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Mudslinger

Fall 2012 Complimentary copy

Virginia’s and West Virginia’s complete ATV guide

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TRAIL MAPS EMERGENCY NUMBERS UPCOMING EVENTS TRAIL RULES HATFIELD-McCOY TRAILS KEEPS GROWING


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“Locall trails s lead d to o locall banks”

“The Little Fellow’s Bank”

Northfork Phone Welch Phone War Phone Bradshaw Phone Ieager, WV Phone Sophia, WV Phone

304-862-2511 304-436-2171 304-875-2251 304-967-3221 304-938-5322 304-683-9538 for the latest…www.wvmudslinger.com


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2012 Publisher: Darryl Hudson Editor: Samantha Perry Graphic Design and Layout: Andy Patton Contributor: Charles Owens Photography Hatfield-McCoy Trails Advertising Director: Terri Hale www.wvmudslinger.com Mudslinger magazine is a publication of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, located at 928 Bluefield Ave., Bluefield WV To reach Mudslinger magazine: Office: (304) 327-2811, 1-800-763-2459 Fax: (304) 327-6179 E-mail: news@bdtonline.com Advertising sales, Bluefield: (304) 327-2816 Letters should be sent to Mudslinger magazine, c/o Bluefield Daily Telegraph, P.O. Box 1599, Bluefield, WV, 24701. Letters may also be sent by e-mail. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written permission is strictly prohibited. Copyright 2012 by Bluefield Daily Telegraph. All rights reserved. Bluefield Daily Telegraph is a subsidiary of Community Newspaper Holdings Incorporated. Cover photo: An ATV rider grinds through mud on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system.

Plans are moving forward for a series of new trails extending the Hatfield-McCoy system’s reach into Mercer County.

Inside this issue Spotlight

Maps

• Hatfield-McCoy keeps growing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

• Summary of West Virginia ATV laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Hatfield-McCoy systems • Bearwallow . . . . . . . . 24 • Buffalo Mountain . . . . 25 • Indian Ridge . . . . . . . . 26 • Pinnacle Creek. . . . . . 27 • Little Coal River. . . . . 28 • Pocahontas Trail . . . . . 29 • Rockhouse . . . . . . . . . 30

• Upcoming events . . . . 16

Burning Rock. . . . . . . . 31

• Emergency numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,9

Trail rules • Hatfield-McCoy . . . . . 32 • Burning Rock . . . . . . . 34 for the latest…www.wvmudslinger.com


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7 trail systems long, 5 southern W.Va. counties...

Hatfield-McCoy keeps growing By Charles Owens

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New ATV trails will soon bring riders off-road thrills in Southwest Virginia

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RAMWELL — The offroad adventure continues across the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia. And soon the fun will be expanding to neighboring Southwest Virginia. Now seven trail systems long in five southern West Virginia counties, the Hatfield-McCoy system continues to grow. The newest addition, the Pocahontas Trail system, opened this past summer in Mercer County, and is the first trail segment available for travelers from the Interstate 77 and 81 corridors. A new trail, the proposed sevencounty Spearhead Trail, is now under development in neighboring Southwest Virginia. The Virginiaside trail system will connect with the existing Hatfield-McCoy Trails near Bramwell in Mercer County. “They should have a very good system in Virginia,” HatfieldMcCoy Authority Executive Director Jeff Lusk said. “They are using our model and building it. The Spearhead Trail system will

be a very nice compliment to our trail system. We envision a day when riders will come and ride between the two systems. Those guys are taking their time and modeling their system after us with regards to safety and law enforcement. I feel like since it is a government entity doing it, it will be on par with ours when it opens. We’ve worked with them and we’ve shared everything we have. We want to build a region for this type of activity. Our vision is to try to build a tri-state region where you have Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. We are excited about Virginia getting online and getting their system up and running.” In the meantime, business is booming on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. “Our permit sales for this year are up 10.8 percent,” Lusk said. “So we are having a great year on permit sales. We are up 10 percent over this time last year. But our biggest barrier to growing our permits is bed capacity. We just don’t have enough capacity to accommodate the number of people who

