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By: Robert Janis

Fairhaven Ranch

ATVers Can Experience All Things Outdoors At West Virginia Ranch, Bed and Breakfast

West Virginia Ranch, Bed and Breakfast Fairhaven Ranch
West Virginia Ranch, Bed and Breakfast Fairhaven Ranch

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 mid-Atlantic.

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.

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Accomodations
Accomodations

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 away.

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 poultry.

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 at: www.fairhavenranch.com.


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