Grand Depart – Bikepacking at the Breaks Interstate Park

Grand Depart – Bikepacking is scheduled for October 24, 2020 at the Breaks Interstate Park. Presented by Oveja Negra, this free bikepacking adventure will begin at the Breaks Interstate Park, with meet up at the picnic shelter across from the lodge, and roll-out at sunrise (8:00 a.m.). A get-together is also scheduled the Friday night before, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Meet up at the Picnic Shelter across from the Lodge and we’ll all say howdy.

This route explores the vastness of the Pine Mountain region starting at Breaks Interstate Park and heading off west towards the sunset and the infamous Wardaddy Loop. Traversing the Grand Canyon of the South, it is a showcase of the best these rugged and historic Appalachian Mountains has to offer. Superb mountain-line scenery tracing the Kentucky/Virginia border and a tradition of pure, hard adventure – this course is truly breathtaking (literally and metaphorically).

Pike County Horse Trail Ride Fall 2019

Sponsored by the Pike County Fiscal Court, the Pike County Horse Trail Ride at Lick Creek is held June 1st and Sept. 14, 2019 at the South Lake Horse Trail system. This is a free event for horse enthusiasts who wish to enjoy a scenic ride through some of America’s most beautiful back country. Featuring 68 miles of individual trails, and 1800 acres.


Take KY. Highway 1373 off US 460 and proceed 2.7 miles to marked campground and parking. 

Ride Schedule

  • Trail ride begins @ 8:00 a.m.
  • Dinner is served @ 3:00 p.m.

Trail System Details

  • No motorized vehicles are allowed on trails at any time.
  • Camping allowed in designated areas.
  • Visitors must provide their own horses.
  • Arrive early for best parking.
  • Limited electrical hookups are available.
  • All trails are marked.
  • No firearms allowed.
  • No alcoholic beverages permitted.

Other Outdoor Adventure Options

Outdoor Adventure

Camping Options

Limited traditional and primitive camping is available at Grapevine and Lick Creek area (first come, first serve). Visitors can occupy campgrounds for up to 14 days. Once 30 days have passed, visitors may again occupy the campgrounds.

Hatfield McCoy Powersports Spring 2019 Ride the Ridge

Come join us for Hatfield McCoy Motor Sports Spring Ride the Ridge event on May 4th, 2019. Enjoy the hospitality, big savings and prizes.

Ride Details
The ride will be leaving the HMMS Complex, located just off KY US 119 in Belfry, KY at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of 5/4/19 and return back there at 3:00 p.m. for lunch, prizes and some giveaways.

Last year’s event featured a great turnout and excellent riding. Be sure to show up for this great event!

Breakdown Adventure Race

The Breakdown Adventure Race it’s on for 2019! We’re back at the Grand Canyon of the South for a 12 and 24 hour race. This IS the wildest race we put on – a real favorite.

Race Facts

WHAT: The Breakdown Adventure Race
LENGTH: 12 OR 24 Hours
DISCIPLINES: BIKING | TREKKING | FLAT-WATER PADDLING (Bring your own canoe or kayak or we have boats available to rent. Just choose an option when you register)
WHERE: Breaks Interstate Park, VA. Map
WHEN: April 13, 2019

WHO: Solos & teams of 2, 3, or 4
THE COURSE: The Breakdown has a reputation for a reason. “It ain’t supposed to be easy”…  But, it will be fun! We’ve got new trails to play on and steep cliffs to take your breath away.

Extra Early: Dec 5 – Jan 31 $200 (24hr) / $100 (12hr)
Early: Feb 1 – Feb 28 $220 (24hr)/$110 (12hr)
Regular: Mar 1 – Apr 6 $240 (24hr) / $120 (12hr)

Additional Info

Schedule (tentative): The Racer Communication, released the week before the event, will have full details.

— Friday, April 12 —
Gear Staging — 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Race Check In — 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Pre Race Meeting/Maps — 8:00pm

— Saturday, April 13 —
Race Start — 7:00am
Race Cutoff — 12HR, 7:00pm Saturday 24HR, 7am Sunday
Post race party/food (on us) — shortly after the cutoff(s), Presented ByHaysi Partners!

Accommodations: As always, Breaks Interstate Park is graciously hooking us up with some excellent discounts! Call the Park directly at (276) 865-4413 and mention The Breakdown to reserve rooms at The Lodge, a cabin, or a campsite.

Meals: You’ll definitely earn the BBQ or Breakfast, thanks to Haysi Partners! For the pre-race eats, you can visit Break’s Park’s Rhododendron Restaurant for their delicious southern cooking.