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want to come in. It’s just a matter of getting those entrepreneurs excited about coming here.” The Hatfield-McCoy Trail system was created by the West Virginia Legislature more than a decade ago to generate economic development and tourism in southern West Virginia. The trail system now extends more than 600 miles through five counties. The seven existing Hatfield-McCoy Trails are the Pocahontas, Rockhouse, Buffalo Mountain, Bearwallow, Indian Ridge, Little Coal and Pinnacle Creek systems. The various trails range from the easiest to most difficult. Tazewell County officials hope to begin construction soon on the first phase of the new Spearhead Trail system in Southwest Virginia, according to Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer. The Virginia General Assembly created the Southwest Virginia Regional Recreation Authority in 2009 for the purpose of overseeing the development and management of the sevencounty Spearhead Trail system. The project is intended to create a new economic development and tourism engine for Southwest Virginia through the development of new trails for ATV riders, bikers, hikers, horseback riders, naturalists and others. “We’ve got 53 miles of trails mapped,” Spencer said. “We’ve got $100,000 in grant money to start building trails. And we are waiting on agreements with two land owners so we can start building the

trails.” On the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system, Lusk said officials are now gearing up for the annual Hatfield-McCoy National Trailfest. This year’s celebration will be held Oct. 4 through 8 in Gilbert. Lusk said the National Trailfest gathering is considered the premier ATV, UTV and dirt bike trail-riding event of the year. The National Trailfest will include the Fishers ATV World Zone; a mud run for cash and prizes; live music; factory demonstration rides; drawings for cash and prizes; a poker run and dice run for cash; an ATV, UTV and dirt bike costume parade; nightly drag racing and mud pit events; a youth motor track; a “Dirt Trax TV’s Pimp my Ride” contest; film crews with Fishers ATV World and Dirt Trax; fireworks; a casino night and live auction; catered meals on Friday and Saturday; and other activities. “We’ve already booked out all of our camping for Trailfest,” Lusk said. “This year I think is going to be a banner year for us at Trailfest. We have some additional camping this year that we haven’t had in year’s past. I think that’s going to help a lot. That’s one of the biggest problems I’ve run into at Trailfest is we just don’t have enough places for (visitors) to stay.” To register for this year’s trailfest, riders can call 1-800-592-2217 or email at lhicks@trailsheaven.com

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Emergency numbers • Mercer Princeton Community Hospital – Princeton, W.Va., 304-327-1100 or 911 Bluefield Regional Medical Center – Bluefield, W.Va., 304-487-7000 or 911 • McDowell Welch Community Hospital – Welch, W.Va., 304-436-8655 or 911 • Boone Boone Memorial Hospital – Madison, W.Va., 304-369-1230 or 911 • Logan Logan Regional Medical Center – Logan, W.Va., 304-831-1101 or 911 • Mingo Williamson Memorial Hospital – Williamson, W.Va., 304-235-2500 or 911 For emergencies requiring fire departments, ambulances or law enforcement in Mercer, McDowell and Logan counties, dial 911. Mercer County Mercer County 911 For emergencies, dial 911 Regular business, 304-425-8911

West Virginia State Police detachment – Princeton, 304-425-2102 Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, 304-487-8396 Bluefield Police Department, 304-327-6101 Princeton Police Department, 304-487-5001 Princeton Community Hospital, 304-487-7000 Bluefield Regional Medical Center, 304-327-1100 Bluewell Family Clinic, 304-589-4377* Mercer County Health Department, 304-324-8851* Bluestone Health Center – Lake Shawnee, 304-431-5499* Bluefield Rescue & Ambulance Service, 304-327-7171 Bluefield, W.Va., Rescue Squad – Route 52, 304-589-6300 Princeton Rescue Squad – Athens, 304-384-9499 Princeton Rescue Squad – Princeton, 304-425-3914 Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department, 304-589-5212* Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department – Spanishburg, 304-487-6766* Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department, 304-248-7161* Bramwell Police, 304-248-7033* Matoaka Police, 304-467-1194*

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Emergency numbers Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department, 304-467-8385* Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department, 304-589-6922* *Not staffed 24 hours. If no answer, call 304-425-8911 McDowell County McDowell County 911 For emergencies, dial 911 Regular business, 304-436-4106 W.Va. State Police – Welch, 304-436-2102 McDowell County Sheriff 304-436-8523* Welch City Police, 304-436-3112* Iaegar Town Police, 304-938-5171* War Town Police, 304-875-2213* Northfork Town Police, 304-862-3414* Keystone Town Police, 304-862-2239* Welch Community Hospital, 304-436-8461 McDowell County Health Department, 304-448-2174* Tug River Clinic – Gary, 304-448-2102* McDowell County Ambulance Service, 304-436-3875 Welch Volunteer Fire Department, 304-436-2111* Iaegar Volunteer Fire Department, 304-938-5600* Gary Fire Department,

