OEM, dealer help create ATV park in West Virginia

Publish Date: 
Nov 13, 2012

WAVERLY, W.V. – A collaboration between a powersports dealership and local officials will make a new 600-acre ATV Trail Park a reality in this area.

Paul Lemon and Rod Barrett of Lemon and Barrett's Powersports helped the county secure a $19,500 grant from Yamaha to be used as seed money for development of trails, trail markers, parking areas and mapping.

"This is the first donation Yamaha has made in the state of West Virginia. We are excited about this park. Yamaha feels more of these local parks, like this design, are needed throughout the country. There are major trail systems such as The Hatfield and McCoys and Burning Rock, in southern West Virginia, but trail systems that are conveniently located to the citizens like this one at Mountwood Park in Wood County is truly the idea of the future," Yamaha district manager Rian Rooney told the News and Sentinel.

A public hearing, required before final approval, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Judge Black Courthouse Annex in Waverly.

The new Mountwood ATV Adventures will be a strictly volunteer organization, with the responsibility of trail maintenance, development, park regulation and distribution of permit applications. Local merchants may sell permits, with 100 percent of the proceeds assigned to park operations. 

Posted by Holly Wagner