The Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) program is funded by federal grants. The source of the grants is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP is funded by a percentage of the tax on each gallon of gas sold across the country. The Agency is responsible for a twenty percent cash match (ie. $100,000 grant: TWRA - $20,000 Federal - $80,000). The source of matching funds is TWRA's wildlife and / or wetland fund; or fees charged by TWRA for use of the North Cumberland WMA trails.
The OHV crew consists of a Wildlife Manager, Technician and Equipment Operator. Their plan is to repair and maintain a system of OHV trails for scenic touring. Additionally, there are two OHV Trail Officers that monitor the trails to ensure responsible riding by all users. The goal is to make the trails environmentally sound but also challenging and fun.
North Cumberland WMA Sundquist Unit Riding Area is a multi use trail system. The area is open twenty-four hours a day and camping is allowed on the entire area. At least one occupant of a vehicle must possess a valid annual hunting license along with a WMA permit or a North Cumberland Special Use Permit is required. License and permits may be purchased locally at license agents or online at www.tnwildlife.org.
Public use is allowed during all hunts. During daylight hours all users outside of enclosed vehicle or outside of camp must wear, on the upper portion of their body and head, a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange, visible front and back, during the deer-gun and muzzleloader seasons. Use possession or transportation of firearms, bows and arrows or other arms and ammunition is expressly prohibited except when authorized. Firearms loaded with ammunition in either the chamber or magazine may not be transported in vehicles. No person shall remove minerals, including coal, trees, plants (including vines), or building stones from the area without specific authorization. Detailed WMA and hunting regulations can be found in the current edition of the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or at www.tnwildlife.org.
The area wide speed limit is 25 mph. Organized competition events for motorized/non-motorized vehicles prohibited. Reckless operation of motorized and non-motorized vehicles prohibited. Reckless operation is defined as operating a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner as to endanger the life limb or property of any person. Maximum noise limit of 86 dBs for all motorized vehicles measured at 50 feet from the exhaust.
Trails are named and numbered with signs at trail heads and confidence markers placed at half mile intervals. Trail head signs have symbols indicating trail difficulty level and user types allowed. Be aware of logging and mining activities as you travel the trails and primitive roads.