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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 05:26 PM
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Thanks for all the input guys.

Our trip is booked for August 26-30 for Hatfield McCoy. We are staying at Ashland Resort (atvresort.com). I'm pretty pumped.
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Gonna do this later this year, probably sept-oct. We've been to Pinnacle a few times and its very sport-atv friendly. Nice and wide, since they get a lot of SxS action, so great for fast riding,, maps are nice and really only the black trails are rocky/ rutted

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post #32 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Good to know, thanks!

Can't wait to go.

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As Rpm said the maps are great...it's very hard to get lost at Hatfield. The southern most trails are the more tame trails that they have...if we go and are looking for a good challenge bear wallow and rock house have some very difficult trails to do on a 2 wheel drive quad. We also like to stop by coal river or ivy branch on our way home (its on the way back to columbus) they are the smaller areas but still fun.

You said you were thinking about swinging by wayne nat forest on your way....it is the exact opposite of Hatfield. We had never been until this summer but noticed a couple things. The maps are ok but the marking on the trails suck....being that we had never been... trying to follow the maps got us turned around the wrong direction 2-3 times provided we always soon learned where we were and made our way it was not as well marked as WV or TN, it reminded me of riding in MI. Also the trails are more narrow, not a problem for a 50 inch wide quad but not nearly as wide as Hatfield. A razr 900/1000 would have no chance of riding there. The trails are also extremely well maintained, to the point where a large number of them are covered in gravel...its nice because no ruts or mud but kinda made it not as interesting.

Can't wait for us to plan a trip there we try to go 4-5 times a year at least.

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Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to go.

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Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to go.
How was the trip to Hatfield McCoy? It's been a few months and we want to make sure you aren't stuck in the wilderness trying to survive on twigs and berries.

Jokes aside it would be cool if after each adventure you could post back here and leave some feedback. And that goes for anyone who posts about a trip they are excited to go on.

Needless to say, I am planning on hitting up Hatfield for the first time in the summer.

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Hatfields in WV. is a great choice. Also, if your up for traveling distances, Durhamtown Plantation in Union, Point Georgia is amazing. Best place too ride on the east coast. 150 miles of trails, 7 mototcross tracks through out the park, and tons of extras.

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If Hatfield is open in the winter and anyone is planning on going, keep a look out for Gumby.

Brief description would be a bearded mountain man wearing ragged riding gear and probably some form of wild game pelts for warmth. He probably doesn't smell too good either.

Has anyone heard from him recently?

I guess he could be trying to pull off the greatest riding trip imaginable by traveling non-stop to all the places posted in this thread. That would be absolutely insane!

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Great idea! Sorry for my absence! It's been a crazy fall and start of winter. I'm getting into snowmobile mode.

I don't mind commenting on it. I'll try to summarize it as best I can.

We stayed at Ashland resort (atvresort.com) in one of their 4 man cabins. It was a great resort with everything you needed and was right on the Indian Ridge system. We met some great neighbors and the resort was very accommodating. I called ahead and asked some questions. The owner referred me to a local guy who has ridden the trail system over 300 times with his wife. I got his phone number and called him. He gave me some trails to avoid and some shortcuts. It was great to have the inside scoop!

Day 1: We got to the resort at about 11am. The riding day didn't last real long. We decided to ride South to the Pocahontas trail and not listen to the shortcut that my local reference gave me. We rode about 6 miles and blew out a sidewall on one of the Outlanders. The trail was really rocky with sharp edges. By the time we got back to the resort to get a spare tire, back to the Outlander and back to the resort again, it was dark. After driving 14 hours, we weren't that disappointed. We cracked a few cold ones around the fire and met the neighbors.

Day 2: We decided to try to ride Pocahontas again and planned a trip to Bramwell. The short cut was amazing and allowed us to actually ride! We rode to Bramwell and met up with the neighbors from the resort (Michigan folk). The views were awesome and the trails were pretty great. Taking the switchbacks up and down the mountains were awesome! Trails were mostly dirt and at most, 4" rocks. Downtown Bramwell has a cool little Main Street with tourist shops and a ice cream parlor. We had lunch there (first time I ever had coleslaw on a chili dog!) and rode back to the resort. All in all, we rode for the better part of 10 hours and put on 65 miles. It was weird considering that in Wisconsin, 10 hours of riding equals about 150+ miles.

Day 3: Day three consisted of a plan to ride North into the Pinnacle Creek System. Again, the local gave me a shortcut to avoid a crappy trail. It worked out well and we were on our way. The trail was really rocky and was beating us up pretty bad. After about 15 miles, one of the 450's in our group was having clutch troubles and wasn't participating nicely so he turned back with one of the other guys. A few more miles up the trail, one of the Polaris 4x4's was starting to throw a belt so two more people turned around. We ended up 35 miles up the trail (in 4 hours) when we all decided that we should head back. There was a different trail back so we took that. One of the highlights was watching the Polaris have to be pulled back after the belt blew! We ended up with about 70 miles in total for the day.

Day 4: We were planning on leaving later in the day so I hopped on my Outlander early in the morning and explored the Indian Ridge system since the resort was right in the middle of it. I aimed for the black diamond trails since I was now on a 4x4 and my wife's quad so I wasn't afraid to beat on it! haha! Climbing some of those rock ledges was crazy and a lot of fun! There were a lot of sheer cliffs to climb as we made our way to the highest point in the Indian Ridge system. At the top to our surprise was a huge mud hole. We played in that for a while and explored the top of the mountain. We made it short and sweet (about 3 hours) and headed back to load up.

All in all, it was great to check it off my bucket list, but I don't think I'll be back. When I ride, I like to put on miles. We found ourselves repeating the same trails in the Pocahontas system quite a bit. The trails were rough, as expected, but really wore us out. The faster you rode, the smoother things were but it also wore you out quicker. Having the local guide really helped out and saved us some headaches.

If anyone is thinking about going, let me know and I'll answer as best I can. It's snowmobile season so hit me up on PM for the best results! I'm thinking we should start a section in the forum for trail rides like this.

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Looks like a fun time. Im trying to make sure and go to hatfield this spring. THis summer Im gonna see if I can go to NH for ride the wilds.

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I plan on also doing a write up on my last trip. 2 weeks after Hatfield, I took a three day trip into and around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was by far the best trip of my life.

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I plan on also doing a write up on my last trip. 2 weeks after Hatfield, I took a three day trip into and around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was by far the best trip of my life.
Very interested in the U.P! Been riding the mitten all my life but have never been up that far.

I prefer the faster, sandy trails that Michigan offers as opposed to the slower, rocky terrain of other places.

I enjoy technical sections as much as the next guy but for the most part I like FAST! Looking forward to your write-up.

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