A thorough guide that discusses ATV’ing in America, what to expect, and a breakdown of the best ATV trails by state & region. Thanks to our awesome ATVA editors for pulling these together.
Introduction: ATV’ing In America
Across its nearly four million square miles of covered ground, our country has no shortage of distinct climates and an abundance of ATV trails in each and every one. This makes ATV’ing, as well as riding UTVs and OHVs, a popular and thrilling way to explore the backcountry of your favorite state.
The abundance of ATV trails and the sheer size of the U.S. does mean that there are many different trail types, all adhering to different state laws along with a few federal, which can all be intimidating to newcomers.
If that describes you, or you know what you’re doing and just need some new trail suggestions, you’re going to get a lot out of reading this guide.
We’ll start with some of the basics, what does the typical ATV ride look like? It’s a simple enough question but we’ll be covering all the different types of trails, what clothing you should wear on them, and what gear you should be bringing with you, from emergency kits to snacks.
After that, most of this guide will go into 50 of the best trails you can find in the USA. As it stands, some states have more wild terrain than others and more lax ATV laws that make them friendlier to beginners, but we’ve made a point to include a trail from each and every state so that every Stateside reader knows where to go to get started.
Now that we know where we’re going, let’s get into the 50 best trails across the USA and how you can prepare for them.
ATV Trips: What To Expect
What to expect from an ATV trail changes depending on the trail and the climate you’re tackling, but if you’re here then you’ve likely seen an ATV trail before.
Even if it’s just in movies or other media, an ATV trail can generally be described as a pre-assigned path or circuit where you can legally ride your ATV with much less chance of causing harm to yourself or others.
Now, there are exceptions, as some states allow ATVs to ride on the open road and some trails have shared paths for dirt bikers and horse riders, but we’re not here to confuse you with the nitty-gritty details as you’ll get the rundown of those when you hit your first trail.
Also, some ATV spaces are shared with other UTVs and OHVs, so when talking about the different types of trails it’s important we cover every aspect of possible ATV riding.
Different Types of ATV Trails
Finding great four-wheeling trails near you can be difficult if you don’t even know what to look for or where trails can be found.
No matter the climate or terrain type that an ATV trail has, it’ll come under either a loop trail or a regional trail. A loop is exactly what it sounds like, and sometimes it’s called an ATV circuit, where a trail spans several miles but loops back into itself, and often with other smaller loops jutting out of the master loop.
Regional trails can get to be hundreds of miles long and span federal, state, county, and even private land, including road crossings in urbanized areas. If loop trails are the rough equivalent of rally motorsport, regional trails are the long cross-country races.
Since we’ve mentioned land ownership, let us add that if you’re ever looking at a trail near you but you’re not sure about the details, reach out to an authority to get more information.
Sometimes a trail will be in nationally-owned wilderness or areas under the purview of the Bureau of Land Management, other times it’ll be county authorities or other land-management agencies that dictate what happens on the land, and if the land is privately owned then you’re going to want the permission of the individual or organization in charge of the land.
ATV trails can be further divided into six separate categories. The first three are functional while the last three are different riding types that rely on changing terrain and riding styles:
- Off-Roading Trails
- Off-Road Parks & Resorts
- Mud Riding
- Sand Riding
- Rock Riding
- Legal Off-Road Trails
1. There’s no shortage of off-road trails where you can ride your ATVs, UTVs, and OHVs.
Pick a state, any state, and you can find at least one trail where you and your ATV will be accepted.
In fact, we’ll be giving you 50 of them soon, so stick around if you’re skeptical that there’s a trail wherever you are, we can guarantee you that there is.
2. Parks and resorts are what you would expect, land owned by a company that wants to create a safe and controlled environment in which to ride your ATVs, especially for tourism.
Their exclusivity will depend on the owners, depending on how much they choose to charge and who is allowed to perform there, and some will be more private than others that are open to an audience.
The thing they all have in common is that they’re controlled areas where both amateur and seasoned riders can ride without worrying about the legality or the unpredictability of the wilderness.
3. Outside of established ATV/UTV trails or parks where you can participate in rides freely, you can also find other public lands that you can legally ride on with the right permissions.
As always, get in touch with the local ranger station, management offices, or wherever you need to go to make sure that you can ride in a safe and legal way that won’t cause a disturbance to anybody else.
