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Post by jeeptrails1 » Thu May 08, 2008 7:59 pm

This has been discussed alot lately. The Economy within WV's borders has traditionally been based on and around coal. Times are changing and tourism is, and most likely will be very important in the future. What we have here is what most generally take for granted. Lots of land, lots of trails, and a low population. The Hatfield-McCoy Project has shown that off road recreation is a viable way to bring tourism dollars into the state while providing a managed and nationally recognized entity. The ORV user is a steadily growing piece of the tourism equation, and will be taken into account. An ORV park will undoubtedly draw in users. What types of trails would people want? Generally difficult, or a mix of easy SUV geared trail with a mix of moderate and extremely difficult terrian? Something modeled after the existing trail systems in southern WV utilizing natural obstacles, or areas mostly manmade with courses and obstacles modeled specific challenges? Something for a specific user group in mind, or the whole offroading family? What is the general concensus, what would the ORV user as a large group respect, use, and take care of? Maybe a poll?

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Post by JMM » Thu May 08, 2008 8:43 pm

jeeptrails1 wrote:This has been discussed alot lately. The Economy within WV's borders has traditionally been based on and around coal. Times are changing and tourism is, and most likely will be very important in the future. What we have here is what most generally take for granted. Lots of land, lots of trails, and a low population. The Hatfield-McCoy Project has shown that off road recreation is a viable way to bring tourism dollars into the state while providing a managed and nationally recognized entity. The ORV user is a steadily growing piece of the tourism equation, and will be taken into account. An ORV park will undoubtedly draw in users. What types of trails would people want? Generally difficult, or a mix of easy SUV geared trail with a mix of moderate and extremely difficult terrian? Something modeled after the existing trail systems in southern WV utilizing natural obstacles, or areas mostly manmade with courses and obstacles modeled specific challenges? Something for a specific user group in mind, or the whole offroading family? What is the general concensus, what would the ORV user as a large group respect, use, and take care of? Maybe a poll?

To find out what kind of trails people would want you could look at so many of the other OHV parks in the area, you can look out west but the terrain is so much different that you would only be able to keep it in mind. There are several east coast parks that are drawing visitors year round and offering something for everybody. I think making something available for everybody would be the best for a trail system and for the sport. Trails that are challenging and geared more for the well built crowd are great for those "Money Shots" of people taking pictures, posting Internet videos, world wide magazine coverage articles and to just flat out test the limits of man and machine. I don't think you can can have trails like that without having a lighter trail system for those less experienced or just those who enjoy an off the road adventure, after all it doesn't have to be ALL OUT to have fun.


I don't think that there would be any trouble finding people who would travel and use a OHV trail system in WV, the trouble would be in who would own and operate the property.

The poll that is attached to this thread shows a good bit of information from the 77 people who have filled it out so far, the majority of people who have filled the poll out travel an average of 480 miles to get to the location of the trail system they are wanting to use. ( that's well over $100 in gas no matter how you get there or what it takes to haul or drive you rig to the trail location). The group of people polled is mostly filled with people who would camp while few say they need hotel accommodations and the rest would either camp or stay in a hotel. The vehicles are mostly moderately built with a large hand full have trailers to haul their vehicles, but the majority of the people polled do say that they travel outside of the state to reach an OHV location. Location of the people polled is still split between the north central area of WV and the Charleston area mostly located in the metropolitan areas both north and south area with just a few people from the Eastern panhandle.
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Re: WV OHV POLL - (please take a moment and fill out) -

Post by jeeptrails1 » Thu May 08, 2008 8:53 pm

My thoughts as well. Information that is complete and representative of the majority of users will most likely be a deciding factor in the final outcome. The thought is that everybody in this sport does want, and will support an ORV area in this state. Taking the steps from discussion to implementation of the ideas is the next step in the process. I am confident that in time this will be a reality, given the support from the community, landowners, and county/state reps. Seems to be just a matter of time..

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Post by jeepster4life » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:22 pm

Filled out..would be very cool to get a OHV park!

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Post by One Ton Swamper » Wed May 15, 2013 12:30 am

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