Hatfield-McCoy - May 3,4,5

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Hello Everyone,

Headed up with 4 - 6 buddies to ride the Hatfield-McCoy trails in early May (3,4, and 5th).

If anyone else is headed there let me know and we'll try and coordinate. Our point of origin is the Atlanta area.

Will be staying in Logan most likey (haven't selected a hotel yet).

I have a few questions for veterans of the Hatfield-McCoy area:

Where did you stay? (hotel in Logan)

Anybody drive from GA, if so how long did it take? (Mapquest says 10.5 hours from Alpharetta)

When ya go back next which trails will you hit first and why?

Which trails offer best scenery?

Water crossings?

Just flat out the most fun?

Thanks in advance for all responses!




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I wish I could make that ride but won't be able to. I'll try to answer your qusetions though.
The best place to stay in Logan is the Super8.
I haven't ridden the trails in Logan but hear they are the best of the bunch.
The trails I will hit next are the ones in Logan since I haven't ridden them yet.
The most fun?....any of them, you'll be on your bike won't you?
Mapblast says it will be a 8hour 45minute drive and it is usually fairly close. You will also be driving right through my home town, Wise VA.

I hope I have helped out. This is a great place to ride and I'm glad to see so many people using it. If you need more info checkout www.trailsheaven.com.

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Andy Mullins

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I am going on this ride and can't wait!

Does anyone have any suggestions for trails specific to 4-wheelers?

How long does it take to take the trail that ends in the town where you can ride your bike right up to the bar??

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ridingaway-- The trails are great for bikes and quads. Some of the trails that are black on the map are motorcycle use only. When we rode into Matewan we rode trail 10 most of the way and it was about 40 miles round trip. If your worried about fuel you can fuel up in town. Thumper riders have it easy here.

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Ok, my friends from Philadelphia are looking to be there that weekend (5/5-6). Never been there before, and am driving up to meet them.

Need a campground that allows pets, small kids (more obnoxious than pets), electric hookups for a Behemoth camper/trailer rig.

Being close to the trailhead would be nice. One guy is a B class enduro rider, the other is just plain fast. They like tough trails, not smooth, easy doubletrack.

Also, how anal are they about spark arrestors? Are they checking bikes? Looking for the USFS marking or just looking for a screen in the silencer?

Suggestions, constructive advice?

Kawboy, wrench, you guys interested? I might be pulling a trailer...

Thanks

Allen


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After I looked at the date again I realized this will be the same weekend we will be riding there. It will be a great weekend to ride. Its only 3 weeks away and I'm getting excited about the ride. Hope to see everybody there.

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Andy Mullins

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Hey Zag!
Just signed up. "...the other is just plain fast." Huh? Me? Well thanks anyway. Maybe I'll do even better on a bike that's not held together with zip ties and duct tape. About the spark arrestors; Is a piece of fly screen zip tied around the back OK? (gotta love those zip ties)

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zag

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Hey Andy,

Where will you be camping? Any interest in merging our two groups?


Bad Dog ????

Don't you mean "Old Decrepit Mangy Dog"?? Welcome to DRN. I keep expecting them to kill my account, I guess I haven't gotten terminal hoof-in-mouth disease yet. Yep you're plenty fast when you have a tire with those, ah, what do you call 'em?

How bout it folks - any answers available for my previous questions?



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zag- Merging our groups would be great. The more the merrier. The campers in our bunch are going to be at Devil Anse Campground. There are some staying in motels. If you need info on the area go to www.trailsheaven.com or email me at andym@mounet.com and I'll try to help you out.

Kawboy- Matewan is the town that lets you ride streets. It is accessed from the Buffalo Mountain trailhead. Are you still planning on making the trip?


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zag

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Kawboy,
I've got lots o vacation stored up, so I'm open to suggestions. At the moment I'm thinking leave GA Friday a.m.? Return late Sunday. I can easily accomodate other scheduling though.

Andy, Baddog,
I've been trying to get info from trailsheaven and Kathy (mktg dir) on the spark arrestor issue, etc. So far no reply. As to where we're camping, don't know yet. From the little I know at this point, it looks like Buffalo Mtn is what my group is looking for. I'm open to any suggestions.

More to follow...

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zag, got your vm last night... I'm probably going to race the grass-track MX this weekend in toccoa, so I may not join you at Houston.

If you decide on pulling a trailer to hatfield would you also have room in the truck for a rider? :)



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For the spark arrestors I've never been checked, but I do have them. I would hate to drive all the way from GA to be stopped for no SA.

I would recommend camping at the Devil Anse campground. It offers direct access to the Bear Wallow trailhead. For a 3 day ride I would recommend hitting all 3 trailheads to get a good sampling of the trails. Your permit is good for all the trails.

I'll be driving up Thursday and meeting another rider or 2. I'll be in a white Nissan with a XR650R #528 and might have my CR250 too.

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Zag, etc...
We're gonna have extra baggage, (kids, wives)so a somewhat family oriented campsite is a plus. Our experience with sites in WV was that State Parks were much nicer than the private ones. Bring back memories Zag? Not sure of availability though, so we're also open. Probably be staying four days. Maybe Friday to Monday morning? I would hope that at least an attempt at a rigged spark arrestor would help avoid a fine. Keeping low profile may be sufficient.
Bill

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