ATV tourism making economic impact Mercer County

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Riders are traveling from all over the country to southern West Virginia for outdoor fun. The Hatfield-McCoy trail system offers more than 700 miles of professionally managed trails


ATV tourism making an economic impact in Mercer County

By Travis Roberts, Weekend Weather / Multimedia Journalist

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) The Pocahontas section of the Hatfield-McCoy trail in Mercer County is getting busy.

Riders are traveling from all over the country to southern West Virginia for outdoor fun. The thrill of the Hatfield-McCoy keeps bringing riders back, but while they’re here, they’re spending money.

“Well there’s three of us down here for about a 4-5 day long weekend. We’re probably spending about $2000,” said Jeff Stanish, visiting from Pittsburgh, PA. Buffalo Trail Cabins, Cottages and Campground on Lorton Lick Road opened for business last year. Owners and managers have noticed more tourists this year.

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“It’s been a lot better. A lot more business. More friends have been made,” said Bo Williams, Property Manager at Buffalo Trail. Buffalo Trail has 107 beds among its cabins, cottages and newly built tree-houses.

“Just about every weekend for about the last 6 weeks, we’ve been close to capacity. Not every weekend, but pretty close,” said Williams. Riders are also spending money in non-traditional tourist sectors, like on ATV parts.

“Mine broke down on the trail, so now we’re getting parts together to get back out there and put it together,” said Drew Lewis, visiting from Pittsburgh, PA.

The Hatfield-McCoy trail system offers more than 700 miles of professionally managed trails. User permits for the trail are $26.50 for West Virginia residents and $50.00 for non-residents. The permit allows access to all 8 Hatfield-McCoy trail systems valid through December 31st of the calendar year purchased. The trail system is open 365 days a year from daylight until dark.”