By Gabby Davis
Imagine riding on an ATV through some of Indiana’s most beautiful landscapes. Feel the rush of the wind and smell nature as it whisks past you. Here in Indiana, ATV off-roading is a popular past time and a hobby that many indulge in, especially in the more rural areas of the state. Check out these five cool spots for ATV off-roading in Indiana.
A former coal mine which straddles Pike and Warrick counties, Interlake State Recreation Area is home to 3,550 acres and over 100 miles of trails where those who love ATV off-roading can come and enjoy themselves. Located in Lynnville, Indiana, there are a variety of trails for the off-road vehicle lovers, horse riders, hikers, and mountain bikers alike. Interlake also offers a diverse landscape with incredible views.
Another former coal mine, Redbird State Recreation Area is home to 1,400 acres and has miles of trails for all skill levels. The trails are open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset but may be closed due to hazardous conditions and weather. If you happen to encounter issues such as broken cables or battery issues, there is a station nearby to purchase supplies.
Another great off-roading site for ATV fun is Haspin Acres in Laurel, Indiana. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, this family-friendly park sits on 750 acres of rural Indiana. However, hours for off-roading activities are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Haspin Acres requires all riders to wear a helmet and seat belt on the appropriate vehicles. Need a spare part or have a broken cable? Check out the small parts and accessories shop, belonging to Mr. Skids. There is also a small restaurant on the property, The Stone Hearth Grill, in case you get hungry. Gale’s World Famous Chili is a favorite among those who visited!
The Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Indiana, is a privately-owned area consisting of 800 acres, and its mission is to provide an awesome experience. One thing that sets the Badlands apart from others throughout Indiana is that they have specific areas dedicated to beginners where they can practice and learn to ride their vehicles. Don’t feel like taking the mess home with you after a long day of riding? Jump in and enjoy a shower in one of their six private showers! Feeling hungry? Check out Bob’s Burgers and enjoy the infamous Sasquatch Burger!
Nashville, Indiana, is the place to be this summer! With its breathtaking scenery and some of the most rugged hills and terrains in Indiana, eXplore Brown County eat is an ATV lover’s dream! With over 1,000 acres, eXplore offers a variety of outdoor activities. From zip-lining to paintball, mountain biking, and so much more! One thing that sets this place apart from others is that guided ATV and dune buggy tours are available year-round, weather permitting. This is nice, especially for those who may not be experienced ATV riders. You can also bring your own ATV for the tour. Because it is a retreat center, it offers other attractions such as a day spa and salon, three wineries, as well as a nature preserve and art galleries.
*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.