Harkaway Forest Trail Closed for the Winter
Grey County has closed Harkaway Forest to ATVs effective October 15, 2017.
Riders, please respect our landowner agreement and keep your ATV out of the forest.
Your participation is crucial in keeping this tract available to us.
Harkaway Forest is expected to re-open June 15th (in order to accommodate the turkey hunt).
DGATV’s Events Committee is currently working out the details of this autumn ride, and so far it sure sounds like fun!
The ride will be staging from the pavilion down by the waterfront in Meaford at 10am.
We’ll be riding the Meaford trails for the first time!
There will be a winery tour, BBQ, and door prizes.
Funds will be raised through the sale of 50/50 tickets, the registration fee and rider pledge sheets.
Registration for OFATV Members is $30 or $100 in pledges per rider. An additional $20 day pass is required for non-members.
Side-by-sides are welcome.
To Volunteer for this ride to ensure that a good time is had by all, contact email@example.com.
This is the second year that DGATV will be supporting Ovarian Cancer Canada.
OCC Pledge Sheet (.pdf)
Ovarian Cancer Canada DGATV Event Listing
DGATV’s Executive, Wardens and Trail Crew are hard at work keeping the trails in good shape for the summer.
Trails are monitored for the safety of all users — hikers, bikers, ATVers, and horseback riders.
Fallen trees are cut. Gaping holes are filled. Sign posts are cleared of grass and brush.
Parking areas are trimmed and mowed.
If you see an area that needs maintenance, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want a great excuse to get out on the trails AND help support the club, become a Warden.
Or if you are the handyman-type, wanting to ride and preferring to work here and there, talk to our Trail Captain (519.266.3559 ext. 3).
Every little bit helps!
A big Thank You to all of our trail workers, we couldn’t do it without YOU!
Ride Co-ordinator: Jamie Thurman, Events Co-ordinator
When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 9:00am registration / 10:00am ride
Where/Parking: CP Trail Parking Lot, 205 Main St. W., Markdale. For more information re: parking, click here.
Be ready to ride at the Markdale CP Rail Trail parking lot (County Road 12 west of Markdale) at 10am (registration 9am). This is a flash ride thrown together by our keen riders to enjoy the trails simply and without much ado. No promises, no formality, just riding.
Trail Route: A mix of public and private properties including the rail trail and some road running.
Participants: This ride is open to OFATV/EOTA members and non-members. A day pass for non-members cost $20. Memberships ($150) and day passes will be available for purchase.
Two-up riding is allowed, and side-by-sides will be accommodated.
For young operators, aged 12 to 16, the ATV should be sized appropriately for the child’s weight. The child must be accompanied by an adult on the trail. Legally, the child cannot ride on the road without a valid Ontario driver’s license (G2/M2). DGATV does not condone young operators riding on the roads.
Other: As with any ride, it is advisable to dress appropriately and have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, drinks, rain gear, bug spray, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand. Note that there may not be cell service in the area.
We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!
Inconsiderate riders have resulted in loss of trail.
The landowner contacted us, annoyed at all riders — members or otherwise.
First, there is a zero-tolerance for alcohol on the trail. The rules of the trail are the same as the rules of the road. No alcohol. You risk your driver’s licence, your insurance, your life and the lives of other people.
Second, there is no reason to leave a mess like this. If you pack it in, pack it out.
Finally, if you see a mess like this then think about the landowner. Pack it out yourself or contact us at 519.266.3559 / email@example.com to have our Volunteers do the clean-up. If we all want to ride then we all have a responsibility to keep the trail in good condition.
In this case, DGATV’s Executive are apologizing to the landowner and we hope we can make amends. If not, part of the trail we are working to build has been lost.
Hopefully DGATV’s Executive members do not lose heart in the process.
Hopefully other landowners aren’t dissuaded by the inconsideration of a few bad apples.
Thoughtlessness like this causes more damage to recreational ATVing than you know.