These trails can be found in all of the below climates with different expectations of what vehicles will be moving through them.
For example, some can accommodate both ATVs and larger UTVs, and others can only be used with ATVs or UTVs/OHVs.
The lesson here is that you should ask once you’ve identified a trail that isn’t obviously restricted for public ATV use.
The worst that can happen is you get told “no,” but authorities, particularly smaller government ones and private landowning individuals, can let you on certain off-road trails assuming you’re prepared to ask and you’ll treat their land with care.
4. Mud riding is probably what comes to mind when you think of ATV trails, with images of ATV riders splashing through bog and mud-caked tires digging into and climbing over dry dirt.
It’s going to be a mess but it’s one of the wildest and most exhilarating forms of ATV riding.
We’ll go into the gear more later, but it’s not uncommon for riders to wear snorkels so that they can breathe when they’re cutting through all the chaos.
Getting bogged down is a problem that needs facing and you need to know what land to tackle and what land to avoid, which takes some judgment on your part that you just won’t have when you first start riding.
Cleanup will be needed too, more than it would with the average dust track.
5. Also called dune-surfing, sand riding with your ATV is popular on land that’s adjacent to the seaside, lakeshores, or situated in a desert area. If you’ve ever tried running on a beach, you know that this will be its own riding experience with its own challenges that need mastering.
Sand doesn’t stop shifting, whether that’s because of the wind or when your 520-pound ATV starts blazing over it, so you never know what you’re getting with a dune trail. In a way, it’s different on every occasion unless it’s a strictly-curated one.
Needless to say, your ATV will need a clean afterward as there’s going to be a lot of grit and dust flying around.
6. Rock riding is the complete opposite of mud riding, as you can imagine.
Instead of mulching through the wet ground and getting splashed with wet dirt and bog, some prefer a cleaner but much bumpier ride by driving over rocky routes in their ATV.
Think of it as a natural obstacle course where you bounce, climb, and lurch over uneven, solid terrain.
When performing this kind of riding, cleanliness isn’t an issue. A bigger issue, however, is the shock-proofing you’ll want on your ATV.
Get clued up on shock tuning if you’re going to take on rocky trails, you don’t want your vehicle to sustain bumps and vibrations that loosen or damages part of your vehicle.
Essential Items To Take On ATV Trip
So, you have an idea of what to expect when you hit one of the many ATV trails around the country, but what do you need to take with you? Let’s go through the gear and supplies you’ll need for any situation you might find yourself in with your ATV.
First, tools. Vehicles require maintenance. Maintenance is needed when something weakens over time due to wear and environmental factors.
We don’t need to lay the rest out like an equation, we all know that ATVs are one of the more chaotic vehicles somebody can drive, so they’ll need more maintenance.
Even with the “tame” uses for an ATV, it’ll come into contact with moisture, caked dirt, and violent jerks much more than most other vehicles will.
Having a toolbox, preferably one that actually has tools inside, is essential to keeping you and others safe by avoiding accidents and mechanical meltdowns on-trail.
If you still have it lying around, the manual for your ATV should list the essential tools you’ll need. If not, check online to find requirements for your ATV model as well as what others are saying your ATV might need.
Remember that your toolkit should be versatile if you want to tackle more than one type of trail. If you haven’t got any great ambitions of taking on every trail, you can get by with a smaller and cheaper kit set geared towards your favorite off-road location.
We’ve started off your list of essentials below, everybody should pack these:
- Screwdrivers, both regular and the classic Philips variants, and screws to use with them.
- Adjustable and common-sized wrenches, including a lug wrench and a jack.
- Binding material, whether that’s flexible wire, duct tape, or zip ties.
- A 12V air pump or a tire plug kit with a user manual as consolation.
- Along with all these, a flashlight is handy to keep around for making adjustments in the dark.
Keeping a common toolbox around can help deter most of the complications that arise when you’re spending long periods of time out on the trail.
The most common are spark plug changes, tire replacements, suspension adjustments/shock tuning, and other adjustments to the handlebars. We’d strongly advise having these if you aren’t maintaining your ATV regularly, as in after each use so that you’re not caught with your pants down if any problems happen.
Clothing and Safety
Should anything go wrong, you’ll need to have some supplies set aside to help you and others.
