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Matewan, WV

About Us

"Time is like a river"

MATEWAN, W.Va. -- "Time is like a river," according to author Kevin R. Hutson. "It flows in one direction. But with a little force, you can go back." Keith Gibson of Matewan provides the force needed -- an airboat equipped with a supercharged 550-horsepower engine -- to travel the Tug Fork River in speed and comfort and acquaint visitors with sites that were part of the landscape in the 19th-century Hatfield-McCoy Feud.

The History of Hatfield & McCoy Airboat Tours

I had planned to begin offering the tours summer of 2012, after Kevin Costner's "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries aired on The History Channel. But the arrival of premature twin daughters put that plan on hold until their health crisis passed. From a crazy idea I had, here I am. People have came from far and near to ride my boat on the Tug Fork River.


tour1-imgBased out of the Matewan Depot, near the bridge in downtown Matewan, we offer rides on a regular basis Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours also can be arranged by appointment on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Groups of three or more are encouraged. The boat carries a maximum of six passengers per tour.

tour2-img Tours are around an hour in length. During the tour you not only get to experience an exhilerating ride down the Tug River, but also be immeresed in the beauty of West Virgina's natural landscapes. This region of southern West Virginia contains a very diverse eco-system of trees, birds, small game and other wildlife.

tour3-img Your tour guide on your Appalachian journey will be Keith Gibson. Keith has lived in the Matewan area nearly his entire life and has a vast knowledge of the area and it's rich history. Whether you have questions about fuedin', moonshinin' or coal minin'; Keith knows the myths, legends and the 'what actually happened' behind it all!

tour4-imgFor reservations and more information, fill out the form on our contact page or give us a call at (304) 928-7702. Also feel free to connect via our Facebook page.



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