloves.  Frozen fingers don’t throttle well.

bandana-tube-johnny-hallydayOther recommendations.  A dust mask of some kind.  Especially in the summer and fall.

Bandana tubes are cheap, they work well, they dry fast so you can wash them out each day, and they do the job fairly comfortably.

Alpha Defense Gear has some really awesome styles, and they have great promos often (think 80% off).  You can also pick these up in multi-packs from ebay or Amazon.

A rain suit isn’t a bad idea either.  It can be a pretty wet environment up here in these mountains, especially in the spring.  We tell spring guests, “If you’re here for 3 days, it’s probably going to rain at least one.”  And even if it doesn’t, chances are there will be wet areas on the trails, and the protection will be nice, especially for ATV and dirt bike riders.  Added bonus:  if you poop your pants on a black trail, you’re buddies won’t be able to tell.

You don’t have to spend a lot on gear, but these key things will insure a more pleasurable trip.

Happy trails!

Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat


Part 1:

Eat, sleep, ride, repeat.

Emphasis on ride.

That’s how we like to do it, so it’s important to know where to eat, where to sleep, and where to ride.

If you are planning your first trip to Hatfield McCoy Trails, you will want to start by choosing a trail (or trails) to ride.  All of the trail systems are not connected, and there is no one location from which you can access it all.

The southern trails are Pocahontas, Indian Ridge and Pinnacle Creek.  These three systems are connected and can be accessed any location within these three trails.  For a multi-day trip, we recommend lodging at Indian Ridge, because it is the trail system in the center of the trifecta.

bramwell1From Indian Ridge, you can hit the Pocahontas connector trail and be riding the Pocahontas trail within minutes.  The connector is part county road (gravel) and it’s a quick connect, leaving a lot of time to explore before heading in to Bramwell, WV for lunch and gas.  The Pocahontas system is a little smaller than Indian Ridge and Pinnacle, but that allows extra time to tootle around the town of Bramwell after lunch.  Bramwell is a quaint little town with great residents, interesting architecture, good eats, and a museum.  It’s a good break after a morning of hard riding.  Be sure to follow the ATV route when entering Bramwell.  ATV’s are not allowed on Main Street.

or…hit the Pinnacle Creek connector and head over to the Pinnacle system.  The connector to Pinnacle Creek is a long one, a little better than 12 miles to be exact.  Because the connector trail is long, we generally allow all day if we plan to ride that system.  That allows us to do a good bit of exploring along the way, grab lunch and gas in Pineville or Mullins, and explore some more on the way back. We usually try to head out by 9:00a.m. and return around 6:00p.m.  This way, we don’t feel rushed or bone weary when we get back to camp.

Indian Ridge is one of our favorite systems.  It has a good mix of “open her up and blow out the cobwebs” trails, as well as some technical trails that take a bit of finessing.  Gas is available in Keystone, just outside Northfork, or at the Ashland campground near the trailhead.

Lodging options are plentiful at Pocahontas and Indian Ridge.  Cabins, rv sites, tent sites, apartment style rentals, house rentals….it’s all available.  Pinnacle Creek is a little more limited in lodging choices, but if you plan early, you should be able to snag a spot.

Many riders have found a home away from home with one of the lodging establishments at Hatfield McCoy Trails and return time and again to the same place.  After a while, it’s like coming home.

Good friends, good rides, and good times.  That’s what it’s all about.

For a list of available lodging providers shown by trail system, visit

To reserve a cabin at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort, visit


The Southern Trio

mudholeThe southern trio at Hatfield McCoy Trails refers to the Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas Trail systems.  These three systems are separate systems, but they are linked together to create a vast riding area.  Pocahontas is the southern most system, Indian Ridge (where we are) is in the center, and Pinnacle Creek is to the north.

The systems are linked via a “connector” trail.  While it is possible to ride from the extreme southern end to the extreme northern end, many riders prefer to secure lodging in the center, on the Indian Ridge trail, to allow the best access to all three systems.  Otherwise, you may find yourself riding the same trails over and over to get to a new area.

Pocahontas connects to the community of Bramwell, WV.  Indian Ridge connects to the community of Northfork/Keystone.  Pinnacle Creek connects to the communities of Pineville and Mullins.  Each community offers gas, food and lodging. Cabin rentals, rv sites, house rentals, and primitive camping are available.

Indian Ridge also has the distinction of being located in McDowell County, WV, an atv friendly county, in which it is legal to ride your atv on nearly all roadways.

To book a stay at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort, visit

For a list of other lodging available at Indian Ridge, please visit


These maps are aligned to show how the southern trails of Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, and Pocahontas Trail are connected.   Map provided by Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort.




Hatfield McCoy Trails

adv5If you love atv’ing, put Hatfield McCoy Trails on your bucket list.  Located in southern West Virginia, Hatfield McCoy Trails is the east coast’s premier riding destination.  Made up of 7 separate trail systems, Hatfield McCoy Trails offers hundreds of miles of off road trails to explore.

The terrain is mountainous, but HMT offers something for everyone.  The trails are mapped and well marked.  Each trail is color coded on the map by level of difficulty.  Green trails are the easiest of the terrain, blue trails are a little harder, black trails are fairly extreme, and black/red trails are the most extreme.  Yellow trails are single track (one way) for dirt bikers.

But don’t be intimidated.  Every trail system has a larger portion of easy trails (greens & blues) than any other.  Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is more than enough trail for you to enjoy.

HMT’s all link to at least one community or town and will have an atv approved route (community connector) to gas, lodging and food.  Yep, you’ll ride right off the trail into town on your atv.

Permits are required and are $50 per person for out of state riders and $26.50 for WV residents.  Military personnel are eligible for the WV resident rate.  Permits are valid until December 31 of he year in which it was purchased and are valid at all 7 Hatfield McCoy Trail systems.

For more information, check out or visit the official Hatfield McCoy website at

Happy Trails!wmg