The trail system officially opened under the name Hatfield McCoy in October 2000 with 300 miles (480 km) of trail operations. In 2002, the trail system added an additional 100 miles (160 km) of trails in Boone County, WV. In 2004, the trail system again added 100 miles (160 km) of trail, to bring the trail system to 500 miles (800 km), making it the second largest off-highway vehicle trail in the world, second only to the Paiute ATV Trail. Currently there are six of the nine West Virginia counties (Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Logan, and Boone) with over 600 miles of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails. An expansion plan for the trail system plans for 2,000 miles of trails with suitable facilities and an Off-Highway Vehicle Park located in Kanawha County (CBER 2006).
Current trail system names (trailhead facility names in parentheses) include Rockhouse (Man/Gilbert), Bearwallow (Dingess-Rum), Pinnacle Creek (Castlerock), Little Coal River (Water Ways), Indian Ridge (Ashland), Pocahontas (Bramwell), and Buffalo Mountain (Delbarton). Only Paiute ATV Trail in Central Utah has more miles of trails (2000)
As of October 19, 2015, Little Coal River and Ivy Branch trails are closed as land changed ownership.
The trail system caters to ATV, UATV, and motorbikes (dirt bikes), but hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders can also use the trails.
The trail system staff not only markets the trail system globally (the trails now receive visitors from all 50 states and nine countries), but also builds, maps, and maintains the trail system. Law Enforcement patrol the trail to assure compliance with safety regulations. Motorized users of the trail system must wear a DOT-approved helmet and are prohibited from “doubling” (having a passenger), unless their vehicle is designed for two people. These rules, and a host of others, have allowed the trail system to enjoy a quality safety record, despite an increase in ATV-related injuries around the country.
Buffalo Mountain is known as the most historic trail system, as well as the one with the most single track trails, making it incredibly popular with dirt bike enthusiasts. This system has three community connectors providing direct access to the ATV-friendly towns of Matewan, Delbarton and Williamson, WV. Each of these towns offer gas, food and lodging.
Located near Ashland, WV, this system offers a nice variety of trails of all difficulty levels. This trail system offers community access to the ATV-friendly towns of Northfork and Keystone. Nearby communities offer gas, food and lodging. The trail system also connects with two other Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems—Pinnacle Creek and Pocahontas—to allow extended off-road trips.
Devil Anse Trail System links up to two other Hatfield McCoy Trail Systems- Rockhouse and Buffalo Mountain- totaling over 300 miles. The trailhead is located in the town of Matewan, historically known for being the heart of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. The trail system has direct access to gas, food and lodging.
Pinnacle Creek, with direct connections to the ATV- friendly towns of Mullens and Pineville, WV, is known for its breathtaking scenic views and proximity to world- class whitewater rafting and snow skiing—both less than an hour away. This trail system has direct access to gas, food and lodging. The trail system also connects with two other Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems—Indian Ridge and Pocahontas—to allow extended off-road trips.
Pocahontas Trail System links up to two other Hatfield- McCoy Trail Systems—Indian Ridge and Pinnacle Creek— making for the most continuous miles of trails east of the Mississippi. The trailhead is located in Coaldale, just outside of the town of Bramwell, historically known for its numerous millionaire homes from the early 20th century. This trail system has direct access to gas, food and lodging.
With over 100 miles of trails, RockHouse offers a wide variety of trails at all difficulty levels. It is especially popular with riders who are looking for an “Extreme” riding experience. This trail system has direct access to the ATV-friendly towns of Man and Gilbert, WV. Each of these towns offer fuel, food and lodging, along with a generous helping of southern hospitality.
The Warrior Trail System is located in the City of War which is West Virginia’s most southern city. This trail system also accesses the ATV-friendly City of Gary. The Warrior Trail System offers numerous scenic views and has direct access to gas, foods and lodging.