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The Dansville Online
  • Take a ride on Demon Run ATV Trails

  • ATV Park in Steuben County has something for all seasons.

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  • To say that off-road enthusiasts travel from near and far to enjoy Demon Run ATV Trails is a bit of an understatement.
    Located between Howard and Bath in Steuben County, Demon Run has attracted visitors from all the way across the pond.
    “We’ve had riders come in from Long Island and Ohio,” said Vicky Dockstader, who owns Demon Run with her husband, Dave. “We even had one guy that was from Britain, a record producer. He had bought a house in Florida, and him and his girlfriend were traveling the United States riding four-wheeler trails. He was a very nice guy.”
    Demon Run has been welcoming riders to its system of trails since June of 2008. Four-wheelers, three-wheelers and side-by-sides, along with trail and enduro motorcycles, can all be found at Demon Run.
    Riders have 20 miles of trails at their disposal, with the terrain varying between open fields and forests. The scenery stretches from the windmills of Howard, across Steuben County’s rolling hills all the way to the windmills of Cohocton off in the distance.
    A trip to Demon Run features mud holes, hill climbs, a play area and a bike wash. The various trails are color coded based on degree of difficulty, with something ideal for both the beginner and the experienced rider.
    “You don’t ride in the woods the whole time. You’ll ride in the woods for a ways, and then you come out to the edge of the field,” Dockstader explained. “You’ll ride that for a ways, and then you’ll be back into the woods.
    “If a family comes up and dad wants to go try the blue trail or the red trail, mom and the kids can stay on the green trail and dad will actually meet up with them just a little further down the green trail.”
    For weekend warriors looking for an extended trip, the Lake Demmon Recreation Area offers camping just a short distance away.
    “You can get right on our trails right from the campground,” Dockstader said. “It helps, especially for people who travel quite a distance. They can camp down there and then get on our trails. They can head back to their camper when they’re done riding, and they can be involved with all of the stuff that goes on down at the lake too.”
    Demon Run works closely with the New York Trail Riders Organization (NYTRO) Southern Tier Chapter, which maintains the trails. The relationship has been mutually beneficial.
    “It helps us to have somewhere to go, to kind of have a home base, and a place to hold events,” said Chapter Secretary Pam Burns. “It’s huge for our Chapter. It gives us an opportunity to do some fundraising. Most years we donate to the Howard Fire Department. It’s nice that we can do fundraisers not only for ourselves, but for other nonprofits as well. We are looking to expand that.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Demon Run and NYTRO host a number of events throughout the year, including the Spring Poker Run. Scheduled for Saturday, April 27, the Poker Run includes events like timed mud bogs, ATV pulls and barrel racing. Vendors are also welcome at the event.
    “We try to do different events at our poker run,” Dockstader said. “We try to come up with something different for every poker run, which is getting a little more difficult.”
    Demon Run also hosts two guided night rides during the year. For more information and to stay up to date on upcoming events on the trails, visit www.demonrunatvtrails.comor like Demon Run on Facebook.
    With the Tall Pines ATV Park the next county over in the Allegany County town of Andover, the region is positioned to be a leader in off-road entertainment.
    “It seems to be growing. It’s amazing how many people own ATVs,” said Burns. “We had one more for a tool, and then went hey, people get together and ride these? That would be great. It amazes me how many times I come across somebody who has one, and they just didn’t realize that there are organized groups out there to go ride with.”
    Thanks to NYTRO and places like Demon Run, an open trail is never far away for riders in the Southern Tier.
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