The Original Pocahontas, dubbed “the OP,” offers 67 miles of scenic twists and turns in a deep-woods setting. The system provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and historic downtown, and can be accessed from two trailheads – one at Boissevain Park and the other in the ATV-friendly town of Pocahontas.
The 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.
Spearhead Trails is known for uniquely different, challenging off-road experiences, but not just the motor-driven type. Whether your pleasure is hiking, biking, horseback riding, or OHV, there is a trail ready to be explored. There are many equestrian trails from High Knob to Wilderness Road… from Pine Mountain to the Scott County Horse Park organized trail rides. For all things outdoor adventure, there’s no question that the Heart of Appalachia is YOUR destination of choice.