The Top 5 Absolute Best ATV Trails in the US

Are you looking to embark on the road less traveled? With almost 3.8 million square miles of the most varied terrain on the planet, its no surprise that the US is home to some of the world’s most epic ATV trails.

Let’s zoom in on 5 of the best.

The Paiute ATV Trails, Utah

The Paiute ATV trails of south-central Utah form the largest trail system in the whole of the USA

Over 1000 miles of trails make up the Paiute ATV trails. The main trail is a whopping 238 miles long.

You will pass through a number of towns along the way, where you can indulge in a sit-down meal and a night in a hotel if you need To fully recharge your batteries.

Due to the vast differences in terrain, some of the trails close seasonally, so be sure to check ahead. And be sure to pack for the weather!

Ocala National Forest, Florida

The Ocala National Forest, located in central Florida, just north of Orlando, offers some of the most picturesque ATV trails in the US.

With over 200 miles of ATV trails, the Ocala National Forest is open all year round.

With 600 lakes, springs, and rivers where you can stop and take a swim, Ocala National Forest is home to abundant wildlife and unique animal habitats that you won’t see anywhere else.

Ride Royal Blue Resort, Tennessee

200,000 acres and 600 miles of trails, and its all privately owned! Located in the east of Tennessee, the trails of the Ride Royal Blue Resort are open all year round.

The difficulty of the trails here ranges from leisurely to some of the most technically challenging trails across the whole of the US

No matter what your reason for riding, the Ride Royal Blue Resort caters for everyone.

The Lost Sierra, California

Located in the north of the Golden State, The Lost Sierra contains wagon trail created by settlers in the 1800s, and acres of gorgeous mountainsides.

The trails are generally open all year round but occasionally close after notable rainfall to allow for the trails to dry.

The trails take you through acres of pine forests to breathtaking mountain vistas.

Maine’s Trail Systems

The US’s northeasternmost state is an ATV’ers dream come true.

Already home to over 6,000 miles of ATV trails, Maine’s trail system is still growing.

Trails range from pine groves to vast open plains. Rugged mountain paths to speed tracks.

The land belongs to different private landowners so it’s important to check which trails are open and when.

Maine is a super ATV friendly state. There are a number of lodges throughout the state, and a large number of them offer ATV rentals.

Time to Hit the Trail

America is home to countless ATV trails. Hopefully, these five ATV trails will help you get started no matter your riding ability.

Don’t forget to check each trail’s requirements before setting off, and always respect the environment.

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What To Wear On An ATV Tour

Did you just book an ATV Tour, or are considering going on an ATV tour? Congrats! But, what should you wear while riding? Are you in a cold climate, or a warm climate? The easy answer is to wear what makes you feel comfortable, but there are some pros and cons to your wardrobe decisions. We think comfort should always be the number one thing to look for when riding ATVs, meaning that a pair of shorts, a cotton t-shirt or tabk top, and comfortable sneakers may be the perfect fit.  At Explore! Sierra, we do require that you wear a helmet. But, have you always wanted to look like a “Pro”, there are certain pieces that can make sure that you are protected, and looking good!

ATV Casual Clothing vs. ATV “Pro-Gear”

Pros of wearing Casual clothing when riding:

  • Clothing is generally super comfy which allows you to focus on what’s ahead
  • You do not need to buy anything because you already have the stuff to wear
  • Might be a necessity if you find that track clothing is way too hot for your body

What do I wear on an ATV Tour

Cons of wearing casual clothing when riding:

  • Unless you have a shirt made from special fabrics with sweat absorption, casual clothing is inferior when it comes to perspiration and ventilation control
  • Provides inferior protection and materials which are either too heavy (jeans) or too light (undershirts) for an optimal riding experience
  • You may get home and realize that your favorite cotton Tee is now forever dirt stained (the trails can kick up mud and lots of dust)

Pros of wearing ATV riding gear when riding:

  • Superior protection from bumps, dirt, branches, sun, you name it. Having ATV boots, goggles, and helmet(which we provide) will always ensure that you are safer in case of an accident
  • If you have the “need for speed”, a riding chest protector is never a bad idea! Some of these vests are fairly inexpensive, and also look great
  • For youth, controlling internal temp is as important as staying hydrated; we love the simple moisture-wicking shirts by O’Neil
  • ATV gear or clothing might be mandatory if you live in colder climates; nobody wants to be caught riding at 16C wearing a pair of flip-flops and some sweatpants

Should I wear professional clothing on my ATV Tour

Cons of wearing ATV riding gear when riding:

