Our Adventures

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Wild & Wonderful Tour

Day-Time (Year-Round)

From the ridge-tops to the valley floor, this adventure highlights the diversity of terrain in the Tug Valley Area and is ideal for riders who are unfamiliar with the area. Think of this as an "intro to riding" in Coal Country.

Pricing Coming Soon

(Per Machine)

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Williamson Rocks Tour

Day-Time (Year Round)

Showcasing some of the best views in Mingo County's only city, this tour explores Death Rock, Picnic Rock, and Castle Rock! This tour typically lasts 2-3 Hours and is perfect for a shorter morning or afternoon trip. Very short hiking is required at each destination to visit each rock formation.

Pricing Coming Soon

(Per Machine)

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The Hornet Ridge
Tour

Day-Time (Year Round)

Specifically designed for riders staying in the Matewan, West Virginia area, this tour travels the historic and very scenic ridges toward Phelps, Kentucky. A meal-stop can be requested at "Hornet's" in Phelps (the Krazybread is a MUST!)

Pricing Coming Soon

(Per Machine)

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Ridge Run Tour

Day Time-(Year Round)

High-paced riding, wide open trails, and panoramic views highlight this particular journey. If you're looking for a ride where you can "put the pedal down", this is the trip for you!

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The Dingess Tunnel Tour

Day-Time (Year Round)

They don't call it "Bloody Mingo" for nothin'! This adventure takes riders to the historic Dingess Tunnel where history speaks for itself. 

Pricing Coming Soon

(Per Machine)

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Black Gold Tour

Day-Time (Year Round)

This tour celebrates the "Heart of the Billion Dollar Coalfield" as riders visit significant locations pertaining to the coal industry.

Pricing Coming Soon

(Per Machine)

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Bluegrass Showcase Tour

Day-Time (Year Round)

New in 2022, this adventure takes riders into Kentucky on a full-day showcase of the incredible riding the bluegrass state offers.

Pricing Coming Soon

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Hiking Adventures

Trail Riding Adventures

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Death Rock

Day-Time (Year-Round)

Williamson's most famous hiking destination has "wowed" locals and visitors alike throughout history. Featuring a multi-state view, the location is fantastic year-round with each season offering unique scenes.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4 Miles

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Castle Rock & 
Picnic Rock Combo!

Day-Time (Year Round)

This 2-Mile (round-trip) hike takes folks to the location of an old radio tower that sat high above the city of Williamson. While views can be better in the fall/winter and early spring, Picnic Rock is the perfect place to take a lunch and enjoy the mountains!

Note: This hike is a combo including stops at both Castle & Picnic Rocks.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.8 Miles

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Castle Rock

Day Time-(Year Round)

Certainly one of the more unique rock formations in the Tug Valley Area is Castle Rock. The hike is one of the easiest offered by W.E.S. and is a great introduction to exploring this area. 

Note: This hike can be combined with Picnic Rock due to close proximity. See our "Combo" Option below for both.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.6 Miles

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Shoe Rock

Day-Time (Spring, Fall, Winter)

Hidden along the ridge overlooking West-Williamson is Shoe Rock. This less traveled destination is not accessible in summer months but provides hikers with a unique experience. 

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard
Distance: 

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Picnic Rock

Day-Time (Year Round)

This 2-Mile (round-trip) hike takes folks to the location of an old radio tower that sat high above the city of Williamson. While views can be better in the fall/winter and early spring, Picnic Rock is the perfect place to take a lunch and enjoy the mountains!

Note: This hike can be combined with Castle Rock due to close proximity. See our "Combo" Option below for both.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2 Miles

About the Guide

Join veteran trail-rider and professional photographer, Wes Wilson, on professionally-guided expeditions throughout the Tug River Valley and beyond! Whether you're riding the trails, hiking, or kayaking, Wes' offers endless opportunities for adventure while in the area. 

Wes has managed his first business, Wes Wilson Photography, since 2012 in Williamson, West Virginia. Serving as a free-lance photographer for local newspapers, his career has given him the opportunity to cover incredible events around the world. 

 

Notably, Wes has photographed the ESPN Winter X Games (Aspen, Colorado), Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour, and currently serves as House Photographer at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky. While at the A.W.A., he's had the opportunity to photograph Aaron Lewis, Black Label Society, Brad Paisley, Marshall Tucker Band, REO Speedwagon, Travis Tritt, Alice Cooper,
Ace Frehley, and many more nationally known artists. 



 

Wes' Photo Gear Bag:

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Wes' Ride:

Camera Bodies - (2)- Nikon D4
Lenses -
Nikon 14-24MM F/2.8
Nikon 24-70MM F/2.8 
Nikon 70-200MM F/2.8

Nikon 300MM F/2.8
Laptop - Apple Macbook Pro 13" 
Software - Adobe Lightroom , Gimp
Camera Phone - iPhone 11 Pro 
Action Camera - GoPro Hero7 Black

Tripod - Manfrotto
Filters - 3-Stop ND Filter (77MM)
Bags & Backpacks - Kata
Storage - Western Digital Mybook 4TB

2019 Can-Am X3 Turbo

Details -
Fox Race Suspension Tune 
2.5" Wheel Spacers 
Maxxis Carnivore Tires (32x10x14)
Can-Am HD4500 Winch 
Can-Am Front Pre-Runner Bumper
Can-Am 4 Point Retractable Harnesses
Can-Am Fender Flares
Can-Am LinQ 8 Gallon Cooler
Can-Am Sport Side View Mirrors
Can-Am Front Shoulder Storage Bag
Can-Am Lower Door Panels 
OxGord Roll Bar Grab Handles
DragonFire Racing Accessory Mounts
EMP Glass Windshield 
Powerbass XL-800 Soundbar