07 ncac 13b .0501          VEHICLES: WHERE PROHIBITED

(a)  A person shall not drive a vehicle including bicycles, wheeled or tracked powered devices, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds or similar conveyances in any park within or upon a safety zone, walk, bridle trail, hiking trail, fire trail, service road or any part of any park area not designated or customarily used for such purpose. Operation of unlicensed for highway-use motor vehicles, motorcycles, golf carts, snow mobiles, utility vehicles, mini-bikes, all terrain vehicles, powered go-carts and powered stand-upon scooters is prohibited within any park.

(b)  A mobility-impaired person using a manual or motorized wheelchair is considered a pedestrian. This Rule is not intended to restrict the activities of such a person beyond the degree that the activities of a pedestrian are restricted by the same Rule, except where use of such wheelchairs constitutes a safety hazard or would damage fragile natural resources.

(c)  No person shall drive a vehicle, bicycle or other conveyance on areas with fragile natural resources that would be damaged by the vehicle, bicycle or other conveyance, or where the use of the vehicle, bicycle or other conveyance would be unsafe.

(d)  Not withstanding Paragraph (a) of this Rule, operation of licensed vehicles on the unpaved areas of the Fort Fisher Recreation Area is prohibited unless the operator has obtained a vehicle beach use permit as provided by Rule .0104 of this Subchapter.

(e)  Not withstanding Paragraph (a) of this Rule, operation of motor vehicles upon the unpaved areas of Chestnut Mountain Road within Gorges State Park is prohibited unless the vehicle has four-wheel drive or all wheel drive capability.


History Note:        Authority G. S. 143B-135.16;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2010; February 1, 2004; January 1, 1983;

Transferred from 15A NCAC 12B .0501 Eff. April 1, 2017;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 1, 2018.