By Gary and Ginny Clauson, Two Rivers ATV Club
The club planned a ride to the Hatfield-McCoy trails in West Virginia for mid October. Since we were headed south, part of the group decided to leave a little earlier and make a stop to ride Brimstone in Tennessee. Six couples made the side trip to ride Brimstone and despite the rain managed to have a great time riding the trails for a couple of days.
One day we were lucky enough to hook up with a guide who took us to Kentucky to ride the outlaw trails. Once again we were able to hop on our machines, cross over the river to Kentucky and hit the trails. This guide knew all the unmarked outlaw trails and was able to take us to see things we would have never found on our own.
Highlights of the day included a ride to see the wild horses (who ended up being pretty friendly and even ate out of our hands), some of the historic Hatfield/McCoy cabins and even the site of one of the massacres. The highlight of the day was the trip up the mountain where we met one of the Hatfield descendants who welcomed us to enjoy the panoramic view from his mountain top old cabin. The site was used for many years to hold Bluegrass jamborees which hosted over 12,000 people at times.
At the end of each day we would head back to town, clean up and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants or just sit on the front porch of the bed and breakfast and enjoy the peaceful evening. We strongly recommend Matewan as a destination for a great time at the Hatfield-McCoy trails.