Self-Driven Hayride Safety Information

Fall 2020: Self-Driven Hayride

To prepare for your self-driven hayride, be sure to review all the safety warnings, vehicle requirements, and other information below.


Vehicle Requirements

The self-driven hayride involves operating your personal vehicle on unpaved farm roads, and some vehicles are not suitable for this activity.

    • Most passenger vehicles should be fine, as long as they are operated safely, stay on the path, and obey the speed limit.
    • Motorcycles, RVs, buses, oversized vehicles, and lowered vehicles are NOT permitted.
    • Convertibles and pickup trucks are allowed (as long as all passengers are inside the cab).
    • All Wheel Drive is NOT necessary.
    • The exterior of your vehicle may get dirty, muddy, or dusty, depending on recent weather.
    • Maximum vehicle dimensions: 160 inches long (measuring from the center of the front tire where the tire actually touches the ground to the center of the back tire) and 80 inches wide (outside to outside). Examples of vehicles within these dimensions include a Chevy Suburban or Ford F-250 crew cab, long bed.
    • Vehicles must have a minimum of 6.5″ of clearance to drive the hayride route.
    • Attempting to participate in a vehicle that does not meet these requirements may result in vehicle damage.


Safety Warnings and Liability Waiver

Participation carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries.

You may be photographed or recorded and your image or likeness may then be used in our promotional materials without your separate permission and without compensation.

Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Drivers must be at least 16 years old, with a legal and valid Driver’s License, in a vehicle that is fully insured. Vehicles must meet the requirements for dimensions, clearance and other restrictions as outlined above; attempting to participate in a vehicle that does not meet these requirements may result in serious vehicle damage or personal injury.

The driver is responsible for ensuring that all passengers, as well as their limbs and personal belongings, remain safely inside the vehicle at all times. Exiting the vehicle on the hayride route is prohibited; such behavior may result in immediate expulsion from the farm without refund.

The self-driven hayride involves risk. This activity involves individuals operating their personal vehicles on unpaved farm roads. Unauthorized stopping, exceeding the speed limit, distracted driving, or straying from the marked route increase the likelihood of vehicle damage and personal injury. Cox Farms cannot assume responsibility for any damages.

By continuing with this ticket purchase, you are acknowledging that you have read the warnings and know, understand, and appreciate these and other risks that are inherent in your visit. Your attendance is a declaration that your participation is voluntary and that you knowingly assume all such risks. In exchange for entry, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Cox Farms and its employees and agents from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages, and liabilities, whether for injury, death, or property damage, which may arise as a result of your participation, whether such claims are for negligence or any other theory of recovery, except for intentional misconduct.

Do not attend if you do not agree to assume these risks!

Agritourism Warning

Under Virginia law, there is no liability for an inury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. (VA Code 3.2-6400. – 6402.)

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