Club Rules

Rules are designed to make your experience as safe and fun as possible for you and your family, as well as to protect the best interest of the club as a whole.  No one club member is above the rules and therefore it is up to each and every club member to uphold and enforce these rules at all times.  Please make every effort to familiarize yourself with the rules listed below. Most are common sense, however some are specific to the club and it’s properties.

General Acceptable Behavior Rules

  • Members are required to behave in a safe and respectful manner at all times at club facilities, on the club’s website, Facebook page, social media outlets, or while acting as a member of the club.
  • Riding safely – This is a family club focused on providing riding opportunities for riders of all skill levels. Most days, you’ll likely have a lot of space to ride at whatever pace you’d like. However, when you are on the track or trail with others of lesser ability, it is your job to adjust your riding to take into account the safety of the least capable riders sharing the track with you.
  • If a ride supervisor requests that you adjust your speed or style for that day’s conditions or rider counts, you are required to follow their guidance.
  • Treat other members respectfully, both in person and online. This is a large club with members from all walks of life. It is not realistic to expect that you will see eye-to-eye with them on all of the issues of the day.
  • When differences of opinion arise, please keep the conversation respectful
  • Please keep conversation topics appropriate for the family nature of the club and avoid using inappropriate language. Slandering, name calling, threats, and vulgar language will not be tolerated.

General Property, Riding and Safety Rules

Property Rules

  • Do not enter the property from anywhere other than the driveway entrance on Nokesville Road (Route 28). If you are towing a trailer, be extra cautious when entering or leaving the property – although Nokesville Road is a 45‑mph road, the actual speeds are typically much higher and visibility is somewhat limited.
  • The club uses a Waiver for membership liability insurance. Members sign an annual waiver form that is held by our insurance carrier. The insurance carrier issues membership cards for every FORPWC member.  A member must present this card along with another form of picture identification when they arrive at the club’s property.  This will be the only way a member can ride or perform work duties at the FORPWC property.  The Ride/Work Supervisor will verify each member’s membership card and identification.  All riding on FORPWC property is at your own risk.
  • Non-riding family members may enter the FORPWC property for the purposes of supervising minor family members and/or observing other members. Non-riding members will be restricted to only observing from the parking area.  There are no accommodations for viewing riders on the track or trails.  Non-riding family members may participate in work days but are not required to do so.
  • Friends who are not FORPWC members may not be brought onto the FORPWC property at any time. Prospective members may make arrangements to view the property. Non members are not allowed to be at the property when riding is occurring.
  • The following are absolutely forbidden on FORPWC property: (a) alcoholic beverages; and (b) drugs other than prescription or OTC medicines.
  • Only off-road motorcycles, dual-sport motorcycles, and ATVs are permitted on the track and trails. No “Jeeps,” SUVs, UTVs, go-carts, scooters, bicycles, etc. are allowed.
  • The county-set operating hours for the property are 10 am to 6 pm September 15th – May 15th and 10am to 8pm May 16th-September 14th, but that does not mean that the property will be open all of these days or hours. A club-designated Ride Supervisor must open and close the property and no one is allowed to be on the property—whether to ride or work—without the presence of a Ride Supervisor.  Do not enter the property outside of the established operating hours and never when the entrance chain is up.
  • Respect our neighbors and their property. Do not wander onto neighboring properties.  If you have any questions about the location of our property lines, ask the Ride Supervisor.
  • Remember that the county has imposed restrictions on the use of our property under our Special Use Permit. Any behavior that unreasonably disturbs Neighboring residents, damages the environment (beyond areas already cleared for access and riding), or otherwise reflects poorly on the club may jeopardize our SUP and may be grounds for expulsion from the club.
  • No motorcycle/ATV or vehicle maintenance or repairs are allowed. Do not dump gasoline, oil, or chemicals on the property, or allow them to leak on the property or onto neighboring properties.  If there is an accidental spill, do your best to contain it and inform the Ride Supervisor.
  • Park on the side of the driveway as close to the parking lot only when necessary (e.g., when the parking area is full or needs to be left open for work or equipment).
  • No open fires are allowed except for BBQ grills in the parking area.
  • Do not play loud music.
  • There will be no camping whatsoever.
  • Put all trash in proper receptacles or, preferably, take it home with you.
  • Be careful of the wire fencing, some of it barbed, which surrounds our property.
  • Be aware that a few hunters have permission from the landowner to be on the property. The hunters are supposed to vacate the property by 9:30 am.  The hunters may be on ATVs.
  • Be careful of the train tracks that are within 50 feet of our property’s northeast border.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s behavior and safety.
  • Abide by any additional restrictions or directions from the Ride Supervisor. Failure to heed the Ride Supervisor will put your and your family’s FORPWC membership at risk.

