Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 8, 2014

Lawmakers seek feasibility study for campground

CHARLESTON — Local lawmakers are hoping to find some funding this year for a feasibility study designed to determine whether a campground could be established at a Mercer County park.

Local business people and other supporters are hoping to see whether a campground could be built at Pinnacle Rock State Park to serve the growing numbers of ATV riders coming to the Pocahontas Trail, Mercer County’s branch of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail.

State Senator H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Friday that he was working with Jeffrey Lusk, executive director of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority, on the idea.

Chafin said he would ask for funding to be placed in the state budget during Budget Week, which started Monday in the Legislature.

“I will ask Sen. (Bill) Cole (R-Mercer) and our delegates to all support this study,” Chafin said in an email Friday evening. “It’s really not a guarantee, but I’m working on it. Obviously, a tight budget is a problem; however, this is very important to Mercer County and southern West Virginia.”

State studies have shown that in addition to campgrounds, ATV riders coming to West Virginia want more lodging opportunities, especially more high-end hotels and motels, Chafin said previously.

ATV riders want to experience new trails, but they often want facilities with “a nice pool and nice amenities,” he said.

Pinnacle Rock State Park is located along U.S. Route 52 between Bluewell and the town of Bramwell.

The Hatfield-McCoy Trailhead facility is located in Bramwell.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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