ORV/WATV Information

ORV/WATV DO'S AND DON'TS

  • DON’T Assume Every Campsite Allows Motorcycles and Motor Toys - While we do, please be considerate and follow the rules. 

  • It’s important to note that not all campsites allow the use of motorcycles and off-road vehicles on their premises due to noise and irresponsible behavior. 

  • DO Respect the Trail System

    • The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior maintains an extensive list of our national trails system. In addition to these public trails, there are a wide variety of private trails that can require extensive upkeep. It’s a good idea to only ride on assigned trails, and always stick to them to avoid damaging fields, wetlands and wildlife.

  • DON’T Use Off-Road Vehicles as Babysitters

    • Though it’s hard to believe, some people still confuse adult-sized vehicles with children’s toys. Please do not throw the kids the keys to your ATV and let them ride around. Children should never operate adult-sized off-road vehicles, and for obvious matters of safety, you may need to supervise your kids whenever they’re operating youth-sized off-road vehicles.

    • Off-road vehicle operation largely depends on drivers being trained and capable of handling their vehicles properly. At ATVSafety.gov, the message is clear: No one under age 16 should ever operate an adult-sized ATV.

  • DO Report Reckless Driving

    • If you observe motor toys or motorcycles being operated recklessly, report the incident to the appropriate authorities. Sadly, fatal accidents rose dramatically last year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.  But if you see someone violating the rules of biking or off-road riding, consider doing the right thing and report them. You could be a lifesaver.

  • DON’T Unnecessarily Rev Engines or Honk Horns

    • Even if you’re a gearhead who loves the sound of your two-stroke engine, revving it to show off can be extremely disturbing to wildlife, not to mention annoying to other campers. Of the numerous reasons why so many campgrounds won’t allow motor toys on their land, one of the most common is the noise associated with their use. Don’t give riding a bad name; run your engine responsibly.

  • DO Leave Campsites as You Found Them

    • The cardinal rule of camping is to leave a campsite as pristine as you found it. That means whatever you bring into a natural area, you need to take it out with you when you depart.

  • Adhere to the rules of camping, biking and off-road riding to responsibly enjoy the outdoors. By respecting nature and its wildlife, you set a wonderful example for your children and others who follow.