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Spearhead Trails can be good for Coeburn

The town can reap benefits from the Spearhead Trails organization’s plan to open more than 200 miles of pay-to-play trails by year’s end.

Spearhead Trails Executive Director Chuck Riedhammer, and board members Jack McClanahan and William “Buzz” Witt told council March 27 that Coeburn is in a great location near the Little Stony Falls and the Guest River Gorge. Its connections with the Crooked Road music trail and the ‘Round the Mountain artisan trail put the town in a position to benefit from tourist dollars.

The trail system is being promoted to attract all-terrain vehicle users and equestrians who will have to pay user fees to ride the trails, along with others.

Reidhammer said the Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail in West Virginia has been a financial boon for that area, and he expects Southwest Virginia to see even greater results.

McClanahan also pointed out the growing interest in geocaching and said there are more than 7,000 geocache sites established in the seven-county area. He said he expects to see the interest in geocaching grow and bring economic benefits to the region.

Reidhammer said the Outdoor Channel program “Fisher’s ATV World” is coming to the area to film a show in the falL He said he wants to see us prepared and at our best for the filming of the program.

Mayor Larry Salyer said he and the rest of council are very excited to see what is happening.

SRRA-Coeburn (PDF)