March 12, 2018: Changes to Pocahontas Trail
In an effort to keep the Pocahontas Trail open while a large resource extraction operation is under way, it was necessary for HMT to reposition the Indian Ridge/Pocahontas connector trail. The previous connector utilized Windmill Gap Road. In anticipation of major traffic from coal trucks, the decision was made to eliminate Windmill Gap Road from the trail system. While the road is currently open, and it IS legal to travel via ATV, it will likely close to all traffic in the future. In an effort to coexist with the mining operation and create as little conflict as possible, we recommend using the new connector trail rather that Windmill Gap Road whenever possible. The new connector trail is shown on the latest version of the Pocahontas Trail map and can be viewed/downloaded here. The new route will mean traveling approximately 3 additional miles of hardtop to reach Indian Ridge.
June 8, 2018: Changes to Hatfield McCoy Trail Rules
Effective June 8, 2018 there have been changes to the WV state laws regarding Hatfield McCoy Trails. These changes were introduced in the 2018 legislative session. These changes will impact families with small children, and we encourage you to be aware of the new laws and ask any questions before your visit to Hatfield McCoy Trails. If you have questions about the new rules, please contact us at the link below.
User permits are required for all operators and passengers.
Everyone must wear a DOT, SHELL or other approved helmet and eye protection.
No child under the age of 6 (six) years is allowed on any trail.
ABSOLUTELY NO BOOSTER SEATS OR CAR SEATS ALLOWED.
If your child is required by state law to use a booster seat or car seat in a vehicle then your child can not ride as a passenger on the trails.
All operators and passengers on an ATV, UTV or off-road motorcycle must follow manufacturers' recommendations.
Absolutely no alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
Trails are only open during daylight hours. Obey all posted traffic signs. No glass containers. No fires. Stay on marked trails. Never go off trail. No competitions. All persons under the age of 16 must remain within sight of their parent or guardian at all times. Violation of any rule is subject to a misdemeanor.
For additional information, please visit: http://trailsheaven.com/About-the-TRAILS/Trail-Rules-and-Regulations.aspx