It depends on the trails you choose, of course, but some of the wilder trails might involve you being miles and miles away from professionals who can help, making emergency supplies even more important.
To start with the most basic of basics, you need riding gear that’s up to scratch:
- Riding gear and an accompanying helmet that’s been certified for safety.
- A mobile phone to contact people and use its apps for repair and outdoorsman tasks.
- A selection of camping materials like a knife and/or map or GPS gadget.
- A fire extinguisher that’s small enough that you can take it with you.
- A First Aid Kit that you’re familiar with, for potential injuries and accidents.
- An accessory winch and a tow strap to move other vehicles.
- Lastly, the best safety tip is to never ride alone. You can have all of the above and still be in danger if you end up injured and alone in the wilderness.
The riding gear you wear will generally stay the same if you’re rocking the padded bodysuits you can get. These are often made to perform in all climates, being sufficiently ventilated while keeping you warm in colder weather, and they have ample room so you can add or remove as many layers as possible beneath the shell jacket.
They can get expensive but you get what you pay for and it takes a lot of the sting out of deciding what to wear. Most of the changes between what you wear on muddy, sandy, and wintery trails will mainly be what you’re wearing on your head.
Muddy ATV riding can encompass all sorts of messy activities so we trust you to gauge just how muddy things are going to get. For example, you’re going to look ridiculous wearing a snorkel to a dry dirt trail, and you can’t just take goggles to a trail that involves bogging.
Protect your eyes and mouth, those are the main things you should be thinking about as long as you’re wearing temperature-appropriate clothes. If you’re going to get wet, you’ll want to wear breathable clothing that dries fast and easily too.
When riding on sand, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing ordinary clothes since there’s not much environmental incentive to wear more protection. We wouldn’t advise this but, if you must wear normal clothes, you absolutely must wear a helmet to make sure you’re safe.
If you’re riding in desert areas prone to sandstorms or you’re kicking up a lot of sand, wearing goggles and/or a bandana around the nose and mouth might make the experience more comfortable for you.
If you’re hitting the trail during the winter season, or in a climate that’s consistently cold and/or snow-covered, you want to have thick, padded clothing that won’t have you shivering when your hands hit the handlebars. Speaking of your hands, you should pay more attention to the gloves you wear.
They should be snug and thick enough to keep your hands warm without negatively affecting your grip. If you’re in an arctic region and you’re ATV’ing as part of a larger trip, wearing shaded goggles can keep eyestrain away from where the light reflects off of the snow and at your face.
If you’re choosing just one of the items from the list above, it’s the helmet. You want a helmet that’s safety-certified and sits in line with the expectations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It’s the last line of defense for your extremely sensitive head should you get thrown off your ATV. Get a good one too, it’s the last piece of gear you’d want to fail when you need it most.
Nowadays we always have our smartphones with us, so you’ll end up taking one of those with you anyway. While keeping a smartphone tucked into your pocket may not sound like a good idea (we hope that pocket has a zipper), the truth is that inside the average phone you can store all sorts of software to help you.
Through an app store of your choice, you can download apps like compasses, trail maps, and survival guides that can be helpful if you get lost or hurt, not to mention the obvious communication abilities that a phone will offer you.
Extra Supplies and Snacks
When thinking about what extra supplies you can bring with you to the trail, think about extras and spares that you might need. Think:
- Spare tires and the rims for them.
- ATV drive belt replacements in case it breaks.
- Extra fuel in case you run out mid-trail.
- A jump box or jumper cables to jump-start your ATV.
These are largely self-explanatory. If you’re new to ATV riding or you have a penchant for messing up your existing trail plans, packing spares is a great way to prepare for those hiccups that don’t quite qualify as emergencies.
Don’t head into the backcountry if you haven’t got an extra gallon or three of fuel, that way fuel concerns won’t be at the back of your mind when enjoying yourself on the trail.
If the logistics of carrying extra fuel is intimidating, you’ll be glad to know that fuel cans often come with an attachment that lets you fix them to the ATV itself. That way you can still take it with you. The same can be said for spare tires, too.
Keeping your ATV full of fuel is just half the battle, you need to keep yourself topped up too.
If you’re anything like us, you don’t want to eat a three-course meal before or after being tossed around on top of a moving mechanical bull for the day, so it’s all about minimizing what you eat while getting the maximum amount of energy from them. We’d advise you to look at the following:
- Water, the most important part of your diet.
