South Pedlar ATV Trail System (Terrapin & Rattlesnake Trails) is a looping network of approximately 19 miles of trails designed for the recreational all-terrain vehicle rider. It is open to four-wheel ATV’s, 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 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.
Permitted Vehicles: Four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), motorbikes and mountain bikes. No saddle, pack or draft animals. Three-wheel ATV’s and specialized vehicles exceeding 600 pounds or 50 inches in width are prohibited. Vehicles must be less than 50 feet wide, have a straddle seat, and must be controlled by handlebars.
Directions: Signs for the Terrapin and Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lots are posted along State Route 130. From Bedford take Hwy 122 N to Rte. 501. Go left on 501 toward the Blue Ride Parkway. Just after crossing through the Parkway underpass, ahead on 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 1 mile west on State Route 130, then right onto FDR 564.
Vehicle Operation: Protective helmets must be worn. Children under 12 years are not permitted to ride or operate ATV’s or motor bikes. Only one rider/operator on a vehicle at a time.
Use: Designated trails of the South Pedlar ATV Trail System are marked by orange diamonds with a reflective mountain symbol. Trailers should not exceed 16 feet in length. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on trails or trailheads. Hunting is permitted in the area. State regulations for transportation of a weapon and for hunting near a road is applicable. Trails are considered roads under Virginia hunting regulations.
Fees: $5.00 per operator for a daily permit, $12.00 for a three-day permit, and $30.00 for an annual permit. These permits can be purchased at 4 local vendors – H&H Market in Big Island, Campbell’s Store in Monroe, Natural Bridge Country Store and Sheltman’s Store in Buena Vista. Permits are also sold at the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger Station located at 27 Ranger Lane, Natural Bridge Station. The following web page link has more information on how to obtain the necessary permits:
Trails & Mileages:
South Pedlar (around the boundary – 11 miles
Terrapin – 0.6 miles
Rattlesnake – 0.6 miles
Piney – 0.9 miles
Otter – 1.2 miles
Lone Mountain – 2.0 miles
Lasso – 2.8 miles
For more information:
Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts
PO Box 10
Natural Bridge Station, VA 24416