Rules

Trail users are expected to follow these rules, which will help to make everyone’s experience enjoyable.

  • Keep right, except to pass.
  • Warn before passing.
  • Speed limit 15 mph.
  • Stay on the Trail.
  • Trail open daily, dawn to dusk.
  • Camp only in designated areas.
  • Leash your pet.
  • No hunting.
The Montour Trail Safety and Etiquette Guide is available at trailheads and access areas.

The Montour Trail Safety and Etiquette Guide is available at trailheads and access areas.

  • Internal-combustion engine-powered forms of transportation are strictly prohibited, except for Montour Trail maintenance and emergency/police vehicles. Illegal vehicles defined within MTC policy include ATVs, UTVs, motorized dirt bikes, motorcycles and snow mobiles.
  • Wheelchairs and assistive devices, whether powered or manual, are permitted for people with disabilities as defined by DOJ regulations, excluding devices powered by internal-combustion engines.
  • Electric-powered bicycles and tricycles (e-bikes) are allowed if they meet specific requirements:
    • Must have pedals and be operated only in pedal-assist mode
    • Have 750 watts of power or less
    • Weigh a maximum 100 pounds
    • Not wider than 36 inches
    • Must be operated at a speed safe for conditions but no faster than the 15-mph speed limit. Safe speed relates to varying user circumstances (other nearby trail users, special events, congested trail sections, faster/slower users, dogs on leashes, etc.) as well as to trail hazards (loose gravel, limited sight line, heavy rain/snow/ice, steep drop-off). Riding too fast for conditions is a top contributor to accidents, especially on a multi-use trail such as the Montour.

 

  • No outside signage (such as political banners, advertising ) permitted, according to MTC policy. This includes pamphlets in the Trail’s designated literature boxes.
  • No horses, except in Cecil Township between Hendersonville (Morganza Road) and Venice (Rt. 980). Horses must stay off the improved limestone surface where possible and the rider must clean up after his/her mount. See details below.

Our Trail safety and etiquette suggestions explain how to make your outing a pleasant experience for everyone.

The Arrowhead Trail has its own set of rules, which you can review here. Peters Township maintains this section of the Montour Trail, located on the main line at MP 30.5 — 33.7 and on the Bethel Branch MP B-0 — B-0.5.

Note that planned events must comply with the MTC’s Event Policy.

For Trail Users with Horses

  • Ride at your own risk.
  • Ride only on designated approved bridle trails.
  • Horses are not permitted on the improved surface. Ride on the grassy shoulder wherever possible.
  • Ride in single file and keep speed at a walk/trot only.
  • Dismount and lead your horse over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Curb your horse when possible. Clean up manure left on the path by pushing it to the side of the Trail.

In case of emergency, call 911.

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