By Alli Hill
ATV off-roading isn’t just a fun activity, it’s a southern tradition. Throughout the Peach State you’ll find plenty of vehicle-friendly trails and parks that can give you a ride of a lifetime. However, no off-roading day in Georgia is complete without soaking up a little local flavor before you hit the homeward trail. Make the most of your next off-roading adventure in Georgia with this perfectly planned trip.
Start your journey with a morning stop at Town Square Cafe. This cozy little eatery has some of the best breakfast in town, including all your favorites like biscuits, pancakes, and omelets. Guests love the quick, friendly service here, and the prices are reasonable, too.
Before you start your off-roading adventure, stretch your legs at Prater’s Mill, one of Dalton’s most beloved historical sites. The structure itself dates to 1855, when it was a functioning mill for cornmeal. Situated on the waterfront, the structure has been fully restored to delight future generations.
Unless there’s been significant rainfall, head to Houston Valley OHV Trails, a system offering more than 25 miles of safe yet challenging trails. Unlike typical ATV parks, this site is dedicated strictly to riding. There are variety of loops that merge with longer trails so you can plot your course and make your journey as long—or short—as you want. If you want to make an entire weekend of off-roading, there are three primitive campsites here that are free to use.
Once you’ve had your fill of hilly trail riding, head back to Dalton to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner. They also feature other sure-to-please favorites, such as hot dogs, chicken, and Brunswick stew. This locals favorite is a bit of a drive from the trail park, but once you sink your teeth into their smoky-flavored meats you’ll agree it was well worth it.
Just a few minutes’ drive from the rib shack lies your evening’s refuge. Right off the interstate, you can expect clean, comfy rooms that make the perfect place to unwind after a long day of off-roading. There’s plenty of free parking for your oversized vehicle, as well as free Wi-Fi and a pool to help you melt away the day’s stresses.
Alli Hill is a freelance content writer and mom of two. She spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors by trail or by kayak. She is also the founder and director of FreelanceSpeak, a blog to support other freelance creatives.