Adventures With Cody – Mountain Biking The OPCody Howell gives a glimpse at Mountain Biking Spearhead Trails Original Pocahontas Trail System...

4:44AM April 20, 2019
Written by Pam Vance

Fall in the Heart of Appalachia is the per­fect time for out­door explo­ration and adven­ture. The pic­turesque change of sea­sons col­ors are spec­tac­u­lar and the weath­er is at its best for hik­ing, bik­ing, off-road­ing, boul­der­ing and white­wa­ter raft­ing. Far south­west­ern Vir­ginia is an out­door adven­ture­land year-round, but autumn invig­o­rates the sens­es like no oth­er time of year.

All five of Spear­head Trails ATV/OHV trail sys­tems are now moun­tain bik­ing and hik­ing acces­si­ble, open­ing up a whole new world of oppor­tu­ni­ties for unmo­tor­ized adren­a­line boost­ing excite­ment.

Heart of Appalachia’s own, Cody How­ell, and his friends, Cody and Crys­tal, recent­ly took a few hours off to explore Spearhead’s Orig­i­nal Poc­a­hon­tas (OP) trails on their moun­tain bikes. We thought we’d share a bit of their ride.

Mountain Biking Spearhead Trails OP trail system

Start­ing above Poc­a­hon­tas, VA on Peeled Chest­nut Moun­tain, Cody and friends rode the OP Trails, start­ing at trail “37” and end­ing at “1” in Poc­a­hon­tas. Their ride totaled 6.5 miles tak­ing 2 hours and 10 min­utes. From their start­ing point, the ride was “70 per­cent down­hill, met with short uphills to break up the monot­o­ny.” With a huge grin, Cody went on to say, “[The trail] …offers smooth rid­ing with up to 25 mph, mixed with chal­leng­ing sec­tions to keep you tru­ly engaged. Leaves every­where – col­ors, col­ors, col­ors!”

Cody and Cooper the Horse on Spearhead Trails OP trailThey dis­cov­ered two fab­u­lous over­looks on their jour­ney and even made a new friend along the way. Cody explained that at one of the over­looks, they were “accom­pa­nied by a white horse named Coop­er” that enjoyed a cou­ple of apples they treat­ed him with. Evi­dent­ly, Coop­er enjoys the views and the vis­i­tors! Cody recalled meet­ing him ear­li­er in the month while he was ATV­ing the same trail.  Cooper’s not shy!

To put Cody’s ride into per­spec­tive, The OP has 67 miles of trails that range from “green” to “blue” and “black” (rat­ed orig­i­nal­ly for motor­ized ATV’s; green being easy, blue being inter­me­di­ate, and black for experts), with an expan­sion of 30 more in the near future. So, you can ride for days with­out back­track­ing!

At the end of the day you can kick back and relax in a cab­in or camp­ground if your explo­ration calls you to stay more than a day! Con­sid­er check­ing into the Real McCoy Cab­ins in Poc­a­hon­tas at the trail­head, where you can also get a hot home­style meal and sup­plies at their Coun­try Kitchen and store. In Bois­se­vain at the OP’s sec­ond trail­head, enjoy a stay at the Trail­head ATV Resort. And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t encour­age you to vis­it the Poc­a­hon­tas Exhi­bi­tion Mine while there. Poc­a­hon­tas has a rich coal min­ing his­to­ry con­sid­er­ing these mines were at the epi­cen­ter of the 19th cen­tu­ry coal boom that fueled two world wars and ignit­ed the indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion!

We hope you enjoyed this brief look into moun­tain bik­ing Spearhead’s Orig­i­nal Poc­a­hon­tas Trail. We didn’t want to give away too much… you need to expe­ri­ence it for your­self. We will be shar­ing more of Cody’s adven­tures from time to time so give @VisitHeartOfAppalachia a like on Face­book to stay up to date.

We invite you to expe­ri­ence all that the Heart of Appalachia out­doors has to offer. For more hik­ing and moun­tain bik­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties region-wide, vis­it our web­site, give us a call at (276) 762-0011, or stop in at our Vis­i­tors Cen­ter in St. Paul, VA. We’ll get you head­ed in the right direc­tion for a day, week­end, a week or more full of out­door explo­ration and heart-pump­ing adven­ture! Save in your favorites and vis­it often for new events, activ­i­ties, and recre­ation­al oppor­tu­ni­ties. For details and maps of Spear­head Trails trail sys­tems, vis­it

Don’t wait, it’s Fall Y’all!    

Cody enjoying the sunset on Spearhead Trails OP trail.Cody is a local res­i­dent of Tazewell Coun­ty, US Navy Vet­er­an, mem­ber of the Heart of Appalachia Board of Direc­tors rep­re­sent­ing Tazewell Coun­ty, Chair­man of the Tazewell Coun­ty Tourism Com­mit­tee, and mem­ber of the trail main­te­nance team of the Spear­head Trails orga­ni­za­tion. He has a love for and great respect for our nat­ur­al resources, is an avid stew­ard of these trea­sures and… an adren­a­line seek­ing out­door adven­tur­er.


 “You’re nev­er too old to play out­side!” ~ Cody How­ell






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