Terror on Tams
Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park is the perfect alternative to your everyday beaten path. The park, located just 3.5 miles from the town of Sophia, is situated on 10,000 acres and offers over 100 miles of trails ranging from the “family friendly” Tams Loop to the “winch recommended, enter at your own risk” favorite – The Amazon. There are trails for every type of bike, atv or utv and every type of rider from novice to pro. ATV rentals and guided tours are available onsite. Prefer track over trails? No problem! Check out the 1.25 mile professionally designed motocross track that’s home to the Southern WV MX Championship Series.
Without a doubt the best view of the track is from the skies above on the Burning Rock Express Zipline. In summer 2010 the longest, fastest dual racing zip line on the east coast opened to the public at Burning Rock. Traveling a single span of 2,500 fee (that’s half a mile!) and dropping 330 feet in elevation from scenic mountaintop to the valley tower below allows for speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.
The 70 acre trailhead is only 15 minutes from Beckley and features a general store, pavilion, campground, rustic cabins, RV hookups, Glamp and Platform tents, showers, restroom facilities and ATV Wash Rack.
171 Burning Rock Dr.
Tams, WV 25921
From I-64/77 take Exit 42 and follow signs for Sophia. Once in Sophia, turn right on W. Main Street (Rt. 16). Drive for 3.5 miles and Burning Rock is on your left.
Coordinates: 37 deg 41 min 43 sec North, 81 deg 18 min 01 sec West
Peak Season Store Hours (April-Thanksgiving)
Monday-Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Friday-Saturday: 8 AM – 10 PM
Sunday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Winter Store Hours (Thanksgiving-March)
Everyday: 8 AM – 5 PM
What is the age requirement to drive an ATV?
We follow all manufactures’ guidelines. For our rentals and tours, we require a minimum age of 16 for driving rental ATVs. For our rental SxS, you must be 16 if you are going to drive by yourself or 18 if you are going to drive with a passenger. You must be at least 16.
Are passengers allowed on ATVs?
We follow all manufactures’ guidelines. If your machine is not made for 2 people, it is not allowed to carry 2 people on Burning Rock trails.
What is the age requirement for SxS passengers?
We follow all manufactures’ guidelines. For our rentals, you must be 48” tall, there is no age guideline.
Where is Burning Rock located?
We are located just 15 minutes southwest of Beckley, WV. For more exact information, please see our Contact Us page.
Is tandem riding allowed on ATVs?
We follow all manufactures’ guidelines, so if your machine is designed by the manufacturer (2-up style) then yes. If it was made for just one single rider, then no.
How much does it cost to rent?
For rental and tour rates, please consult our specific pages.
Please remember that each rented machine is subject to a $500 damage deposit. It is refundable but damages are not rare.
Is Burning Rock open year-round?
Yes, we are open year-round. Trails are open for riding sun-up to sun-down. We don’t encourage night riding out of respect for our neighbors. The RENTALS & TOURS do not operate year-round. They are typically open March – November.
Is Burning Rock open during events and races?
Yes! Unless otherwise noted, we are open during events! All race courses are clearly marked and trails are only closed where specified.
I’m a minor, can I come ride or race without my parent or guardian?
If you are a minor visiting Burning Rock to rent, ride or race – you must have a parent or guardian with you to sign a waiver. If you can not have a parent or guardian accompany you, you must present a notarized waiver with their signature on it.
Are pets allowed?
We love animals! All animals must be leashed. We do have a pet-friendly cabin but you must be sure to mention our furry friend when making a reservation so we can be sure to have the right cabin available for your stay.
How much in advance should I make my reservations?
We always recommend making reservations as soon as you can. Especially if you are planning on visiting on a weekend.
Are you part of the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System?
No, we are separate but we do offer a 10% discount on our trail passes if you have a valid HMT permit.
The land that Burning Rock sits on has a storied past.
If you were standing in our trailhead 100 years ago you would stand 40 feet lower than you do today. In the 1920’s, coal companies began filling the hollow where our trailhead now lives, with refuse. Coal was removed from area mines and processed to separate the usable coal from the unusable rock/refuse. Those excess materials that held no market value were dumped right in our little valley. The dumping created unsightly and even dangerous areas. In 1977 the Abandoned Mine Act was enacted, which included a tax on every pound of coal sold, to help restore these sites. In 1990 this area became an AML (Abandoned Mine Lands) project. State and federal funding paid 1.4 million dollars to a reclamation contractor to haul in almost a foot of topsoil, grade the newly established surface and install a positive drainage system. These efforts resulted in a very beautiful, usable piece of property from what was a previous dumping ground. We’re very proud of how our trailhead has blossomed!
