WILLIAMSON – Although the grand opening is not scheduled until Memorial Day, the Devil Anse Trail System opened to the public on Wednesday April, 27.
At this week’s meeting of the Mingo County Commission, George Poole a member of the board of directors of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreational Authority, approached commission to provide an update on the new trail system.
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard addressed Poole stating, “Good Morning, Mr. Poole. What do we have concerning the Hatfield and McCoy Trails?”
“We have a new trail system,” Poole stated with a smile. “It is called the Devil Anse. It opened last Wednesday. I am not asking for money, I am thinking this will make us some money. It is already inundated with riders,” Poole continued.
Currently, the Devil Anse Trail is marked as a blue trail which indicates that the trail is more difficult. The trails range from easy, more difficult and most difficult.
Poole explained the decision to make the trail listed as more difficult stating, “We made it a blue right now because it is pretty rural. If anyone breaks down we want to make sure that they are qualified to be okay.”
Points of interest along the Devil Anse include the Devil Anse Tunnel, The Devil Anse Cemetery, Ellison Hatfield Cemetery, and an Overlook. Poole explained that the Devil Anse Tunnel is a unique feature of the new trail system is a tunnel that has been incorporated into the trail stating, “The system itself has a tunnel underneath the King Coal Highway which is really unusual.”
According to Poole, the trail has been popular since opening. “Every weekend, we have been packed out on that trail system,” Poole stated.
The discussion continued with Poole explaining future opportunities available with the opening of the Devil Anse Trail. “In this property there is also a lot of room for expansion. We will be doing black trails (most difficult) and green trails (easiest) all through this thing,” Poole stated.
The grand opening for the Devil Anse Trail System has been scheduled for Memorial Day, May 30. “It is open. It is being used right now. They did the final punch through on Wednesday and they opened it instantly. On Memorial Day we are going to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting,” Poole explained.
The Devil Anse Trail is the third trail system that has opened in Mingo County. “This has been more than ten years in the making. It is complicated. It is a pretty cool thing. Now, Mingo County has three trail systems,” Poole stated.
More information about the Hatfield and McCoy Trails can be found by visiting www.trailsheaven.com or calling 1-800-592-2217.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)