Hatfield-McCoy Trails Open
The Indian Ridge Trail System
ATV Trail being cut through the
Indian Trail System trail progress
View from Twin Hollow Campground.
Trail staff hard at work!
What do you do when you already have the
largest managed off-road trail system on the
East Coast? Well, if you’re the Hatfield-McCoy
Trails, then answer is to add even more trails
make your system even bigger.
The Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreational
Authority, the managing system behind the
trails, recently held a free-ride weekend to
unveil their new Indian Ridge Trail System,
which will start at the Ashland Trail Head and
then wind throughout the hills of McDowell
County in southern West Virginia. The Indian
Ridge system adds 55 new miles of trail to the
more than 500 miles already in operation.
“I hope the people of McDowell County are as
happy about this new system as we are,” said
Jeff Lusk, Hatfield-McCoy’s Executive Director.
“Everyone has seen the economic and tourism
benefits we’ve had in our other counties, and I
think that with this system, and its unique
amenities and nearby businesses, such as the
Historic Ashland Company Store and Ashland KOA
campground, the first KOA franchised campground
in West Virginia, McDowell County will start
seeing those benefits quickly.”
Those 55 new miles of trail really are 55 new
reasons for the people of McDowell County to be
excited in 2007. According to a 2006 study
commissioned by the trail authority, the trails
have had a $7.2 million impact in direct
spending throughout its current project areas of
Logan, Boone, Mingo, and Wyoming counties, and
have created more than 146 new jobs, as well as
providing $600,000 in tax revenue.
For more information on the Indian Ridge
trail system, as well as the other five
Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems, go online at
www.trailsheaven.com or call 1-800-592-2217
for more information.