Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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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 www.trailsheaven.com

To reserve a cabin at Wild Willy’s ATV Rezort, visit www.wildwillysatvrezort.com

 

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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 www.wildwillysatvrezort.com

For a list of other lodging available at Indian Ridge, please visit http://trailsheaven.com/Plan-Your-TRIP/Choose-a-Trail/Indian-Ridge/Area-Accommodations-and-Attractions.aspx

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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.