5 things you need to know about Cabwaylingo’s ATV Trail

With 80 miles of wheel-spinning, mud-slinging, off-road exhilaration, Cabwaylingo State Forest’s new ATV trail is the can’t-miss outdoor attraction of 2021 in West Virginia.

The Cabwaylingo trail system includes:

  • 62 miles of trails (Easy to Difficult)
  • Two miles of dirt bike-only single track trails
  • 10 miles of new equestrian-only trails near Spruce Creek Campground
  • More than 10 miles of new hiking-only trails

It’s also part of Hatfield McCoy Trails, which means you have access to hundreds of additional miles of off-road adventures. Here’s five things you need to know to plan a trip.

1. One trail, three state parks, endless opportunities for adventure

What’s great about the ATV trail at Cabwaylingo State Forest is that it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the forest’s scenic views and rugged beauty. The trail also serves as a launching point for outdoor adventures at other popular state parks, such as Chief Logan State Park and Twin Falls Resort State Park. Visit one or plan an extended trip and hit the trails at all three. Here’s what each park and forest has to offer:

Cabwaylingo State Forest

Cabwaylingo is the best place to start if you want to enjoy the Cabwaylingo ATV trail. Make sure you stop at the trailhead facility to purchase your trail permit. In addition to the new ATV trail, Cabwaylingo has 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and great fishing opportunities in the west fork of Twelvepole Creek, which is stocked with trout February through May. Click here to buy a fishing license and trout stamp.

Chief Logan State Park

From Cabwaylingo, we recommend Chief Logan State Park as your next stop. The park is about an hour drive from Cabwaylingo and is located near the Hatfield McCoy Trail’s Bearwallow Trailhead.

When you need a break from riding the trails, Chief Logan has 18 miles of hiking and biking trails, elk and wildlife viewing opportunities, an outdoor swimming pool and water slide, a museum with exhibits of Native American culture and coal mining history and a lake stocked with trout and catfish. Click here to buy a fishing license and trout stamp.

Twin Falls Resort State Park

After visiting Chief Logan, we recommend traveling further south to Twin Falls Resort State Park. The park is about an hour drive from Chief Logan and 15 miles from the Hatfield McCoy Trails’ Pinnacle Creek Trailhead.

After riding all the trails, you can hike more than 25 miles of trails at Twin Falls where you can see two iconic waterfalls. Or slow things down with a round of golf at the park’s 18-hole course or take the family to an authentic pioneer homestead with a garden and farm animals.

2. Where is the Cabwaylingo Trail?

Cabwaylingo State Forest is 50 miles from Huntington, 84 miles from Charleston and 96 miles from Beckley. The Cabwaylingo trailhead is located 5.5 miles from Dunlow and can be accessed by driving southeast on WV 35. If you’re driving west or traveling from inside Cabwaylingo, the trailhead is 1.5 miles past forest headquarters.

Click here to see a map of the Cabwaylingo ATV trail.
Click here for directions to Cabwaylingo State Forest.
Click here for directions to Chief Logan State Park.
Click here for directions to Twin Falls Resort.

3. Where to stay when visiting the Cabwaylingo Trail

To get the most out of your experience on the Cabwaylingo trail, you’ll want to plan an overnight trip, weekend getaway or extended vacation. Accommodations in this area book up fast, so you’ll want to book your trip in advance. Lucky for you, there’s several places to stay.

If you want to stay close to the action, Cabwaylingo State Forest has 14 rustic cabins and 19 campsites. The forest also has a 100-person group camp for retreats and reunions.

If you plan to visit other parks connected to the Cabwaylingo and Hatfield McCoy Trails or want to stay at a nearby state park, check out Chief Logan Resort, which has a 75-room lodge, three vacation cabins and 26 campsites. Twin Falls Resort also has a 47-room lodge, 14 cabins and 50 campsites. Book your trip today!

4. Where to eat when you visit the Cabwaylingo Trail

After a day on the trails, you’ll want to enjoy a big meal so you can refuel for the next day’s adventures. Bring your best picnic to Cabwaylingo and enjoy a meal at one of the forest’s shelters, which can be reserved online in advance. During your stay at Cabwaylingo, you also can travel to Huntington for a dinner in the city. Chief Logan and Twin Falls Resort state parks have full-service restaurants with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

5. Ride the Cabwaylingo Trail and save 15 percent at nearby state parks

Hatfield-McCoy Trails permit holders can enjoy 15 percent off cabins and lodge rooms at Cabwaylingo State Forest, Chief Logan State Park and Twin Falls Resort State Park. Simply book online and use offer code HMTRAILS at checkout. Some exclusions apply. Learn more at WVstateparks.com/deals.

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