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Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV Trails

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Alt 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 area consists of two separate trail systems that can be accessed from the Edinburg and Taskers Gap Staging Area. Free primitive camping with direct trail access can be found at Little Fort Campground but the area is small and long trailers are not recommended.

The area to the north is Peters Mill Run Trail, a 12 mile, moderately challenging rocky 4x4 trail loop with occasional creek crossings, while Taskers Gap to the south offers some challenging ATV trail loops. The two areas combined offer about 40 miles of trails to explore.

A permit is required to ride here which must be obtained prior to arrival since there is no onsite pay station. 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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Nearest CityEdinburg, VA
AddressEdinburg Gap Road, Edinburg, VA 22824
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Harrisonburg, VA
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, continue about 4 miles.
5) Turn right (west) on FDR 374
6) Staging area is on the right.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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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
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 some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesTaskers Gap/Peters Mill Run OHV Permit
Dates OpenMid March - Third Monday in January
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 MotorcyclesPermitted
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
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
Three Day Permit - $12, Annual Permit - $30


First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (N)Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (540) 459-1100
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
Swimming Swim AreaEdinburg, VA
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Chapman's Boat Ramp (804) 367-1000


Contact InfoGeorge Washington National Forest - Lee Ranger District
95 Railroad Avenue
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 984-4101
Contact InfoAppalachian Adventures
2093 East Main Street
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-7311
CommentATV Rentals


Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV Trails

The long loops and cool camping spots make this spot a popular place to bring the ATVs. Photo Submitted 6/10/2013 (Thanks!)

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

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

The trail system is signed, making it easy to get around. Photo Submitted 10/16/2014 (Thanks!)

Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap Trail Photo

A scenic portion of the ATV trail in the woods.

Most of the terrain looks like this. Photo Submitted 10/16/2014 (Thanks!)

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 machines 50 inches or less in width. Photo Submitted 10/16/2014 (Thanks!)

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