- Energy bars.
- Beef jerky (and other jerkies).
- Trail mixes of seeds and nuts.
Anything you eat won’t matter if you’re not sufficiently hydrated, so keep a sports bottle full of fresh water and refill it as soon as you can. If you’re in extreme temperatures, you need to pack as much water as possible to stay on top of your electrolyte requirements.
The food is healthy and non-perishable, and there’s a lot of variety you can get out of the above snacks. Energy bars come in virtually every kind of flavor across different intensities depending on just how much energy you need, and if it’s good enough for sprinters and cyclers then it’s good enough for ATV’ing.
Seeds and nut trail mixes can also be flavored in many different ways, too. Beef jerky is best for maximizing protein but you can get other dried meats if you’re not a beef fan.
ATV’ing in America: 50 Of The Best Trails By State
Now here’s the main event, it’s time to go through every single state and give a rundown of the best trails in them. When it comes to the more ATV-friendly states, we’ll give you one of the more popular and well-reviewed ones, while the less ATV-friendly states will naturally have more obscure trails to choose from.
If you’d prefer a shorter list, many have posted what they believe to be the best trails in the nation all over the internet, so you can get the opinions of other ATV riders and pick the closest, best-reviewed destinations near to you.
Since we’re covering every state, it makes the most sense to go through them alphabetically. Simply scroll down to your state’s letter to find a great trail within traveling distance. We’ve described them in terms of location, mile/acre count, terrain, and other relevant facts or references we think you should know.
The Ridge Outdoor Adventure Park, located in Springville, Alabama, is a weekend resort that measures approximately 35 miles of ATV track.
There’s a 15-mile motorcycle track, too.
It’s great for new and seasoned riders, complete with mud bogs and tamer tracks for you to conquer.
It also has other activities that you can partake in when your ATV is cooling down.
Alaska is great for trails, if treacherous on account of its snowy and rocky terrain.
We’d suggest the Moose Creek Bluff near Fairbanks.
It’s just 10 miles but in the right (or wrong) weather, that’s just enough before it starts becoming uncomfortable.
It’s only open during the winter and we’d suggest you tackle it from the bottom up and dress for cold weather.
There are many trails in Arizona and the west at large, but none are as scenic as the Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake trails.
It’s reachable by car and the entire map of the area spans nearly 40 miles.
It’s complete with developed campgrounds tucked into the rocky terrain but as we’ve said, it has tame trails running through it that you can take if you’re not confident in your rock-riding game.
In the Ozark National Forest you’ll find the Brock Creek Trails, among others, 42 miles of winding trails complete with a pair of loops (and smaller ones along those) that are used by ATVs, other UTVs, motorbikes, and even horseback riders.
There are frenetic two-way trails and tamer one-way trails where newbies can take slow rides to get the hang of things. You know what the Ozarks are, it’s a dense hardwood forest, so no prizes for guessing that you’re dealing with mud and dirt more than sand or rock faces.
The Imperial Sand Dunes is where you’ll find Glamis, one of the more popular sandy trails you can ride on in SoCal.
Located near Brawley, you can consider Glamis a playground for any UTV and OHV vehicles.
It spans approximately 40 miles long and 5 miles wide, big enough to contain dunes of all sizes and challenging levels, including local favorite Oldsmobile Hill. It’s a desert, obviously, so we’d recommend you get there for any other season but summer when it becomes unbearably hot.
Even shorter than the Alaskan trail we’ve suggested, a great starting trail in Colorado is the Roaring Creek OHV Trail, otherwise called the Red Feather Trail since it cuts a 5.5-mile swathe near the Red Feather Lakes.
It’s suitably hilly, as you’d expect from Colorado, and you get the most out of it between May and October.
It’s also dog-friendly, to boot. Otherwise, you can find information on other Colorado trails online.
Most of the best spots for ATV’ing in Connecticut are state forests and of those, we’d recommend the Pachaug State Forest.
It’s a 34-square-mile patch of publicly available land that has trails for ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and even horse use.
It spans the dirt trails of the forest to paved-over roads, so it’s a great trail for those who want to break the monotony of single-track courses.
