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Amherst County Virginia ATV Trails

Piney Trail


George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Length: 0.9 miles

Piney Trail is part of the South Pedlar ATV Trail System, a looping network of approximately 19 miles of trails designed for the recreational all-terrain vehicle rider.

The trail system is open to four-wheel ATVs, motorbikes, and mountain bikes. Riders will find challenges in the narrow and twisting trails, while others will find trails that are wide and inviting.

Visitors to the area enjoy panoramic vistas, groves of large trees, spectacular mountain laurel blooms in season, and relief from the hot summer sun under the shady forest canopy.

OHV VEHICLES PERMITTED: Four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorbikes, and mountain bikes. Terrapin Trail is off-limits for saddle, pack, and draft animals. Three-wheel ATVs and specialized vehicles exceeding 600 pounds or 50 inches in width are prohibited.


All motor vehicles are to have operable brakes, muffler, and spark arrester.
All operators must wear a protective helmet.
Child operators between the ages of twelve and sixteen must be supervised by an adult.
Only one rider/operator on the vehicle at a time.


Designated trails of the South Pedlar ATV Trail System are marked by orange diamonds with a reflective mountain symbol.
Camping is permitted along the South Pedlar Trail System, except for within 500 feet around the trailhead parking lots. Off-roading is not permitted for camping.

To allow for resource protection, the South Pedlar ATV Trail System will be closed seasonally as weather conditions dictate, but usually from December 25 through April 1. Check with the Pedlar Ranger District for current trail information.
Due to space limitations in the trailhead parking lots, trailers should not exceed 16 feet in length.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the trails or at the trailheads.

Hunting is permitted in the area. State regulations for transportation of a weapon and for hunting near a road will be applicable in the South Pedlar area. (All trails are considered as roads under Virginia hunting regulations.)


Traveling west from Lynchburg, follow State Route 130 toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just after crossing through the Blue Ridge Parkway underpass, ahead to the right is Forest Development Road (FDR) 319. Turn right onto FDR 319 to the Terrapin Trailhead parking lot. The Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot is another 3/4 miles west on State Route 130, then right onto FDR 564.

Traveling from Buena Vista, follow U.S. Highway 501 south. Continue on U.S. 501 to the intersection with State Route 130 at the Snowden power plant on the James River. Continue on State Route 130 another mile to the junction of FDR 564 on your left. Turn left onto FDR 564 to the Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot. Another 3/4 miles east on State Route 130, turn left onto FDR 319 to the Terrapin Trailhead parking lot.

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