By Alli Hill
There’s no doubt that Tennessee is the place for ATV off-roading adventures. But a good day of off-roading doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the trail. There are plenty of epic off-roading spots just minutes from delicious restaurants, shops, and activities that can make for an unforgettable day of excitement. This mini travel guide will ensure your next off-roading experience in Tennessee is one you’ll always remember.
Fill up your human fuel tank at Harvey’s Pirate Drive In, an unfussy eatery serving up classic breakfast offerings and family-oriented service. You’ll need your energy for a long day of trail riding. And don’t worry—there won’t be any real pirates here to make you walk the plank!
There’s no end to off-roading activities here. This park has been the site for an abundance of large-scale events, including outdoor concerts, festivals, camping, competitions, and of course, trail riding. Inside you’ll find a huge variety of trails for all stages of riding, each equipped with unique challenges. The system creates a complex network of overlapping trails, which means you can make your journey as long as you want. Pack a lunch and enjoy alfresco dining at the picnic area in the park.
Head back south to Jasper, where tasty food awaits you at Nickajack BBQ & Outdoors. Here you’ll find some of the best barbecue in the area, along with favorites like pizza, nachos, burgers, and fries. And make sure you save room for dessert—their cheesecakes are just as delicious as they look!
Once you’ve eaten your fill, clean up at the Quality Inn & Suites, just off Interstate 24. Every room comes equipped with all the home-away-from-home luxuries you need, including free Wi-Fi and plushy beds. There’s also plenty of large vehicle parking on site. Don’t forget to grab a free breakfast!
Before you wrap up your adventure, head to Chattanooga to visit the awe-inspiring Ruby Falls. You’ve probably never seen anything quite like this in your life. This 145-foot waterfall is underground and located within Lookout Mountain. Thousands of visitors flock to these falls every year to witness their magnificence. Electric lights have been installed around the falls, to make them glow even more impressively.