Road and Trail Use

A provincial trail permit is required to ride NDATV Trails

Trails are a wonderful way to spend an enjoyable day, relaxing and taking in the sights. You will see some spectacular scenery and natural areas as you travel the trails. We ask that you observe these few rules of trail etiquette so that everyone’s outing will be fun and you will help preserve trails for future generations.

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To keep the access of land that you can ride, means getting along with the rest of the world, private landowners, public land managers, and people you meet on the trails. The better you get along with the people, the easier it will be to find and keep riding areas.  We have been working hard with the aforementioned to make sure that ATV riding enthusiasts can keep enjoying this sport. It mostly takes common courtesy and consideration.

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A few hints for getting along with people and keeping your riding areas open are:

  • Know who owns the land you are using, get permission if you need it. Stay on marked trails if they are provided.
  • Some areas may require user fees. Please prepare to pay a fee.
  • Get permission to travel across private land. Respect landowner rights.
  • Please stay on the main trails! Some areas have rare sensitive plants and small animals that can be easily damaged or destroyed. Don’t make new trails or use unmarked (unsigned) trails.
  • Obey closure signs and regulatory signs. They’re posted for a reason. and vandalism costs tax dollars.
  • Obtain a travel map from the Forest Service, or regulations from other public land agencies. Learn the rules and follow them.
  • Stay off soft, wet roads and trails readily torn up by vehicles (particularly during hunting seasons). Repairing the damage is expensive.
  • Travel around meadows, steep hillsides, or stream banks and lake shores easily scarred by churning wheels.
  • Resist the urge to pioneer a new road or trail, or to cut across a switchback
  • Stay out of wilderness areas. They’re closed to all vehicles. Know where the boundaries are.

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  • Riding behavior that harms the land is self-defeating and irresponsible. Learn to protect and preserve your riding areas.
  • Always leave gates and fences as you found them
  • Please respect neighboring landowners by staying off private trails and property.
  • Use courtesy when you meet others on the trails. Pull off and give right of way to horseback riders or hikers. It is best to shut off the engine whenever you are near horses – a panicked horse is danger to you and its rider.
  • Please leave the trail as you found it; whatever you pack in, pack out.
  • Please leave the wildflowers and wildlife for others to enjoy.
  • Stay away from wild animals that are rearing young – or suffering from food shortage. Stress can sap scarce energy reserves.
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times while on the trail.
  • Respect and be courteous to other users who are also using shared use trails. Always yield right of way to other trail users who are approaching or passing. Be certain to communicate in advance with riders of Horses, Dog Teams and those walking pets. Be prepared to stop.
  • Keep your ATV quiet. Don’t make your exhaust system nosier-there is nothing people dislike more than a loud off-highway vehicle. Keep your spark arrester in place.
  • Use bridges for water crossings.
  • Avoid running over young trees, Shrubs, and grasses – damaging or killing them.
  • Please slow down when your vision of the trail is restricted.
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts and quick directional changes with acceleration.


Stay on trails

Northumberland District ATV Riders Club