It seems that problems associated with ATV/UTV use are just as ubiquitous as the riding of the machines, whether on sanctioned roads and trails or by the so called "outlaw" rides which could be just about anywhere, including the streets of St. Marys, PA.
Several counties surrounding Cameron County host trails on Commonwealth and federally controlled lands. There are also private pay-to-ride trails as well. Anecdotes of ATV/UTV illegal and unethical use as well as environmental damages are common but there is no established repository for these stories. That's where this website comes in. If you have been negatively impacted by or witnessed environmental or property damage from ATV/UTV use we would like to hear your story. Please relate your experiences to us along with any images that you are able to capture. We'll get the word out to community decision makers who may not be aware of the problems the use of these machines pose.
Thank you for supporting the cause!
ATV's should not be used on public roads.
- Rory B.
Keep Cameron County wild. Allowing ATV traffic will have a destructive and impact on this beautiful part of Pennsylvania.
- Ann V.
Strongly opposed to ATV/UTV use on public lands and roads. Whatever economic benefit would accrue is greatly outweighed by environmental damage and destruction of Cameron County's pristine habitat. Feel strongly that the primary purpose of public lands must be preservation.
- Elizabeth K.
I oppose ATV's operating on our roads!
- Joe C.
I am concerned about car insurance liability if there is an ATV / car collision on a state or local highway! Does PA law require the same insurance coverage for ATV riders as I have to pay for my car? Do the young ATV riders have to take a drivers test to know the rules of the road?
- Jerry R.
I do not want the car insurance liabiliy if there is ever an ATV /car collision accident on state or local road!
- Brenda R.
Already enough problems with ATV's without adding more by making it "legal". No respect for private property.
- Bill H.
Keep wilderness quiet.
- Ruth W.
No atvs on public roads period been coming to the area for over 40 years to enjoy the peacefulness and would like to enjoy it that much longer
- Jim B.
The proposed route goes right past my house . . . . I think that only properly licensed and inspedted vehicles should be permitted on public roads.
- Jim M.
As a former naturalist at two parks in Cameron County, I have seen and heard the disruption and destruction that irresponsible ATV riders can cause in natural and wild areas. Although association members claim to police their own ranks, in my experience this rarely happens. Keep the Wilds wild!
- Jackie V.
We don't need this. Dust noise garbage along the route
- John B.
Keep it wild!
- Mark M.
There is no such thing as low impact atv trails.please do not do this.preserve the wildness of the area,once its gone its gone for good
- Allen S.
Please keep Cameron County wild!
- Angela C.
This would bring destruction to property, litter and excessive noise to our county. People can haul their ATV to approved areas just like we do.
- Dawn W.
I bought a camp in Cameron County to enjoy the woods and the peace and quiet. I strongly oppose ATV traffic back and forth in front of my camp when I spent money here to avoid all the noise. I pay my taxes for Cameron County and Gibson Twnshp. I own an ATV and still don't want public roads opened up to ATVs.
- Peter J.
We have a camp for 42 years in Cameron County. We come there to enjoy the quite and beauty of the county. We love this county and hope this petition can preserve this land.
- Virginia D.
I love the clean, quiet beauty that surrounds our home. Please allow it to stay that way.
- Laura Z.
ATVs have their place; on their owners properties as intended. ATVs incur damage to the trails and produce pollution and noise not meant for the wildlife. You have a wonderful thing going in Cameron County. Keep the WILDS!
- Judith M.
I've had problems with off road vehicles for years because the only open rd. for atv's utv's runs thru my property.(Hoover rd.)
- Gregory M.
Keep the Pa wilds wild
- Lori M.
Keep the wilds wild! The revenues that would be generated would not cover the many problems that opening up trails to ATV use would bring to the area.
- Jack M.
ATV use should never be permitted on public roads. They are not designed for such and unfortunatly their drivers seldom limit their travel to permitted lands. ATV stands for trespassing and land damage.
