Lawmakers Consider New Campground
West Virginia state legislators representing Mercer and McDowell Counties say they support the idea of seeing whether a campground at Pinnacle Rock State Park is feasible, but add that finding the money for a study would be the next step, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
Since May 2012, all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts have been coming to Mercer County and riding the Pocahontas Trail, a new branch of the Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail system running through southern West Virginia. Entrepreneurs have responded to this new traffic by opening resorts, offering apartments as accommodations, and opening restaurants. Local business people believe creating more lodging could let the county tap more deeply into tourism revenue.
Skip Crane, a Bluewell businessperson, said he constantly sees ATV riders coming through his community. Executive Director Marie Blackwell of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Mercer County, local leader Beverly Wellman, and Editor Samantha Perry of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph discussed the possibility of bringing a campground to Pinnacle Rock State Park.
The state park is near the Pocahontas Trailhead at the town of Bramwell, which has also benefited, like Bluewell, from an influx of tourists.
Local delegates and state senators contacted by the Daily Telegraph supported a study to see whether a Pinnacle Rock campground was feasible.
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