304-448-2209* Northfork Fire Department, 304-862-3661* Keystone Fire Department, 304-862-3226* *Phone not staffed 24 hours. If no answer, call 304-436-4106 Logan County Logan Emergency Dispatch For emergencies dial 911 Regular business, 304-752-7662 W.Va. State Police – Logan, 304-792-7200 Logan County Sheriff, 304-792-8590* City of Logan Police, 304-752-6535* Town of Chapmanville Police, 304-855-4582* Town of Man Police, 304-583-9631* Town of Mitchell Heights Police, 304-752-3244* Town of West Logan Police, 304-752-3244* Logan County Health Department, 304-792-8630* Logan General Hospital, 304-792-1101 *Phone not staffed 24 hours. If no answer, call 304-752-7662

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A SUMMARY OF WEST VIRGINIA ATV LAWS This page is not meant to be a detailed explanation of state ATV laws, but to provide an overview of what West Virginia’s ATV laws entail. ROADS AND HIGHWAYS No ATV may be operated in this state: • On any interstate highway except by public safety personnel responding to emergencies. • On any road or highway with a center line or more than two lanes except for the purpose of crossing the road, street, or highway, if: - The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing. - The vehicle is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or main traveled way of the highway. - The operator yields his or her right-of-way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate potential hazard. - Both the headlight and taillight are illuminated when the crossing is made if the vehicle is so equipped. • An all-terrain vehicle may, for the sole purpose of getting from one trail, field or area of operation to another, be operated upon the shoulder of any road, street or highway as long as the crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing. PASSENGERS No ATV may be operated in this state: • With more than one passenger unless more passengers are allowed under manufacturers’ recommendations. • With a passenger under the age of 18, unless the operator has at a minimum a level 2 intermediate driver’s license or its equivalent or is 18 years of age or older. for the latest…www.wvmudslinger.com


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On the calendar... September • 28-29: The Kiwanis Club annual Applebutter Festival, Chapmanville Municipal Building • 29: Princeton AutumnFest, Princeton • 29 Second Annual Big Coal River Heritage Day, Saturday, at John Slack Park in Racine. There will be old-fashion family fun, including music, crafts, history and culture and other daylong activities. For more information, call 304-296-5348. October • 4-8: 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy National TrailFest, Gilbert, hosted at the Harless Community Center facilities • 5-6: Southern W.Va. Italian-American Festival, Bluefield City Auditorium, Bluefield • 5-7: October Sky/Rocket Boys Fall Festival, Beckley • 5-31: Psycho Circus, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Gary Bowling’s House of Art • 6: Southern Thunder, Princeton • 6: Bramwell Oktoberfest, Bramwell • 6: Beckley’s Annual Chili Night block party, Beckley • 12-14: 30th Annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree, Twin Falls Resort State Park near Mullens • 12-14: Mercer County Heritage Festival, Glenwood 4-H Camp • 13: Lyrick Talent Quest at the Mountaineer Hotel, Williamson • 18: Shriner’s Oyster Dinner, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield • 18: Tug Valley Arts Council presents ‘The Seldom Scene’ bluegrass band, Williamson • 20: Hatfield McCoy Bus Tour, Williamson • 20: Bridge Day, New River Gorge, Fayette County • 20: Bramwell Ghost Tours, Bramwell • 26-27: Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Expo, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield November • 1: Shriner’s Circus, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield • 3: Country Craft Guild Show, Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton • 10: Mercer County Humane Society’s Fur Ball, East River Arts, Bluefield • 10-11: NRHS Train Show, Bluefield City Auditorium Stadium Drive, Bluefield • 26: Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Princeton • November 22-December 31: “Holiday of Lights” Display, Bluefield City Park, Bluefield December • 1: Sixth Annual Down Home Christmas, Saturday in downtown Madison. The event is sponsored by Rev-Up Madison and it celebrates the Christmas season with plenty of activities for kids of all ages. There will be sleigh rides, a parade, caroling, and breakfast with Santa. For more information, call 304-369-0426. • 1: Bluefield, Va., Christmas Parade • 8: Bluefield, W.Va., Chirstmas Parade • 8: Bramwell Christmas Homes Tour for the latest…www.wvmudslinger.com


