West Virginia embraces Hatfield McCoy OHV
Friday, August 27, 2010
This past couple of years we have worked on collaborations with our friends from West Virginia and one of the primary events centered around Stephen Anderson’s West Virginia ATV Tours. Anderson is quite the ambassador for the sport of off-road riding in his backyard, but his reach extends much further than the Mountain State. He also hosts On The Trail TV, a weekly program that airs on the man-friendly Mav TV Network but if you’re not able to check it out on TV then you can sneak a peak on his You Tube channel.
Some of his most recent episodes focus on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System which we then featured in our Fall 2009 Issue of MotoUSA Magazine called Rolling Out the Welcome Mat. We found that the Hatfield McCoy was an absolute paradise for beginner and advanced OHV enthusiasts, offering opportunities to do things on an ATV we never get to try on the west coast. From riding on the streets of the local towns dotting the trail system to touring the historic coal mining operations – it was an adventure to remember.
Now, OTT is working with the state of West Virginia in an effort to bring more awareness to the rider-friendly nature of the state in the hopes that other states with the opportunity to embrace the OHV culture might follow suit and facilitate the creation of more trails, increase the riding areas and actively participate in the promotion of the sport. For those of you not familiar with West Virginia’s approach to OHV access as a form of tourism, it’s something many folks who are helping to battle for our right to access can use as an example of how well it can work if all parties work toward a common goal.
This episode of his latest OTT program takes a look at some of the reasons the state of West Virginia heavily supports the Hatfield McCoy Trail System. As we face the looming effects of a second round of omnibus legislation that threatens to restrict land use even further across the nation, maybe these guys can show us there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.