Amwell Valley Trail Association

   Code of Conduct
                                             

       Our rules committee has formulated a Code of Conduct to insure that no member of
       the A.V.T.A. will abuse the privilege of riding and or hiking across private or public 
       property. (revised November 2010)

      1. THE RIGHTS OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS, ACROSS WHOSE LAND
          WE ARE PERMITTED TO RIDE/HIKE MUST BE RESPECTED AT
          ALL TIMES! 
Remember that you are a guest on the land. When you meet 
          landowners, be courteous and let them know how much you appreciate the
          pleasure they are providing you. ONE irresponsible person can cause the closing
          of a trail! 
      2. WEAR YOUR I.D. TAGS AT ALL TIMES ON THE TRAILS. 
          Riders and hikers are required to have on their saddles or persons their tag number
          at all times when they are on the trails and must show them to anyone who requests
          the number. If you have never called Gael Gardner to pick up your tag please do so
          before you ride. 609 466 9472. Privileges are issued on an annual basis, subject to
          revocation if discourtesy and/or abuse of trails occur. 
      3. RIDE THE ASSOCIATION TRAILS ONLY! Riders must not wander from marked
          trails and must stay close to the edge of farmers' fields. Do not use any landowner's
          schooling facilities, jumps, rings, training tracks, playing fields, etc.  
          You MUST respect TRAIL CLOSED signs! 
      4. FOR SAFETY'S SAKE riders should always wear helmets and proper riding
          shoes/boots.
      5. NO MOTORIZED OR WHEELED VEHICLES are permitted on the trails.
          Except for organized trail work and mowing.
      6. DOGS are only permitted on the trails when hiking and must be leashed.
      7. PLEASE REPORT ANY DAMAGE OR  REPAIRS needed to trail/fences
          throughout the year to Trish Buckwalter
tbuckwalter@embarqmail.com
          908-782-7238 or Mary Murrin 609-895-1040  mrmurrin1@verizon.net.
      8. BE THOUGHTFUL OF LANDOWNER'S PRIVACY.  Wave as you pass houses
          whether or not you can see anyone and when you see someone working on the
          land. Dress appropriately and keep voices down. Walk your horse down any
          driveway or trail that passes close to a house, or by any pasture where you may
          disturb livestock.
     
9. NO SMOKING ON TRAILS.
   
10. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION TO HELP MAINTAIN TRAILS AND RUN
          THE ORGANIZATION IS REQUIRED OF ALL MEMBERS TO MAKE
          THIS ASSOCIATION A SUCCESS.
   11. DO NOT RIDE OFF YOUR OWN PROPERTY OR WHERE YOU BOARD
          AFTER SUNSET!
   12. NO RIDING IS ALLOWED ON THE TRAILS WHEN THEY ARE VERY
          WET AND MUDDY.

 

      Reminder: Holcombe Farm, on Wertsville Road, is not part of the AVTA
           trail system. While riders are welcome, they ride at the pleasure of Bob
           and Barbara Holcombe. The way through is clearly marked by mown
           paths and is shown on the AVTA trail maps. The paths circle the farm
           and follow the farm road. The fields adjacent to the woods next to
           Lindbergh Road are crop fields as are the fields next to Garrets. Under
           no circumstances are riders to cross those fields or ride around them
           other than on the existing paths.
           In addition, loose dogs are absolutely not welcome.

      Rules and Regulations during deer hunting season:
           Riders are responsible for being aware of hunting dates. 
           Hunting dates will be posted on the AVTA website and in the AVTA
           newsletter. Also check the NJ Fish and Game website for zone 13.
          * Remember that there will be bow hunting in most areas on Sundays *
          1. Always wear blaze orange on the trails.
          2. Riders may be on the trails ONLY between the hours of 10 AM and
              3 PM daily until the clocks change and then the times change to
              10 AM to 2 PM. 

          3. Be aware, in areas that are posted semi wild,
              that hunters can hunt small game on Sundays.
          4. The trails are closed during firearms week, no riding or hiking allowed.
          5. The AirPark is open to riders and hikers week days and Sundays only
              between 10 AM  and 2 PM, no riding on Saturdays. Stay on the defined
              trails and roads, and please keep your voices down. Be aware that the
              hunters may be using the rifle range, so avoid this area.
              If you are riding on the upper airfield, and you should hear shooting by
              the range to skirt the upper field and not ride behind the mound of the
              range.
Riders are prohibited from using any access to the Airpark from    
              North Hill Road from Dec 1st to Feb 14th. 
 (Sundays will be OK)

         6. Turkey season runs from about mid April to mid May with hunting from
              dawn to 12 noon Monday through Saturday.
   

   The Ridge at Backbrook Golf Course Rules and Regulations:

 
         Years ago when the golf course was proposed in East Amwell the people
          on the planning board and the seller, Mr. Bryce Thompson, worked very
          hard with the Ridge developers and the AVTA to ensure that trails would
          be available around the property. The owners of the Ridge, Joel and Pam
          Moore, agreed to allow us access to the trails with certain conditions.
          When you join the AVTA you agree to follow all our codes of conduct
          which include those in effect at The Ridge at Back Brook.

         For all members who use the easement around the golf course,
         the following provisions apply:
           1. Quiet is of the utmost importance while riding or hiking on the trails.
           2. Golfers have the right of way at all times.
           3. Stand quietly while golfers are near tees and greens or keep moving
               past area, so as not to distract players.
           4. Use the trails only during daylight hours.
           5. Quietly let the golfers know you are coming if they are on the trail.
           6. Obey all posted signs.
           7. Stay on the designated trails.
           8. Ride at a reasonable pace e.g. walk or trot.
           9. Be courteous to members of the golf course and their guests.
 

                        Link to printable version of Code of Conduct Rules

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