  • If you go above and beyond with your Pro ATV gear purchases, then it may not be worth it unless you will be riding an ATV more than once a year
  • If you are going on a ride in a hot climate, some of the gear may feel heavy and hot
  • If you do not have access to a local outdoor shop, you may have to return items purchased online many times until you find the right fit

What NOT To Wear When Riding ATVs

We recommend not wearing anything too bulky because that may get in the way of your ability to quickly maneuver on the trails. We also do not recommend wearing belts, they can get very uncomfortable during a two or three hour ATV Tour. You CAN wear flip flops, but we do not recommend it. It is much more comfortable to wear a pair of sneakers, and not to mention cleaner for your feet! Lastly, please make sure that you are not wearing any clothing that is too tight, or doesn’t fit. Your Dad or husbands oversize sweatshirt will not fair well because it is too loose.

Recommended Riding Clothing And Gear When Riding ATVs

We highly recommend wearing long pants, and a breathable long sleeve shirt. This will defend your skin against sun damage, tree branches, and dirt and mud. You must wear a helmet (don’t worry we provide one), and we also provide a bandanna because there is a fair amount of dust that kicks up.

Wear a bandanna on your ATV Tour

Here is a quick list of “what you should wear” on your ATV Tour:

  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • Jeans or Long Pants
  • Long-Sleeved Shirt
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen

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History of the Four Wheeler

From Wikipedia…Four-Wheelers

Suzuki was a leader in the development of four-wheeled ATVs. It sold the first model, the 1982 QuadRunner LT125, which was a recreational machine for beginners. Suzuki sold the first four-wheeled mini ATV, the LT50, from 1984 to 1987. After the LT50, Suzuki sold the first ATV with a CVT transmission, the LT80, from 1987 to 2006.

In 1985 Suzuki introduced to the industry the first high-performance four-wheel ATV, the Suzuki LT250R QuadRacer. This machine was in production for the 1985-1992 model years. During its production run it underwent three major engineering makeovers. However, the core features were retained. These were: a sophisticated long-travel suspension, a liquid-cooled two-stroke motor and a fully manual five-speed transmission for 1985–1986 models and a six-speed transmission for the 87–92 models. It was a machine exclusively designed for racing by highly skilled riders.

Honda responded a year later with the FourTrax TRX250R—a machine that has not been replicated until recently. It currently remains a trophy winner and competitor to big-bore ATVs. Kawasaki Heavy Industries responded with its Tecate-4 250.

In 1987, Yamaha Motor Company introduced a different type of high-performance machine, the Banshee 350, which featured a twin-cylinder liquid-cooled two-stroke motor from the RD350LC street motorcycle. Heavier and more difficult to ride in the dirt than the 250s, the Banshee became a popular machine with sand dune riders thanks to its unique power delivery. The Banshee remains popular, but 2006 is the last year it was available in the U.S. (due to EPA emissions regulations); it is still available in Canada, however.

Shortly after the introduction of the Banshee in 1987, Suzuki released the LT500R QuadRacer. This unique quad was powered by a 500 cc liquid cooled two stroke engine with a five-speed transmission. This ATV earned the nickname “Quadzilla” with its remarkable amount of speed and size. While there are claims of 100+ mph stock Quadzillas, it was officially recorded by 3&4 Wheel Action magazine as reaching a top speed of over 79 mph (127 km/h) in a high speed shootout in its 1988 June issue, making it the fastest production ATV ever produced. Suzuki discontinued the production of the LT500R in 1990 after just four years.

At the same time, development of utility ATVs was rapidly escalating. The 1986 Honda FourTrax TRX350 4×4 ushered in the era of four-wheel drive ATVs. Other manufacturers quickly followed suit, and 4x4s have remained the most popular type of ATV ever since. These machines are popular with hunters, farmers, ranchers and workers at construction sites.

Four-Wheel Drive ATV

Safety issues with three-wheel ATVs caused all ATV manufacturers to upgrade to four-wheel models in the late 1980s, and three-wheel models ended production in 1987, due to consent decrees between the major manufacturers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission—the result of legal battles over safety issues among consumer groups, the manufacturers and CPSC. The lighter weight of the three-wheel models made them popular with some expert riders. Cornering is more challenging than with a four-wheeled machine because leaning into the turn is even more important. Operators may roll over if caution isn’t used. The front end of three-wheelers obviously has a single wheel, making it lighter, and flipping backwards is a potential hazard, especially when climbing hills. Rollovers may also occur when traveling down a steep incline. The consent decrees expired in 1997, allowing manufacturers to, once again, make and market three-wheel models, though there are none marketed today. Recently the CPSC has succeeded in finally banning three-wheeled ATV’s with attachments to bill HR4040. Many believe this is in response to Chinese manufacturers trying to import three-wheeled ATV’s. The Japanese manufacturers were also behind this legislation, as they have been held responsible for years to provide ATV Safety training and to apply special labels and safety equipment to their ATVs while Chinese manufacturers did not.

