Lee Ranger District - Recreational Activities - Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Taskers Gap and Peters Mill Run OHV Permit Information

[Logo]: OHV Trails logo

Each year, this OHV Trail System is closed to all motorized use beginning in late January through late March. 
This closure provides much needed resource protection on the trail during times of freezing and thawing.  Please call before you haul (540) 984-4101.
 

How to Buy a Permit

Permits for use of the Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex ONLY may be purchased beginning at the following locations:

  • Appalachian Adventures, 3095 US Hwy 211 East, Luray, VA 22835. Call (540) 860-8694 for store hours.
  • Big Apple Exxon, 403 N. Main Street, Edinburg, VA 22824, (540) 984-3862  Hours:  MON-SAT 4:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun 6:30 am -10 p.m. 
  • Bo's Xpress, 60 Stoney Creek Road, Edinburg, VA 22824 (SHELL STATION). Hours: Open 24 Hours
  • Cook's Exxon Inc., 446 W. Reservoir Road, Woodstock, VA 22664. Hours: Open 24 Hours (Closed Christmas)
  • Family Convenience Store, 401 Stoney Creek Blvd, Edinburg, VA 22824. Call (540) 984-9056 for store hours
  • Grasshoppers Lawn Care and Repair. 18719 Old Valley Pike, Edinburg, VA 22824. Hours: TUES - FRI 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; SAT 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; (540) 333-2765
  • Lee Ranger District Office: 95 Railroad Avenue Open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Outlanders, Inc., 4768 US Highway 211 West, Luray, VA 22835. Hours: MON-SAT 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. SUN 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Permits to use the Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex may also be obtained by mail. The Forest Service accepts cash, money orders, personal or cashier checks. No credit cards. Complete and return the order form with your payment to the address specified on the order form. For additional information phone the Lee District office at (540) 984-4101.

ATV/OHV trail users - If you encounter a tree across the trail, please contact the Lee Ranger District at (540) 984-4101 with details on tree location.

Call before you leave your area for current closure information.

Noise Concerns on Tasker's Gap OHV Trail Complex.

With the recent increase in traffic along the Tasker's Gap ATV/OHV complex on the Lee Ranger District - GWJNFs, trail neighbors are beginning to complain about the constant engine noise coming from the trail.

For those folks riding on the Lawbreaker (553A) and Huckleberry (553B) trails, can you take the curves at a slower speed thus reducing your engine noise? We are trying to work with both trail users and trail neighbors to keep everyone as happy as possible!

Thank you for your help!

Special Note: Woodstock Tower Road is not accessible to trailers, motor homes or RVs due to sharp curves and steep grades. This road is also closed when weather conditions warrant.

Motorized Trails

Photo of OHV trailThe Lee Ranger District has close to 40 miles of  motorized OHV trails.  These are grouped together on the Massanutten Mountain, along the west side, between Moreland Gap Road and the Woodstock Tower Road. There is a parking area at the north end, off the tower road, and in the center, in Edinburg Gap, where there is also a restroom.

 Off-Highway vehicles (OHVs) include four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). 

All roads normally open for public travel are available to OHVs provided the vehicle and operator are in compliance with the vehicle laws of the state. 

Since most ATV's cannot be licensed or registered in VA or WV, they are restricted to the ATV Trails ONLY.  The Lee Ranger District has 2 OHV Trails, Peters Mill Run and Tasker's Gap. Please read the regulations before riding on the trails.

Please abide by Virgina's OHV regulations!

 

ATV use is PROHIBITED on all Wildlife Management Areas,
State Forests and National Forests in West Virginia.

Directions to Peters Mill Run Area and Tasker's Gap ATV/OHV Trails:

From I-81 - Edinburg: Take exit 279 off I-81. Turn east on SR 675. In the center of Edinburg (T-intersection), turn left onto US 11. At the north end of Edinburg, turn right onto SR 675. Follow SR 675 to the top of Massanutten Mountain to Edinburg Gap. Tasker's Gap ATV Complex is on your right and Peters Mill Run is on your left. Tasker's Gap OHV Road is 0.8 miles further down SR 675 on the east side of the mountain.

From I-66

To Peters Mill OHV/ATV Parking Lot: Take the Front Royal exit 6. Turn south on US 340/522 towards the town of Front Royal. Turn right on VA 55 west to the community of Waterlick. Turn left onto SR 678 south and continue to the community of Detrick. Turn right onto SR 758 (Woodstock Tower Road) for approximately 3 miles. Go past the Little Fort Campground and turn left at the Peters Mill Run OHV/ATV trail sign to the parking lot.

To Edinburg Gap Parking Lot (Tasker's Gap OHV/ATV Complex): Take the Front Royal exit 6. Turn south on US 340/522 towards the town of Front Royal. Turn right on VA 55 west to the community of Waterlick. Turn left onto SR 678 south and continue to the community of Kings Crossing. Turn right onto SR 675. Follow SR 675 to the top of Massanutten Mountain to Edinburg Gap. Tasker's Gap ATV Complex is on your left and Peters Mill Run is on your right. (Tasker's Gap OHV Road is 0.8 miles from Edinburg Gap on SR 675 on the east side of the mountain towards Kings Crossing. You will make a sharp right hand turn to enter the Tasker's Gap OHV trail).

