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           West Virginia Travel Guide

 ATV And Dirt Bike Trails In The Appalachian Mountains Of West Virginia

West Virginia is a nature lover's paradise with a lush landscape for hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. Recreation is one of the great past times in the region, and for those who want pack up their ATV and get off the beaten track there are perhaps some of the most extravagant ATV and dirt bike trails established in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails stretch for over 500 miles and growing. They have come to be known as “Trails Heaven.” These ATV trails attract all types of rider and accommodations for the different crowds are abundant.

In the areas surrounding “Trails Heaven” there are hotels, bed and breakfast inns, ATV rentals shops, ATV and dirt bike mechanical shops, guided tours and other activities to fill a weekend vacation. This area is the place to be for any of the ATV racing, riding and special events you are interested in. Bringing your own off road vehicle is allowed at “Trails Heaven,” but a permit is required for all riders, rental or other.

The Hatfield-McCoy Trails are also the host of several high scale ATV and dirt bike riding events throughout the year. These are the events where you can meet hundreds of fellow ATV enthusiasts. There's also an ATV/dirt bike jamboree for riders to participate in. The Appalachian trails also coordinate a Dirt Days riding event. They will also be the host for the National ATV and dirt bike rally week. Places like “Trails Heaven” are a great riding spot for ATVers of any skill level because they have the proper accommodations for all.

There are many other similar ATV trails established, however, if you are a regular rider, you probably want to find your own, local trails and make the big trail parks a weekend event. Whether you are new to the sport or just looking for some new trails to experience, there are several web sites that help you locate the right place.

Throughout North America and many other parts of the world ATVs and dirt bike off road trail parks and facilities continue to grow. As the sport of ATV racing and recreational off road riding becomes more popular, the success of established trails encourages additional riding areas to be developed. The growing number of enthusiastic ATV riders is not the only cause for a demand of more trails. All ATV riders, new and old, want more trails for the challenge. ATVers demand new trails because they strive to conquer anything they can.

Riding off road with ATVs has become a sport many dedicate themselves to, but there are just as many people who enjoy the sport on a sporadic basis. Renting ATVs and riding the trails is not an uncommon tourist attraction in many areas of the United States. Because of this many people have experienced and enjoyed ATV riding at some of the trail parks around the nation. Some now dedicated ATV riders started out by taking a recreational off road drive at one of these tourist trail parks.

By Mitch Johnson

Getting There:

To explore details on the Hatfield and McCoy Feud, area attractions, ATV trails, recreation and more to experience visit the Pike County Tourism at www.tourpikecounty.com/ or call 1-800-844-7453.