CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — An all-terrain vehicle riders group in Virginia is fighting the planned closure of Maryland’s most popular ATV trail.

The Northern Virginia Trail Riders club said Monday that its members regularly use the Green Ridge State Forest trail and patronize western Maryland businesses.

They are asking the Department of Natural Resources to raise the annual user fee from $15 to $35 as an alternative to closing the trail.

The DNR said last month it will close the trail April 24 to curb environmental damage caused by a more than fourfold ridership increase since the early 1990s. It is considering relocating the trail.

The agency has already closed the Poplar Lick ATV trail in the Savage River State Forest and the Chandler Trail in the Pocomoke State Forest

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (13)
  1. Judith says:

    Environmental damage? Get real! I am the most environmentally conscious person you’ll ever meet a 4 wheeler trail that’s been there for years is not an environmental threat- it’s a path in thousands of acres of surrounding forest for gods sake! What about hiking trails? Close them next too? I have an inkling this is more about a culture war than the environment. Snooty transplants from DC are probably complaining that the rednecks are interrupting their jogs.

  2. Judith says:

    Also, I am not the crazy “Judith” that was on the site a few months ago.

    1. Judith says:

      I’m not crazy, you are !!!

    2. Judith says:

      No, it’s you !?!

  3. Judith says:

    I can’t stop the voices…

  4. pigeon says:

    Someone doesn’t like people having fun. The trails marked especially for ATVs. Seems someone may be afraid this will interfer with their “harvesting” deers & bears.
    You keep taking this trails away you are going to have more of those vehicles on the roads making like the gingerbread man saying “catch me if you can”. Leave those people alone!

  5. Gman says:

    They are closing a trail made for ATV’s because people are using it to ride ARV’s? whats next bike riding trails and hiking trails? The riding club is right, why not just raise the fee and use the extra income towards doing trail maintenance? Raising a fee should delight our leaders in Annapolis cause we know how they love raising fees and taxes on anything people need or enjoy. Oh and by the way I think Judith is a little wacko. Not you Judith, the other one.

  6. atvcrazy says:

    I thinks this is nuts! Where are we suppose to ride? And, I’m not some overindulged teenager nitwit who is complaining! I’m a mother of three boys who loves nothing more than to get on my ATV and spend time jumping dirt hill and climbing mountains with my boys! I have been taking my children to this trail for years. They look forward to going there! There are people of all ages riding there. Families!!! The waterways are more crowded than this place!
    And to Sheriffwillie, stating that these have no purpose commercially other than to bur gas. You must be one of those contractors that continue to tear down our trees and cover up wetlands to build, build, build, those wonderful houses and office buildings that are still vacant! But us ATV riders are ripping and tearing everything up! ya a ok!

    1. sheriffwillie says:

      ATVCRAZY, And you my dear woman sound like you would rather be your kids best buddy that a parenting Mom. Grow up & do something constructive with them that will look good on the resume of life instead of burning fossil fuels & teaching them speed , recklessness & overindulgence. You are the destroyer of our wetlands & nature paths with these loud stinky POS ATV’s.

    2. pigeon says:

      Don’t pay any attention to him. He knows not of what he speaks. Hope you continue to enjoy your outside activities with your sons. At least you are a parent who does actiities WITH their children; that’s a good thing. Good luck & God bless.

  7. Common Sense says:

    sheriffwillie – I heard people like you existed and now I know it’s true. You are probably part of the crowd that would rather tear the trees down to put up pointless wind turbines.
    You are uninformed.
    The skills these children learn from riding and the times they spend with their families is priceless.

  8. Sarah Hill says:

    ATV’s are recreational. People who say there is “no point” to them must not have any hobbies because unless they are working, sleeping, or eating…it would be pointless, right? WRONG! ATV riding is fun and a great activity for a lot of families. If you are worried about environmental damage, then I urge you to stop driving your cards to work daily. An ATV maybe goes through 2 gallons for an entire day of riding. Your car goes through 10x’s that amount, if not more. I just bought 2 more quads from and I plan on riding them every weekend while the weather is cool!

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