Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 86

Mercer County: Explorers Welcome M ercer County is a great destination for families, adventure seekers, and history buffs! The area hosts a certified Arts Community between Princeton and Bluefield. Historic towns tell a rich story of rail and coal heritage from the boom days which brought wealth and prosperity to the region. Annual productions like “Smoke on the Mountain,” year-round plays by award-winning troupes at local theaters, and outstanding national productions at The Chuck Mathena Center entertain both residents and visitors alike. Finally, local food and brews feed the soul while taking in all the area has to offer. When it comes to all-terrain, Mercer County has got it all: a vast trail network and a county known for great food, brews and history. Our ATV-friendly community starts with the famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails with more than 700 miles of off-road adventure winding through these southern mountains. It all begins in Mercer County with the Pocahontas Trailhead in historic Bramwell. This convenient access point to 1-77 has a spacious parking lot and rest area and is open year round. ATV permits and merchandise are available at Bramwell City Hall, Bramwell Soda Fountain and Corner Shop, The Quality Hotel and Conference Center, Buffalo Trails and Millers ATV. Looking for something creepy, maybe cursed? Check out Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park. A Native American burial ground, violent deaths, freak accidents, and more. Who knew a simple amusement park could have such a dark past. Dubbed one of “the world’s most haunted places” this site has featured numerous ghost hunters and TV shows seeking those from the past. Private tours are available and a Dark Carnival is hosted each October. Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce | 13