Trail Rules and Regulations

Hatfield-McCoy Trail Rules and Regulations set forth by the West Virginia State Legislature.
HB 4488, 20-14-8.


General Rules
  • User permit required for all drivers and passengers
  • Everyone must wear a DOT, Snell or other approved helmet and eye protection
  • All operators and passengers must meet manufacturer’s minimum age and size requirements
  • No one under the age of 6 is allowed on the trails under any circumstances
  • Any operator or passenger under the age of 16 must be under the direct supervision and within eyesight of their parent or guardian at all times
  • Obey all signs, gates and barriers, stay on marked trails
  • Trails only open during daylight hours
  • No littering, No camping, No fires
  • No alcohol may be consumed or possessed
  • No glass containers of any kind
  • Be aware of oncoming traffic, particularly in blind curves and hills
  • No competitions of speed, endurance or climbing ability allowed at any time without a special use permit
  • Operate at reasonable speeds and under control at all times
  • All machines must be equipped with a properly functioning muffler and USFS approved spark arrester
ORV-Specific Rules
  • ORVs are ONLY permitted on the Bearwallow trail system.
  • Driver and passengers are required to wear helmets.
  • Driver and passengers must have valid trail permits.
  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate an ORV.
  • All passengers must be 8 years of age or older OR at least 6 years of age and 4’9” tall. No booster or car seats are allowed.
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times. the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • ORVs are required to have a roll cage on all most difficult (black and black/red) trails.

UTV-Specific Rules
The driver and passengers of a UTV must:
  • Wear helmets (DOT or SNELL approved)
  • Wear seat belts at all times; the number of passengers is limited to the number of factory installed seat belts.
  • Keep their hands, arms, feet, head and legs inside the vehicle at all times during operation.
  • No booster seats or car seats are allowed 
  • Possess a valid owner’s manual for the machine being operated that is able to be produced upon request.
  • Stay on designated trails. UTVs are permitted on easiest, more difficult, and select most difficult trails (signed accordingly).
  • UTVs must be equipped with a steering wheel and low pressure tires.


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