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Conway River Trail - Closed

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:39 am    Post subject: Conway River Trail - Closed Reply with quote

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Important Notice:

The area often used by four wheel drive enthusiasts known as “Devils Ditch” is off limits. This area is in parts of Green and Madison Counties along with Shenandoah National Park and State Wildlife Management Areas, and is properly known as the Conway River Trail. Its one of those quiet trails that some people know about and others don't. Some of the problems are that the borders are not real clear; the actual trail was a historical road and is officially closed to motorized traffic.

Ranger Lora Peppers, of the SNP. Has made it clear, there is no legal motorized vehicle use of the Conway River Trail, within the park period! So, between crossing over unmarked private property, unintended use of State Wildlife Management Areas and illegal entry into SNP, we need to inform all of the clubs that this area is officially closed.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After meeting with the Land managers on Tues. It is pretty much a done deal. I talked with them about forming a relationship with them to help open some trails that we may use. But unles you are there for the intended purpose of the land, it is not to be used as a off road park. They also requeast that no groups over 12 people are aloud unless it is taken up with the department.

Devils ditch has had alot of damage done to it by the traffic. This trail was never designed as a 4x4 trail. It was a hiking trail. CLOSED

Conway river trail: This trail was washed out in a storm some years ago. The trail that is there is not the original trail. This is where others have decided to just take it upon them selfs to make a new road. Not the right thing to do. CLOSED

The Wilderness management area's in the state are for the use of hunters, fisherman, and animal whatchers.
Here is a listing of there rules.

I will continue to be intouch with the land managers to hopefully build a relationship and possibly open some more "Hunter Access" roads

So, if you want to use a WMA, buy a licence and go hunting or fishing. But use the land responsibly, And leave it better than you found it.

Gregg Jackson
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