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Hatfield McCoy Trails

Saturday, December 23, 2023

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Hatfield McCoy Trails, West Virginia

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One of the premier destinations in the country for off-road enthusiasts, Hatfield McCoy is actually a combination of ten individual trail systems that range from smooth and hard packed ATV trails with shallow stream crossings to chunky, steep and rugged single track for dirt bikes. At a minimum, plan to stay at least a week to explore them all.

Pinnacle Creek has the largest percentage of easy trails while the most challenging terrain can be found at Rockhouse. All trails are marked, rated for difficulty and open daily year-round from sunrise to sunset.

A permit is required to ride these trails which can be purchased online, at most staging areas, or in person at the Hatfield McCoy Trails Welcome Center.

All of the trail systems provide off-road trail access to gas, food and lodging. (See these individual trail entries for additional information: Rockhouse, Pinnacle Creek, Bearwallow, Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, Warrior Trails, Indian Ridge, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Ivy Branch and the Pocahontas Trail System).

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Permit RequiredYesHatfield McCoy Trails Permit
Dates OpenDaily Year-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoAll riders, drivers and passengers must have a valid Hatfield McCoy Trails Permit affixed to the helmet.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on Bearwallow, Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch Trails
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on Bearwallow, Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch Trails
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibitedcamping not permitted on trail system or at staging areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNoriding hours are from sunrise to sunset
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule EnforcementYesDedicated Rangers/Officers
Armed OfficersJeep/SUV Patrol
Trails patrolled by WV DNR Police Officers.


Approx Size999,680 acres (1,562 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail600
Climate TypeForest
Elevation800 to 2800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis county land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Whitten's Feed & Seed/Exxon (304) 524-2483
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Whitten's Feed & Seed/Exxon (304) 524-2483
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Little Coal River Campground (304) 369-1951
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)Little Coal River Campground (304) 369-1951
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Little Coal River Campground (304) 369-1951
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Little Coal River Campground (304) 369-1951
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Julian Mini-Mart (304) 369-6480


RidingYes ($26.50 per rider)
Non-Residents - $50/rider. If purchased online add $4.50/shipping and handling.
CommentPermits are valid through December 31 of the year purchased. All riders, drivers and passengers must have a valid Hatfield McCoy Trails Permit affixed to the helmet.


Our RatingRatingExcellent
Recommended StayMulti Week
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityJulian, WV
Address28 Big Pinnacle Branch Road, Julian, WV 25529
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Charleston, WV
Note:***These are the driving directions to the Hatfield McCoy Trails Welcome Center. See the individual trail entries in the description above for exact driving directions.

1) Take US-119 South about 19 miles
2) Turn left (east) on Big Pinnacle Creek Road
3) Visitors Center is located on the right.


Contact InfoHatfield Mccoy Trails Welcome Center
P.O. Box 146
Man, WV 25635
(800) 592-2217
CommentMailing Address
Contact InfoHatfield Mccoy Trails Welcome Center
179 Rita Mall Road
Man, WV 25635
CommentPhysical Address
Contact InfoCountry Roads Byway Visitors Center
40 Welcome Center Drive
Logan, WV 25601
(304) 752-4645


Hatfield McCoy Trail Photo

Hatfield McCoy Trails

All eight of the Hatfield McCoy Trail Systems provide direct access to gas stations, restaurants, RV campgrounds and motels. This area is very ATV and off-road friendly, so stay at least a week to enjoy everything the region has to offer.

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A dirt bike rider wearing Shift motorcycle pants climbing rocky trail.

Every type of off-road terrain can be found here. This is an example of a steep and rugged single track motorcycle trail.

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Two dirt bike riders on blue Yamaha motorcycles wearing Moose and Fox trail riding gear going through water crossing.

With over 600 miles of trails, expect to encounter some water crossings.

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Man on red four wheeler navigating overgrown trail.

Some of the ATV trails are very narrow and are surrounded by thick vegetation.

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Two four wheelers with camping gear heading down scenic woods trail.

The ATV trails are surrounded by some very unique vegetation.

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Large group of four wheelers going for a night ride.

Hatfield McCoy hosts several large events that attract thousands of ATV and UTV enthusiasts. Night ride parades are one of the highlights.

Hatfield McCoy Trail Photo

Group of trail riders sitting in front of two Suzuki dirt bikes, one Honda dirt bike and a Kawasaki quad.

The ATV trail system has restrooms that you can ride to. Some come with snack and soda vending machines which makes for a nice place to take a break.

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Young child on a 50cc dirt bike wearing Fox trail riding gear and Scott motorcycle goggles.

Hatfield McCoy Trails are one of the top places in the country to bring friends and family for an ATV vacation.

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Red four wheeler parked in grassy meadow with rainbow in background.

Not a pot of gold... But I'll take it!

Hatfield McCoy Trail Photo

Group photo of Hatfield family from 1897.

The ATV trail system gets its name from the Hatfield–McCoy feud that lasted from 1863–1891.

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