Summer is the perfect time for a road trip, especially if it’s part of an off-road trip. Wherever you live, there is almost certainly a great riding area and plenty of trails to explore within a day’s drive. Whether you’ve got an afternoon, a weekend, or a week for your adventure, we’ve created a guide about some of our favorite riding areas and what you can expect to find at each location. Gather up your friends and family, load up the truck and trailer, and head out for some quality trail time.
There’s nothing quite like a mud bog to put a smile on an off-road lover’s face. Part carnival, part amusement park, and part show and shine event, rallies and mud runs are all about fun. Where else can you browse custom machines, feel the power as drag racers rocket by, marvel as riders wallow through a mud course, and for a grand finale, watch girls wrestle in the pit, all while munching down on a chili dog and pretzel slathered in mustard. It ain’t heaven, but it’s close!
Kawasaki makes some great off-road vehicles. Many of our greatest adventures have been on Kawasaki ATVs or their Teryx Side x Sides. When talking to any of the Kawasaki staff, you sometimes get the feeling they’re proud of the machines, but they really just love to ride even more. They build their vehicles for the adventure and they’re constantly looking for the next opportunity for an awesome ride. So are we!
We first noticed the signs welcoming visitors as we drove into Harlan County, Kentucky. In between the natural beauty of the towering, yet sleepy mountains and green valleys, other signs began to appear welcoming adventure lovers and even off-road riders. We should have expected that from a group of residents that have long shared so much with so many. Their struggles and victories have been the nation’s as well. Coal has been the county’s driving economic force for decades, but there is also history here.
One of our favorite places to ride just keeps getting better! The Hatfield-McCoy trail system is getting ready for the official opening of a new major section called the Ivy Branch Trail. That makes eight major trail sections in the Hatfield-McCoy system, with more to come.
The American West holds a special mystique like no other part of the country. It has always represented wide open spaces, big adventure, and big dreams, and we love every chance we get to turn our modern day horse loose on an unfamiliar western trail and explore. There are still places where one can explore a new trail, climb the back of a mountain, or venture into territory that has changed little since explorers, mountain men, and Spanish missionaries first wandered through, and one of the best places we know to discover part of the old west is Elko, Nevada.
Brian Fisher of Fisher’s ATV World is right… The views from Kentucky’s Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park, located in the southeastern part of the state, look more like the rolling foothills of Montana or Wyoming than anyplace near the Great Smoky Mountains. While the area presents a geographical oddity, it also offers excellent riding, and best of all, it’s all free!
People initially come to Ride Royal Blue for the trails, but it’s about much more than that for owner Sheila Westray and her crew. To them you’re not just another rider; you are a personal guest, and they’ve considered every detail for your visit right down to the food at the on-site restaurant.
Kawasaki takes us to Hatfield McCoy’s Newest Trail Section
The State of West Virginia is a wonderland of natural beauty. Venture off the interstate in any direction and you will quickly find yourself immersed in rolling hills and the mountains of Appalachia. West Virginia is also blessed with abundant natural resources, most notably coal, and state and local officials have welcomed others to enjoy the beauty of their mountains with the creation of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, the preeminent off-road trail system in the country.