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Lodging needed at new McDowell ATV trail in W.Va.

By CHARLES OWENS Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH, W.Va. — A lack of lodging facilities is impacting ridership times along a new ATV trail system in McDowell County.

ATV riders pass each other on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails during last springs riding season. Staff photo by Jessica Nuzzo

Jeff Lusk, executive director of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority, is hoping potential entrepreneurs will step forward to develop needed lodging facilities along the new Warrior Trail system. 

“The Warrior Trail needs more investments,” Lusk said. “It is approaching its one-year anniversary. There is a huge opportunity there (for entrepreneurs). It is a system that connects the city of War, Gary and Welch, and it is wide open. Competition is pretty light right now.”

Lusk said those ATV tourists who are riding the Warrior Trail often have to leave early, or before dark, in order to have ample time to return to a lodging facility or ATV campground further away. …

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