Models continue, today, to be divided into the sport and utility markets. Sport models are generally small, light, two-wheel drive vehicles that accelerate quickly, have a manual transmission and run at speeds up to approximately 80 mph (130 km/h). Utility models are generally bigger four-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum speed of up to approximately 70 mph (110 km/h). They have the ability to haul small loads on attached racks or small dump beds. They may also tow small trailers. Due to the different weights, each has advantages on different types of terrain.

Six-wheel models often have a small dump bed, with an extra set of wheels at the back to increase the payload capacity. They can be either four-wheel drive (back wheels driving only), or six-wheel drive.

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The Top 10 Reasons To Go On An ATV Tour

For me, riding is like my therapy of sorts, a time to tune out negativity, release frustrations and anxieties and to focus on those tight, twisty turns, trees and gnarly obstacles that make life fun. If you’re anything like me (and I certainly hope you’re not), I thought I would infect you with some positive thinking to get you out of the house, on a quad and shedding off all your worries and cooped-up energy. Maybe you’ve had some valid excuses to not ride, such as your schedule is just too busy or you spend all of your weekends on a honey-do list or you’re simply too tired and lazy after a long week at work. No matter how many excuses you can scratch together, I can promise you that these are 10 irrefutable reasons why you should get out and ride. I know I will, and I promise that it will bring the choked-off excitement back into your life as quickly as your first ride. So put those excuses aside, and get out and ride.

Top 10 Reasons To Go On An ATV Tour:

1. Great Weather

“It’s too cold” is no longer a valid excuse for staying indoors. The temperatures are warm, the skies are clear and there will be plenty of bright and shiny days to spend outside for the next couple of months.

Top 10 Reasons To Go On An ATV Tour

2. Exercise

Pumping weights, running and doing crunches are great ways to exercise and obtain good health, but they can be oftentimes downright boring. Believe it or not, riding is a great way to work your heart, build muscle and even to release pent-up energy.

3. Stress Relief

After a long week of work, stress begins to eat away at you bit by bit. Pumping out some hard laps, whether it be on the track or deep in the woods, can quickly wipe away those worrisome anxieties.

4. Much-Needed Therapy

Who needs a shrink when you have an ATV? I always feel relieved and rejuvenated after a long day of riding. And it will probably save you quite a bit of cash in the long run. In the “screen-time” world we live, it is so important to put the phone down and “get outside”. Fresh air, exciting experiences, and adrenaline have been proven to boost moods, and stimulate productivity!
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Therapy: “Healing power or quality.”
Throttle Therapy: “The healing quality of controlling the flow of power to an engine!”

5. The Great Outdoors

Especially in the spring, summer and fall months, there’s a sense of renewing and peace when experiencing the outdoors. Don’t stay isolated in your house or office any longer; get out and experience the healing benefits that nature has to offer.

6. Get Inspired

When you’re lacking motivation, like I do at times, get out and ride. An enjoyable ride can lift inspiration blockers and clear your head of negativity, thereby making room for a fresh perspective. It works for me and maybe it’ll work wonders for you.

7. The Need For Speed

Most of us who ride quads have a need for speed that must be quenched on a regular basis. You can relieve this addiction by riding a roller coaster, sticking the pedal to the metal in a sports car or by pointing a bicycle downhill and hanging on for dear life. But I can’t think of a better way to satisfy this craving than by grabbing a handful of throttle and swiftly clicking through the gears on your quad.

The Need For Speed Is A Top Reason To Ride an ATV

8. Time With Family And Friends

I’m always trying to figure out ways to spend quality time with family and friends. What better way to accomplish this than a day at a riding area spent with your loved ones?

9. Adrenaline Fix

Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the body that stimulates heart rate and dilates blood vessels and air passages. It’s naturally produced when your body experiences physically exhilarating situations. So why store it and waste it when you can release and enjoy it? It’s a chemical cocktail that’s likely to occur many times while out riding.

10. Have Fun

The most important reason for riding is plain and simple: to have fun. It’s necessary to have regular doses of fun in our lives and it’s more than likely that a day or weekend out riding will end in a good ole time.

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