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‘Right Riders’ travel to St. Paul, VA

(Front left to right) George & Patti Sanfilippo, John & Mim Kohler, Bill & Nancy Bryant; (back) Steve and Paula Grange, Ranae and Keith Laidig, Mary Ann and Tommy Worley, Sarah and Charlie Dubbenah and Randy and Chris Dandurand.
(Front left to right) George & Patti Sanfilippo, John & Mim Kohler, Bill & Nancy Bryant; (back) Steve and Paula Grange, Ranae and Keith Laidig, Mary Ann and Tommy Worley, Sarah and Charlie Dubbenah and Randy and Chris Dandurand.

On a sunny morning two weeks ago eight vehicles loaded with Side-by-Side Vehicles, met in Damascus, VA to caravan to and ride the 90 miles of trails at Mountain View Spearhead Trails in St. Paul, VA.

The couples, hailing from Mountain City, TN and Lansing, NC, have planned two-three day trips each year traveling up to 150 miles to experience the adventure of 4-wheeling. “We’ve gone to Brown Mountain, Royal Blue, Hatfield & McCoy, and Coal Creek,” said Nancy Bryant. “We’ve all ridden many times at Doe Mountain, Iron Mountain, Stone Mountain and Pond Mountain right here in Johnson County,” she said.

Southwest Virginia offers four trail systems challenging any rider with green (beginner), blue (intermediate) & black (most difficult) trails. “We chose Mountain View in St. Paul this time,” said Bryant, “but we will return soon to try Coal Canyon near Grundy.” Stone Mountain in Pennington is mostly black trails while Pocahontas in Bluefield is the original trail system and offers mostly green trails.

Buzz Witt, innkeeper, told the group he was very instrumental in getting the trail system up and running. He said within the first six months of Mountain View being open, without much publicity, the town generated over $14,000 in tax revenue. “The town really embraces the ATV guests. Riders can travel through the town to various restaurants and stores,” said Witt. “DOT helmets must be worn at all times lest a $100 fine.”