East Fort Rock, Oregon, "is one of the most organized trail systems I've ever been on," says Pat Biolsi of Yamaha. "The map is completely accurate, as is the trail-rating system. It's a well-organized, well-put-together riding area." Located in the Deschutes National Forest, East Fort Rock OHV Trail System has 318 miles of trails over 110,000 acres. The trails provide a full range of difficulty from easiest to most difficult. There are two staging areas, two trailheads, and four designated play areas. The trails range in elevation from 4400 to 6400 feet. They're open to horses, mountain bikes, and other outdoor enthusiasts, so please watch for others. East Fort Rock OHV Area; www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/cohvops/efrindex.shtml.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, one of our favorites, extends for 40 miles along the Oregon coast, making it the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. The wind-sculpted dunes tower 500 feet above base camp. Three main off-highway-vehicle riding areas include South Jetty To Siltcoos, Winchester Bay/Umpqua Dunes, and Spinreel (Tenmile Creek) To Horsfall. Riders can enjoy a variety of experiences including dune hillclimbs, sand bowls, sand roads, forested areas, freshwater lakes, and beach rides. Siuslaw National Forest; www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw. Oregon Dunes; 541/750-7000. Oregon Tourism; 800/547-7842.
Privately owned ride destinations like Carolina Adventure World may prove to be the future of ATV riding. The 2600-acre facility features 100 miles of ATV and single-track trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Trails are rated for rider skill.
The rental fleet at CAW includes ATVs, dirt bikes, and golf carts (four- and six-seat models). The trail system is enhanced with a motocross area that features a championship motocross course and a course for ATV competitors. The park even has an enduro course to challenge "the skills and stamina of the best of the best."
Other amenities like nature trails, picnic areas, camping, cabins, and a lodge where non-riders can kick back make CAW a great family destination. CAW; www.carolinaadventureworld.com
Windrock Mountain (aka Coal Creek OHV) west of Knoxville has 250 miles of ATV trails over 73,000 acres. The 62 trails, on property owned by the Coal Creek Mining Company, are maintained by the Windrock ATV club. There are plenty of rocks, creek crossings, and mud. Windrock; 865/435-0486, www.windrockatv.com.
Steve Nessl of Yamaha says the Hatfield-McCoy trail system "is organized and has quite a few trailheads and a variety of terrain. It's not only well marked but also evaluated so that everyone from novices to advanced riders can find trails that match their skill level." Trail administrators do a good job of maintaining the 500 miles of trails, building new ones and linking trail systems while being environmentally friendly. "They really try to do it the right way," says Nessl. Chief Logan State Park; 800/592-2217, www.trailsheaven.com.