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Hatfield-McCoy Trail System: Officials on track to sell more than 45,000 permits this year

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.

“For the calendar year we’re up a little over 11 percent in trail permit sales,” Lusk said. “This will make us 17 years of growth. We’re seeing a lot of investments. We appreciate them. We need more cabins and camp sites. We need to get our entrepreneurs to step up.”

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.”

Lusk said permits for the 2018 riding season go on sale Nov. 13.

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 bstowers@bdtonline.com

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