Soggy Bottom ATV Park
Romp through mud pits on an off-road trail in Georgia. (Photo: Byrdyak/iStock/Getty Images )
Rev up your four-wheeler and head into the Georgia pines to find that secret fishing spot, view colorful foliage or stay overnight at a remote campsite. The state has nearly a dozen trail systems exclusively for ATV use in its two national forests that cover much of the northern half of the state. Down south, you'll find private trails in off-road parks where you can ride, camp and put a hook in the water.
Northeast Georgia Trails
In the far northeastern part of the state, two OHV trail systems welcome four-wheelers with a wheelbase of 50 inches or less. Locust Stake OHV Trail System has five loops rolling over 9.4 miles rated as most difficult. You can ride the trails from early April through December. Oakey Mountain trails, 15 miles west of Clayton, are rocky two-way routes with blind curves rated as most difficult. Both trail systems close in early January to protect resources during the spring melt. You'll need a daily or annual permit to ride. Pick one up at any Forest Service office.
Get Out of the City
A two-hour drive north of Atlanta gets you to several more ATV trail systems. Wissenhunt OHV Trais are the closest to the city, 6 miles north of Dahlonega. More than 11 miles of trails range in difficulty from easy to moderately difficult, and are open from sunrise to sunset each day. Beasley Knob and Davenport Mountain lie in the far northern part of the state near Blairsville. Davenport Mountain OHV trails have nearly 6 miles of trails rated as easy, with a few stretches that fall into the more difficult or most difficult category. You'll find nothing but difficult trails at the Beasley Knob OHV Trails. More than 10 miles rate as more or most difficult.
Head West to Adventure
The western part of the state has five OHV trail systems open only to vehicles less than 50 inches wide. Rock Creek and Tatum Lead ORV trails connect to form more than 10 miles of scenic four-wheeling 10 miles east of Chatsworth. The Rock Creek trail system forms a loop and rates as most difficult. The Tatum Lead Trail ends at private property, and you'll share road space with high-clearance SUVs, mountain bikes and motorcycles. You can camp at primitive sites along the Houston Valley Trail System, which has about two dozen trails 10 miles from Dallas.
You'll find more riding in the southern part of the state at a number of private sports parks. Soggy Bottom Motor Sport Park hugs 180 acres along the Florida border. After riding your ATV on trails and through mud pits, you'll find other recreational activities along the St. Mary's River and Sparkman Creek that include swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. Durham Plantation Sportsman's Resort in Union Point maintains 150 miles of one-way trails as well as a freestyle park and 4x4 area. The plantation has on-site ATV and dirt bike rentals, a repair shop, restaurant and storage area. You can also fish, hunt and camp at the plantation. Both parks have features for high-clearance SUVs as well as ATVs.