The Hatfield-McCoy Trails Regional Recreation Authority received a grant of nearly $1.4 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the Southern Coalfields Sustainable Tourism & Entrepreneurship Program.
The money will be used to expand tourism opportunities and related businesses, as well as expanding existing trails, said U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) in announcing the grant. Also part of the grant is a marketing effort that officials expect to result in a regional economic boost of $13 million a year, creating 225 new jobs and 50 new businesses.
The Hatfield-McCoy system includes hundreds of miles of trails in southern West Virginia.
All of the trail systems are open 365 days a year to ATVs, dirt bikes and utility vehicles. Many of the trail systems also offer community-connecting trails that allow visitors to access ATV-friendly towns.