Our American history of conservation and outdoor adventure has preserved land for every purpose – wildlife refuges, plant conservation, camping, hiking, prairie restoration, city parks and National Forests comprising about 8.5 percent of our total land area. It is this national belief that we all have a right to enjoy the gifts our land offers that enable ATV owners and riders access to some of our nation’s most spectacular scenery.
Here are seven “must rides” for ATV enthusiasts who live or are visiting the Eastern United States.
There’s a lot of reasons to visit Kentucky: the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, the waterfall-lined Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway, the Mine Portal 31 coal mine tour in Lynch and, best of all, the incredibly challenging AtV trails of southeastern Kentucky’s Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Park in Harlan County.
You’ll be hard pressed getting your ATV over 30 mph on most the Seven Cities Virginia trails of Black Mountain, the highest point in the state, but there are places to wind it out and you won’t get bored working your wheeler to its limits on formidable high-country trails.
Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park
The charming Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park in western North Carolina is a relaxing haven for high-intensity riding tailored toward riders of utility quads, dirt bikes and sport ATVs.
Located near Taylorsville, Brushy Mountain Motor Sports Park has challenging, one-way trails that allow riders to motor without worrying about oncoming traffic. Its 37 miles of ATV trails (plus an MX track) offer many quick spurs back to the clubhouse, and countless alternate routes to wander throughout the grounds.
Carolina Adventure World
Located within an easy drive of Charlotte, N.C., and Columbia, S.C., Carolina Adventure World is a growing private facility offering more than 100 miles of ATV trails, three MX tracks and an enduro track. There’s also the Blue Sky Zip Line that brings willing participants on a personal thrill ride over the Appalachian hillsides.
Carolina Adventure World aims to be an everything-in-one-stop shop with on-site ATV storage, mechanics, camping, ATV rentals and food. The trails are fast, fun and vary from wide open and easy to athletic, narrow woods trails.
Georgia’s Durhamtown Plantation Off-Road Park has 150 miles of one-way trails for dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs, with nine tracks, a drag strip, mud pit and freestyle park all in one enormous facility. It’s one of the country’s most popular privately owned riding areas, and it’s located in the central pine forests of the state near Union Point.
With cabin and RV rentals, on-site ATV rentals and storage, four service bays, a pro shop, bike and skateboarding areas and a restaurant, Durhamtown seeks to be an all-in-one family vacation with amenities and trails to match every member of your riding family.
With one of the largest trails systems in the U.S., West Virginia’s tremendous Hatfield-McCoy system is comprised of more than 500 miles of ATV trails divided into six individual segments, with more trails coming on line every year.
Located in delightfully rural, unconventional areas, each of Hatfield’s six chunks offer some of the best ATV riding you’ll find – easy high-speed trails, challenging technical segments, incredible valley views and many areas open to UTV traffic, as well.
Explore one of the remotest pieces of land in the entire United States and keep your eyes peeled for bear, moose and many other animal residents of the Jackman-Moose River area near Maine’s border with Québec.
The Jackman area itself has more than 250 miles of maintained ATV trails, and the system interconnects with The Forks, Bingham, Rockwood and the Greenville trails for an additional 300+ miles of secluded riding. Most trails are UTV-friendly.
Ocala National Forest
Smack dab in the middle of central Florida, the Ocala National Forest is one of the most popular ATV riding areas in the state, with 35 miles of ATV and UTV routes and trailheads at Big Scrub, Wiregrass and Lake Delancy. In an effort to encourage riders to appreciate the sub-tropical scenery and wildlife, most trails are designed for slow-speed riding.