Any Virginians? WVians? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Mid-Atlantic Riders Covering - Delaware - Maryland - New Jersey - New York - Pennsylvania - Washington D.C.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 03-04-2016, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
TwistedSister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Christiansburg va
Posts: 36
Any Virginians? WVians?

Anyone near VA? Looking for places to ride... Hopefully find someone to ride with. I would like to know of some easy fun/scenic places to start on. I know mountain lake has some good roads that are legal for tagged vehicles and perfect for the brave semi beginner. Would appreciate a good chat. Anyone know anything about Hatfield McCoy trails? I'm itching to try something off road that isn't like black diamond rated lol
TwistedSister is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 03-20-2016, 02:18 PM
Neutral
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 6
I live in WV. I've been on several rides on the Hatfield McCoy Trails, the Green and Blue rated trails are excellent, but any higher rating is a little much for the KLR. The last trail system i rode on was RockHouse, its probably my favorite so far.
mountaineeradv is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
TwistedSister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Christiansburg va
Posts: 36
Excellent answer, thank you. I am actually trying to get my family to ride with me and am planning to visit the HM trails if all goes accordingly. Any tips on places to camp or good motels would be appreciated as well. I haven't done much research tbh, been busy with working on the bike hence all the questions...
So, bikes and fourwheelers can ride together right? I assume it's open to any ATV/UTV/bike within legal req's, trail sharing allowed? We would be bringing my KLR, a KTM, and a fourwheeler (lol a little bit of diversity in our little group).
TwistedSister is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 04:27 AM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwistedSister View Post
So, bikes and fourwheelers can ride together right? I assume it's open to any ATV/UTV/bike within legal req's, trail sharing allowed? We would be bringing my KLR, a KTM, and a fourwheeler (lol a little bit of diversity in our little group).
Not exactly.

Not all trails accommodate side-by-sides; permits and helmets required for all riders, no double riding on single-rider machines.

Plenty of resorts, lodges, etc., cater to the off-road riding community in the region (e.g., Ashland Resort, Rockhouse Lodge, Depot Lodge).

H-M Trails has an excellent website, plus helpful customer service telephone contact. Recommend them for you; Hatfield & McCoy ATV & UTV Trails - ATV Trail Riding Trails Heaven, 1-800-592-2217.

Also, a new pay-for-ride off-road park is said to be open for membership near Christiansburg (not unlike Windrock/Coal Creek, Brimstone, etc., I understand). The Go Race staff probably knows of this one.

All this said: I've ridden several H-M trails, on ATV and on motorcycle; would not personally take a KLR650 onto that venue, if I had the choice of a smaller/lighter/more nimble dual sport/dirt bike. Even blue and green trails have their gnarlier sections, in my experience, and . . . a KLR650 remains heavy to pick up. YMMV.

If you MUST take a KLR650, the Little Coal River trails are the easiest 60 miles of the 700-mile H/M network: http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/t.../ride_0fa9.htm Oh, wait! The website link says they're, "Temporarily closed!" Call the number posted above for authentic current status. No, never mind calling about that subject; looks like "Temporarily" has morphed into, "Permanently;" read it and weep: http://coalvalleynews.com/news/870/t...-official-says

Last edited by Damocles; 03-21-2016 at 04:49 AM.
Damocles is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 07:44 AM
Neutral
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 6
Just outside the town of Logan there's a shopping center with a Holiday Inn that actually has a connecting trail to the rest of the Bearwallow trail system. Also, just ten miles down the road in Man, is the RockHouse trailhead.

I took my KLR on Little Coal last summer before it closed and it beat me to death. The trails were better suited for UTVs and 4wheelers, as the trails where mostly made up of softball sized rock. RockHouse [despite the name] is more packed dirt, with some rocky sections. All machines can ride together on all trails except on designated single-track trails.
mountaineeradv is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 10:09 AM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,143
Quote:
Originally Posted by mountaineeradv View Post

I took my KLR on Little Coal last summer before it closed and it beat me to death.
Suspicions confirmed!

I had my hands full, with a 250, on the Indian Ridge trails. Someone with more skill and strength than I possess is welcome to ride the H-M trails on a KLR650.

Besides the Little Coal River (and I think, Ivy Branch) trail closures (minus 200 miles, only 500 miles left), I learned law enforcement is now in the hands of the Department of Natural Resources, instead of Hatfield-McCoy's own police force.
Damocles is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 10:38 AM
Neutral
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 6
Yeah, DNR enforces it now. Green trails are good for the KLR but anything above that and i'd prefer my YZ250f.
mountaineeradv is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 03-21-2016, 07:07 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Harrisburg NC
Posts: 80
I grew up in WV and always considered anything smaller than a baseball dirt ...
wrong_turn_rider is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 03-25-2016, 11:35 PM
Neutral
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 12
Garage
There are some trails near Roanoke,VA in the George Washington & Jefferson Nat'l Park. I've never been but I plan to soon.
SkidmarkRVA is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 05-11-2018, 11:08 PM
Neutral
 
bcthrowerbell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12
Garage
I just took my KLR out to the Pott's Mountain Jeep trail today.... There are some other trails that lead off of it as well. I had fun. There are mud puddles as well. I have read that some parts of the trail gets a little difficult but not too bad. My KLR did fine on all of the trails but I'm not trying to set any speed records either. Just out there to have some fun.
bcthrowerbell is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome