Bingham Mountain run canceled - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Bingham Mountain run canceled

Posted: Updated:
Chief Harnen said they'll be out there first thing in the morning asking anyone who is there to leave. Chief Harnen said they'll be out there first thing in the morning asking anyone who is there to leave.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

There were a lot of people asking questions after the cancellation of a popular mountain ATV climb in Jackson and Madison Counties. Law enforcement is prepared to arrest those who trespass and attempt to continue the more than decade old tradition.

What was a fun event for a small group some 15 years before, turned into something much bigger than they imagined. Some landowners said their land is being destroyed and it's a liability waiting to happen.

The Bingham Mountain Easter Rock Run was held on private land, so the owner of that land was ultimately responsible. What was once an open invitation, was closed. Some who attended in the past felt they had a right to be on public land, but Sheriff's officials said it's not public even though the main event area was surrounded by TVA power lines.

"TVA doesn't own any land up there," said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen. "TVA has equipment up there, and they have access to it, easements. Easement only. They do not own any of the property. That is not TVA land."

Chief Harnen said they'll be out there first thing in the morning asking anyone who is there to leave. If they don't, they'll be subject to arrest. They're really discouraging anyone from going to the event.

In Jackson County, people typically arrive on Highway 65 to Trenton and then take County Road 106 a short distance to the gate. That's where public land ends and a private road begins.

Sheriff's officials said if you do not have permission from a landowner to be there, it's best you not trespass. Over the years, people parked vehicles and trailers that carry ATV's all alongside the roadway. However, signs were posted for no parking, and that applies to private land as well as public right of way.

"Where a lot of people park is a gentleman's land," said Harnen. "If he chooses to have them towed, he can call a wrecker and have them towed. Also, I know the state troopers will be out there. They're going to be watching Highway 65 and if people are parked on the right of way, they are subject to be towed."

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.