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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.

Faq

Where can I purchase permits?
  1. Permits can be purchased at select retailers near our trail systems. For a current list of retailers, click here. Spearhead Trails offers annual passes only online. There will be an additional charge of $3.00 for online orders.
Do all riders have to have a permit?
  1. ALL riders and drivers must have a permit or day pass before entering the trail. Any rider or driver without a permit or day pass will be subject to a citation.
How much is a permit?
  1. Annual permits are $60. Day Passes are $20.
Do you offer daily permits or weekend permits?
  1. We do offer day passes. They are good for one day only and cannot be traded in on annual pass. Day passes are $20. We do not offer weekend permits.
Who is included in an annual permit?
  1. You get one per person, per waiver. You cannot share a permit with another rider.
What information do I need to provide to get a permit?
  1. You need a valid driver’s license if you plan to drive your ATV through town. If you are under the age of 18, you need an adult to sign for you.
How long is my permit valid for?
  1. Annual permits are good for a full 12 months (and then some). The permit will expire on the last day of the month you purchased them in one year later. Purchase on Nov. 1, 2015, permit will expire on Nov. 30, 2016! Day passes are only good for the day you purchase them. (They cannot be used as credit to purchase an annual permit)
Am I required to put the permit on my helmet or can I carry it with me?
  1. Yes, you need to adhere the permit to the left side of your helmet. If you have multiple helmets, please contact us at: (276) 220-9875
What if I change helmets?
  1. Contact us at (276) 220-9875.
Can I get a copy of your Waiver Form before I arrive?
  1. A list of rules is available online but waiver forms need to be completed at the retailers!
Do I need a trail permit to ride my bike on the trail?
  1. Yes, all riders will need to purchase a permit no matter what machine they are riding.
What type of vehicles are allowed on the trails?
  1. ATVs, 4 Wheelers, & Dirt bikes. Sorry, no jeeps or off-road rail buggies.

Misc.

Can we ride double on a single machine?
  1. No.
Where can I find a map of the trails?
  1. At any of our retailers and at Town Hall.
Who can issue citations on the trail?
  1. Our Trail Police.
Is there camping?
  1. Yes, however not on the trails.
Where can I find lodging?
Where can I find fuel?
Where can I find parts and supplies?
Is there food nearby? Yes.
Is there a car wash near the trails? Yes.

Children

How old do you have to be to be allowed on the trail?
  1. We don’t have age restrictions but if the child is operating the machine alone, the machine must be appropriate for the child’s age and size according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
What are the rules regarding operation of ATVs on roadways, by persons under 16?
  1. You have to have a valid driver’s license to operate the machine through the towns.

Trial Use

Do you allow night riding?
    1. No.
Are Dirt Bikes allowed?
    1. Yes.
Can I ride alone?
  1. You should ride in groups for safety.
Is there a limit on a number in a group?
  1. No.
Are side by side’s allowed?
  1. Yes.
Is there a speed limit?
  1. No,unless otherwise posted on multiuse trails but we ask that you use your best judgment.
Are Mufflers required?
  1. Approved spark arrestors are required.
Do I need to wear a helmet when operating on the trails?
  1. Yes at all times.
Are Trails one-way?
  1. No.
Do you allow Jeeps?
  1. No.
Can I bring alcohol?
  1. No.
Are dogs allowed?
  1. Yes, as long as they are controlled at all times.
Can I ride my bicycle on the trail?
  1. Yes, permit required.
How are the trails rated?
  1. Green- easy, Blue- intermediate, Black- advanced/ difficult/ technical.
Is there lodging near the trail?
  1. Yes. Visit WWW.HeartofAppalachia.com for information.

ATVs On The Roads

Can I ride my ATV on paved streets and roads?
  1. Only if they are marked for ATV use.
What are the rules regarding operation of ATVs on roadways?
  1. The roads must be approved by VDOT and have proper signage.
What are the rules regarding operation of ATVs on roadways, by persons under 16?
  1. You must have a valid driver’s license to operate on the roadways.