Amherst County Virginia ATV Trails
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Length: 0.6 miles
Rattlesnake 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
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
All motor vehicles are to have operable brakes, muffler, and
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
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.