Delaware is one of those problem states that regulate ATV/UTV use so much that you’re better off fleeing to Pennsylvania if you want to get the best trail-riding experience.
That said, private land is fair game with the right permissions.
It’s a limited option, but new riders can otherwise get some riding time in at the Delmarva Motorsports Park, a campground that doubles as a trail.
Florida is an environmentally diverse state where you can find all kinds of trails, and many of them are represented at the Croom Trails of Withlacoochee State Forest.
Situated near Brooksville, it’s 55 miles of trail that’s kept surprisingly well for how big the riding area is.
It encompasses some woodland and some wetland, so take your pick based on your skill and confidence level. If you’re new, there are fenced areas where new riders can train their skills in a safe environment.
In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest you have a choice of the Beasley Knob OHV Trail System or the Davenport Mountain Trails, whichever you’d prefer.
Beasley Knob is the larger of the two at 10.6 miles of mud trails, gravel paths, and rocky hills.
Davenport is smaller and better for motorcycles, but it’s great for inexperienced ATV riders as well.
Situated on the island of Hawai’i, the Upper Waiakea ATV & Dirt Bike Park is just as exotic as you’d expect for a Hawaiian trail.
It’s 12 miles of trail carved into the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, which is great for those who want a little more excitement added to their ATV’ing.
You’ll need a riding permit but the ATV itself doesn’t need to be licensed, though dirt bikes do.
For the Idaho riders out there, we’d recommend the Sawtooth National Forest, and the Baumgartner Trails in that area, to be more specific. The Baumgartner tracks follow the South Fork Boise River, so you have a view to appreciate while riding.
You get an immense 200 miles of riding area with these trails, most of which accommodate ATVs while others take UTVs and motorbikes. A lot of them are rocky and challenging, so we’d suggest you get practice before trying to tackle some, and never go alone.
Almost right in the middle of Illinois, the Mill Creek Park area is known for its campgrounds and cabin arrangements but they’re all surrounded by trails that are great for riding.
There are 150 miles of ATV-friendly trails in all, and the location is full of amenities so that a snack and water supplies are never too far away.
You need to petition the Clark County Park District for a permit and signed waiver to access this area.
The most popular off-roading area in Indiana, the Badlands Off Road Park is a tight but space-efficient 800 acre (1.5 square miles) trail full of dunes, gravel hills, and sheer drop-offs that aren’t to be taken lightly by new ATV riders.
As you can imagine, the safety precautions are strict and you can’t drink alcohol around these areas, which also makes it family-friendly.
The largest ATV-friendly trail in Iowa is the River Valley OHV Park, spanning 23 miles of off-road track near the Missouri River.
Some of it is sandy while other parts cut through hills and dirt tracks.
Unlike a lot of trails out there, it’s opened all year round but has been closed in the past because of bad weather.
You can find out if the park is currently available here.
If you’re near Kansas and you enjoy sand riding, we’d suggest the Syracuse Sand Dunes Park.
It’s exactly what it sounds like, 2 square miles of sandy hills that don’t get too hot, so it’s great for family entertainment.
The only obstacle in your path is registering your off-highway vehicle at the Sand Park Office/Syracuse City Hall.
Kentucky is a popular state for ATV riding, so our suggestion won’t be the only trail you can check out.
For a large trail, we’d suggest the Black Mountain Off-road Adventure Area, a 150-mile slice of land.
With land that size, you can guarantee there are areas that are better for beginners and some that are best when tackled by the pros.
One of the more versatile off-roading areas in Louisiana is the Claiborne Multiple-Use Trail. It’s one of the many trails in the Kisatchie National Forest near Pineville.
What makes Claiborne is its three loops of varying difficulty, the 32-mile North Loop, the 20-mile Woodworth Loop, and the 30-mile Boy Scout Loop.
If you’re interested in history, some trails pass through WW2’s Camp Claiborne.
Maine has thousands of miles of ATV-friendly trail to explore with Aroostook County containing 1,200 miles of them.
That’s a little broad for a recommendation, however, so we’d focus on the Moro Plantation area.
Most trails are only open from the end of spring to October where you can enjoy dry dirt roads and wet mud bogs.
There’s also a lot of animal sightings too, for the nature-lovers out there.
The Wicomico Motorsports Park is a region that includes beginners’, intermediate, and challenging ATV tracks in a 300-acre region.
