Buffalo Trail ATV Resort Caters to More Than Riders
Seth Peters and his wife Jenny are spending their “retirement” years residing just moments away from the Hatfield and McCoy Trails and accommodating ATV and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Peters, a native of Bluewell, moved from North Carolina back to his family home, which lies adjacent to his current business, Buffalo Trail ATV Resort. The purchase of the business property, according to Peters, was “really more than accident than anything.”
The 80-acre property — now a business, home and buffalo farm —consisted of abandoned apartments, and the parking lot had become decrepit, he said.
“We just bought it because it joined our property,” Peters said.
The Hatfield McCoy Trails were in the making, and Peters heard riders would probably need lodging during their visits to West Virginia. He began building cabins several years ago, adding over the years, and three years ago he opened the resort.
The property now has 20 cabins, 11 rustic treehouses, a restaurant and a microbrewery where parties, wedding receptions and reunions can be held.
“We had overwhelming success that first year,” Peters said.
Cabins and treehouses now “fill up” every weekend from April, when the weather begins to warm, until about Thanksgiving.
And while the resort attracts mostly ATV, UTV and motorcycle enthusiasts who travel to the state to take advantage of the trails which opened in 2000, the resort also hosts reunions and business gatherings. Buffalo Trail ATV Resort is one of the closest lodging establishments to the Brushfork Armory.
Peters said the cabins sleep from two to 22 people, depending on which is rented, and no two cabins are the same. Each has either a full kitchen or kitchenette — a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and mini refrigerator. The cabins are open year-round, but the rustic treehouses open in April because they have no inside heating system. The property also includes 11 hook-ups for recreational vehicles. There are 152 beds on-site, Peters said, and the facilities can sleep a total of 186 people.
The restaurant is only open Thursday through Saturday and serves a variety of appetizers and meals. Buffalo, of course, is an option on the menu.
While Peters and his wife raise some buffalo on the property, they can only keep the animals until they’re 3 or 4 years old. Peters said they send the growing buffalo to a friend’s farm in North Carolina until they are needed.
The microbrewery, which serves up to 100 people, features 21 craft beers, and at least half are local, Peters added.
Peters moved back to Bluewell after working about 20 years with a mechanical contracting company which builds restaurants. His family farm dates back 100 years.
“This has been kind of a retirement plan,” he said.
He and his crew built every building on the property and they have a rustic touch, with woodwork and stone. Peters added nine cabins to the property and plans to build a wedding chapel deck.
“We’re really looking to cater more towards those types of events,” said Peters, who sees travelers from southern and northern states.
He has teamed up with a nearby Kroger to deliver groceries to a guest’s cabin just before arrival. West Virginia ATV rentals will deliver ATVs on site for those who do not own one.
“We really try to make it more of a resort feel instead of like a motel,” the owner said.
Article and Photos by ANNETTE SORAH For The State Journal