From Luray: Take Mechanic's Street to Bixler's Ferry Road/SR675 over the first mountain range. Travel past Camp Roosevelt. At Kings Crossing turn left staying on SR 675. Continue to top of the mountain (your second mtn) parking will be on the left at Edinburg Gap also called Taskers Gap Complex.

GPS Coordinates for the OHV Trails

South Peters Mill Run Trailhead N 38 degrees 47' 21.8" W 78 degrees 31' 8" 1728 ft elevation

North Peters Mill Run Trailhead N 38 degrees 52' 26.4" W 78 degrees 26' 23.7" 1527 ft. elevation

Edinburg Gap Trailhead N 38 degrees 47' 19.1" W 78 degrees 31'19.2" 1730 ft. elevation

Taskers Gap Trailhead N 38 degrees 45' 55.7" W 78 degrees 30' 49.2" 1480 ft. elevation

Wagon Road Trailhead N 38 degrees 52' 3.4" W 78 degrees 26' 36.7" 1359 ft. elevation

Tread Lightly

Remember that improper handling of the vehicles can damage these lands. You, as a driver, must assume responsibility for proper off-highway vehicle operation so others may enjoy the beauty of the forest.

Blazes

The motorized OHV trails are blazed with a V-shaped blaze, in one of six colors: white, pink, orange, yellow, blue, and purple. The Lee District's OHV/ATV brochure provides a map for you to use.  Another map showing these trails is the Trails Illustrated Map #792.  

Users

Photo of OHV trailThe motorized OHV trails are open to all trail users. This means not only motorized vehicles (such as All Terrain Vehicles, Off-Highway Vehicles, dirt bikes, etc), but hikers, runners, hunters, mountain bikers and equestrians can use these trails. There are sections of motorized OHV trail that are blazed with both the V-shaped motorized blaze and the dotted-i non-motorized blaze, and other places where a non-motorized trail crosses or intersects a motorized trail. The shared use of the motorized trails requires that users follow some rules of etiquette.

Etiquette 

Motorized vehicles should yield the OHV trail to all other users (hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians). In particular, the rider of the motorized vehicle should come to a stop (off the trail if possible), shut off the engine, and remove his/her helmet when encountering equestrians. The usual etiquette for non-motorized users also applies on the motorized trails. Hikers should yield to equestrians, and mountain bikers should yield to both hikers and equestrians.

Hunters and ATVs 

Hunters are allowed to ride on a motorized OHV trail to a campsite along the motorized OHV trail. A weapon can be transported on the ATV, but it must be unloaded. Hunters are not permitted to use ATVs anywhere else in the national forest.

Going Off Trail -- Don't Do it!

The motorized OHV trails are provided for the convenience of the driver of the vehicle. The land surrounding the OHV trail is off-limits. Riding up hillsides, riding on non-motorized trails, riding on un-blazed forest roads (whether or not the road is closed by a locked gate) and riding on county and forest roads is forbidden and subject to a fine. Riders on the Peters Mill Run OHV Trail are welcome to use the restrooms at the Little Fort Campground, but ATVs and loud OHVs are not permitted in the campground. Please walk into the campground from the OHV trail, either along the dotted-i white-blazed Wagon Road Trail, or along the un-blazed road that leads south from the campground.

Always Wear Your Helmet, Never Ride Double 

Riding double on an ATV and riding without a helmet are subject to a fine. Violators have had their vehicle impounded until fines are paid in court.

Trail Maps

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Combined map Peters Mill and Taskers Gap - very large size.

 

Developed Camping

The Lee District has three developed campgrounds within 20 miles of Edinburg Gap. These offer parking for your vehicle (car, trailer or camper), a level tent pad, a picnic table, a post for a lantern, a small fire ring. Nearby, you will find toilets, and trash receptacles. Camp Roosevelt and Elizabeth Furnace provide a sanitary waste dump for camping vehicles with holding tanks.

Little Fort Campground is a minimally developed recreation area near the meadow that was once a rest stop for a stagecoach line. There are 9 campsites and vault toilets. No water is available, please bring your own. Open year round.

Directions: Turn right onto SR 675 for 1.8 miles to a yield sign at Kings Crossing (T-intersection). Turn left (north) and drive 7.0 miles to Detrick. Turn left onto SR 758 in Detrick and drive 2.6 miles to camp entrance on left.

Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area is a developed recreation area at the site of the first Civilian Conservation Camp in the nation. The family camp has 10 campsites and flush toilets. Water is available. Open seasonally.

Directions: Turn right onto SR 675 for 1.8 miles to yield sign at Kings Crossing (T-intersection). Turn right and continue on SR 675 for 3.5 miles to an X-intersection of SR 675, FDR 274, and SR 730. Turn left, still on SR 675. Camp entrance is 0.3 miles east, on the left side of the road.

Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area There are 33 campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. The family camp has warm showers and flush toilets. This area is a first come first serve area (no reservations accepted). Open year round.

Directions: Turn right onto SR 675 for 1.8 miles to a yield sign at Kings Crossing (T-intersection). Turn left (north) and follow SR 678 for 15.1 miles to the entrance of Elizabeth Furnace on your right.