By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
With around 300 miles of ATV trails to offer guests, Ashland Resort is the largest campground in the Hatfield-McCoy trail system.
Bobby Lewis, state director for the USDA, presented the campground Wednesday with a funding award from the USDA, Lisa Sharp, business program director and rural development coordinator for USDA, said.
With a recent million-dollar expansion, the campground has added eight new cabins, three larger cabins that can sleep eight people, and five smaller cabins that can sleep four to five people, Dave Teasdale, co-manager for Ashland said.
Tara Elder, director of business development for Ashland, added, “this campground is great for people to support local business, letting local people know there are great opportunities here. It’s a great way for people to know about local lodging in the area, everything from tent sites to wonderful cabins.”
“The economic impact that is really coming in from the campground is wonderful,” Jim Anderson, chief operations officer and director of development, said.
Steven Parlier, a guest at the Ashland Resort, said he and his friends have been coming for the last six years.
“We come every spring and fall from Hickory, N.C.,” Parlier said.
“We really don’t have anything like this is our area, we love coming up and getting away for a guys retreat for a few days. The cabins and amenities are wonderful,” Parlier said.
“The way they maintain the trail system around here is also great, everyone we have met has been extremely professional, we really enjoy it,” Parlier said.