The Best Ride Parks in the Midwest

We’re back with another five parks and trail systems that come highly recommended. Now, the US is a huge place, and even though we’re limiting this list to “the Midwest,” there are many more awesome places to ride than you’ll find here. That being said, you can’t go wrong planning a trip to any of the following places to ride.

 

Check Out Our Picks for the Best Ride Parks in the Midwest!

Michigan

Bundy Hill Offroad  |  Jerome, Michigan


Bundy Hill Offroad - Jerome, Michigan
Photo courtesy www.bundyhilloffroad.com.

Bundy Hill Offroad park packs a lot of awesome riding into its 350-acre park. Ride through a mud hole, then climb a hill, then go for a technical rock crawl. Head around the corner and start drag racing. It’s compact, action packed, and guaranteed to keep a smile on your face.

We can’t overstate how exciting the terrain is here—it’s hard to find hills like the ones in this park anywhere else nearby. Some of the routes up these hills are guaranteed to challenge the best drivers with the toughest machines.

There are plenty of rock gardens within the borders of Bundy Hill as well. These rocks aren't some glorified gravel leftovers from a construction site either. They are genuine boulders that require the right machine and ther right driver to navigate successfully. Where one low talent moment means you're getting winched out and repairing a tie rod. It's awesome.

It’s not all flooring the pedal and crunching metal at Bundy Hill Offroad. Bundy Hill hosts a smattering of events and races all year round that are suitable for all ages. From shootouts to hill climbs to group rides, there’s always something going on at Bundy Hill.

BUNDY HILL OFFROAD BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 350+ acres.

Style

STYLE: Hills, mud, ponds, and trails.

Cost

COST: $20 per driver. $5 per passenger. 2-day passes for $30. Annual pass starts at $340.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Plenty of easy trails for casual riders. Plenty of hills of moderate difficulty up to very high difficulty. You won’t be able to spend all weekend on the hardest routes, but they’ll keep you busy.

Open

OPEN: Year-round Wednesday – Sunday 9 AM to 8 PM. Closed to riding for certain events.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: There is primitive camping on site — $20 the first night; $10 each additional night. There are groceries and a few places to eat nearby. For more accommodations you’ll have to head to Jackson, Michigan 25 minutes away.

 
Events

EVENTS: You can find 1 or 2 events at Bundy Hill Offroad just about every month of the year, and there’s a huge variety. Group rids, hill climb competitions, and even amateur rally cross. You won’t get bored.

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Indiana

Badlands Off-Road Park  |  Attica, Indiana


Badlands Off-Road Park - Attica, Indiana
Photo courtesy www.badlandsoffroad.com.

The state of Indiana is full of surprises, and when you drive into Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, you’re sure to agree. This 800-acre park is a riders paradise hiding in eastern Indiana. You’ll see almost every terrain you could ask for from hills, rocks, and trails, to sand, water, and mud. It’s got enough variety and space to make this a park you don’t want to miss.

One of the key features of Badlands Off-Road park is that it is designed to be your off-road oasis away from home. Take a camper, a tent, or stay in one of several fully equipped cabins to make sure you aren’t distracted with the details. For campers they have full hookups available and private showers. If you don’t want to rough it here you don’t have to.

Badlands doesn’t skimp on the get-togethers either—every holiday is an excuse to ride. Their tent-pole event of the year is the annual Sasquatch Hunt that closes out the riding season in November. You can expect plenty of contests, prizes, and a whole lot of other riders. Be sure to grab a shot of the sasquatch if you can find him.

BADLANDS OFF-ROAD PARK BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 800+ acres.

Style

STYLE: Mud, hills, and rocks.

Cost

COST: $20 per day per driver. $10 per passenger. Annual memberships starting at $149.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Easy riding for those who need it, and technical routes that require a high ride-IQ for those who want it

Open

OPEN: Year-round 9 AM to 5 PM daily with extended weekend hours from April 6th through November 6th. Friday hours extended May 6th through Labor Day.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ride-on campground with 50 Spots for campers. Full hookups for some, water and electric only for most. A variety of fully equipped lodges are available as well. Attica is minutes away for more food, grocery, and lodging options.

Events

 EVENTS: They have something special planned for just about every summer holiday. Be sure to check out the Sasquatch hunt every November.

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Wisconsin

Dusty Trails ATV Trail System  |  Oconoto County, Wisconsin


Dusty Trails ATV Trail System - Oconto County, Wisconsin
Photo courtesy www.dustytrailsatvclub.com

This huge trail system in eastern Wisconsin north of Green Bay sports over 500 miles of pristine forest trails. There are plenty of lakes, creeks, and hills for you to enjoy on any of the dozens of loops that make this trial so easy to break down into a series of day trips.

This isn’t a trail system for people who want to challenge their machine and their driving skills. Instead, this trail is designed to get you out of dodge and send you through some beautiful nature. Take it slow, bring your binoculars, and marvel at the abundant greenary and wildlife. That doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to get some speed and get a little dirty, though.

