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The Original Pocahontas

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Trail Overview

Spearhead Trails’ Original Pocahontas (OP) OHV trail system is located near the historic town of Pocahontas, Virginia in Tazewell County.  The OP trail provides visitors with an exciting “deep woods” experience along with relaxing rest stops and stunning vistas.  With 60+ miles of trail currently open, the OP offers a fun day of riding through one of Virginia’s most beautiful regions. We’re constantly making improvements… Single track coming in 2017!  The OP has two trailheads.  One is located in the town of Pocahontas near the town park and offers a small parking lot and access to town via ATV-Friendly roads.  The other trailhead is a few miles outside of town at Boissevain Park and offers a large parking lot, bathrooms, a shelter and access to fuel and food.

The ATV- Friendly town of Pocahontas was named for the Algonquian Indian woman Pocahontas.  The town owns an 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, open from April–August annually, features a 13-foot-tall coal seam.  There is also a museum and education center located in the mine’s former powerhouse.

Please note: While we do consider this trail system to be “multi-use” and open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes and hikers, horses are not allowed on OP system.

Trail Rules

  • Every rider and passenger must have a permit.
  • The Trail System is open from Daylight to Dark.
  • DOT or SNELL Helmets must be worn at all times by all riders.
  • NO DOUBLING except for machines designed for 2-up riding from the factory.
  • Annual permits shall be visible on left side of helmet.
  • Day Pass wristbands must be worn at all times.
  • Stay on designated trails – failure to do so will lead to arrest and will ruin all your fun.
  • Practice “Pack it in — Pack it out” Don’t Litter!
  • Ride only on trails within your ability. If you are not an experienced rider, stay off the black trails.
  • Absolutely NO alcohol or firearms are allowed on the trail at any time.
  • Download and read ALL the TRAIL RULES BELOW before riding.

Failure to comply with any of the Trail Rules could result in revocation of permit and/or civil fine.

Download ALL the Trail Rules

Need a permit?

Permits are required to access any of the Spearhead Trails system. Try us out and get a Day Pass for only $15.00 or get an affordable $50.00 Annual Permit and have access to all of the Spearhead Trails year-round!*

Permits are available at local retailers. Please remember that shopping local helps keep our economy strong, creates jobs and helps us build more trails. Click here for a list of retailers near our trail systems that sell permits.

* excludes trails that are closed for maintenance or service

Click here to get your annual permit

Number of The Original Pocahontas trails by difficulty

  • Easy 13 Trails
  • Moderate 18 Trails
  • Hard 12 Trails

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