on Thursday, June 25, 2020
Make no mistake, John Deere Gator™ Utility Vehicles are built to work. But when the work is done, there is fun to be had, especially if you are the owner of a recreational UTV.
Built for work and play, recreational UTVs are too powerful to be kept cooped up when there is open terrain to be explored, whether you are climbing a hill or rumbling over rugged ground. But it can be difficult to find ATV and UTV trails near you, where you can put your recreational vehicle’s performance to the test. Fortunately, there are popular options in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi that can we highlight for when you are planning your next adventure.
Alabama UTV Trails
The people who call the Heart of Dixie home know a thing or two about off-roading. When you get a chance to take to the trails with your recreational vehicle, you don’t have to be told twice. Not when Alabama is host to a number of off-road parks and trails designed to allow riding enthusiasts to explore the great outdoors and test their mettle on a variety of different terrain.
Flint Creek Multi-Use Trail - Danville, AL
Open to off-road motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, bike riders, and even horseback riding, Flint Creek Multi-Use Trail is one of the most popular trails in Alabama. Not only is the trail considered suitable for all levels of skill, from beginners to advanced riders, but the area is also not heavily used. So if you’re looking for room to roam, check out these 16 miles of wide dirt trails.
Minooka Park - Jemison, AL
According to their website, Minooka Park promises “miles of freedom, minutes away.” Based on their miles of trails dedicated to off-roading, the park would appear to deliver on that promise -- and then some. Minooka Park is located in Chilton County, the geographical center of Alabama, and provides riders with stunning scenery and varying terrain for a can’t-miss experience.
If you are visiting the park as part of a getaway with your family, you can also take advantage of Minooka Lake for fishing for largemouth bass, hiking trails through natural areas, and a scenic deck that offers a breathtaking view overlooking the lake.
The Ridge - Springville, AL
The Ridge is a private off-roading riding park, but the membership fee is a reasonable $5 per year. Once you are a member, you will have access to approximately 35 miles of trails with a variety of different terrains, from open fields and tight woods to creeks and rocks. All trails for UTVs and ATVs are marked as one-way trails for safety reasons.
According to their website, The Ridge was created to specifically address the increasing difficulty of finding a place to ride off-road. The owners’ hope is to “create a family friendly riding environment that is fun and challenging to all age groups and riding abilities.”
Stony Lonesome OHV Park - Cullman County, AL
Open year-round, the Stony Lonesome OHV Park boasts 1,456 acres of terrain, with trails for ATVs, UTVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, equestrians, and hikers. If you’re looking to settle in before you embark on a ride across acres of adventure, the park is also home to pavilions for picnics, full hook-ups for trailers, cabins, and RVs, and primitive campsites available for rental.
The forest setting is beautiful and the terrain offers opportunities for all skill levels.
Tennessee UTV Trails
Much like Alabama, Tennessee is no stranger to off-roading. The Appalachian Mountains, specifically, is one of the most popular regions of the country for riding your ATV or UTV, with parks and trails in the area to provide the kind of thrilling experience every riding enthusiast hopes for when they take their recreational vehicle out for a spin. You don’t have to look far to find a place where you can have fun on your own or with friends and family.
Windrock Park - Oliver Springs, TN
Spanning 73,000 acres, Windrock Park is the largest privately-owned off-road riding area in the country. With more than 300 miles of trails, the park grounds can accommodate UTVs, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even Jeeps and trucks. Windrock has trails for every level of rider, with areas designated as easy, moderate, difficult, and extremely difficult.
There is also more to do at Windrock than embark on off-road adventures. The facilities include fully-furnished cabins, 39 RV sites with full hookups, and more than 100 available camping sites. Hiking trails are also open to you and your family if you need some fresh mountain air.
Trails End Campground - Huntsville, TN
Whether your vehicle of choice is an ATV, UTV, motorcycle, Jeep, or truck, Trails End Campground is the place to be in East Tennessee. Nestled in the Cumberland Mountains amid 150,000 acres of wilderness, the campground offers 600 miles of multi-use trails to explore. The North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area consists of three connected trail systems that all link together, providing riders with plenty of open terrain to explore.
You can set up your own campsite on the grounds and access all three trail systems 24 hours a day. Just be sure to map out your ride in advance and bring plenty of food and fuel.
Prentice Cooper State Forest - Chattanooga, TN
24,000 acres of forest await approximately 10 miles west of Chattanooga. Prentice Cooper State Forest is the perfect place to spend a weekend riding off-road, with designated dirt trails available for OHVs, ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles. It is a beautiful area that has maintained recreational opportunities to the public, while also focusing on sustainable timber management, forest management demonstration and wildlife habitat improvement.
Prentice Cooper is also home to 35 miles of hiking trails and two designated camping areas.
Circle E Guest Ranch - Belvidere, TN
Nestled in the Cumberland Mountains, Circle E Guest Ranch offers riders 120 miles of marked trails and breathtaking views of the mountains, caves, waterfalls, and creeks. The off road trails at Circle E are divided by Highway 16, allowing you to ride one side or the other at times. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, you can take advantage of one of the 240 campsites available with water and electric, or one of their four fully furnished rental cabins.
Mississippi UTV Trails
The trails across Mississippi offer some of the best views of sunsets, fall foliage, and waterways in the state. So riders need not venture far from home when looking to take their UTV or ATV off-road to explore the open terrain of their natural surroundings.
Mudslangers Off Road Trails - Woodland, MS
Located less than 100 miles from Corinth, Mudslangers Off Road Trails is a park with trails open to ATVS and UTVs, with terrain running from rolling hills to mud and sand pits. The trails are spread out across 800 acres of land, offering outdoor challenges for any rider eager for a little fun in the country. Close by is a duck pond where guests can relax and hang out, and there is also a concession stand on the ground that serves burgers, hot dogs, and nachos.
No matter where you decide to go off-roading with your recreational UTV, there is fun to be had.
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