How An ATV Trail Is Changing The Way Some Communities See Themselves


On this West Virginia Morning, Inside Appalachia takes a ride along the Hatfield and McCoy ATV trail this weekend. It’s an extensive trail system built out in a place where the job market has been hit hard by downturns in the coal industry. It’s one way the region is pumping new life into the economy, using a familiar family feud name, and ATVs, to draw people to the region. The Hatfield & McCoy ATV Trail system has been up and running in southern West Virginia since the early 2000’s. Emily Allen reports.

Also on today’s show, this week’s episode of Mountain Stage is titled The Class of ’89, featuring notable performances from that landmark year in the show’s history.

Our Song of the Week is by the Father of Bluegrass Music himself, Bill Monroe. We hear him playing the classic “Uncle Pen,” recorded in May 1989, in Charleston, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which is solely responsible for its content.

Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University and Shepherd University.

Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Cory Knollinger, Emily Allen and Roxy Todd.

Our news director is Jesse Wright, our producer is Glynis Board and our host is Teresa Wills, with help this week from Chuck Anziulewicz.