Friday, August 24, 2012
New GeoTrail retraces footsteps of Hatfields and McCoys through Kentucky, West Virginia
Interest in the Hatfield and McCoy feud has surged recently thanks to the popular History Channel miniseries detailing the accounts of the bloody feud. Now, history buffs, adventure seekers and those who are just plain curious can retrace the footsteps of these famous mountain families with the new Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail.
Geocaching is akin to modern-day treasure hunting, with caches placed all over the world. This Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail includes 15 caches, placed in historic locations relating to the families and their fighting. These caches can be found in Kentucky’s Pike County and in Mingo and Logan counties in West Virginia.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, a kickoff event will be held to introduce this new GeoTrail. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Williamson Coal House in Williamson, W. Va. Brochures will be provided that morning to collect the stamps located at each of the caches. The first 400 finders to log their completion of all caches will receive the special edition Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail Coin.
The caches are designed to be family friendly and finders of all ages and experience levels are invited to come out for the event.
This GeoTrail will be a great way for people to experience an intriguing chapter in the history of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. To learn more about the Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail, the kickoff event or how to begin geocaching, visit hatfieldmccoygeotrail.com.
To find information about all of the outdoor opportunities and locations, as well as a calendar of events happening all across Kentucky, visit the Office of Adventure Tourism’s website.
From Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
You might also enjoy reading Jon Hale: If the name is Hatfield or McCoy there’s plenty to feud but even more to truth.