Hatfield-McCoy Trails developing plan for East Lynn ATV trails

WAYNE CO., WV (JIM ROSS, THE STATE JOURNAL) – The Hatfield-McCoy Trails system is ready to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develop a system of managed ATV trails in the East Lynn area of Wayne County, even if it’s something that’s new for both agencies.

“We’ve been pursuing this with the Corps in some fashion for over 10 years, actually. It’s really reached a robust stage over the last year,” Jeffrey Lusk, executive director of Hatfield-McCoy Trails, said Monday, July 17.

On July 13, the Corps’ Huntington District office posted a notice on its Facebook page saying unauthorized ATV riding and trail development in the East Lynn Lake Wildlife Management Area had been a growing problem. That week, Peter Dodgion, chief of the technical support branch of the Huntington District, said ATV trails at East Lynn often are in locations where erosion is a concern. Trails also cross streams, and ATVs can turn bottomland into mud lakes, he said.

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