Riding Rules

  • No member may bring or sign for a minor who is not their own child or for whom they do not have legal guardianship, even if they have written permission from that minor’s parent/guardian.
  • Parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times. Minors may not be “dropped off” at the property.
  • Wear full personal protective gear (helmet, proper eye protection, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirt at a minimum) whenever you are riding, even if you are just putting around the parking area. Additional protective gear (chest protector, knee guards, elbow guards, etc.) is encouraged.
  • All motorcycles and ATVs must be in good working order.
  • No passengers are allowed on motorcycles or ATVs.
  • All motorcycles and ATVs must be equipped with a muffler and with a spark arrestor approved by the USDA Forest Service.
  • No exhaust noise may exceed 96 dBA as measured in accordance with SAE Standard J1287; this noise limit is being widely adopted across the S. for public and private off-road riding areas (This is very important because noise is off-road riding’s biggest public relations problem, and was an issue with the county and our opponents during our SUP application.) In addition, Prince William County has a noise ordinance that (a) may apply a 60‑65 dBA limit at the property boundary and (b) defines “noise disturbance” as sound that “annoys” someone.  If you have an aftermarket exhaust that exceeds 96 dBA, you have several options (assuming they will meet the 96 dBA limit): (a) install the “quiet exhaust insert” available for your aftermarket exhaust, (b) temporarily install your bike’s/ATV’s OEM end cap on your aftermarket exhaust, (c) install an aftermarket quiet end cap or core on your stock exhaust, (d) temporarily reinstall the stock exhaust, or (e) don’t ride here.  The club must take noise violations seriously—our SUP may depend on it.
  • There are no legal age restrictions on riding off-road motorcycles in Virginia, but state law has age restrictions on ATV’s as follows: Ages 12-16 may operate ATV’s no more than 90cc. Children under 12 may operate ATV’s no more than 70cc. The club will adhere to this law, but otherwise requires only that parents/guardians ensure that their children do not ride motorcycles/ATVs beyond their capabilities. The ATV manufacturers provide their own recommendations for appropriate ages and engine sizes, but these guidelines do not take precedence over state law.
  • The track and trails are all one way. Obey all directional signs and markers.  Do not ride in the wrong direction on the track or trails.
  • Stay on the track and trails—absolutely no trailblazing.
  • If you are the first rider of the day, ride slowly on your first circuit while checking for natural hazards (fallen trees and branches, etc.) and man-made hazards (nails, wire, etc.). In particular, be on the lookout for natural hazards (dead/weakened trees, fallen trees, overhanging branches, obstacles hidden in puddles, etc.) whenever the property has been closed for a while and especially after inclement weather.  Immediately report any hazards to the Ride Supervisor.
  • Always ride within your ability. Having fun is the #2 priority – safety is #1.
  • Slower/inexperienced riders should stay to the right whenever possible and should maintain their riding line when approached from behind by a faster rider.
  • Be considerate of slower and inexperienced riders—we are here for family-oriented recreational riding. New riders are likely to be nervous about being passed—give them a wide berth, pass with care, and do not roost them.
  • This is a good place to learn to ride, but supervise your children. This doesn’t mean that you have to ride along with them all of the time, but know where they are and help them understand the intent and value of the club rules.
  • No speeding, doing donuts, popping wheelies or stoppies, roosting, or engaging in other mischievousness in the parking area.
  • Do not ride on the driveway.
  • The entrance to the track is SLOW speed only.
  • There may be club members working on the property while you are riding. You must keep an eye out for workers on foot while you are riding.  If you believe that some work activity is distracting or endangering riders, inform the Ride Supervisor.

Emergency Rules

  • Do not hesitate to call 911 in the case of injury or illness.
  • After calling 911, immediately report any accidents or injuries to the Ride Supervisor.
  • In the event that someone calls 911. Have someone wait at the driveway entrance on Nokesville Road to flag down the arriving fire/rescue vehicles.
  • If you must abandon any motorcycles/ATVs and/or related equipment to unexpectedly leave the property in the event of an emergency, try to inform the Ride Supervisor so that measures can be taken to try to safeguard your belongings.

 Violations of the above rules and guidelines will be discussed by the Club’s officers and punishments (such as suspended club membership) will be suggested and voted on by your fellow club members.