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Spearhead Trails Trail Rules & Regulations

General Trail
Rules & Etiquette

  • All trail users and passengers shall have a valid Spearhead Trails user permit sticker.
  • The user permit sticker is always to be affixed to the left side of user’s helmet below the goggle line by either permit adhesive or Velcro tape.
  • If no helmet is required, user must have permit plainly displayed and readily available.
  • Any rider shall have a permit in their possession when on the trail and shall present it when asked by a Spearhead Trails Ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • Lost or stolen permits should contact the Spearhead Trails office at(276) 807-7581 or at info@spearheadtrails.com.
  • Unless otherwise stated in rules, everyone shall wear a DOT, SNELL, or other approved helmet.
  • Trails are open from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise designated.
  • Trails may be closed or rerouted for any reason deemed appropriate or as needed for maintenance and/or safety reasons.
  • Dress properly according to conditions.
  • Riders shall wear approved safety equipment and attire.
  • We recommend gloves, goggles, boots and protective gear to maximize your trail experience.
  • During hunting season, “blaze orange” is encouraged for all trail users.
  • Obey all trail rules and regulations.
  • Riders shall obey posted speed limits, trail boundaries, and requests from Spearhead Trails Rangers.
  • Adult supervision is required for those under age 18.
  • All riders are required to stop when signaled by a Spearhead Trails ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • All riders regardless of age shall sign a Spearhead Trails liability waiver.
  • If underage, a parent or guardian shall sign a liability waiver for that individual.
  • A valid Driver’s License or Photo ID is required to sign waiver and to purchase a permit.
  • All applicable Federal and State laws will be enforced and shall always be adhered to by all users.
  • Riders shall always carry a photo ID.
  • Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions and adhere to all directional and speed limit signs.
  • No drugs or alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
  • No firearms or fireworks.
  • Obey all signs, gates, and barriers.
  • Stay on marked trails, only enter and exit the trail systems at a trailhead, community or other approved connectors.
  • Do not enter a “no trail,” “no entry” or any other gated area.
  • Stay out of streams and all non-designated wetlands or water collection areas.
  • No fires and no camping on the trails.
  • Dogs must always be leashed when on all Spearhead Trails Systems.
  • Vehicles, equines, and bikes shall be under control and appropriate to the rider’s age, size, and experience.
  • DO NOT LITTER. Have respect for nature and the surrounding environment. Pack out what you pack in.
  • As a best practice, don’t be on the trails alone. Always bring along a partner.

Jeep Trail Rules

  • Helmets are not required but Driver and Passengers are encouraged to wear Helmets
  • All Jeeps and 4x4 vehicles that are tagged and street legal will be permitted on Jeep Trails.
  • Any non-tagged vehicle that isn’t classified as an ATV, Side by Side, UTV, Adventure Bike, Dirt Bike, or Dual-Sport Bike IS NOT permitted on trail.
  • Driver and Passengers must be in a manufacturer-approved seat with seatbelt fastened
  • No Riders in the Bed of Trucks
  • Riders are responsible for removing damaged vehicles from the trails.
  • Riders are responsible for containment and cleanup of any spilt fluids or glass.
  • Safety Riders are encouraged to ride in groups of two or more.

Easiest Trails (Green) - Approved More Difficult Trails (Blue) - Approved

Most Difficult Trails (Black) - Designated trails only Expert Trails (Yellow) - Unimproved trails

Bring Necessary Equipment to help in the event of vehicle getting stuck

Special Safety Requirements
For All Motorized Vehicles

  • No person shall drive an ATV/UTV unless that person meets the minimum age recommendation specified by the ATV/UTV manufacturer for the ATV/UTV that is being driven.
  • No passengers on any machine unless the machine is manufactured for the driver and a passenger.
  • The number of passengers carried on a side-by-side utility type vehicle shall be limited by the number of manufacturers installed seat belts.
  • Speed Limit is limited to 25 mph.
  • Individual and machine liability insurance is encouraged for all riders.
  • Unauthorized 4x4 road vehicles, rock crawlers, rail buggies, and dune buggies are not allowed.
  • Refuel at gas stations or at trailheads. Be careful when refueling and always start your ride with a full tank.
  • Follow all rules and regulations identified in UTV owner’s manual and rules and regulations listed below:
  • Utility Type Vehicles can only be operated on designated trails.
  • Machines may not be self-constructed or modified from manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Units shall be equipped with a steering wheel from the manufacturer.
  • Units shall be equipped with ROPS (Roll-Over Protection System) from the manufacturer.
  • Machines shall be equipped with manufacturer seat belts and shall be in good working order.
  • Low-pressure tires required - Max 20 psi at manufacturer’s recommended inflation.
  • All participants shall abide by all the manufacturer’s requirements regarding the age and size of operators and passengers.

