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For ATV riders that are sick of the confines of the course, riding on trails may be an exhilarating way to switch things up. Still, you should keep many things in mind when trail riding on a four-wheeler. By knowing the trails, ensuring that the ATV is in proper running condition, adhering to state laws and following proper trail-riding etiquette, riders in Kentucky can help to ensure that any ride is legal and safe.
The African-American Heritage Trail in Arkansas identifies people, places and events that represent the experiences and contributions of black people in the Arkansas Delta Region. The geography, history and culture of the region are inseparable from the experiences of its black residents. Arkansas' African-American Heritage Trail provides glimpses into all aspects of those experiences.
North Carolina has three major landscape areas. These include the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains and foothills, such as Mt. Mitchell, the lower lying coastal area of the Atlantic Seaboard, and the Piedmont plateau region in between. This provides plenty of contrasting areas for outdoor enthusiasts, with those that enjoy combining ATV activities and camping having the choice of many facilities in the state.
Crescent City's state-authorized all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails are part of the Six Rivers National Park and follow paths that stretch approximately 15 miles long and travel northeast of Crescent City. The ATV trail area is known by many names including the Rattlesnake Ridge Area, Pigeon Roost Spring, Boulder Ridge, Soldier Well and the Smith River National Recreation Area. For the purpose of this article, it is only referred to as the Rattlesnake Ridge Area. Riders should know that because many parts of the trails go unused, they become overgrown with plants.
For ATV enthusiasts, Garrett County, Maryland's western-most county, can be heaven on earth. The county boasts three state forests, each with trails of varying lengths to keep ATV riders active and interested. The trails are free for ATV use but all vehicles must be registered with the state and display a registration sticker.
Lac Ste. Anne is a county in Alberta, Canada that is quite friendly to recreational vehicle drivers. In fact, the official county website mentions recreational riding opportunities under its community lifestyle and tourism page. For ATV riders, Lac Ste. Anne has over 100 km of approved trails and a club dedicated to informing and protecting those who want to ride four-wheelers in this county.
Despite its being a large city made up of both urban and rural communities, you'll find it impossible to discover Ottawa on an all-terrain vehicle due to city and federal policies regarding the proper use of recreational trails. Your best option to explore the area on ATV is to travel outside of the city's boundaries to nearby jurisdictions. Many communities bordering Ottawa have trails that cater to the ATV lifestyle.
The village of Sylvan Beach is located on the banks of Oneida Lake in upstate New York, just northeast of Syracuse. Sylvan Beach is a resort and vacation spot for regional families, with easy access to recreation activities in the area. For off-road, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts, upstate New York has much to offer. The local forestland and countryside are dotted with specialty tracks and wilderness trails that welcome riders of all levels and ages.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (railstotrails.org) is a nationwide nonprofit organization 150,000 members strong based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create trails along former railroad tracks for hiking and biking purposes. The growing system consists of 19,000 rail-trails as of the date of publication. The Conservancy is dedicated to the purpose of enhancing the health of the environment, neighborhoods and individuals and has plans for another 9,000 miles of trails. Some of these trails accommodate bikers in the Piermont, New York, area.
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, sits on a peninsula overlooking Raritan Bay, across which can be seen New York City's borough of Staten Island. If you're looking for bicycling options in Perth Amboy, there's a range of city, county, state and national trails available -- both in and immediately outside the city.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has two primary bike trails, along with several smaller trails that connect to the primary trails. All Cuyahoga Falls' bike trails are managed by the Summit county metroparks and are patrolled by park rangers, as well as volunteers just in case your bike breaks down. In addition, the trails are closed to all motorized vehicles, but are open to joggers and hikers. Unlike some trail systems, most of the bike trails in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, are isolated from vehicle roads or urban areas, meaning that most of the riding is done in the arms of nature herself.
Spanning nearly 2,000 acres, the Palo Alto Baylands is the largest undeveloped piece of wetlands left on the San Francisco Bay. The Baylands harbors freshwater and saltwater tidal habitats that support many birds and other wildlife. More than 15 miles of trails crisscross the Baylands. Many of the trails are open to bicyclists and other members of the public.
BMX trail riding is an extreme sport filled with inclines, declines and expressive obstacles. Terrains are usually designed with both speed and style in mind. Experienced trail riders typically prefer locations where lines allow them to gather momentum and perform tricks. California is home to some of the most popular and accessible obstacle-filled BMX trail sites in the country.
BMX, or bicycle motocross, started in Southern California in the 1970s, with the Schwinn Stingray leading the way as the first well-known bike for wheelie stunts. The sport exploded, and the International BMX Federation was created in 1981, with the first world championship in 1982. Since 2008, BMX has been a summer Olympic sport. In Louisiana, as in the rest of the country and through much of the world, BMX is a hot sport with many different trails for young enthusiasts to try.
Brown Mountain is a 2,600-foot peak in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina and is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountain is famed for being the site of unexplained nighttime lights that, according to local legend, have been appearing there for more than 800 years. Observation of the lights is best done at night from different overlook locations off of the mountain. The mountain and surrounding area have many trails for those interested in daytime recreation.
The Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park (burningrockwv.com), in West Virginia's New River Gorge, offers 100 miles of off-road ATV trails, as well as ATV and UTV rentals, lodging, zip lines, food and guided trips for beginners. One- and two-seat ATVs are available to rent by the day or half-day, starting at $169 per person for a half-day excursion.
Hocking Hills, Ohio, is home to many campgrounds and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails. Some parks even offer both activities in one location. The Wayne National Forest contains the state's largest ATV trail system and is a popular place for off-road riders. Camping options in Hocking Hills are plentiful, will full-service companies like KOA offering locations, while other, more primitive tent options, are also available through the area. Camping and ATV trails offer families and friends a chance to experience the outdoors together.
South Jersey is framed by the Delaware River and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The area features various terrains of lush forests and landscaped parks. Pine Barrens, a large national reserve runs through this region that is full of opportunity for outdoor activity. Hiking, biking and canoeing are all popular ways to enjoy the outdoors. If canoeing is your sport of choice, there are plenty of waterways where you can put your oars to use.
The southwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula is a spiderweb of rivers that wind their way through forests and rolling hills, many working their way toward the shore of Lake Michigan. These rivers provide a playground for canoeists and kayakers, and nearly every town in southwest Michigan is not far from the starting point of a great canoe trip.