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Just starting to plan a trip to WV for April 12th thru 18th. Probably Gilbert area lodging. Anyone else going to be in the area for an Appalachian Ace adventure? This will be our first time going to the Gilbert area.
 

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If you've never been to West Virginia you are in for a special treat. I've been riding up there for 10 years and go at least once a month. Since I live in North Carolina I'm only 2 1/2 hours away. We've got an Atv and SxS club down here called the "Triad Trail Blazers, many of us have campers set up at a mom & pop campground. I saw this was going to be your fist trip so I thought I would post up a little info for ya. Gilbert is a great place to go and stay and you'll enjoy it but if you really want to have access to a lot of riding area's you should check the link I will post to a place to stay. It's called Ashland ATV Resort. This place is in the middle of 3 of the Hat Field trail systems and they are connected with marked trail connectors, also there are so many what we call free riding trails it hard to believe. If you decide to go off of the H/M trails a GPS is a must. If I can help with any info or in anyway just let me know.

Ashland Resort, West Virginia: Campground, Cottages, Cabins, and ATV Rentals
 

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If you've never been to West Virginia you are in for a special treat. I've been riding up there for 10 years and go at least once a month. Since I live in North Carolina I'm only 2 1/2 hours away. We've got an Atv and SxS club down here called the "Triad Trail Blazers, many of us have campers set up at a mom & pop campground. I saw this was going to be your fist trip so I thought I would post up a little info for ya. Gilbert is a great place to go and stay and you'll enjoy it but if you really want to have access to a lot of riding area's you should check the link I will post to a place to stay. It's called Ashland ATV Resort. This place is in the middle of 3 of the Hat Field trail systems and they are connected with marked trail connectors, also there are so many what we call free riding trails it hard to believe. If you decide to go off of the H/M trails a GPS is a must. If I can help with any info or in anyway just let me know.

Ashland Resort, West Virginia: Campground, Cottages, Cabins, and ATV Rentals
I did a poor job posting.. I meant to say.. " first time to GIlbert area". I have been to HFM only once, and it was staying at Ashland with a michigan club. We were only there one day and I received an emergency call from home that my dad was passing. So it would be very unfair for me to speak to the accommodations, or trail systems based on my bad experience.

We arrived very late in the evening, and there were many mishaps, mainly with food, cabin bookings (rustic, and thought it was fully furnished) only restaurant in town was closed, gps directions got us very lost, etc etc.. Mostly my own doings, but the wife is suggesting a little less remote this time. It was the following afternoon when we returned from a ride that I received an email from my brother that we needed to come home.

This time around, I will prepare much better, and will have lots of questions. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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I can understand how it can happen, it seems really remote unless you know how to get to other places. There are many towns you can access by trail or by the roads if you want. Normally it's better to meet some one who knows the way around so they can help you out. When staying at Ashland you are really only 20 minutes away from places to eat, drug stores and other things you may need. Gilbert would be a better place if the family wants to do other things at the end of the day, Ashland is for cooking out, sitting around a campfire and drinking " Moon Shine ". If you ever come back let me know, the club will show you the time of your life.
 

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I can understand how it can happen, it seems really remote unless you know how to get to other places. There are many towns you can access by trail or by the roads if you want. Normally it's better to meet some one who knows the way around so they can help you out. When staying at Ashland you are really only 20 minutes away from places to eat, drug stores and other things you may need. Gilbert would be a better place if the family wants to do other things at the end of the day, Ashland is for cooking out, sitting around a campfire and drinking " Moon Shine ". If you ever come back let me know, the club will show you the time of your life.
Sounds like a good times. There are groups around here that head down to Ashland a few times a year, but I can never seem to connect due to conflicting work schedule. If the spring trip goes well, maybe a return trip in the fall can happen too. Maybe as the forum grows, an actual Ace gathering could happen, and you have to admit, the "Appalachian Ace adventure" is pretty catchy.:smug:
 
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