I fought the law, and the law won.
Years ago (circa 2007-08) I used to frequent West Old Baltimore Rd. there were tons if great trails, mud pits, and stream crossings. I figure I wasn't harming anything, so no one would have a reason to bother me either. Until the Park Police drove by. This landed me a criminal citation of "offroad vehicle on private property", that carried a max sentence of 90 days. I went to court for it and ended up with a $1000 fine and 80 community service hours, that were mandated to be performed on the "work crew" (picking up trash with other deliquents on the side of the highway). It sucked, but I learned my lesson. The seargant told me the land was in the process of being adopted into Black Hills park, and that I was lucky it wasn't officially done yet. Otherwise the consequences would have been even worse.
- If the land isn't YOURS, it's private or public.
- If it's PUBLIC (parks, schools, highways, gas pipeline trails) ORV use is strictly prohibited unless explicitly expressed.
- If it's PRIVATE an you don't have permission, you'll end up like me. Bottom line is SOMEONE owns the land, if you don't.