Our trailhead is considered part of the gateway to the Winding Gulf Coalfield, which was once home to many small coal towns. One such town is Stotesbury, which you can see from several points on the trail system. The community was named for E.T. Stotesbury, previous president of Beaver Coal Co, and is the former home of long standing U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Senator Byrd graduated from nearby Mark Twain High School, which is no longer standing. The school burned down in the late 1970s but you can visit the memorial plaque on McAlpin Rd.
The Stotesbury mining camp is located on Winding Gulf Creek (hence the name Winding Gulf Coalfield). It was originally operated by the E.E. White Coal Co. and was later operated by White Mountain LLC in the early 2000s. It was shut down due to dangerous roof conditions in 2002, ending 90 years of coal mining in the now small town.
Today Stotesbury has no motel, no restaurants, not even a corner stop and shop. Just a few homes in various states of being lived in or not, repair and disrepair, and one still-used church. There were once about 20,000 inhabitants in the 5 mile stretch.
Burning Rock opened to the public in October of 2008. Since our opening, we’ve added a general store, zipline, cabins, platform tents, and ATV wash with plans to add much more including a 2nd trail head allowing convenient access to our western trails.
This is just a taste of the history that Burning Rock has to offer. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please stop into the trailhead store on your next visit.
Don’t believe us? Just ask our guests about their trips!
Some Field & Stream staff visited Burning Rock in early summer 2015, read what they have to say about our little slice of heaven:
“We ride for eight hours with a stop in the middle for lunch. The trails are marked like ski slopes. Beginner, intermediate, advanced, a mix of steep climbs, gentle cruises, striking vistas, and mud runs that can swallow a full-sized pickup. The place is massive. You could spend a week here and not ride the same stretch twice.”
“Wow! A great experience! Everything came together the reservations, the pre ride brief, the shakeout ride and then the TRAILS!! The finest off-road biking and ATV ride I have ever experienced! No crowds, beautiful scenery, challenging hills, straights, flawless equipment and many trails to choose from. Wow!!”
“Been telling our riders at South Fork Competition Park how great Burning Rock’s MX track is. Well worth at least one weekend trip a year from the Richmond and Virginia Beach areas. Talk about elevation change on a track…got two hillsides, a valley, and a huge flat area. Honestly one of the best track designs I’ve ever ridden bar none. And, tons of trails to boot. Love Burning Rock and can’t wait for our next trip out!”
“I haven’t had a chance to comment on my trip to Burning Rock a week ago until now, but wanted to say what a great time I had. We rode over 150 miles over a few days and never got tired of the tails. We had a couple issues with a quad and RZR on 2 different days, but each day the guys at the rental maintenance building were able to get us back out on the trail in no time. You have some great people working there. I drove all the way from Pennsylvania and will definitely be back …..”
“Rode 32 miles at Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park today. Great place to ride!”
“My oldest son was leaving for college as a freshman. Booked a two night stay last minute for Sunday and Monday. Rented a two seat Polaris Razer for two full days. Mike and Michael James were our guides. A guide was definitely worth the $$. Way to dangerous without a guide. Saw things you would never see on your own. Jerry the manager and his staff are top notch. Rental was fantastic and well maintained. The drive to and from Burning Rock along with the trails, sitting on the porch at night was the best quality time I spent with my son before he left on Friday. Nothing beats lots of mud, rocks, mountains.”
“One of the best nine day vacations EVER!!! Thanks for everything!”
“Thanks for a great day! My mom and I came from PA on vacation, and she had a blast riding the trails. It was exactly what she was looking for. Also, thanks for letting me test out the MX track- it was sweet.”
“Just wanted to thank you for a very nice stay and a great ride!!! The cabins are nice, clean and cozy. We rode for hours on your great trails!!! Again…. Thank you for a great stay!!”
“I want to thank all of you for making our daughters Birthday party a huge success….we all had a blast and look forward to doing it again….the zipline rocked….thanks again.”
“Just back from 2013 Thrills in the Hills! Had a great time. Loads of fun and a very friendly staff! The trails are amazing and the event wa tons of fun!”
Are you someone who likes to go fast? Likes excitement? Okay, one last question… Do you like to fly? If you answered yes, you’re going to be pretty amped about The Burning Rock Express Racing Zipline. This is NOT a zipline “tour”. The BR Express is a rocket of a twin zipline system that picks up so much speed, the ground below you will blur. Honest. Goggles optional. The Express is a dual-racing zipline. Which means you can race your friends, side by side, and watch their faces as they fly just feet away from you. Think You're ready?