Hatfield-McCoy Brings in Big Bucks

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Since its opening in October 2000, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system has been a boon to the West Virginia economy, a study shows.

The Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research says off-road riders in 2006 added $7.7 million to the economies of the four counties in southern West Virginia that were home to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system last year.

The school says a study also revealed that more than 25,000 riders from all 50 states and seven different countries used the trail system in 2006.

That information may bode well for businesses in McDowell County, W. Va., where the new 58-mile Indian Ridge segment of the trail recently opened.

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail system is a statutory corporation created by West Virginia legislation to help boost economic development.

The system now includes six trails spanning more than 589 miles through Logan, Mingo, Wayne, Wyoming and McDowell counties in the Appalachian Mountains. Project estimates suggest as much as 2,000 miles of trails in nine counties upon completion.

In other Hatfield-McCoy news, the Can-Am Outlander MAX has been named the official two-up ATV of the trail system. That means consumers purchasing a Can-Am ATV in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky or Virginia during 2007 will receive a gift certificate good for a seven-day Hatfield-McCoy trail permit.

Hatfield-McCoy Trailfest 2007 is scheduled for Oct. 4-8. For more news and events happening at the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system, visit www.trailsheaven.com.