Although it has only been open for a couple of months, the new Tazewell County segment of the Spearhead Trail system is already helping the greater Pocahontas, Boissevain and Abbs Valley areas.
The town of Pocahontas, in particular, is already seeing between 40 to 50 ATV riders each weekend, and those numbers are expected to double by this summer, according to Tazewell County Tourism Director David Woodard.
In anticipation of the new Spearhead Trail system in Pocahontas, and its close proximity to the popular Hatfield-McCoy Trail in the neighboring town of Bramwell, the area has seen more than $1.5 million in welcomed private investments in recent months.
The Hatfield-McCoy Trails system is a proven success story and economic engine for the coalfields of southern West Virginia.
These emerging tourism attractions bode well for the future of Tazewell County. We, too, are excited about the potential of the Spearhead Trail and the Back of the Dragon in the months and years ahead.