Cross-country areas and tracks

Pursuant to the traffic rules for all-terrain vehicles, the all-terrain vehicles may be driven or parked off-road only with the permission of the land owner. Therefore, RMK has presently opened 3 cross-country areas in the Harju County that have been specially marked in the nature and are open for all sports enthusiasts who can drive there with different vehicles:
  • Aru cross-country area
  • Mustjõe cross-country area
  • Padise cross-country track

By directing the enthusiasts to specific cross-country areas we will reduce damages to vegetation and soil and ensure better traffic safety. All cross-country areas are situated on less valuable areas in terms of forest management and based on previous inspection there are no assets which have value in terms of nature conservation. We are convinced that such special areas are needed and this is also one possible way how to use forests recreationally.

Cross-country facilities have been conditionally divided in two: cross-country areas and cross-country tracks. The difference between the two of them lies in the fact that a cross-country area is delineated by a circular boundary inside of which it is allowed to drive everywhere. However, a cross-country track is a marked track in a specific direction.

Pursuant to § 3 of the traffic rules for all-terrain vehicles, the driver while driving off-road, has to comply with several environmental protection requirements. The driver shall not:

  • damage the environment with excessive noise, dust or exhaust gases produced by the engine or other devices of vehicles if it is possible to avoid such damage;
  • wash  all-terrain vehicles in bodies of water or on the shore closer than 10 metres to the shore-line;
  • contaminate the environment with fuel or lubricants or change the oil of a power-driven vehicle in a place which is not designated therefore;
  • damage, pollute or otherwise contaminate areas used for traffic;
  • use all-terrain vehicles with a leak which contaminates the environment.

The Law of Obligations Act prescribes that if damage is caused resulting from danger characteristic to a thing constituting a major source of danger or from an extremely dangerous activity, the person who manages the source of danger shall be liable for causing of damage regardless of the person's culpability.

Driving in the nature is regulated by the Nature Conservation Act, the Traffic Act and the traffic rules for all-terrain vehicles.

Additional information can be found on the Ministry of the Environment homepage.

In the event of environmental damage caused by excessive use of a cross-country area or a danger thereof, RMK shall have the right to impose restrictions or prohibit the activity without advance notice.