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‘Temporary closure’ of trails: Coal operation’s startup displaces Mercer portion of Hatfield-McCoy


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Several Mercer County officials were blindsided by the news of the trail closure Monday morning.
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph file photo)

BRAMWELL, W.Va.  — The Windmill Gap portion of the popular Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in Mercer County is being shut down in six weeks due to the opening of a coal mining operation, officials told the Daily Telegraph Monday.

The Pocahontas Trail is a well-traversed section of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail that winds primarily through the western portion of Mercer County. Although the trailhead is located in Bramwell, much of the trail system is on Windmill Gap.

John Fekete, assistant director of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, called the shutdown a “temporary closure” of the trail system.

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