The Best Ride Parks in the Northeast

We're back with our final set of five parks and trails. We've toured the mud bogs of the South, the dunes of the West, and the parks of the Midwest. This time we're looking at the relatively small region we like to call the Northeast. Just because it's small doesn’t mean there aren't some great places to ride in this trail-heavy corner of America.

So take a look. What are your favorite places to ride in the Northeast? This list can't cover everything, but it's a great place to start if you're looking for somewhere new to ride in the Northeast.

 

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

New York

Lewis County ATV Trail System  |  Lewis County, New York


Lewis County ATV Trail System - Lewis County, New York
Photo courtesy www.lewiscountyatv.org.

If you live in New York State, you know how hard it is to find a good place to ride. Lucky for you, Lewis County has developed a sprawling trail system that’s robust enough to satisfy your wheeling needs.

Situated about 90 minutes northeast of Syracuse, NY, Lewis County encompasses several small towns and thousands of acres of wilderness. With around 600 miles of trails, you can reach just about anywhere in the county without having to jump on the road. If you do need to hit a local restaurant or gas station, you can leave the trailer behind. There are hundreds of miles of road that are open for ATV and UTV use. Tug Hill is a popular starting point as it easily reaches several off-road trail areas like the Commons and Middle Road.

When the snow melts away, snowmobilers pack it in and the ATV riders come out to play. That means the ATV/UTV ride season in Lewis County lasts from around April 1st to the Tuesday after Columbus Day in October with ATV friendly roads usable year-round. It can be pretty chilly at the beginning and end of the season, though, so make sure you dress in layers.

LEWIS COUNTY ATV TRAIL SYSTEM BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 600 miles of off road trails with tons of ATV friendly roads.

Style

STYLE: This system consists of mostly tight forest trails through evergreens with plenty of roads, cross country trails, and open ride areas thrown in for good measure.

Cost

COST: An annual permit is $65 per vehicle and $20 for each additional vehicle. Join a local ATV Club to get a discount! You can get a 3-day pass for $20 as well.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: These are easy trails that anyone can enjoy. Of course, road riding can be dangerous and requires a high level of awareness and good decision-making to stay safe.

Open

OPEN: Trails are open April 1st through the Tuesday after Columbus Day in October. Subject to change with the weather. Road are open to ATVs year-round.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: You can reach many towns on your UTV and there are a few campgrounds around the county.

 
Events

EVENTS: There are tons events every year like scavenger hunts, and poker runs. Check with the local ATV clubs for more info.

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Pennsylvania

Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area  |  Shamokin, Pennsylvania


Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Photo courtesy www.aoaatrails.com.

6,500 acres is plenty of space for an off-road park, but the guys at Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) have made better use of their 6,500 acres than most places do with 10,000. Are you interested in riding in rocks, mud, hills, or trails? You’ll find prime examples of each within the borders of AOAA.

The AOAA park and trail system is built on a rich anthracite coal region and the remnants of some historical mining can be seen from the trail. The Whaleback is one such geological oddity that was unearthed by coal miners years ago. You can get some great views of The Whaleback from the AOAA Western Reserve.

There are plenty of events at AOAA, but one new event that we hope returns annually is the Showdown in Shamokin. This weekend-long race event featured ULTRA4, UTV, and ATV races and drew over 3000 people to the park. Keep your fingers crossed that this event comes back to AOAA again, and don’t miss it when it does!

ANTHRACITE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AREA BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 6,500 acres with hundreds of miles of trails within the park.

Style

STYLE: Rocks, trails, hills, and mud.

Cost

COST: $25 for a single day pass for ATVs and UTVs — $175 annual pass. They also have have several other pass options available.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginners can find fun, easy trails to ride. Experts can explore rock gardens, mud holes, and do hill climbs that challenge both the fortitude of their machine and their skill as a driver.

Open

OPEN: AOAA is open year-round. They are open 9AM-5PM Thursday, Friday, and Monday. 9AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: On site dry/primitive camping at the Trailhead Campground. $20 for a tent up to $80 for a Triple RV spot.

Events

 EVENTS: Showdown in Shamokin! Yamaha demo events, and the AOAA Jamboree.

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Maine

Kennebec Valley Trails  |  Kennebec, Maine


Kennebec Valley Trails - Kennebec, Maine
Photo courtesy www.forksarea.com/atv-trails.

The Kennebec Valley Trail is an extensive network of trails developed and maintained by several ATV clubs in Maine. It gives you trail access to a large swath of northern Maine near Moosehead Lake known as Kennebec Valley. In fact, you can start your ride in Solon, Maine and ride all the way to Canada. Ride it all and you’ll see what makes Maine so great for the outdoorsman.

The trail system has plenty of routes that can be enjoyed during day trips but it also has longer, backwoods routes for a multi-day adventure that takes you through moose, deer, and bald eagle-rich wilderness. You can also take your time and experience everything on your ride to the Canadian border.