Most of them are dirt and wooded trails, you’re not going to get much else in Maryland, but the area is great for family vacations and is open most of the year, including on federal holidays.
For Massachusetts, we’d recommend Cape Cod National Seashore for, well, its location by the sea. It makes for great views while riding, plus it’s nice for families to explore.
Being a shore, there are 40 miles of sandy dunes to ride through as well as wetter, slicker, more challenging paths.
You’ll need a National Park Service permit and an orientation if it’s your first time.
One of the standout ATV-friendly areas in Michigan is the Silver Lake ORV area, 500 acres of hill and sand that’s unlike other Michigan parks out there.
It’s scenic, too, if its position between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan wasn’t any indication.
For endurance riders, the Forest Riders Trail cuts 100 miles through Becker and Hubbard counties and a whole smorgasbord of authority jurisdictions.
Across 100 miles, you’re going to get smooth land, hilly land, and very hilly land, all situated on dirt and in woodland.
A great trail that accommodates all skill levels in Mississippi is the Meridian OHV Park.
Marked across 25 miles and 800 acres, the Meridian includes sand, dirt, and rock along with streams and other small waterways that break up the land quite nicely.
The nearby town of Meridian has tons of supplies for you to get too.
One of the largest trail sets that you can use in Missouri are in the Mark Twain National Forest, the forest itself spanning hundreds of miles with about 80 miles of multi-use trails for ATVs.
Despite its name, the area offers woodland and desert terrain that is populated with family-friendly wildlife.
Finding an ATV trail in Montana should be pretty easy, but here we’ll go with the Lionhead OHV Trails situated in the West Yellowstone area.
There’s a lot more nearby to explore, naturally, but the trails themselves are 20 miles of winding loops that even climb the nearby Lionhead Mountain.
They overlook Yellowstone National Park, a unique vista that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.
Nebraska covers a lot of ground with a small population, resulting in massive swathes of land where you can ride your ATV in peace.
That’s where the Bessey Ranger District of Nebraska National Forest comes in.
This is 300 miles of trails, some dirt, some gravel, some sand, all ATV-ready.
To the northwest of Las Vegas, you’ll find the Amargosa Sand Dunes.
If you’re not a fan of sandy trails, well, what were you expecting in Nevada?
The Amargosa dunes are 5 square miles of sand dunes complete with camping areas on either side, so you can make a weekend of harassing these dunes with your ATV.
29. New Hampshire
If you’re active in ATV circles, you might have been able to guess this one.
The Jericho ATV Festival brings professionals and hobbyists together in New Hampshire once every year in what is one of the biggest ORV events on the east coast, if not the entire country.
It all takes place at Jericho Mountain State Park where there’s a wide variety of trail types spanning 60 miles of well-kept, state-owned land.
State parks are a reliable place to find ATV trails to explore.
30. New Jersey
I don’t think any of us are surprised to find out that New Jersey doesn’t have many trails that you can ride on.
The best we can think of is the Egg Harbor Township, a 30-acre set of trails that can keep every skill level challenged and engaged.
You need a membership, however, and they’re limited, so whether you get to experience these trails depends on if you’re one of the lucky permit-holders.
31. New Mexico
If you’re interested in great sights and some American history, the Haystack Mountain OHV Recreation Area to the northeast of Roswell presents a nearly 2,000-acre patch of land that’s characterized by its rugged rock formations, situated so that the Pecos River is in full view.
You need an ATV below 50-inches wide if you want to check it out.
32. New York
With everybody preoccupied with the Big Apple, many overlook New York as an ATV destination despite the fact it has a massive wilderness trail.
The Lewis County ATV Trail System is the state of New York’s only legal public ATV riding area but it more than makes up for it in its incredible 600-mile distance.
The fact it’s public means you’re going to need permits and to pass other safety measures that may be in place before getting near it.
33. North Carolina
If you’re more than a beginner and want an exclusive challenge, you can check out the Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park.
While you can get a day pass, the real issue here is that the park is mostly members-only, so you need to become one beforehand to experience the 75 miles of ATV trails contained within.
34. North Dakota
The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area has 30 miles of ATV trails across mostly smooth land.
This alone makes it great for casual and skittish riders but it won’t provide the same thrill that other, wilder ATV trails might.
