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Dirt Bike / ATV Riding

By Cliff Montgomery,
With dirt bikes / ATVS becoming increasingly popular, there are great new places to ride popping up across the U.S. every day.

It's possible your favorite riding hole isn't listed here - it's not an intended snub by any means. But this list will give you 10 choice dirt bike / ATV riding areas to choose from.

Dirt Dog's ATV Trails TX

Almost 200 acres of curving, winding trails running thru the shaded sprawling parasol of live oak trees. Something for everyone with hills, jumps, water, mud and a 25-foot rain tunnel to drive thru to wash off the grime and the Texas heat. There are on-site concessions, ice, and cold drinks. ATV power wash facility and hot showers available. Visitors may also enjoy swimming at Splashway Water Park, just 5 minutes from Dirt Dog's. They also have ATVs for rent. Discount for customers at nearby motels, or enjoy a night in a Bed and Breakfast. Porta potties, and camping is free.

St. Joe State Park, MO

About one hour south of St. Louis, St. Joe is an excellent place for some serious wheeling. You can ride anything from a dune buggy to a 4-wheel truck there. It has tons of places to ride, from sand dunes to mud bogs. It's only $2.00 per ORV and there are motels, hotels and restaurants to stay multiple nights. On top of everything else it has to offer, St. Joe is close to another area said to be great for dirt bike / ATV riding, Mark Twain National Forest.

Moses Lake Sand Dunes/ORV Park, WA

Experience the fun and excitement of conquering a sand dune and more. The Grant County ORV area, one of the largest in the region, is located just four miles outside Moses Lake city limits in the sand dunes. Drive south on Division Street or take exit 174 off of I-90 and follow signs south. The sand dunes are located on the southern tip of Moses Lake, with rolling sand dunes and many great fishing and water skiing opportunities available. Some rustic camping is permitted.

The Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Ozark Nat'l has a lot of great ATV trails throughout its Ranger Districts. The areas are broken into six of these ‘Districts'. There are numbered county roads and numbered ATV trails. The riding terrain is mountainous and very rough on a lot of the paths, but a lot of fun to ride, and there is also a large number of great creeks to ride through. It possesses both public and private campgrounds for everyone's taste and convenience.

Wayne National Forest, OH

Many say this forest has some of the best riding they've ever seen. There are miles and miles of great trails, from the easiest to the most challenging. Some wicked straight-up-on rock drives and some cobblestone paths, but it's all fun. At $20.00 for a season pass, it is well worth it. Camp anywhere you like in the forest with your pass.

Ogemaw Sport and Trail, MI

A 175-acre campground with track, trails, and hills. Anything with wheels and a motor goes there: four wheelers, motorcycles, trucks, dune buggies, mini bike and jeeps. Also a kiddy track. Room for tents and RV's to boot.

Windrock Mountain, TN

250 miles of trails on 73,000 acres. Plenty of mud, rock, creeks and gorgeous scenery. Owned by Coal Creek Mining Co., the site is currently administered and maintained by the Windrock ATV club. Fee is $10.00 a day or $50.00 a year--a real bargain. Plenty of events each year make this Tennessee group of trails a must-ride.

Weyerhauser Properties, OK

Located in the direct southeast corner of Oklahoma, this area has lots of improved dirt roads, non-improved logging roads, trails, creeks, rivers, mountains, pine plantations, and hardwood bottoms. Property of the Weyerhauser Timber Corp., the land management has recently been turned over to the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. Some riders attest to driving a solid 100 miles on their bikes/ATVs without seeing anyone else. All roads are numbered and easy to follow.

Crooms Park, FL

Riders often have only one word to describe Crooms Park: awesome Set up for the explicit purpose of being a motorcycle park, it has 36,000 acres of land for you to go completely wild with your ride. It has sand dunes and trails and a great camping area to boot. It's in Brookesville, just 40 miles north of Tampa.

Katahdin Lodge, 10 miles north of Patten, Maine

Katahdin Lodge is located 10 miles north of Patten, Maine (19 miles from I-95 exit 264) on "Aroostook Scenic Highway" State Route #11 in Moro Plantation near Baxter State Park. We have groomed access to ITS #81 & #85 connecting to the more than 1,600 miles of maintained snowmobile trails in Aroostook County.
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