There’s plenty of variety in the Kennebec Valley — ride to Moosehead Lake and take a dip to cool off (make sure to track down the crashed B-52 before you leave). Elsewhere you can ride toward the mountains on the horizon then ride up them when they get close.

KENNEBEC VALLEY TRAILS BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 500+ miles of trail and growing.

Style

STYLE: Mostly 60” trails.

Cost

COST: $34 for a full season resident registration. $54 for a nonresident 7-day registration. $69 for a nonresident full season registration.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Good for beginners. Trails are well maintained but it’s important for riders to be aware of potential washouts.

Open

OPEN: Weather and local clubs dictate opening day, but the trails generally open by May 15 and close once the snow starts falling in the autumn.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Forks, Jackman, and Solon are all considered part of the ATV “hub” of Kennebec Valley. All three towns are great for outfitting and setting out from. There are numerous campgrounds, gas stations, and small towns reachable by UTV in Kennebec Valley.

Events

  EVENTS: Many clubs in the region sponsor club rides and other events.

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New Hampshire

Ride the Wilds Trail System  |  Coos County, New Hampshire


Ride the Wilds Trail System - Coos County, New Hampshire
Photo courtesy www.ridethewilds.nhgrand.com.

New Hampshire is home to moose, deer, and bears and you have a good chance of spotting any or all of these while riding on the 1000+ miles of ATV/UTV trails that make up the Ride the Wilds ATV Trail System.

These trails weave all over northern New Hampshire, stretching from Berlin to the Canadian border near Pittsburg. If you’ve got a love for nature and wildlife, then these are the trails for you. They’re not too difficult, and there are plenty of routes that make good day rides. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can plan a multi-day adventure so you can see a whole lot more.

If you’re looking for a little more than just trails, you need to check out the annual Jericho ATV Festival in August. It’s full of mud, obstacle courses, and lots of like-minded riders. This event takes place on the weekend in Jericho Mountain State Park and takes the word ‘Festival’ very seriously — there’s live music, helicopter rides, vendors, manufacturer demo rides and more.

RIDE THE WILDS BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 1000+ miles of interconnected ATV Trails.

Style

STYLE: All trails. Some sections are limited to 50” machines.

Cost

COST: Registering your ATV/UTV for 14-months costs $87 for residents; $106 for nonresidents. Club members get discounted rates.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Nothing too challenging here, but as with all massive trail systems, you’re bound to come across washouts or fallen trees from time to time.

Open

OPEN: Because individual sections of the trial are maintained by individual clubs, the trails don’t all open and close at the same time every year. Generally, they open in spring and close in winter but some are open to ATVs year round. Check out the info below.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: Trails weave in and out of towns throughout the region where you can sleep, eat, and gas up. Many towns designate roads that allow ATVs and UTVs to travel on the freely.

Events

EVENTS:  The annual Jericho ATV Festival takes place in August at Jericho Mountain State Park. Live music, mud rides, obstacle courses, demo rides, and helicopter rides make this one of the most exciting festivals of the year.

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Massachusetts

October Mountain State Forest  |  Massachusetts


October Mountain State Forest - Massachusetts
Photo courtesy www.mass.gov.

This isn’t the biggest or ATV-focused place to ride in the Northeast, but it is unique. That’s because the 27 miles of ATV friendly trail are very rocky — something that can be hard to come by in the Northeast.

The narrow trails here aren’t recommended for vehicles over 50” wide, but that makes for some exciting technical rock riding mixed together with creek crossings, hill climbs, and tons of greenery as a reward. You’ll also find a variety of ponds and lakes as you cruise around and up and down the 16,000+ acre park. It’s a perfect mix of scenery, tricky riding, and lakeside lunch breaks.

Like we said, this is not the most ATV-focused placed to ride in the world. There is camping within the park, but you have to trailer your ATV while in the campground. Riding in the park is free but requires a permit. Only 75 permits are issued each day, though, so reserve yours in advance to ensure a good ride day. Despite these caveats, it’s an awesome place to ride for a day or two. If you can come in the fall to see fiery foliage that you won’t soon forget.

OCTOBER MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST BREAKDOWN

Size

SIZE: 27 miles of off-road trails.

Style

STYLE: Rocks, creeks, and hills all on tight forest trails.

Cost

COST: : Parking costs $8 for residents; $15 for nonresidents. Annual passes are available for $60 and $120 respectively.

Experience Level

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: A moderate level of experience is useful in the rockier areas. A novice should be if the ride with an experienced spotter.

Open

OPEN: May 1 to the end of November subject to weather. Trails are open during daylight hours only.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS: Primitive/dry camping is available on sight. Pack in all supplies and food you want from nearby Pittsfield. They also 3 yurts on site.

Events

EVENTS: Again, not the most ATV-focused place to ride. They don’t host any ATV events.

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It’s been an eye-opening journey around the US these last four weeks. We’ve covered just 20 locations out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of places to ride in the U.S. From public farms to converted rails to public parks, the number of places to take your UTV for a good time are truly limitless.

So let the good times roll all across the country — there are endless adventures waiting for you and your machine.

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