By: Robert Janis
ATVers Can Experience
All Things Outdoors At West Virginia Ranch, Bed
West Virginia Ranch, Bed and Breakfast
Just about everybody who likes to experience
the ATV trails of the country have heard of the
Hatfield McCoy Trail in West Virginia. But
perhaps one of the best kept secrets is that
there’s a place to stay in the region that
provides easy access to the Hatfield McCoy Trail
as well as other trails that run the gambit of
level of difficulty. In fact, many have said
that it is the heart of the best ATV riding in
The name of the resort is the Fair Haven Ranch
and Bed and Breakfast, located about five miles
north of Northfork and Keystone, West Virginia.
It is a 100-acre private estate that includes
six modernized houses; two horse barns with nine
stalls for hire; an indoor pool house and dining
lodge; a conference room large enough to
accommodate up to 120 people; a greenhouse; and
fenced pastures and green spaces for primitive
camping. Kennels are available, so you can bring
along the pets. There is also a petting
zoo that includes Bessie, the Belted Gallaway
heifer, Tony, the Pony, and Jack, the resort’s
bearded goat. No doubt something the kids would
enjoy. In addition, there is a six-bay garage
for ATV storage.
The ranch does not rent ATVs, but there is a
rental company nearby that delivers and picks up
the machines. Also, the trails one can travel
include not only the Hatfield McCoy, but the
Indian Ridge Trails, Bottom Creek, and various
mining trails that meander through the forests.
Maps are available on the internet and local
guides can be arranged.
Other recreation at the ranch include hiking,
horse trails, bird watching, and plenty of
blackberries and edible mushrooms to gather when
they are in season. In addition, people visit
the ranch to enjoy hunting turkey when in season
as well as bear and bow hunting deer. The ranch
has a meat locker and walk in refrigerator
available in which you can store your game.
There is also cross country skiing for visitors
who bring their own equipment, white water
rafting, and trout fishing.
The ranch also attracts mining buffs interested
in coal mining history. The ranch is in McDowell
County in the southeastern most section of West
Virginia. The area was first populated by coal
mining in the 1890s and was busy and prosperous.
Recent years have seen a decline in the
population and work in the coal mines, but a
resurgence of ATV recreational riding. There is
a coal mining exhibition in Beckley and mining
lore museums in nearby Coalwood and Bramwell,
and one can find West Virginia crafts in
Tamarack, about two hours from the ranch.
Accommodations run the gambit from primitive
campsites for $12 for two adults and $5 for each
additional adult, bunkroom carpeted floor for
$12 per night per person (bring your own air
mattress or sleeping bag) and three recreational
vehicle hookups with 30 and 50 amp electricity
for $30 for the first adult and $6 for each
additional adult. There are also three-, four-,
or six-bedroom houses with two full bathrooms,
large living rooms, and large equipped kitchens
with stoves, refrigerator, long counters, and
dining tables that can seat 6 to 10 people.
Private queen bedrooms with private bath rents
for $85 a night; the whole house Hilltops, which
sleeps eight in three queen bedrooms and two in
the living room, goes for $240 a night; the
Cedar Peaks cabin includes two queen bedrooms, a
twin set bedroom, and a back suite with four
twin beds which rents for $300 per night; and
Cedar Flats, next to the pool house, has five
queen bedrooms and three twins that can
accommodate 13 people and is available for $340
a night; and the terry camper sleeps six.
Groceries can be purchased in Kimball or
Bramwell, about 15 minutes from the resort; or
in Princeton or Bluefield, which are 35 minutes
A pizza parlor and diner are nearby and catering
can be pre-arranged. In addition, the ranch
sometimes offers a beef barbecue, lamb, or
chevron from its flock and fresh eggs from its
You can make your own entertainment like karaoke
or music fests in the conference room, pool
house, or outside on hilltop grasses.
Group rates are available for ATV clubs and
military veterans and Appalachia mission groups.
For more information visit the resort’s website