By: CJ Rena Johnson
Kathrynís Kabins Ė
Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systemís Best Known Secret
Friends stopping by Kathryn's Kabins
Kathryn's Kabins Office
Do you want to know what all the fuss is
about concerning West Virginia? Do you want to
know what makes this place so special to so many
people? One place to truly get a sampling of
that is at
Kathrynís Kabins! There you will find
true West Virginia hospitality and be surrounded
by West Virginiaís unique beauty.
Kathrynís Kabins are located very
conveniently at the edge of the Little Coal
River Trail System at the Waterways Trailhead.
If you follow U.S. State Route 119 about 20
miles south from Charleston, you will go right
by this campground. They are less than a mile
from the new Little Coal River Visitor Center.
In fact, the Visitor Center and Kathrynís Kabins
are also connected by a nice scenic loop that
follows along the river and goes past the
Waterways Trailhead entrance to the
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.
This loop is the perfect place to warm up a
little before hitting the trail, maybe for new
riders or getting used to a new vehicle. It is
also a great place for a nice walk to chill out
after a long day of riding. The river is also
great for fishing. Permits for both the fishing
and riding can be purchased at the Kabins. We
went there mainly for the riding, but after
walking along the river and seeing all the fish
swimming in the clear water, we had to consider
taking Randy up on the opportunity to include
fishing in our stay.
Speaking of the proprietor, Randy Blethen is
part of what makes Kathrynís Kabins such a great
place. He makes everyone feel at home and
welcomed at the Kabins. He hung out with us and
the other guests almost every night we were
there. We even met part of his family and really
enjoyed meeting them as well. You can tell he
really loves what he does, and that always makes
for interesting conversation and guarantees a
wonderful stay at the Kabins.
Be sure to plan a night where you can sit out
by the fire and maybe have a drink with him. He
has some great stories and philosophies about
life and will keep you entertained sharing them
Randy was just one example of the stunning
friendliness of the West Virginia locals that we
met there. Everyone was very nice and friendly
and you can really understand why they love
calling this place home.
So if you are thinking about heading to West
Virginia, give Kathrynís Kabins a call. You will
not be disappointed.
Each of the four cabins contain two bunk beds
(four beds in each cabin), a microwave, a
refrigerator, a coffee pot, table and chairs,
ceiling fan, air conditioning and heat, as well
as a bathroom with a shower. Bed and bath linens
are provided. Free wi-fi is also available for
the guests. There are also a couple of fire
rings in the courtyard for those late night
hotdogs or Símores.
There are also two Kottages available on the
property that allow even more sleeping
accommodations. They each have all the
furnishings included in the cabins plus a full
size electric cook stove, refrigerator, sofa,
chairs, as well as private sleeping quarters.
Ice, firewood and snacks can be purchased at
the Kabins and there are all kinds of
restaurants, grocery stores, convenient
stations, and almost everything you might want
all within 15 minutes of the Kabins.
Be sure to drop by the Visitor Center, too.
It is a great place to stop in for information
about the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system and this
whole region of West Virginia. They also have
trail use permits, a complete line of
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System merchandise, maps,
brochures, history/cultural information, and
much more available on site. The people there
are just as friendly as Randy proved to be.
I cannot wait for our next visit back to WV
Kathrynís Kabins, not to mention the
Little Coal River Trail System!
To find out more information or to make your
reservations, please go to
Kathrynís Kabins or call
As always: I hope you have an AWESOME day.