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 114-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


Knotty Poplar Cabin Rentals

1135 Woods Fork
Grundy, VA 24614



Number of Coal Canyon trails by difficulty

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


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General Rules for all Motorized Trail Users
  • Permits Are Required for Driver and Passengers
  • Helmets are required for Persons riding in/on Motorized Vehicles Except Jeep/4x4
  • Stay on Marked Trails
  • Only Enter and Exit the Trail System Thru Trailhead or Community Connector
  • Ride at Reasonable Speed for Conditions
  • Do Not Litter – Practice Pack It In/Pack It Out
  • No Camping or Fires on Trails
  • System is open from Sunrise to Sunset
  • Stop When Signaled
  • Obey all Signs, Gates & Barriers
  • Adult Supervision is required if under the age of 18
  • No Fireworks or Firearms
  • No Drugs or Alcohol
Jeep/4x4 Rules
  • Driver and Passengers are encouraged to wear Helmets
  • All Jeeps and 4x4 vehicles that are tagged and street legal will be permitted on Jeep Trails.
  • Any non-tagged vehicle that isn’t classified as an ATV, Side by Side, UTV, Adventure Bike, Dirt Bike or Dual Sport Bike IS NOT permitted on trail
  • Driver and Passengers must be in a manufacturer approved seat with seatbelt fastened
  • No Riders in the Bed of Trucks
  • Riders are responsible for removing damaged vehicles from the trails.
  • Riders are responsible for containment and cleanup of any spilt fluids or glass
  • For Safety Riders are encouraged to ride in groups of two or more
  • Bring Necessary Equipment to help in the event of vehicle getting stuck

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