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Business owners already feeling effects of Pocahontas Trail closure


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Hatfield-McCoy trail system’s Deputy Executive Director John Fekete and Derrick Browning map out the trails around Bramwell on Wednesday to create a plan to shift the trails away from an expanding coal mine in Mercer County.
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo by Jessica Nuzzo)

BRAMWELL, W.Va.  — As efforts are already under way to create a new trail near Bramwell to connect ATV riders to the Hatfield-McCoy trail system, some business owners that depend on the riders say the situation is already hurting them.

“I had 178 calls yesterday (Tuesday) and 256 Monday,” said Melinda Boothe, owner of Pocahontas ATV Resort in Bramwell, about the sudden closing of Mercer County’s only trail and the backlash from concerned customers. “I could not leave my desk.”

Donna Lowe, owner of Mud Pit Resort in Montcalm, said she was blind-sided by the news as well and it will impact her business and many others.

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