Discover the Tug Valley

Things to see & do

The Coal House

The historic Coal House was built in 1933 from 65 tons of bituminous coal. Featured on the game show Jeopardy, American Pickers, National Geographic, and countless other news stories, it is a must see. Open Mon.-Fri. 9:30AM-5:00PM

Hatfield McCoy Country Museum

Explore the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum. Exhibits feature local coal history and Hatfield McCoy feud artifacts. Open seasonally May-October, Tuesday-Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM. Visits outside this time frame must schedule an appointment.

Explore Historic Matewan

The entire town of Matewan is listed on the National Historic Register. Made famous by labor union uprisings, the town is most famous for the Matewan Massacre and the Mine Wars. To learn more, visit the Matewan Depot Replica Museum and Visitor Center.

Hatfield McCoy Trails

We are home to the largest off road trail system in the eastern United States, the Hatfield McCoy Trails. Bring your ATV, UTV, dirt bike, or four-wheeler to the mountains and experience wild, wonderful West Virginia. Permits required. Purchase online at www.trailsheaven.com.

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

The Hatfield McCoy Marathon takes place each year in June. It has been rated one of the Weather Channel's Toughest marathons in the world, and also as one of Runner World Magazines must do "Bucket List" runs. There is also a 5K and half marathon.

Williamson Night Markets

Williamson Night Markets take place monthly from May-August. Locally made crafts, t-shirts, jams, iced coffees, art, and musicians can all be found on Second Avenue. Watch our calendar for upcoming markets.

spend the night, get some grub, and shop till you drop

Where to Sleep

Whether you're looking for a cozy B&B, historic hotel, charming inn, or ATV friendly cabin, we have it here!

Where to Eat

You won't leave the Tug Valley hungry! We've got it all: A bustling lunch cafe, a hip sports bar, buffet steakhouse, Mexican mountain cuisine, and fast food favorites!

Where to Shop

Visit the South Side Mall for all your shopping needs! Stores include Factory Connection, Reed's Gift Shop and more!

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Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

Delve into the infamous feud that made history. Sites to visit include the cabin of Anderson Hatfield, cemetery of Devil Anse Hatfield, the McCoy Well, Johnse and Roseanna's baby's grave and more. There's history in them there hills! Pick up a map from the Coal House or the Matewan Depot prior to your adventure.

WV Mine Wars Museum

Learn about the West Virginia Mines wars that shaped the United Mine Workers Association and defined labor laws for an industry. Open Saturday and Sunday. To schedule an appointment outside this timeframe visit their website.

Hike to Death Rock

The Tug Valley Road Runners Club meets regularly for hikes to picturesque "Death Rock." From there you can see an overview of the Tug Valley. If your group would like to join the hike, message the Tug Valley Road Runners Club on Facebook prior to your visit.  

Laurel Lake

Laurel Lake is a great spot for the entire family. With a community swimming pool and picnic shelters, it's a great place to spend the day. Additionally, Laurel Lake is stocked regularly with trout and makes the perfect spot to cast a reel.

Williamson Farmers Market

The Williamson Farmer's Market is open seasonally May-October every Saturday from 8:00AM-4:00PM. In addition to locally grown produce you'll find cook-off's, artisans, and demonstrations at various markets.

Train Watching

One of the largest rail yards east of the Mississippi River lies in Williamson, WV, which makes for excellent train watching. 

Twisted Gun Golf Course

Twisted Gun (THE GUN) is an 18 hole golf course and is the most beautiful golf course in West Virginia with a slope rating of 124. open all year.

Stone Heritage Museum

Step back in time with a visit to the Red Robin Museum. The site of former Fordson Coal Company, which was started by Henry Ford. You can still see the "company houses" and various other artifacts. Visit their website to learn more.

Tug Life

The Tug River boasts some of the best fishing and kayaking in the state. Access docks can be found in both Matewan and Williamson. During the summer, community raft ups are a fun way to relax.

Devil's Den Bike Trail

 

  Ride with the spirit of “The Devil” through the hills and hollows of Southern West Virginia, where moonshine and mayhem helped ignite the infamous 19th Century Hat eld-McCoy Feud.  Throttle your bike up the tight switchbacks of Horsepen Mountain and loop around the same majestic Poplar tree three times before reaching the mountain’s crest.  

The Great (Flood) Walls

Williamson, W. Va., located in a low-lying area bordering Kentucky, flooded 37 times in this century, which devastated the town, it's businesses and residents.Williamson is now guarded by a $41 million floodwall built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1991.


The town of Matewan also has a unique feature that surrounds the entire downtown area – another floodwall. The exterior of the wall tells the history of Matewan through carefully placed vertical fluting that forms an etched mural. This feature is a must-see in town. Visitors walking the path see the art on the floodwall while enjoying the Tug Fork River.

Dingess Tunnel

he Dingess Tunnel is a 3,327-foot tunnel in northwestern Mingo County that was built for the original Twelvepole Creek route of the Norfolk & Western (now Norfolk Southern) Railroad in 1892. That route was the N&W main line between 1892 and 1904, when a new rail line opened on better grades along the Big Sandy River. The Twelvepole Creek route later was abandoned. The town of Dingess was a busy place while the Twelvepole line was in use, because goods shipped on the N&W were unloaded there and hauled to other towns in the area by wagonloads. In June 1905, two trains collided in the tunnel and three people were killed. When the N&W changed its route, the Dingess Tunnel fell into disuse. Since 1913, the Dingess Tunnel has been used as a highway tunnel. The tunnel has been the subject of tales about Mingo County’s violent past.