NEW HATFIELD-McCOY TRAILS OPENING
Hatfield-McCoy trails (HMT) has 700 miles of OHV trails across West Virginia, and with new Hatfield-McCoy Trails opening, the trail mileage is about to increase to 820 miles as two new trail systems open this year. UTV Action joined Kawasaki on a Hatfield-McCoy adventure in the 2020 Teryx KRX 1000. Pressman Chris Zeto told us that the Ivy Branch trail system was returning after a hiatus, and that the Cabwaylingo trail system is also going to open sometime this year. The new Hatfield-McCoy Trails opening is a great way for HMT to celebrate its 20th year!
IVY BRANCH TRAIL SYSTEM
Ivy Branch was a popular area with the 4×4 crowd, but the land owner who was leasing to the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority sold the property to another company in 2015. The Hatfield-McCoy authorities had no choice but to close the entire system. Ivy Branch was a huge loss due to its proximity to Charleston and its Ivy Branch Resort.
U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins went on a tour of the revamped Ivy Branch trails, which is benefitting from a $3.3 million Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) pilot grant. The AML grant enabled the Hatfield-McCoy Authority to buy three parcels totaling 2,600 acres in Lincoln County near the Boone County border, including the Ivy Branch trailhead parking lot. The grant also allots $100,000 for construction of new trails and acquires riverfront acreage along the Coal River. Since most of Hatfield’s trail systems are leased and can be subject to sell-offs, the grant is great news for the longevity of Ivy Branch.
The Ivy Branch Resort has cabin rentals for up to four people and also offers secure parking for those not staying at the resort. With the reopening of the trail system, the resort is building two new cabins, and they also have campsites. They also sell trail permits and Ivy Branch merchandise.
Being a favorite of full-sized 4x4s, existing Ivy Branch trails are plenty wide for UTVs, but two-thirds of the original trails are rated most difficult (black diamond and double diamond), with only 8 percent rated easy and 28 percent rated more difficult. New trails are being constructed to make Ivy Branch more UTV- and ATV-friendly, and the total will be around 60 miles. The Ivy Branch trailhead will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 7 days a week, 360 days a year.
The all-new Cabwaylingo trail system is in the Cabwaylingo State Forest west of Logan, so it is flanked by Buffalo Mountain to the south and Bearwallow to the east. The Country Roads Byway Visitor Center will also be serving Cabwaylingo trails, which will have about 60 miles of all-new trails between Logan and Crum and Kermit on the West Virginia/Kentucky border. The Cabwaylingo trail system will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Since the coronavirus temporarily closed HMT, crews are not out building trails this spring, so the grand opening may be delayed into the fall of 2020. Maps will be available soon, but they can’t be completed until the actual trail construction is finished.
Like you, we can’t wait to experience these two new HMT systems!
GILBERT, WV 25621
HMT WELCOME CENTER
28 BIG PINNACLE BR. RD.
JULIAN, WV 25529
COUNTRY ROADS BYWAY VISITOR CENTER
40 WELCOME CENTER DR.
LOGAN, WV 25601
IVY BRANCH RESORT
59 OCTOBER RIDGE RD.
SUMERCO, WV 25567
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