Region’s newest all-terrain vehicle resort set to open

images1SAMANTHA PERRY
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

New resort … Buffalo Trail in Bluewell, a project four years in the making, will soon open to tourists and local residents.

The new resort has nine wood and stone cabins as well as a restaurant that seats 65 guests inside and another 65 at the outdoor dining area.

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A large, metal Buffalo sign flanked by well-landscaped flowers greets visitors at the intersection of Lorton Lick Road and a steep drive to the right. It’s the entrance to the region’s newest all-terrain vehicle resort — one four years in the making.

Topping the hill, brand-new wood and stone cabins greet the eye. To the right is an elegant restaurant accented by a waterfall, koi pond and large outdoor dining area. To the left are cabins that have rustic appeal with the most modern of amenities.images3
Welcome to Buffalo Trail — an ATV resort that incorporates the atmosphere of camping with the luxury of a nice restaurant, bar, craft beers and, of course, site-wide Wifi.

Buffalo Trail is a family affair that connects to a five-generation farm that has prospered in the greater Bluewell area for decades. The site of the resort — where the old Bluewell Manor apartments used to sit — ties in with the Peters family Briarfield Farm where buffalo are raised.

Owner and General Manager Seth Peters initially moved away from southern West Virginia but came back to the area eight years ago. His dream for the Buffalo Trail lodging is to cater to ATV tourists. However, he hopes the restaurant will be a draw for both locals and tourists.

“We’re marketing to ATV riders, but certainly not limited to ATVs,” Peters said, noting they have already been approached about weddings, family reunions and other events.

Peters comes to the resort/restaurant business with an impressive pedigree. He is the owner of a mechanical contracting business in North Carolina that specializes in remodels for national restaurant chains.
“This (Buffalo Trail) is my hobby job,” he said.