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Hatfield McCoy First Time Tips

We are planning our first trip to Hatfield from Ohio for this July. Group of us will be on a couple of XP1000’s and we are wondering what trails to ride and where to stay. We ride somewhat aggressive and like to climb hills but also like the calmer trails for the wives. As far as lodging we would like an area with some amenities and bars/restaurants that you can easily ride to daily/nightly. Thanks for any answers!
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We are planning our first trip to Hatfield from Ohio for this July. Group of us will be on a couple of XP1000ís and we are wondering what trails to ride and where to stay. We ride somewhat aggressive and like to climb hills but also like the calmer trails for the wives. As far as lodging we would like an area with some amenities and bars/restaurants that you can easily ride to daily/nightly. Thanks for any answers!
Sounds like the type of riding we do. For your first trip down, I would suggest rockhouse, buffalo mountain and bear wallow. They're also the closest to Ohio, if I'm hauling ass with no stops can make it down there in 4.5 hrs from Cleveland. We usually stay at the best western on rt.119 just south of Charleston. It puts you about 20 mins from bear wallow and about an hour from rockhouse and buffalo mountain. Theres a little restaurant called the huddle house right next door and other bars and restaurants close by. You can also ride ivy branch which is also about 20 mins from the hotel. These are my favorite systems and offer a lot of different terrain with some really nice hill climbs. Rockhouse and buffalo mountain are connected by devil anse and could get a couple good days of riding there. Ivy and bear wallow are awesome and good for a good day ride each. Good luck and enjoy!
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Recommend Wild Willy’s Rezort. https://www.wildwillysatvrezort.com/

Great guy and you can ride to the trails right from the cabins.

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We are planning our first trip to Hatfield from Ohio for this July. Group of us will be on a couple of XP1000’s and we are wondering what trails to ride and where to stay. We ride somewhat aggressive and like to climb hills but also like the calmer trails for the wives. As far as lodging we would like an area with some amenities and bars/restaurants that
you can easily ride to daily/nightly. Thanks for any answers!
Sounds like the type of riding we do. For your first trip down, I would suggest rockhouse, buffalo mountain and bear wallow. They're also the closest to Ohio, if I'm hauling ass with no stops can make it down there in 4.5 hrs from Cleveland. We usually stay at the best western on rt.119 just south of Charleston. It puts you about 20 mins from bear wallow and about an hour from rockhouse and buffalo mountain. Theres a little restaurant called the huddle house right next door and other bars and restaurants close by. You can also ride ivy branch which is also about 20 mins from the hotel. These are my favorite systems and offer a lot of different terrain with some really nice hill climbs. Rockhouse and buffalo mountain are connected by devil anse and could get a couple good days of riding there. Ivy and bear wallow are awesome and good for a good day ride each. Good luck and enjoy!
Thanks for the response! Are you able to ride directly to bear wallow from the hotel?
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I would agree the RH, DA and BM systems (HM calls it 3 systems just to make it sound more impressive, but I look at it as one large system with multiple entry points) would be where you want to go. Much more technical than the southern systems.

There are plenty of places to stay where you can walk out of your room and ride to the trail. No need to stay 20 minutes away and trailer in if you don't want to. If you have FB check out the HM pages as there are several of them and you can find plenty of suggestions on places to stay. But a few are The Depot and Colonial Inn (Man) and Trail 10 House (Williamson) and Twin Hollows (Gilbert) to name a few.