Equine Trail Rules

  • An equine-approved helmet is required for those under the age of 18. Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders.
  • Young or inexperienced riders and/or horses are not to be on the trail without an experienced rider and equine.
  • Equines and young riders that are inexperienced or skittish shall be identified with a green ribbon tied to their mounts tail.
  • An animal prone to kick shall have a red ribbon affixed to their tail, and a stud shall have a yellow ribbon affixed to their tail.
  • A Negative Coggins test is required for all equines using the trails.
  • This shall be presented upon request by any Spearhead Trails Ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • If required by rider’s state of residence, a health certificate for equines shall be presented upon request.
  • The state of Virginia requires all out of state equines to have a health certificate.
General Trail
Rules & Etiquette
  • All trail users and passengers shall have a valid Spearhead Trails user permit sticker.
  • The user permit sticker is always to be affixed to the left side of user’s helmet below the goggle line by either permit adhesive or Velcro tape.
  • If no helmet is required, user must have permit plainly displayed and readily available.
  • Any rider shall have a permit in their possession when on the trail and shall present it when asked by a Spearhead Trails Ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • Lost or stolen permits should contact the Spearhead Trails office at(276) 807-7581 or at info@spearheadtrails.com.
  • Unless otherwise stated in rules, everyone shall wear a DOT, SNELL, or other approved helmet.
  • Trails are open from sunrise to sunset unless otherwise designated.
  • Trails may be closed or rerouted for any reason deemed appropriate or as needed for maintenance and/or safety reasons.
  • Dress properly according to conditions.
  • Riders shall wear approved safety equipment and attire.
  • We recommend gloves, goggles, boots and protective gear to maximize your trail experience.
  • During hunting season, “blaze orange” is encouraged for all trail users.
  • Obey all trail rules and regulations.
  • Riders shall obey posted speed limits, trail boundaries, and requests from Spearhead Trails Rangers.
  • Adult supervision is required for those under age 18.
  • All riders are required to stop when signaled by a Spearhead Trails ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • All riders regardless of age shall sign a Spearhead Trails liability waiver.
  • If underage, a parent or guardian shall sign a liability waiver for that individual.
  • A valid Driver’s License or Photo ID is required to sign waiver and to purchase a permit.
  • All applicable Federal and State laws will be enforced and shall always be adhered to by all users.
  • Riders shall always carry a photo ID.
  • Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions and adhere to all directional and speed limit signs.
  • No drugs or alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
  • No firearms or fireworks.
  • Obey all signs, gates, and barriers.
  • Stay on marked trails, only enter and exit the trail systems at a trailhead, community or other approved connectors.
  • Do not enter a “no trail,” “no entry” or any other gated area.
  • Stay out of streams and all non-designated wetlands or water collection areas.
  • No fires and no camping on the trails.
  • Dogs must always be leashed when on all Spearhead Trails Systems.
  • Vehicles, equines, and bikes shall be under control and appropriate to the rider’s age, size, and experience.
  • DO NOT LITTER. Have respect for nature and the surrounding environment. Pack out what you pack in.
  • As a best practice, don’t be on the trails alone. Always bring along a partner.
Jeep Trail Rules
  • Helmets are not required but Driver and Passengers are encouraged to wear Helmets
  • All Jeeps and 4x4 vehicles that are tagged and street legal will be permitted on Jeep Trails.
  • Any non-tagged vehicle that isn’t classified as an ATV, Side by Side, UTV, Adventure Bike, Dirt Bike, or Dual-Sport Bike IS NOT permitted on trail.
  • Driver and Passengers must be in a manufacturer-approved seat with seatbelt fastened
  • No Riders in the Bed of Trucks
  • Riders are responsible for removing damaged vehicles from the trails.
  • Riders are responsible for containment and cleanup of any spilt fluids or glass.
  • Safety Riders are encouraged to ride in groups of two or more.

Easiest Trails (Green) - Approved More Difficult Trails (Blue) - Approved

Most Difficult Trails (Black) - Designated trails only Expert Trails (Yellow) - Unimproved trails

Bring Necessary Equipment to help in the event of vehicle getting stuck

Special Safety Requirements
For All Motorized Vehicles
  • No person shall drive an ATV/UTV unless that person meets the minimum age recommendation specified by the ATV/UTV manufacturer for the ATV/UTV that is being driven.
  • No passengers on any machine unless the machine is manufactured for the driver and a passenger.
  • The number of passengers carried on a side-by-side utility type vehicle shall be limited by the number of manufacturers installed seat belts.
  • Speed Limit is limited to 25 mph.
  • Individual and machine liability insurance is encouraged for all riders.
  • Unauthorized 4x4 road vehicles, rock crawlers, rail buggies, and dune buggies are not allowed.
  • Refuel at gas stations or at trailheads. Be careful when refueling and always start your ride with a full tank.
  • Follow all rules and regulations identified in UTV owner’s manual and rules and regulations listed below:
  • Utility Type Vehicles can only be operated on designated trails.
  • Machines may not be self-constructed or modified from manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Units shall be equipped with a steering wheel from the manufacturer.
  • Units shall be equipped with ROPS (Roll-Over Protection System) from the manufacturer.
  • Machines shall be equipped with manufacturer seat belts and shall be in good working order.
  • Low-pressure tires required - Max 20 psi at manufacturer’s recommended inflation.
  • All participants shall abide by all the manufacturer’s requirements regarding the age and size of operators and passengers.
Equine Trail Rules
  • An equine-approved helmet is required for those under the age of 18. Helmets are strongly recommended for all riders.
  • Young or inexperienced riders and/or horses are not to be on the trail without an experienced rider and equine.
  • Equines and young riders that are inexperienced or skittish shall be identified with a green ribbon tied to their mounts tail.
  • An animal prone to kick shall have a red ribbon affixed to their tail, and a stud shall have a yellow ribbon affixed to their tail.
  • A Negative Coggins test is required for all equines using the trails.
  • This shall be presented upon request by any Spearhead Trails Ranger or law enforcement officer.
  • If required by rider’s state of residence, a health certificate for equines shall be presented upon request.
  • The state of Virginia requires all out of state equines to have a health certificate.

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