Hatfield-McCoy Trail System reopening date set

A reopening date for the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System has been set.

During his daily briefing on Friday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in Southern West Virginia will reopen beginning Thursday, May 21. Justice announced that numerous guidelines will be in place for riders utilizing the trails, including requirements for protective equipment, masks, screens and temperature checks.

Tug Valley Area Convention and Visitors Bureau photo.

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is made up of nine trails across Southern West Virginia, with trailheads in Williamson, Matewan and Man. The trail system has been closed since March 21 by order of Justice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System was credited with having a $20 million economic impact in 2014.

According to Justice’s plan to reopen the trails as part of his “West Virginia Strong: The Comeback” plan, riders on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails will be required to wear personal protective equipment including face masks or face shields while stopped. Riders will continue to be required to wear helmets, per state law. Rides are also discouraged from sharing safety equipment and masks, and they are discouraged from sharing vehicles with anyone outside their immediate group or party.

Riders will also be encouraged to self-screen to ensure they are healthy enough to be utilizing the trails. Riders will be encouraged to take their temperature prior to arriving at the trails. If a rider experiences a fever of greater than 100 degrees, they will not be permitted to enter the trails. Riders experiencing symptoms of sickness “must leave the trails immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines.”

Riders will also be required to practice social distancing by remaining six feet apart from other people when possible. Riders are also prohibited from congregating on the trails.

Justice said the state will enforce the guidelines to the best of its ability.

For more information on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, visit www.visitcoalcountry.org.

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Source: Mountain Top