By BLAKE STOWERS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Officials with the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System are on track to sell more than 45,000 permits this year, a number that marks 17 years of growth within the industry.
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System Executive Director Jeff Lusk said trail permit sales are up 12.4 percent for the fiscal year.
Lusk said, as of July, 70 percent of the growth within the trail system was coming out of Mercer and McDowell counties.
“The last time we looked at it in July, 70 percent of the growth was coming out of Mercer and McDowell Counties,” Lusk said. “The Pocahontas and Indian Ridge are our fastest growing systems and have been for the past couple of seasons. We’re on track to top 45,000 permits. We had 39,352 last year. Eight five percent were sold to non West Virginia residents. It’s an amazing growth cycle we’re going through.”
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is open 365 days a year to dirt bikes, utility vehicles and ATV’s.
The trail system covers hundreds of miles of off-road trails in six of it’s nine project counties.
Blake Stowers is a reporter at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Contact Blake Stowers at [email protected]
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