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New ATV trail welcome center built with hopes to attract visitors to Mercer County


The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System trailhead welcome center is near completion on Rt. 52, as local business owners hope to attract more riders to the area.

The center, located in the community of Coaldale, will be a hub for Hatfield-McCoy merchandise while also offering ATV permits and information for visitors.

“Basically what the welcome center does is allows a place for day riders to park their vehicles and ride on the trails as a opposed to the people that tend to stay  multiple nights," says Seth Peters, owner of the Buffalo Trail ATV Resort.  Peters is hoping the center brings more convenience for day to day riders. He hopes the center will create more foot traffic for not only Hatfield-McCoy trails, but Mercer County as a whole.

"Well obviously whether it’s day riders or long term riders, they’re going to be utilizing the local restaurants buffalo trails included, they’re going to be utilizing the gas stations the grocery stores the convenient stores," Peters said.

The center will be open 9 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week, only closing on major holidays. 

Executive Director of the trail authority says he hopes the center will be open by the first week in October to start off the fall ATV season.

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