The Original Pocahontas Trail (OP) officially opened on October 17, 2014 in Tazewell County. The system was named the Original Pocahontas Trail (OP) to honor the famous coal heritage of the town and surrounding region. After more than 5 years of hard work and dedication, the system opened with over 30 miles of trails. Today, OP has grown to about 94 miles on 2,100 acres with about 10 miles of Single Track.
The trail has a lot of scenic twists and turns with spectacular vies and a lot of places to stop and enjoy the dense lush woods. The OP trail provides visitors with an exciting “deep woods” experience along with relaxing rest stops and stunning vistas. It's a trail that you can spend the whole day exploring but you will keep coming back for more.
The OP has two trailheads that provides users with unique food and lodging on each side. One trailhead is located in the town of Pocahontas near the town park. Pocahontas offers a small parking lot with direct access to town via ATV-Friendly roads, Real McCoy Cabins for lodging and some of the best food that you will find in SWVA and some unique shopping option.
The ATV- Friendly town of Pocahontas was named for the Algonquian Indian woman Pocahontas. The town owns and operates the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and Virginia’s official “coal heritage zone.” The “show mine” as many locals call it, features tours from retired coal miners into the real mine that served as the birthplace of the world-famous Pocahontas #3 coal that heated homes across the United States and was the chosen fuel of the United States Navy. The exhibition mine features a 13-foot-tall coal seam. There is also a museum and education center located in the mine’s former powerhouse.
The other trailhead is a few miles outside of Town at Boissevain and offers a large parking lot, bathrooms, a shelter and access to fuel and food. On this side of the trail users will find Trailhead ATV Resort and Trailhead Country Store to meet their lodging, food, shopping and information. From this trailhead, users can escape into a deep oasis of nature that some have compared to having a likeness to nature that can only be found in Aruba. Don’t forget to check out Burke’s Garden – also known as “God’s Thumbprint.” While you are there, be sure and grab a snack from the General Store. For the History Buff – You can learn about the life in the region from woodland Indians to early settlers at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park.
Stop in Tazewell and visit Cavitt's Creek Park that is home to a 54 acre lake on 300 acres. You can't miss out of riding Back of the Dragon - It offers over 400 curves for the thrill-seeking knee draggers, a two-lane ribbon road for the sports car enthusiasts and breathtaking views of the expansive 3 mountain range for all riders.