Hatfield McCoy Trail system

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by shipwrek12001, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    really I only have the 690 to ride, the xr200 on my profile is a farm beater without an ownership. no sense in bringing that over the border.

    What do mean its not a well groomed RV park.... You mean the $50 trail pass is for raw trails, rocky hills, slick terrain, mud holes that one could barely get through, badly marked trails, hard trails and easy trails, with big rocks in the way, even pipeline trail made for walking?.... then I might have to drive 15hrs to get that kind of abuse..!!?. well now,, maybe I should stay home...:wink::lol3 naw thats not happening.:D Looks like fun.

    The reason I ask about Hatfield McCoy system is to see if the place is a small bike park that can be completed in a day or is it a place you can go back to and not ride the same trail day after day..

    Thank you for offering all the info you guys have offered!!:clap

    Back to some more pics and experinces..
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  2. walawdog

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    Hey there, I am new to ADVriders.com but thought I'd throw my opinion out there. I live in Bluefield, WV, which is about 10 minutes from the Pocahontas trailhead in Bramwell. Bramwell is a cute little town, but very limited in what it has to offer as far as after riding goes. You could stay in Bluefield, have access to better hotels and restaurants and just ride over to the trailhead. I would have to agree that a 990 is going to be rough going even on some sections of the easy trail. Throw in some wet weather...it it's going to get ugly pretty fast. On pretty much any of the trails you are going to get at least a few mud holes thrown at you, even if it hasn't rained for weeks. I own a Husqvarna TE450 and it seems like that kind of bike is made for these kind of trails. I would think a skilled 690 rider would be able to handle any of the trails unless it was super tight and wet. I don't want to discourage you from coming, but be ready. Also, the Pocahontas trail is cool because you can ride from it to Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek and the "Outlaw" trails at Pinnacle creek (there are some insane hill climbs there and good camping spots and even some night life (but maybe not at this time of year). There is also a trail system known as Burning Rock just outside of Beckley, WV that is very nice and has lots of trail variety. All of these trails are within an easy ride or drive of Bluefield, WV.
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    Welcome aboard to the asylum, where you get information anything motorcycling... What an awsome website.

    Thanks for your comments!!

    So if you could stay close to 3 of the systems, which systems and where would you stay for 6 guys? in their own bed.... :huh
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  4. XDragRacer

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    Depends upon the trail systems you choose.

    I'm convinced many excellent choices exist; I'll just mention a couple I know of.

    If the trail systems were Indian Ridge, Pinnacle Creek, and Pocahontas (with optional outlaw trails), Ashland Resort, actually located on Trail # 12 of Indian Ridge, could accommodate your group most comfortably: http://www.atvresort.com/ Kinda rural; few commercial eateries, bars, discotheques nearby! Might want to plan on cooking your own chow; maybe renting a cabin with full kitchen.

    If you want to ride Rockhouse, et al, the previously mentioned-above Rockhouse/Depot Lodge http://rockhouselodge.com/ in Man, WV, is excellent, with restaurants, etc., most convenient.

    Then, Bluefield, WV, as a headquarters for Pocahontas (nearest), Indian Ridge, and Pinnacle Creek (farthest), as suggested by walawdog above is not a bad idea, although Bluefield's more of a city and not so dirt-bike "adjusted," I think, as the other places mentioned, and farther from trail access (nice, affordable motels, from my experience).

    Don't think you can go "wrong," whatever your choice; have fun!
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  6. Rob578

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    You literally have years of riding down there, you aren't going to touch it in a week. There's a guy on here that sells a gps map for Garmins for around $40, he keeps it updated and it also has some of the Outlaw trails. I loaded it on a garmin Montana along with the SE topo and mounted it on the handlebars of a WR 300 Husky. Came in very handy on our last trip. Of course it didn't show the downed trees we had to carry the bikes over but we found trails we would have missed just following the paper maps. I would highly recommend a GPS and a SPOT locater, the area is very remote with no cell reception and its not always clear which way to go for the quickest help. My advice if you have a serious injury is to use the 911 button on the SPOT and sit tight. The local rescue squads are very familiar with the areas and they have access roads they use and can get in and out fairly quick. There's no need to ride an injured person 40 miles out. They also have Helo Pads on top of some of the mountains in the unfortunate case you need to be Medi-evac out.
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  7. Rob578

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    Here's what you are dealing with. I think this would be an awesome place for an ADV Rally or Campout. This is across the street from RCH Lodging. The same individual owns both properties

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  9. shipwrek12001

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  10. Brown Dog

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    I'm old school & prefer to see it on paper :nod

    I like to study the maps BEFORE you arrive then go explorin' upon arrival :ricky

    That's half the fun to me :lol3

    We rode 640+ miles in 3 1/2 days with very little slab between trailheads & without gps.

    We also did the same thing in San Juan Mtns, Colorado.

    The electronic gizmo's would be nice incase of a mishap though.

    Enjoy your trip shipwreck :lurk
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    I'm old school too, goes without saying if you don't do your homework with maps, the electronics are going to be pretty useless
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    I'm pretty sure the paper and the electronics along with the spot devices will be in place. I'm pretty sure your info is my homework. Along with google, google earth, topo USA... also a handful of tracks from www.gpsxchange.com comparing them to google earth. I have a pretty good idea what it is like there.
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    Last year we all went to Moab Utah the same way. rented a house and ran day bombs into the deserts and canyons. Spectacular to say the least. We;re hoping with some similar spectacular views.

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    We stayed there last spring. Nice place
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