From far-reaching national forests to high-end private parks, the Georgia off-roading scene has a lot to be excited about. Whether you prefer roughing it out on the natural trails or enjoy the more controlled environment of a private park, Georgia has something for every level of ATV rider. Below you’ll find five of the coolest spots throughout the state that scream, “Start your engines!”
If you’re into off-roading, then you must travel to Durhamtown Resort. Established in 1991, Durhamtown has grown into the largest off-road resort destination in the country. Push the accelerator as you ride over 6,000 acres next to Jeeps, dirt bikes, 4x4 vehicles, and more. Trails vary in experience level from beginner to expert. Make your trip a vacation by renting onsite lodging, staying at an RV site, or camping. You can’t go wrong at the Durhamtown Resort.
The Whissenhunt OHV Trails are about six miles north of Dahlonega, Georgia, in Lumpkin County and offer 11.2 miles of ATV heaven. The trails are open sunrise to sunset and require a daily fee or annual pass. Trails are designated from beginner to difficult, and riders are asked to stay squarely on the trails so as not to disturb the surrounding nature.
Highland Park Resort in Cedartown, Georgia, boasts over 90 miles of trails throughout the Georgian mountains. The trails are rated from beginner to expert with five levels, along with a PeeWee track. With 45 unique one-way trails, riders have the luxury of choice. Never have the same Highland adventure twice. Make sure to take a look at the trail map to see which trails are open to ATVs and which are restricted to motorbikes. For longer stays, consider one of the cabins.
Come on down to Waycross, Georgia, for Fat Daddy’s ATV Park. Situated on 500 acres in the Satilla River region, Fat Daddy offers miles of trails right by the river. Primitive camping sites are available for anyone that wishes to stay the weekend. Fat Daddy is open weekends, Friday-Sunday, and charges differing rates depending on how many days you plan to stay. Riders under 15 years of age must wear a helmet at all times. Make sure to check the website ahead of time for updated rules and regulations.
Chattahoochee National Forest is one of the most beautiful and expansive forests in the state, with a combined total area of over 850,000 acres spanning multiple counties. Tons of trails are sprinkled throughout the forest, but take note: riders can only go on trails that are specifically designated. Depending on which trail you choose in the forest, you may be required to pay a daily fee. Check up on all of the rules and regulations on their website before stopping by, and take a look at the forest map while you’re there.
*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.