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LATEST: Hatfield-McCoy trail system in Mercer County to remain open

MERCER COUNTY (WVNS) - 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 UPDATE:  A release from the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority has confirmed that a popular ATV trail system in Mercer County will remain open.  The organization has reached a verbal agreement with the coal company to allow continued access to the Pocahontas Trail System.

The authority and the company will be working together to resolve issues such as outlaw trail riding, trespassing on bonded company operations and the need for increased law enforcement for the Pocahontas and surroundng trail systems.  

"The February 1, 2019 temporary closure date has been lifted and the Pocahontas Trail System will remain open after that date," said Chris Zeto the managing consultant for the Authority. " The Authority, Company and the State of West Virginia will continue working on these and other outstanding issues to ensure a permanent solution for the Pocahontas Trail System. The Authority would like to express its gratitude to the Company for their continued support during this time.”




ORIGINAL STORY: ATV Resorts in Mercer County are still in the clear to book reservations after the start date of a coal mining operation was extended. This operation would close part of the Hatfield-McCoy trails.

In October, it was confirmed that the Windmill Gap portion of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail would shut down in December due to the opening of a coal mine.

Employees at the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed the date has been extended 45 days for the coal company and Hatfield-McCoy Trail executives to continue to negotiate. 

Executive Director, Jamie Null, said this extension will help them market ATV resorts in Mercer County for the winter months. 

"A lot of our out of state guests are just fascinated with snow and love the idea of riding in the snow because it's a winter wonderland," Null said. "So it gives us some extra time to produce digital ads to put out there so people know the trail is still open."


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