As you travel these trails you’ll wind around countless lakes and drive through some serious water crossings, so make sure you pack some extra clothes if you plan on taking a dip. You’ll weave through a bunch of small towns that are ATV/UTV friendly where you can make a pit stop. Just make sure you’re cleaned off before you sit down for dinner.

DUSTY TRAILS ATV TRAIL SYSTEM BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 500+ miles.

Style

STYLE: Forest and trails. You will find muddy spots in the spring and some deep water crossings occasionally. UTVs are not allowed in the Nicolet National Forest portion of the trail system.

Cost

COST: $15 annually for an individual. $20 for a family. You must apply to be a member of the Dusty Trails ATV Club to use the trails.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: These trails are somewhat beginner-friendly. Safety is important on these trails because you can’t always see if there’s a rider coming around the next turn and some portions of the trails use county roads to connect.

Open

OPEN: Last week of April through the first week of November. Opening and closing dates can change due to weather.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: There are dozens of towns and cities that are right on the trail. Plenty of places to gas up, eat up, and rest up.

Events

  EVENTS: There is a spring poker run in Mountain, Wisconsin and a summer long poker run that ends with a big get-together at the end of September.

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Kansas

Syracuse Sand Dunes  |  Syracuse, Kansas


Syracuse Sand Dunes - Syracuse, Kansas
Photo courtesy www.travelks.com.

When you think Kansas I know you don’t think of duning, let alone 1300 acres of wide open dune fun. These aren’t massive hundred-foot-tall dunes, but that means that cruising along this tract of sand feels more like a short course track. You can still get some air time on these dunes, but you don’t have to worry (as much) about crunching your suspension when you land.

That wide open space gives you plenty of room for drag racing and other shenanigans like the spring and fall poker run/rodeo. The rodeo draws a huge crowd, and tests drivers’ skill and control through barrel runs and more.

If that’s not enough for you, Syracuse Sand Dunes also sports a 40-acre fishing pond adjacent to the dunes. Take a load off at the end of the day and see if you can catch something. Then head on over to the campground for a hot shower. If you need anything else, the town of Syracuse is just a stone’s throw away.

SYRACUSE SAND DUNES BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 1300 acres.

Style

STYLE: Dunes! And fishing if you want.

Cost

COST: $5 per rider.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Mostly easy riding here. A few steep hills can be challenging but there’s not much here for the expert rider. Make sure you pack your flags and whip lights for safety!

Open

OPEN: Open 365 days a year. Camp right on the sand and stay all night!

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: Tent camp for $5. RV camp with hookups for $15. Hot showers on-site. Groceries and gas are minutes away in the town of Syracuse.

Events

EVENTS:  DuneFest and the UTV Takeover will keep you busy through June and July

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South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest  |  South Dakota


Black Hills National Forest - South Dakota
Photo courtesy the U.S. Forest Service.

Black Hills National Forest beautiful, massive, and diverse, and with over 650 miles approved for ATV/UTV use, it makes for an awesome ride. With another 3600 miles of total roads and trails available for off-road vehicles, you can spend the week, summer, or year here and still not see everything.

This region is an outdoorsman’s dream. There are several trails that allow for dispersed camping and regions were hunters can travel cross-country to secure their kill. Some smaller areas are open for cross-country riding just for the joy of it.

Throughout the 1.2 million acre forest, you’ll find some interesting rock formations (including some caves) and see plenty of gorgeous creeks, canyons, plains — it’s more than a forest trail that’s for sure.

Much of the trail system is open to any size UTV but some paths are reserved for vehicles under 62” wide with gates set at trailheads to enforce those widths. Many of the width restricted trails can be more technical so if that’s what you’re looking for, make sure you haul in the right ride.

If you’re ready to spend a few days out in the wilderness then Black Hills National Forest is ready for you.

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 650+ miles of trails. 3600+ miles of trails and OHV friendly roads.

Style

STYLE: Mostly forests and hills with prairies, creeks, and caves for you to discover.

Cost

COST: $20 for a 7-day permit; $25 for an annual permit. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Mostly an easy experience for any rider. Wash outs and trail damage are few and far between, but some spots can be a little challenging.

Open

OPEN: Seasonally spring through fall. Opening varies due to snow.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: Several developed campgrounds (Dalton Lake, Boxelder Forks, and Roubaix Lake to name a few) can be found within the forest as well as dispersed camping along certain trails all with varying price points around $20.

Although there are many small towns in the forest, you’ll want to do some research on where you can actually get supplies. Deadwood, Sturgis, and Rapid City are all good places to stock up depending on what area of the forest you’re in.

Events

EVENTS: None! These trails are all about you and the trail.

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Five parks and trail systems is a small cross section of the total offerings the Midwest has to offer. Where’s your favorite place ride? Tell us on our Facebook page!

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