Head south to Appalachian Outpost and Rockfort Cabins, located on the doorstep of epic adventure.
Head south to the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains for the adventure of a lifetime and, when your day on the trails is done, rest your weary head at Rockfort Cabins in Lyburn. This scenic region of the Mountain State was once a center of West Virginia’s coal industry. Following its sharp decline in recent decades, many entrepreneurs in the area, like Diana Barnette, have reenvisioned and reinvented some of the region’s existing spaces to serve its blossoming tourism industry. Barnette took an old strip mall and turned it into a one-stop shop for ATV enthusiasts visiting the region calling it Appalachian Outpost and Rockfort Cabins.
The compound includes 16 cabins, a store, and an on-site restaurant fittingly named The Broken Axle. There is other retail space available for future development, too. All are located a stone’s throw away from the famed 700-mile Hatfield-McCoy trail system—heaven for off-road riders and ATV fanatics. Barnette says the region is special for so many reasons, and not just because she was born and raised there.
“If you haven’t visited this area yet, you’re really missing out,” she says. “This is beautiful country. Every time I go north and come back home I am so impressed all over again. It’s the scenery, the culture, and the people. They are the nicest, friendliest, warmest people.” Barnette has a history of seeing a need in her community and filling it any way she can. She saw a demand for high-quality lodging to serve ATV tourism in the area and didn’t stop until she made it happen.
Visitors to Appalachian Outpost and Rockfort Cabins can haul their toys to Lyburn and access the Rockhouse Trail System directly from their quarters. From Rockhouse, guests will also have access to Devil Anse Trail and Buffalo Mountain Trail. There is plenty of parking for toys, trailers, and haulers, too and, once you unload your ATV, you won’t have to load it back up again until it’s time to leave. The Rockfort cabins offer a comfortable respite with fully stocked kitchens, cozy queen-sized beds, and privacy. All are outfitted with rustic decor reflecting the off-the-beaten-path personality of the region. Many cabins offer two separate bedrooms and queen-size sleeper sofas in the living rooms to maximize guest capacity. Wifi is available to guests free of charge, and your ATV can stay parked right outside your front door ready for tomorrow’s adventure. Barbecue grills and firepits are also available by special request. 101 Appalachian Outpost Trail, Lyburn, 304.752.3073, appalachianoutpost.com