As for trails, if you want a challenge the try 32 and 97 at RH, but don't say you weren't warned. Plenty of youtube videos showing the carnage. Wives will like the Rock Formaiton atop RH-40 (shouldn't be a Black, at least not in a SXS) and the Playground area at BM (Trails 27, 28 & 29) And if you really want to impress the wives, take them to see the wild horses on the strip south of Gilbert. (PM me for directions)

If you want a technical day, then on the way in or out stop at the old Ivy Branch. Plenty of touch rock crawling trails there. It has not reopened as HM, but people ride it every day.
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Thanks for the response! Are you able to ride directly to bear wallow from the hotel?
There is a new connector in Chapmanville (closer to hotel) but it would involve 7-10 miles of road. There is a Candlewood Suites in Logan that you can ride from.
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Re: Hatfield McCoy First Time Tips

If you ride Rockhouse (I recommend it also) the Colonial Inn is my "go to". The place is a "horseshoe" with the motel on the left, owner's house in middle, and homestyle restaurant on the right with a bar. You don't have to leave the facility. Half mile down the road is a town with fast food joints, gas, hardware store, dollar general, etc. A lot of good riding and if you want to make a full day you can head into Matewan. Of course riding the outlaws at Pinnacle Creek has views and sites that are a blast. Plenty of HM trails to keep you occupied but if you care to venture on the outlaws download BobT maps on an android and Garmin. I run them on both units with a map I made and it has provided great riding and saved our asses too!
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So the old ivy branches can just pull in the parking lot and unload and ride or do we have to see somebody first? We are going to rockhouse in 2 weeks and we go by ivy so we mite stop in
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Get BobT's maps, they are awesome.

https://www.rzrforums.net/gps/528102...v-atv-map.html

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So the old ivy branches can just pull in the parking lot and unload and ride or do we have to see somebody first? We are going to rockhouse in 2 weeks and we go by ivy so we mite stop in
Old lot is still locked up. Call Hannah at Big Earls Campground. She will let you park there for a small fee. You will have to ride the berm of 119 for about 1 mile to Rt 3, then past the original lot about a mile to an old road, (There is some water pipe stored there so you know this is it). Take a Right here and in about a half mile you will be on the system at Trail 10, 13 & 49.

Or call Ben at Ivy Branch Resort. He has direct access to the northern end of the system.

If you don't want to pay a fee, you can park at the old Little Coal River lot just past the HM Welcome Center and road from there.
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So the old ivy branches can just pull in the parking lot and unload and ride or do we have to see somebody first? We are going to rockhouse in 2 weeks and we go by ivy so we mite stop in
Old lot is still locked up. Call Hannah at Big Earls Campground. She will let you park there for a small fee. You will have to ride the berm of 119 for about 1 mile to Rt 3, then past the original lot about a mile to an old road, (There is some water pipe stored there so you know this is it). Take a Right here and in about a half mile you will be on the system at Trail 10, 13 & 49.

Or call Ben at Ivy Branch Resort. He has direct access to the northern end of the system.

If you don't want to pay a fee, you can park at the old Little Coal River lot just past the HM Welcome Center and road from there.
ok cool thanks
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I would agree the RH, DA and BM systems (HM calls it 3 systems just to make it sound more impressive, but I look at it as one large system with multiple entry points) would be where you want to go. Much more technical than the southern systems.

There are plenty of places to stay where you can walk out of your room and ride to the trail. No need to stay 20 minutes away and trailer in if you don't want to. If you have FB check out the HM pages as there are several of them and you can find plenty of suggestions on places to stay. But a few are The Depot and Colonial Inn (Man) and Trail 10 House (Williamson) and Twin Hollows (Gilbert) to name a few.

As for trails, if you want a challenge the try 32 and 97 at RH, but don't say you weren't warned. Plenty of youtube videos showing the carnage. Wives will like the Rock Formaiton atop RH-40 (shouldn't be a Black, at least not in a SXS) and the Playground area at BM (Trails 27, 28 & 29) And if you really want to impress the wives, take them to see the wild horses on the strip south of Gilbert. (PM me for directions)

If you want a technical day, then on the way in or out stop at the old Ivy Branch. Plenty of touch rock crawling trails there. It has not reopened as HM, but people ride it every day.
Can you send me those directions for the horses? We are headed down on Thurs (from PA, first timers!) and staying in Matewan at Sully's Cabins. Thanks!

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Trail 40 update it is kinda boarerline black I had to winch my gf up one spot but she only had 2wd but there is some rough spots if you are not familiar with rocks and we saw a young bear I'm sure sow is close so dont get in between them
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