October 30, 2014

Mine Made Paradise Adventure ATV, Lebrun, Ky

We rode 38 miles.

       Mine Made Paradise is an old coal mine mountain top, restored back to grass, roads and forest. We camped at the Mine Made Paradise campground off of county road 1098.(right at the trail head) You will find w/e sites.  The elk usually come into the field  near the campground, but while we were there,  they didn't come to visit.

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      Kentucky has the same type of trail system as in West Virginia.  The first part of the trail is road riding until you get to the forest.   The trails are marked well, but some of the roads,  are not marked, so they are confused with the ones your looking for. No beavers, but a dam!

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    There are water holes to go thru, but the bottom is hard, therefore it isn't so muddy.   There are numerous creeks and overlooks/ There are about 70 miles of trails, 3 different difficulties.              

We enjoyed crossing the creeks and the views.  We tried the black-difficult trails, and had to turn around twice, on the trail #86 had a bad wash out right at a shelf.  The other trail #83 had a steep hill with a severe wash out in it.  We did come down #87, and had to come down a 2ft shelf, we held down the back end of the ATV, so it didn't tip up.

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  We enjoyed the trail in the creek, trail #86.  The blue trails are fun, not easy, but enjoyable. We didn't meet anyother riders, but it was Thursday. We came to one intersection and the ground was littered with acorns!  It was a great day of riding, sunshine, fall foliage, and one deer.

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LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY= Garrett, Ky  DIRECTIONS=Turn on  county rd. 1098, 2 mi/ Turn L on Elk View drive/ go 1/4 mi, turn L on Sutton Memorial / Drive in campground on L.
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND= forest, mountain  , OWNER=Private  QUALITY >  Pro- Marked trails, variety of terrain, campground at trail head (No cabins) / Con /  Length of stay1-2 days / Rating-3 out of 5 stars
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS-70 miles of  hills /  forest / mud / dust / water crossing /elevation         TRAIL MAINTENCE –yes  /   NEAR BY TRAILS- Daniel Boone ATV Trails, Hyden, Ky
REGULATIONS> Permit required-No / Camping-Mine Made Paradise Adventure Park /whip-No / helmets req.-no / width req.-No
FEE> Camping  $30/ Entry-No
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=
CONTACTS>304-784-1981 or 859-609-1288

October 26, 2014

Pinnacle Creek Trail, Hatfield and McCoy, Ashland & North fork, WV

We rode 58 miles –Out of this campground we rode Pinnacle Creek, Indian Ridge and Pocahontas


Easiest (Green):  33%
More Difficult (Blue):  41%
Most Difficult (Black):  8%

      Today, Sunday, most of the campers left the Ashland resort to head home. It was pretty quiet. Throughout the whole day we only saw 12 riders.  We took the shortcut toward town, on County Road 17, 7 miles and turned on trail #20,  This is the Pinnacle Creek Connector. (You may ride the Indian Ridge trail to this Trail head, but this way cuts off an hour)

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This is the rockiest trail we've rode on out of the three trails in this area, less mud, climbing trails and quite diverse.  After the first few miles, we came to a corner, "No Trails" sign, and there was an older cemetery, but a recent burial as of March 2014.   Cemetery GPS#  37*31,206N  081*26,487W
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We came across an abandoned block cinder building, in the middle of nowhere, we haven't done research on what this was used for
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We drove through a pasture, fenced on both sides, there were some interesting fence post!
We drove along Pinnacle Creed for 6 miles, it is 20 ft across, one spot there was a beaver dam across the creek, on trail #10. We even saw two grouse along the creek. We had lunch at the confluence of Pinnacle and another creek, trail #26 and #20. This area is white sandstone and higher ground which made it rockier and less muddy.
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  We came across the "Eight Hole", a long, 2 1/2 ft deep hole, hard bottom, in the trail, We were in 4 wheel drive and had out feet on the seat. Many of the RZR's had the water come in on the floorboard.
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We rode around a beautiful bluff on trail #25, it was so pretty with the foliage and light colored sandstone. The valleys were outstanding! We did come across some unusual animals in the forest.

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October 24, 2014

Pocahontas Trail, Hatfield and McCoy, North fork, WV

35 miles   http://trailsheaven.com/Plan-Your-TRIP/Choose-a-Trail/Pocahontas.aspx

Easy (Green)-22%, Medium (Blue) 47%, Difficult (Black)22%     60 miles total
   We rode south out of the Ashland Campground, toward the town of Bramwell, on trail #12-14-15.  We rode most of the trails.  It was quite muddy,rather than dusty, the trails in Green, were more like roads, the Blue trails were more like trails, we didn't try the black.  The landscape has some sandstone ledges, many trees and vines and some magnolia trees.  The area has been logged off. 

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One of the blue trails took us right thru a vein of coal, there’s good size chuncks of coal, Pretty. 

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We came across the Belcher Cemetery. GPS#37*21.987N   081*19.110W     There are some head stones dating from 1889, and the earliest of 2010.  We found out these cemeteries have been family plots for many years. Bottom land is at a premium, so they place the cemetery near the top.

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We did find a sandstone outcrop, with trees on top, and the rocks are falling away. Someone has put a foot long board inside, to support the top portion.

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Belcher dates
Uther Griffith 1905-06
Rebecca Blevins 1876-1946
Ralph Blevins   1925-19??
Grat Taylor Feb 1914- nov 1915
Andrew Tayor Oct 1889-July 1929 Sailor