West Virginia Bill to Open Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area to Off-Road Vehicles Moves to Governor

Legislation to approve a regulation allowing off-road vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area has been added to a separate bill (H.B. 2689), approved by the West Virginia legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature and enactment into law.  These trails are currently restricted to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and motorcycles.  

We Urge You to Contact Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request His Support for H.B. 2689

  • In West Virginia, "off road vehicles" are defined as motor vehicles that do not have low pressure tires and which are constructed, manufactured, or modified for off road driving.  
  • Under the regulation, licensed off road vehicle operators will be required to keep their registration on them and all operators of off road vehicles must be in possession of a current, valid driver’s license.  
  • Off-road vehicles must also comply with exhaust noise provisions.  SEMA/SAN is currently working with lawmakers to ensure that a proper and fair standard for testing the exhaust noise of off-road vehicles is applied.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact Governor Tomblin to request support for H.B. 2689.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Office of the Governor 
State Capitol 
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East 
Charleston, West Virginia 25305  


Office Telephone:  
(304) 558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731