be careful down at yellow creek guys. things have been getting crazy with the cops and access. i grew up wheeling wellsville. But lately it hasn't been worth going and rolling the dice on it being legit. and i definitely don't think i'd leave my tow rig there anymore.
I'm with you on that actually. That's one of the reasons I haven't been down there in a while.
I've been there a couple times, but after some recent stories I've researched it, and I don't think any part of it is technically not
trespassing. I hear conflicting anecdotal stories, but I couldn't find anything that explicitly stated that anyone had permission to be there.
Many people use the excuse that the owners don't care and they would be trying to stop people if they did. It's theoretically possible that the land owners really don't care because they are going to clear and flatten the land anyway if they decide to use it. But it's also very possible that the owners hate the erosion-wrecked, beer can pit much of it has become, but are at a loss of how to stop the flood of people that are there all the time.
With that in the back of my mind, I have a hard time feeling right being there. Granted, I'm not drinking (much less throwing cans and other garbage on the trails), cutting down trees, burning "abandoned" vehicles or anything like that (nor are most, but clearly that stuff does happen a lot there). But still, if the owners don't want me there I wouldn't feel right being there.
Honestly, I think the biggest thing that turned me off the idea of wheeling there was an interview I saw with someone after a section was closed by the owners. The owners (a corporation) got the local Sheriff to post no trespassing signs, put up barricades at one of the entrances and make people leave if they saw them there (they own just a section on one end of the place). They interviewed a local who was bitching about the signs and barricades. They were saying something like "It's not fair, I've been riding on this land my whole life and now we're suddenly not allowed to ride there?" All I could think is what an entitled attitude. It's not "fair" that you can no longer use someone else's property for free, without permission? Made me question my own justifications for going there when I didn't actually have permission either.
I still have friends that want to go there, but I just have a hard time making up my mind to go lately.
Wow, sorry for that book/threadjack.