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Hatfield-McCoy Obey all user rules All trail users must have a valid Hatfield-McCoy Trail Permit. The user permit is to be affixed to the left side of user's helmet below the goggle line at all times. Users who wish to transfer permit to another helmet may do so in person at our administrative office Rt. 10 South, Rich Creek Road, Lyburn WV, 25632. • Everyone must wear a DOT, SNELL or other approved helmet and protective eyegear. • No passengers on any ATV unless the ATV is manufactured for the driver and a passenger. • No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried. • No firearms. • Obey all signs, gates, and barriers. • Stay on marked trails. • Only enter and exit the trail systems at a trailhead, community or other approved connectors. • Do not enter a "no trail," "no entry" or gated area. • Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions. • No person shall drive an ATV/UTV unless that person meets the minimum age recommendation specified by the ATV/UTV manufacturer for the ATV/UTV that is being driven. • Stop when signaled by a ranger. • Carry photo identification at all times. • Adult supervision is required for those under age 18. • Do not litter. • No fires. • No camping on the trails. • Trail system is open from sunrise to sunset. SPECIAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR SIDE-BY-SIDE UTILITY TYPE VEHICLE (UTV) • Side-by-side utility type vehicles operated upon the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System shall be subject to all of the safety rules and regulations of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority and shall also be subject to the following safety rules specifically applying to side-by-side utility vehicles: • Follow all rules and regulations identified in UTV owner’s manual and rules and regulations listed below. • Utility Type Vehicles can only be operated on

designated trails. • Easiest Trails (Green) - Approved • More Difficult Trails (Blue) - Approved • Most Difficult Trails (Black) - Designated trails only (See Trail Map) • Extreme Difficult Trails (Red Black) - Not approved • Signage and Maps- Every intersection will be labeled with a sticker approving or disapproving each trail. This sign will have a UTV with a line through it and state NO SIDE-BY-SIDE/UTVs ALLOWED. Violators subject to $100.00 fine and impoundment of machine. Machine Requirements 1. Machines may not be self-constructed or substantially modified from manufacturer’s specifications in the sole opinion of the executive director or designee. 2. Units must be equipped with a steering wheel from the manufacturer. 3. Units must be equipped with ROPS (RollOver Protection System) from the manufacturer. 4. Machines must be equipped with manufacturer seat belts and must be in good working order. 5. Low pressure tires required – Max 20PSI at manufacturer’s recommended inflation. Side by Side (UTV) Specific Rules 1. The number of passengers carried on a side-by-side - utility type vehicle shall be limited by the number of manufacturer installed seat belts. 2. All participants must abide by all of the manufacturer’s requirements regarding the age and size of operators and passengers. 3. The driver and passengers of a side by side - utility type vehicle must: • Wear seat belts at all times; • Keep their hands, arms, feet, head and legs inside the vehicle at all times during operation; • Wear a DOT or Snell approved helmet; • Wear eye protection at all times; and • Obey all rules and regulations. 4. Any operator of a side by side – utility type vehicle must possess a valid owner’s manual for the machine being operated and must be produced upon the request of any HatfieldMcCoy Law Enforcement Officer or any other Law Enforcement Agency.

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Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park RULES & REGULATIONS: Each Guest Must: • Wear a DPT or DOT/snell helmet at all times. • Always carry a valid BROAP Permit and photo ID. • Enter/exit at BROAP trailhead only. • Meet the minimum driving age recommended by the ATV manufacture. • Have a properly functioning muffler with USFS approved spark arrestor. • Stop when signaled by BROAP personnel. • Provide adult supervision for children under 16. • Drive or ride at reasonable speeds for conditions. PROHIBITED on BROAP Property: • ATVs, Side by sides, or go carts over 64 inches wide. • Go Carts with more than 500 CC engine size, withou.t full-body restraint harness, or an altered roll cage. • Alcoholic beverages carried or consumed on trails. • Passengers on ATV/Motorcycles not factory manufactured to carry additional riders. • Weapons, firearms, hunting, or littering on BROAP premises. • Entering a No Trail/No Entry or gated area. Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park is open 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. for the latest…www.wvmudslinger.com


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