Multi-use recreational trails in the Southwest Regional Recreation Area
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Coal Canyon

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Trail Overview

Coal Canyon is a 112-mile multi-trail system on 5600 acres that’s perfect for ATVs and Side by Sides. Located near Poplar Gap Park in Buchanan County, future plans of the Coal Canyon trails include expansion of up to 500 miles of continuous trails.  Coal Canyon connects to the ATV-friendly town of Grundy and to the Ridgeview Trail System with its trailhead near the town of ATV-friendly Haysi. Riders enjoy the large field of view on this repurposed coalfield, frequented by elk and other wildlife. Plus, braided trails are underway where equestrian riders will have their own trails, but share intersections.

Coal Canyon is perfect for riders of all levels of expertise and skill. The system is rider-centric by design and family friendly, making it the perfect spot for days of fun.  Southern Gap Outdoor Adventures, located at the trailhead, offers tent camping, full service RV sites, furnished cabins, ATV rentals and a host of organized activities, including archery tag! Their Visitor Center staff organize elk viewing tours, events, and other activities in and around Southern Gap.

Just minutes away from the Hoot Owl Hollow trail connector, you’ll find several restaurants, cocktail lounges and specialty shops within walking distance of the hotel.  And Grundy’s second trail connector at the three story Walmart Shopping Center, complete with river view, offers trail riders conveniences to gas up, enjoy shopping and dining from their OHV!

Please note: We consider this trail system to be “multi-use” and open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes and hikers. However, horses are not allowed on the Coal Canyon system.


Lodging On Trailhead Or Connector

Comfort Inn – Grundy

22006 Riverside Drive
Grundy, VA 24614



Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure – Grundy

1124 Chipping Sparrow Road
Grundy, VA 24614



Number of Coal Canyon trails by difficulty

  • Easy 28 Trails
  • Moderate 14 Trails
  • Hard 23 Trails


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Trail Rules

  • Every rider and passenger must have a permit.
  • The Trail System is open from Daylight to Dark.
  • DOT or SNELL Helmets must be worn at all times by all riders.
  • NO DOUBLING except for machines designed for 2-up riding from the factory.
  • Annual permits shall be visible on left side of helmet.
  • Day Pass wristbands must be worn at all times.
  • Stay on designated trails - failure to do so will lead to arrest and will ruin all your fun.
  • Practice "Pack it in -- Pack it out" Don't Litter!
  • Ride only on trails within your ability. If you are not an experienced rider, stay off the black trails.
  • Absolutely NO alcohol or firearms are allowed on the trail at any time.
  • Download and read ALL the TRAIL RULES before riding.
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