Off-road vehicle use is illegal everywhere in Harwich, including Hawksnest State Park.
Evidently funds were found--for by June, the police were patrolling trails in Harwich on a red ATV. Residents near Hawksnest said they had seen only a few patrols, and at times of day not favored by the outlaw drivers.
Last summer, DCR officials approved closure of a portion of the trail connecting the Round Cove Rd with Walker Rd. The trail was closed because it goes straight up and down a steep hill, making it prone to erosion. Barriers to traffic, signs, and silt socks were installed. A bypass trail was built. But in early May, someone removed all the work on the closed trail, and ATV use of the trail resumed.
On July 8, an ATV made two passes in a big loop through Hawksnest State Park. The driver was picking up young teens at Hawksnest Camp, and giving them joyrides through the park. When confronted, the driver fled over the closed trail to Walker Rd.