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Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV Trails

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Other Names

Edinburg Gap, Mertins Rock, Short Mountain, Bowman Mountain, George Washington National Forest, Waonaze Peak, Powell Mountain, Opechee Peak, Golladays Gap, Walters Gap, Massanutten Mountain, Red Spring Gap, Little Fort Campground, Fort Valley ATV Park, Lee Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the George Washington National Forest offers two separate ATV trail systems that can be accessed from either the Edinburg or Taskers Gap staging areas. The trail that heads north is Peters Mill Run, a 12-mile, moderately rocky linear trail with a few side spurs and some seasonal creek crossings, while Taskers Gap to the south offers about a dozen marked loops with varying degrees of challenging terrain.

The Edinburg staging area has the most parking lot space and features a vault toilet plus a wide gravel loop, making it easier for trailers to turn around, plus direct access to both Peters Mill Run and the Taskers Gap trails. The Taskers Gap staging area has enough space for a few compact trucks but only provides access to the southern loops.

Camping with direct off-road trail access can be found at Little Fort campground, which has nine sites available on a first come, first serve basis. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. There is no fee charged to camp here but there are no pull through sites and space is limited to trailers about 20 feet long.

A permit is required to ride here which must be obtained prior to arrival since there is no self pay kiosk. Daily, three day and annual passes can be purchased at local vendors (see map for locations), via mail or by visiting the Lee Ranger District Office.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesTaskers Gap/Peters Mill Run OHV Permit
Dates OpenMid March - Third Monday in January
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Taskers Gap has 50"  width restriction; Peters Mill has none
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on Peters Mill Run Trail
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on Peters Mill Run Trail
2 Cycle EnginesNo Restriction
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholProhibited
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Approx Size22,400 acres (35 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail40
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1500 to 2500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (540) 984-3008
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (540) 984-3008
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (NW)Creekside Campground (540) 984-4299
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NW)Creekside Campground (540) 984-4299
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NW)Creekside Campground (540) 984-4299
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteLittle Fort Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (540) 984-3008

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
Three Day Permit - $12, Annual Permit - $30
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityEdinburg, VA
AddressEdinburg Gap Road, Edinburg, VA 22824
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Harrisonburg, VA
For Edinburg Staging Area:
1) Take I-81 north to exit 277, about 30 miles
2) Turn right off the exit ramp, continue .3 miles
3) Turn left on US-11, continue 2.3 miles
4) Turn right (east) on SR-675/Edinburg Gap Road, continue about 4 miles.
5) Turn right (west) on FDR 374
6) Continue straigt toward staging area.

For Taskers Gap Staging Area:
7) Continue east on Edinburg Gap Road .8 miles
8) Turn right (west) onto dirt road, follow toward staging area.

For Fort Valley Campground:
9) Continue east on Edinburg Gap Road 1.3 miles
10) Turn left (north) onto Fort Valley Road, continue 8.2 miles
11) Turn left (north-west) onto Woodstock Tower Road, continue 2.6 miles
12) Campground entrance is on the left.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoGeorge Washington National Forest - Lee Ranger District
95 Railroad Avenue
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 984-4101
mailroom_r8_george_washington_jefferson@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoAppalachian Adventures
2093 East Main Street
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-7311
vacation@appalachian-adventures.com
appalachian-adventures.com
CommentATV Rentals

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV Trails

Just a couple hours west of Washington DC is this popular off-road trail system. The long loops and cool camping spots make this a popular place to bring the ATVs.

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

Two Yamaha ATV Raptors parked next to trail with signage in the back.

The ATV trails are signed and rated for difficulty, making it easy to get around.

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

A scenic portion of an off-road trail in the woods.

Most of the ATV trails are rugged and rocky but there are some sections that are smooth and hard packed.

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

Two toned pickup truck with black cab and red bed parked with American flag in the back.

Trucks are permitted on the Peters Mill Run trail. The rest of the trail system is limited to dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs 50 inches or less in width.

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