Facebook: This one is SO cool it has it’s own Facebook page. Check out The Breakdown on Facebook for updates, tid-bits and race coverage.

Taste of the Trails

The Taste of the Trails is an off road trails riding experience that will depart from the Hatfield McCoy Trails located in the Trail Towns of Williamson and Gilbert, WV around 8:30 a.m. on the morning of April 6th, 2019.

These monthly off-road trail riding experiences are scheduled to take place on the first full weekend of each month during our primary riding seasons. The rides will return back to the rider’s destination of choice by 6:30 p.m. on that same day. These events are tentatively planned to be monthly guided SxS and ATV touring events.

Each ride will wind their way through the Hatfield McCoy Trails System into to the historic town of Matewan, West Virginia. From there, the riders will enter into the historic feud area of the Hatfields and McCoys on the Kentucky side of the Tug. A short break is planned in Matewan and McCarr for fuel and lunch before the ride continues onto Pike County KY’s sister trail system for the remainder of the afternoon.

While in Kentucky, riders will visit several historic Hatfield and McCoy Feud sites, then toward the end of the day rider will have the option of returning back to any one of number of participating lodging and dinning destination for an evening of fun-filled adult entertainment which features some of this region’s finest food and beverages.

Throughout the day and into the evening hours our guests will experience all that Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky has to offer from its world class trails systems to the area’s rich history and heritage, featuring spectacular mountain and river views.

For those who plan to stay over and ride the following day, you will be on your own or you can book a local guide for your next big adventure.


Each participant will need to secure the proper riding credentials as well as follow any local rules of operations for each event.

Riders can find general riding information for the WV Operations at any participating HMTS location as well as on their web site at

You can also contact Wes Wilson, Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce for more information about this and other events in the Valley. Wes contact info is 304-235-5240. You can also reach out to the CVB’s.

The Ellis family who operate Trail 12, Mountain Top Adventures and Twin Hollow Resort will be you best contact for the Greater Gilbert area. Their work number is 304-664-9859 cell is 304-784-8866.

You can also contact Juan at the Matewan Depot and Welcome Center for additional information for the greater Matewan area at 304-426-5744.

Jim Bevins, PCFC Trails Coordinator, can be contacted by text or cell at 606-454-0004, Jim will be happy to address any questions regarding the WV or KY portion of these events.

Additional Ride Plans

As for the trails we plan to ride in KY, riders can access several ridge lines, hollows, valleys and drainages along KY Hwy 1056, 319, 199, 3419, 194, 632 and 2059.

This area includes the communities of Blackberry, Burnwell, Aflex, Hardy, Belfry, Stone, Pond Creek, Ballfork, Pounding Mill, Neatley, Kemper, Freeburn, Phelps, Majestic Lookout, Jamboree, Knox Creek and Elk Creek.

Most if not all of those areas lead directly or indirectly into 4 major Hatfield McCoy Trails and Trail Heads associated with the HMTS in Gilbert, Matewan and Williamson.

On the WV side we plan to utilize HMTS trails located on Buffalo Mt, Devil Anse, Rock House and Bear Wallow along WV Hwy 119, 52, 44, 65 & 49.

Riders who only want to participate in specific portions of the ride can rendezvous with the group as need in progress. A suggestions for doing this is to connect as we go past one of the major towns or trail heads as well as some of the parks. Another suggestion would be to do so around lunch time, which should be somewhere in the neighborhood of the 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. time frame in and around the town of Matewan and the Buskirk Mini Mall.

Please keep in mind that while riders can join the ride in progress each rider is responsible for securing and wearing the proper riding attire and credentials for whatever trail system they plan to ride that day.

There are several parks on the KY side of the river such as the Paw Paw Tree Site, Hatfield McCoy Park, The Hog Trail Site and The McCoy Homestead & Well when and where folks can join the ride. Most all of these sites are located along KY 1056 and KY 319 between the communities of Belfry, KY and Matewan, WV.

Also please note that at the time of this post there is no Kentucky related trails web page for this event nor is there any public maps available to the general public at this point in time for the KY portion of these rides.

In the absence of this information, we’ll continue to utilize the Pike County Trails FB Page to communicate any and all trails related developments, information and events to the general public.

Please make sure you save the date and plan to attend one of these exciting monthly events as we roll them out. We’ll plan to see you there, in fact it should be a hoot and the start of a great season of outdoor events!

In the interim if anyone should have questions, comments or concerns you should address those to the attention of Jim Bevins, PIke County Trails Coordinator, at 606-454-0004.