5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Massachusetts

Off-roading is a popular Massachusetts pastime. Rev up your ATV and take to the hills, the dunes, or a course through the woods. It’s a fun activity for families, who love making a day of the adventure. These five options for ATV off-roading in Massachusetts are perfect for all levels of skill. 

1. October Mountain State Forest

Featuring several miles of ATV off-roading trails, October Mountain State Forest is an excellent place for families to enjoy or break into the sport. The geology is remarkable and the forest is home to countless breeds of wild animals and plant life. Check into staying for the weekend on campsites not far from the trails. Not far from Tanglewood, make it a weekend trip and enjoy all the area has to offer.

2. Cape Cod National Seashore

There’s nothing quite like riding an ATV on the shore, and at Cape Cod National Seashore, families can do just that. Explore sand dunes and explore the water views. Kids will love getting off the ATVs for a while and splashing in the cool Cape Cod waters. Check at the National Park Service booth for information on purchasing an off-road permit. An orientation program may be required. 

3. Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA

This stunning state forest near Monterey, Massachusetts, affords exposure to abundant wildlife such as a deer, bobcat, and bear, as well as a glistening 35-acre pond. The Appalachian Trail even passes through the area. Fortunately for those thrill seekers, parts of Beartown can be explored on an off-roading vehicle. The trails can be muddy, with some steep incline/decline, so come prepared! 

4. 508 International, Charlton, MA

Dubbed “New England’s Playground,” 508 International is a haven for those off-roading thrill seekers! This action sports venue has a mission to “create a vibrant hub for sports entertainment where new experiences, competitions, and partnerships emerge,” according to the website. Dirt bikes, UTVs, ATVs, 4x4s, and more are permitted here. Check their website for events and further information!   

5. Pittsfield State Forest

Both ATVs and OHMs (Off Highway Motorcycle) are permitted in certain areas of Pittsfield State Forest. The trails are limited due to the protection of most of the area, but armed with a permit, you’ll experience some truly immaculate views on the back of your ATV. Pittsfield State Forest is home to beautiful streams, waterfalls, and 65 acres of wild azalea fields. 

*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.

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