- Jeff D.
Keep the treasure that you have. Cell phone service would encourage more tourists and outdoor enthusiasts than ATV users.
- Ruth W.
If out-of-towners are permitted to vote against recreational ATV/UTV use on public roads, count my vote! I'm from Leechburg, PA and head to Cameron County as often as I can during the year. Absolutely love it!
- Sharon F.
I agree with the mission of "Cameron County Wilds"
- John S.
No ATV's! I hate the noise, destruction of the environment, and the frequent trespassing by ATV's and dirt bikes on my property, and illegal use on township roads.
- Eric E.
Prefer to attract hikers!
- Sandra B.
I am opposed to opening township roads to ATV/UTV use.
- John E.
We cannot afford ATV/UTV's in Cameron County--not on any level!
- Carol U.
I live on May Hollow Road, and I am very much against having the road be opened to A/UTVs. Please let me know when your next meeting is, and I will very gladly attend. Thanks.
- Betty V.
I support this group 100 percent. Our area is special because it is pristine, we need to keep it that way.
- Kathy J.
I am a lifelong resident. I absolutely oppose the use of ATV's on public roads designated for automobiles. I've come up on illegal ATV's more than once and have almost collided. ATV's also have no place in a neighborhood. They are loud and cause destruction. Also where there would happen to be "gaps" in places to legally drive where would they go? Across private property or a state highway. They're not going to trailer their machines for 100 yards to get from point A to B. This exact scenario is a point of major concern for me. Also who's going to pay for the extra cost of EMT's etc. getting into the woods to save them when they crash? It's not like they can even call 911 for help in the lower part of the county seeing as there is no cell service other than a few households with network extenders. As far as complaints from ATV owners about having to pay for registration etc. too bad! They bought these toys full well knowing that they had no place to use them. Why should it be put upon the rest of the peace and quiet loving residents to deal with ATV owners poor decision to buy something so expensive that they knew they could not use here? Thank you for doing this. Start a facebook page, get the word out! There are so many the article in the Echo was a great start.
- Melissasue M.
I work and live in this county and strongly feel adding ATV use to the trails and roads would take away from the majestic mountains and the natural heritage that makes the PA Wilds.
- Emily E.
As a camp owner in Cameron County I am strongly opposed to allowing ATV's onto county/township roads or State Forest roads. We purchased our property due to the peaceful nature of the area up here and to be close to some of the last remaining tracts of forest in Pennsylvania where you can truly hike and find silence from the modern day noise. We already struggle with illegal ATV use on the township road near our cabin and the noise, speeding, dust, and danger it creates. I sincerely hope that we can continue to enjoy the beauty that Cameron County offeres without the constant hum of engines or witnessing the damage a single ATV rider who is not following the rules can create.
- Lauren F.
Keep these vehicles off our roads and lands
- Phillip R.
I am very much opposed to opening any roads in Cameron County to ATV traffic.
- Martha S.
As a long-time visitor and active proponent of Cameron county wilderness, I oppose an effort to increase use of ATV/UTV activity in this area
- Kelley F.
I like being a county that does not have atv/utv all over the place.
- Linda S.
I do not want atv traffic going by my house.
- Abigail O.
Part of the reason, I hunt, fish and hike these mountains is the peace and tranquility. My legs take me miles away from anything. Atvs ruin that instantly.
- Matthew A.
I don't want the noise, smell, safety hazards, and environmental damage associated everywhere from recreational ATV/UTV use.
- Kirk B.
I have a camp near Driftwood. I have been coming to this area for over 30 years, especially late May. It has reached the point where I actually leave the area over the Memorial Day weekend because of all the noise and crowds, especially the 4 wheelers that drive up and down the road, and across the back of my property. This year, I will be there before and after the weekend, but I'm leaving Friday through Monday.
- Doug A.
Keep Cameron County wild and beautiful!
- Eric C.
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