West of Lynchburg near Natural Bridge Station in the George Washington National Forest, the South Pedlar ATV Trail (aka Amherst ATV Trail) is a great route for beginners. The South Pedlar ATV Trail System (Terrapin and Rattlesnake Trails) is a looping network of approximately 19 miles of trails designed for the recreational all-terrain vehicle rider. The trail system is open to four-wheel ATVs. Riders will find challenges in the narrow and twisting trails, while others will find trails that are wide and inviting. Visitors to the area enjoy panoramic vistas, groves of large trees, spectacular mountain laurel blooms in season, and relief from the hot summer sun under the shady forest canopy.
To reach the South Pedlar ATV riding trailhead from Lynchburg, head west on SR130 toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just after crossing through the Blue Ridge Parkway underpass, ahead to the right is Forest Development Road (FDR) 319. Turn right onto FDR 319 to the Terrapin Trailhead parking lot. The Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot is another 3/4 miles west on State Route 130, then right onto FDR 564.
To reach the trailhead from Buena Vista, head south on US501. Continue on U.S. 501 to the intersection with State Route 130 at the Snowden power plant on the James River. Continue on State Route 130 another mile to the junction of FDR 564 on your left. Turn left onto FDR 564 to the Rattlesnake Trailhead parking lot. Another 3/4 miles east on State Route 130, turn left onto FDR 319 to the Terrapin Trailhead parking lot.
TRAIL NAMES AND MILEAGES: South Pedlar (around the boundary ) - 11 miles; Terrapin - 0.6 mile; Rattlesnake - 0.6 mile; Piney - 0.9 mile; Otter - 1.1 miles; Lone Mtn - 2.0 miles; Lasso - 2.8 miles.
The South Pedlar ATV Trail System has been made possible by the hard work and cooperative volunteer efforts of the Shenandoah OHV Association.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is not permitted on any Forest Service roads.