These craggy mountains hold amazing true stories of Native American leaders, feuding families and coal mining heritage – along with truly challenging terrain for outdoor adventurers.
6 Regional Favorites
As you explore the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains, check out these favorite places:
- Hatfield-McCoy Trails: Open 365 days a year, the Hatfield McCoy Trails comprise eight trail systems. The newest, Ivy Branch, accommodates full-sized off-road vehicles.
- Chief Logan State Park: Featuring a museum, wildlife center and outdoor amphitheater, this home of The Aracoma Story also boasts Chief Logan Lodge nearby.
- Coal River Walhonde Water Trail: This gentle canoe and kayak route is the setting for the annual Tour de Coal.
- Water Ways Park: In Alkol, this family water park is a fine, fun place to cool off on hot summer days.
- Hatfield-McCoy GeoTrail: Find and log all 20 geocache locations to earn your collectible Hatfield-McCoy GeoCoin.
- Twisted Gun Golf Course: Near Gilbert, tee up for 18 holes on this award-winning links-style course built on a former mine site.
More in the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains
More miles, more mud, more fun. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails – one of the largest trail systems in the country for ATVs, dirt bikes and utility vehicles (UTVs) – sprawls across seven counties and includes 500+ miles ranging from easy to extremely difficult. The National Trailfest here each October is one of the country’s premier riding events. Hunters, anglers and campers love this region’s large state forests, lakes and wildlife management areas.
The Hatfield-McCoy feud erupted here in 1865 and raged for decades. Get the details from a well-informed guide and visit some infamous local sites on a full-day tour.
Much of this region is part of the National Coal Heritage Area. At Matewan’s welcome center, learn about the 1921 Matewan Massacre. Visit a mining museum in Madison and a fortress-like building made entirely of coal in Williamson. In Whitesville, a somber granite monument pays tribute to 29 miners who died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch tragedy.
Tucked into small towns throughout the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains are comfortable accommodations, native crafts, community theaters and local farm markets.