In the southern half of the U.S., we value an excellent off-roading experience. With miles of trails, mud, and forests to traverse, you’ll find no shortage of ATV excitement in Tennessee. Whether you prefer adventure parks or state forests, you’ll find something to suit your style with these five awesome ATV off-roading spots in the state.
This state forest boasts a whopping 24,686 acres of space, located 10 miles from Chattanooga. Prentice Cooper is an incredibly popular spot for activities like camping, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. There are also roads throughout the massive forest designed just for OHVs, including ATVs and motorcycles. Remember to remain on these designated roads and follow the rules! Roads permitting motorized vehicles are marked with a Jeep symbol. Stay at a steady 25 miles per hour while you’re here and enjoy exploring the beautiful Prentice Cooper State Forest.
This 500-acre off-road park is situated in the mountains of south central Tennessee. The park is “dedicated to creating the ultimate off road experience,” according to its website. There are over 120 trails available here at a variety of levels of difficulty. There’s also a camping space to stay the night, which includes RV hookups and bathrooms. Rates go at $15 per person and children under 12 enter free!
Novices be prepared: This park is known for having some of the most challenging trails in the region. Across 500 acres, you’ll find 45 trails ranging in difficulty from level 1 to 5. Golden Mountain is accessible to ATVs, motorcycles, Jeeps, trucks, and UTVs. The terrain here varies, from rock climbing to regular trail riding, and you can also expect loose hill climbs as well as technical rock crawling.
Foxfire Mountain is designed for thrill seekers of all types, not just the off-roading lovers. This park has zip lines, ropes courses, and swing bridges, in addition to their excellent off-roading opportunity. Now, this is a bit different than some of the other off-roading adventures available in Tennessee. At Foxfire, you can participate in a guided tour called the Bear Crawler Adventure of the Smoky Mountains. Explore in an eight-wheeled ATV on off-road trails, ripping through water and zipping among trees. Perfect for those not quite ready to drive their own ATV!
Covering an impressive 72,000 acres and providing over 300 miles of trails, Windrock Park is an off-roading haven! Riders are welcome to utilize ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, Jeeps, buggies, and trucks at this park. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can rent an OHV right on site! If you’re spent from a day of adventure, you can stay the night at one of their cabins, RV sites, or primitive campsites.
*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.