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Bearwallow is a network of trails in the Hatfield-McCoy trail system in West Virginia. Catering to full-size vehicles, it's no wonder it is part of the Jeep Badge of Honor list of trails. The Green Outer Loop includes five different trails and offers an excellent opportunity to test your 4x4 skills through a rollercoaster landscape of hill climbs and descents. If you are looking for more, the Green Outer Loop connects to a handful of the toughest offroad trails in the state. It's a perfect route for beginners and those looking for their Badges of Honor.
This trail guide follows the green outer loop trails in this order: 12, 19, 15, 20, and 14. You can run this loop in any direction, but to follow this trail guide, start with Trail 12. This loop connects to many other roads within the Park. The road surface is hard-packed dirt and has no major or challenging obstacles. It is mostly one lane to two lanes wide, and the only challenges will be steep inclines and descents. Given the steepness, a four-wheel drive vehicle with low gearing is recommended.
A permit is required and can be purchased at the trailhead facility located at: 247 Bearwallow Drive Ethel, WV 25076 Alternatively, they can be purchased at any of the two visitor centers: Hatfield McCoys Trails Welcome Center is located at 28 Big Pinnacle Branch Road, Julian, WV 25529. Country Roads ByWay is located at 40 Welcome Center Drive, Logan, WV 25601. Only a few miles from the City of Logan on Route 73. Driving the trails is allowed 7 days a week from sun up to sundown, but the offices are only open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Map Color Coding
Bearwallow's maps use a different color coding system than Trails Offroad's. Their map system shows as follows: Green = Easiest Blue = More Difficult Black (one diamond) = Most Difficult Black/Red (two diamonds = Most Difficult Double Trails can be closed at any time. Always check with the Park's office for the latest maps.
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