Southeastern Ohio is where all the action is, so it’s not surprising we’d choose the Wayne National Forest ATV Trail Systems as our recommendation.
The trails add up to 145 miles when calculated and they’re open from April to December, most of which is tame woodland and dirt paths.
A popular vacation site for state natives, Oklahoma offers the Lake Murray ATV and Motorcycle Area.
This comes to about 10 miles of tough trail that involves sand too, so it’s not same-y.
It’ll set you back a few dollars to get riding permissions but once you do, you can access nearby campsites for snacks, water, and other supplies.
The East Fort Rock OHV Trail System has an incredible 318 miles of trail waiting to be discovered.
Near Bend and located in the Deschutes National Forest, the space has a wide variety of skill levels baked into the trails.
This means newbies can train there while feeling challenged by the paths presented.
Near Gettysburg, the Michaux State Forest has 37 miles of dirt roads that are clearable by ATV riding, particularly near Piney Mountain.
There’s also the Rocky Gap ATV Trail, which tells you exactly what to expect in the name.
39. Rhode Island
Like Delaware, there are a lot of caveats and regulations that can stop you from riding freely in Rhode Island.
Remember to ask for permission to go on private land and always have any documentation handy.
That said, the Pachaug State Forest again.
Yes, it also connects to Connecticut, but there are about 7 miles of it in Rhode Island if you didn’t know, called the Pachaug Trails.
40. South Carolina
The longest trail in this region is the Enoree OHV Trail, 14 miles of hillside that includes dirt and sand too for riders who like some variation in their ATV’ing.
41. South Dakota
For South Dakota, we’d recommend the Black Hills National Forest.
In total, you’re looking at about 600 miles of trail if you get full use out of this forest, though we’d recommend specific sub-parts like Centennial Trail.
The Black Hills region is full of ponderosa-pine forestry and rolling pastures, so it can be described as fairly temperate in terms of terrain.
The Ride Royal Blue ATV Resort and Campground is, true to its name, a high-quality trail that has cabin options thrown into the mix.
That makes it great for families but what we’re interested in is the 600 miles of trails that are split between novice trails that help you build skill and challenging ones.
Featuring 240 miles of orderly trails demarcated by their skill level, the Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls serves a variety of trails made from both soft and dry dirt, so you can choose which trails to tackle depending on preference.
Utah is another of those states that get a lot of attention from the ATV’ing community, no surprise there, and Moab is the hot spot where ATVs and OHVs try their luck on the red rock trails.
Many events get hosted near the town, so we’ll name some that you can look into yourself: Monitor and Merrimac Trail, Bartlett Wash Road, Fallen Peace Officer Trail, and the White Wash Sand Dunes.
Vermont’s so small that we need to do this on a county-by-county basis.
We’d suggest Rutland County, the West Rutland ATV Sportsman’s Club in particular, as they tend to four sections of land that adds up to 65 miles of land.
Of course, you’ll need to join that club to gain full access.
Spearhead Trails is a massive connection of southwestern Virginia ATV trails, all neatly ranked by color to show difficulty levels.
It costs, naturally, but it’s not much to gain access to 400 miles of trails.
The Capital State Forest has 80 miles of well-maintained trails for you to choose from.
It’s open from April to December every year, during which it’ll maintain a cool forest climate.
48. West Virginia
For West Virginia, you should check out the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.
The big draw of these trails is that they haven’t stopped expanding, rounding 700 and nearing 800 miles at this point, and that’s not all West Virginia has to offer.
What’s more, they were recently connected to the Spearhead Trails of Virginia so they could contribute to that too.
The Chippewa County ATV Trail is a 19-mile long trail, not that long, but it’s the definition of an endurance sprint.
It has treacherous drops and tense climbs that’ll put any shock tuning through its paces, solidifying it as a favorite in the state.
There is so much land and so few people that they can afford to make as much land public ATV land as they want.
We’d single out the 25-mile Morrison Trail near the border to Montana, which starts in woodland but goes through meadows and then an ascending hill.
Conclusion: Hitting The Road
That’s it for our guide on how to be prepared for ATV’ing and where you’ll find 50 ATV trails all across America. You may have noticed we smuggled a few bonus ones in there too, but we felt it was important to cover the entire country so that many of you find the perfect trails near you.