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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Washington State

By Ian Brookwell

5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Washington State

Summer is upon us, and that means getting outside and into nature for us Northwesterners. There’s nothing quite like getting outdoors when the weather is nice, and a great way to experience it is through the rip-roaring excitement of an all-terrain vehicle. If you want to fly through some beautiful trails, here are five cool spots for ATV off-roading in the Evergreen State. 

1. Ahtanum State Forest

Ahtanum State Forest offers many miles of off-roading trails for every enthusiast. Most trails are plenty wide for the beginner, and the trail system has plenty of direct trail access camping areas with picnic tables. This Yakima wilderness area is absolutely gorgeous with ponderosa pine forests and lakes along the trails. Make sure to come prepared for rugged camping and tons of fun! 

2. Cle Elum Ranger District ORV Trails

Go explore the northwest here at Cle Elum, which offers riders a chance to delve into nature. This large trail system offers seemingly endless miles of great off-roading opportunities, and provides multiple campgrounds and trailheads to choose from. Manastach Campground has a novice-friendly ATV loop perfect for those just starting out. The ORV area is densely forested and offers views of surrounding mountains and lakes. Cle Elum should be your next off-roading destination!

3. Capitol State Forest

Capitol State Forest near Olympia gives riders many miles of off-roading adventure easily accessible from the state’s capital. The northern section of the state forest is open to motorists to camp, ride, and enjoy the beautifully forested area. The southern part of the forest is closed off to motorists but open to non-motorists like hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, so there’s no excuse not to bring the whole family! 

4. Evans Creek ORV Area

Evans Creek ORV Area near Buckley is a stunning place to go off-roading! With over 40 miles of designated off-roading trails that loop through forests, up and down mountains and meadows, Evans Creek is definitely one of the best spots in Washington to go off-roading! The designated campsite has 23 sites and provide a fire ring and picnic table for the whole family to enjoy. There are no RV hookups, but a water pump and vault toilet are available. A Northwest Forest pass is required and can be purchased online.  

5. Bradley ORV Area

Situated just outside of Cathlamet, the Bradley ORV Area attracts off-roading thrill seekers from across the state and even into Oregon, for its many awesome miles of off-roading trails. There is nothing quite like exploring the beautiful forests of the state than on the back of an all-terrain vehicle. For the ultimate in off-roading exploration, check out Bradley ORV area.

*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.

As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for the latest information.

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