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New UTV Rules at Hatfield McCoy Trails

The Hatfield-McCoy Trails have opened all Green (easiest) and Blue (more difficult) trails to approved UTV's!

This means UTV's can now roam more than 300 of Hatfield-McCoy's approximately 500 trail miles. It also makes Hatfield-McCoy the largest UTV-friendly trail system in the country.

As such, they've drafted a new set of rules governing the use of UTV's out on the trail. Here are the 2009 rules and regulations for bringing your two-seater to the trail system:

Follow all rules and regulations identified in UTV owner's manual and rules and regulations listed below.

Utility Type Vehicles can only be operated on designated trails:

Easiest Trails (Green) - Approved.
More Difficult Trails (Blue) - Approved
Most Difficult Trails (Black) - Not approved.
Extreme Difficult Trails (Red Black) - Not approved.

Signage and Maps - Every intersection will be labeled with a sticker approving or disapproving each trail. Most difficult and extreme difficult trails will receive an 18x24 metal sign located at each intersection. This sign will have a UTV with a line through it and state NO SIDE BY SIDE/UTV'S ALLOWED. Violators subject to $100.00 fine and impoundment of machine.

Machine Requirements

1. Machines may not be self constructed or substantially modified from manufacturer's specifications in the sole opinion of the Executive Director or his designee.

2. Units must be equipped with a steering wheel from the manufacturer.

3. Units must be equipped with ROPS (Roll-Over Protection System) from the manufacturer.

4. Machines must be equipped with manufacturer seat belts and must be in good working order.

5. Low pressure tires required - Max 20PSI at manufacturer's recommended inflation.

6. No machines above 855cc or 61HP allowed.

UTV Specific Rules

1. The number of passengers carried on a side by side - utility type vehicle shall be limited by the number of manufacturer installed seat belts.

2. All participants must abide by all of the manufacturer's requirements regarding the age and size of operators and passengers. In addition, regardless of the manufacturer's requirements, all passengers under the age of 16 must be able to reach grab bars and be able to place both feet on the floorboard seated upright with their back against the seatback. All operators of side by side - utility type vehicles must be at least sixteen (16) years of age or older.

3. Any operator of a side by side - utility type vehicle must possess a valid driver's license.

4. The driver and passengers of a side by side - utility type vehicle must:
Wear seat belts at all times;
Keep their hands, arms, feet, head and legs inside the vehicle at all times during operation;
Wear a DOT or Snell approved helmet; and
Wear eye protection at all times

UTVs are becoming more popular on the trails. They are great for a family outing.

We are vendors for the Hatfield McCoy Trails. If you have questions about the trails or need help planning a trip, feel free to contact us!

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Hatfield McCoy Trails

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We are interested in coming to your area next summer. We have a Kowasaki Teryx and would like to ride trails. Do you have trails in your area we can ride and could I get some info if you do? Also would like to rent a cabin for the week close to the trails. Thanks for any info you could give me on this. Steve from Wisconsin
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this news has been out for a while but, thanks for posting it again.
I'm all for it and for the rules except the helmet one, but i will abide by it when i am there this fall.
looks to be a fun place!
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Makes me unable and not want to come.

I have a better cage and five point harness belts, so I guess I can't ride my safer vehicle there.

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Only the easiest trails approved.
No after market 4 seat cages, steering wheel, and harnesses.
A bunch of other rules that any one who upgrades thier side by side won't meet.
Guess they don't want my familys business either.
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instead off talking down about the trails how about calling them to find out if you qualify with the upgrades you have installed that make your utv SAFER first then trash my home states trail sysem that kicks ass....just my 2 cents
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I'm very happy they opened up to sxs riding
i'm sure that as they see more of them they will open up even more trails.
I've heard very good things about the HM trails and can't wait to ride there.
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instead off talking down about the trails how about calling them to find out if you qualify with the upgrades you have installed that make your utv SAFER first then trash my home states trail sysem that kicks ass....just my 2 cents
I don't think we are talking down about them. This post was about the new rules and my vehicle does not qualify according to the rules.



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I think its great that they made some of the trails open.
I just wish they would recognize that people modify thier side by sides to make them safer.
I see now that the mid level ones are open, which is a change from the proposed rules last winter which is great.
I still doubt I can run them with aftermarket exhaust, cage, seats, harness and steering wheel.
I think that the Hatfield McCoy trails are a gem in the atv/utv world. These are well organized/marked trails, that I have heard from half way across North America. I just would hate to travel all that way and not be able to ride them as I don't meet rules 1 thru 4.
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I think its great that they made some of the trails open.
I just wish they would recognize that people modify thier side by sides to make them safer.
I see now that the mid level ones are open, which is a change from the proposed rules last winter which is great.
I still doubt I can run them with aftermarket exhaust, cage, seats, harness and steering wheel.
I think that the Hatfield McCoy trails are a gem in the atv/utv world. These are well organized/marked trails, that I have heard from half way across North America. I just would hate to travel all that way and not be able to ride them as I don't meet rules 1 thru 4.
Well said...
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