Mercer County is a scenic area nested comfortably in the heart of Appalachia, with stunning views, historic sites, and plenty of parks for those who like to be alone with nature. One unique aspect of Mercer County, however, is that it’s home to one of the longest all-terrain vehicle trails in the nation. If you’re the type of person to spend the day on an ATV and finish off the evening with a few local brews, Mercer County welcomes you with open arms.
With more than 700 miles of trails for you to enjoy, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail systems begin in historic Bramwell at the Pocahontas trailhead and wind around the entirety of the southern mountains. With spacious parking, a rest stop, and convenient access to ATV permits and merchandise at the nearby City Hall, Bramwell is an excellent stop for any ATV adventurers looking to have a good time in Mercer County.
Mercer County has more than just all-terrain vehicle trails, with three state parks with must-see sights such as Pinnacle Rock or Bluestone Gorge’s aerial tramway, as well as a local, classic drive-in theater and the Ridge Runner mini-train. However, why not get your adrenaline pumping, ATV-style, on the nation’s longest off-road trail system?
Technology is there to make our lives easier and more convenient — so why not use it? Whatever type of phone you use, there is a plethora of smartphone travel apps available to help you plan your trip, find the best gas prices, check into local hotels, avoid heavy traffic on the highway, and more.
- TripIt, Hotel Tonight, and GasBuddy
These are your everything-planners. TripIt helps with everything from planning your route to finding lodging, nearby restaurants, and even car rentals. Hotel Tonight has a similar function, finding nearby hotels with vacancies. GasBuddy recommends the lowest gas prices along your route.
- Goby, MydistriKt, and Eventurist
Want to experience an area like the locals do? Goby points out regional hotspots and nearby events like plays and concerts. MydistriKt is similar, drawing feedback from locals to identify all the hottest places in town, and Eventurist focuses solely on special events in an area.
This is exactly what it says on the tin. Don’t wanna waste data? Free Wi-Fi Finder can help.
When your trip is over, Esplorio cultivates status updates, location check-ins, and pictures from your social media accounts and puts everything in one place for you to enjoy.
Using a few smartphone travel apps lets you not only plan your trip better, but enjoy events and activities you may not have known about otherwise. Prepare for your summer vacation with just the touch of a button.