There aren’t many activities that provide the same kind of visceral excitement as off-roading on an ATV through the Virginia wilderness. Climbing over mud pits, zooming through trails, and maybe catching a little air can be an intense experience. Here are five great spots for ATV off-roading in the Old Dominion.
Big Boys Playground is steeped in ATV culture and isn’t for the faint of heart. The owner is a die-hard off-roading lover and hosts events on the Playground at least once a month. Hundreds of people and at least 100 trucks come to each event to try to tackle the 150-foot long mud hole. Check out the rock course, single-track trails, and become the first to make it through the notorious “Hell Hole” mud pit.
Virginia’s oldest motocross track, Actiontown MX Park in Dillwyn, Virginia, is one of the state’s most popular, but requires riders to jump through a few hoops before hitting the trail. Riders must have an active American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) membership and a District 13 membership. Both are available for purchase onsite. Actiontown is known for its mile-long track, but is only open during sanctioned events, so make sure to check in before heading out.
The Cove Campground is a privately-owned tree farm covering 3,000-acres near the Appalachian Mountains. The ATV and motorcycle trails are open all year, consisting of loops that range from two to 22 miles. Take note: most of the trails are intended for intermediate to experienced riders, although beginners can take part in the beginner loop. Make sure to check the website for availability, as ATV access is limited on some holidays.
Elkhorn Lake Campground and ATV Trails offer over 560 acres of recreational areas on the pristine Elkhorn Lake and over 31 miles of ATV trails. While trails are open daily, inclement weather could cause closures, so make sure to call ahead. While on-site, consider making your visit a camping weekend. As a paid guest, you’ll have beach access, use of three swimming pools, and admission to live musical entertainment.
Birch Creek Motorsports Park in Danville, Virginia, is a red clay track with whoops, sand, and tabletops. It is perhaps best known as the host for regularly sanctioned ATV and AMA events, including the ATV Motocross National Championship Series, Loretta Lynch Qualifier, Demolition Derby’s, National Championships, Grand Prix, and more. Join the fun every Saturday except during events. Follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding events, hours, and pricing.
*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.