For an adrenaline-pumping adventure go ATV riding in Alabama! But before you get those engines running, check out this recreational ATV riding guide so you know what to expect.
ATV riders looking for places to ride in Alabama are spoiled with so many choices. With gorgeous sights and trails that go from smooth to downright muddy, Alabama has something to offer for everyone.
Whether you’re a local trying ATV riding for the first time in Alabama or coming in from another place it’s always best to get informed. With that, we give you this guide to ATV riding in Alabama so you can make the most out of your ATV vacation in the state of Alabama.
Can You Ride ATV in Alabama?
While you cannot ride ATVs on public roadways, beaches, or sand dunes along the coast, there are still plenty of spots to ride ATVs across the state. From the rolling hills near the Tennessee border in the north to the Gulf Shores in the south, you’ll find a wide variety of ATV trails located on both public and private land.
Places you can ride ATVs in Alabama:
- Public Lands and National Forests such as the Talladega National Forest
- Private Guided ATV Tours
- ATV trails systems
- Private ATV Parks and Resorts
From steep and gravel-covered trails to some challenging twists and turns on forest trails with mud holes that are as deep as they are nasty, you’ll find plenty of exciting ATV trails across the state of Alabama.
Read our guide to the Best ATV trails in Alabama for our pick of the top places for Alabama ATV Riding.
Do You Have To Register ATV in Alabama?
You are not required to title or register your ATV in the state of Alabama. You are not even allowed to title your ATV or UTV, and can only register one under certain circumstances.
However, you can register your ATV or UTV with the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, or you can request the MSO of the vehicle when you purchase it and keep it.
For more information about ATV registration head on to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency official site.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Ride ATV in Alabama?
There is no age restriction for the operation of ATVs in Alabama. However, its recommended by Alabama agencies and law enforcement officials that children under the age of 16 take a safety course and all riders under the age of 18 wear appropriate safety gear.
Alabama ATV Trail Maps
Most trail systems will provide you with a trail map when you arrive at your riding location. However, if you are a regular ATV rider and want a great ATV trail map navigation system, we recommend the onX off-road App membership.
You can also view Alabama National forests OHV trail maps under each section of trail if you plan to visit that part of Alabama for ATV riding.
Can you ride ATVs in Bankhead National Forest?
Two of Alabama’s four national forests allow ATVs on some of their trails. These include the Bankhead National Forest and Talladega National Forest.
For ATV riders, there’s the Flint Creek Multi-Use Trail in Bankhead National Forest and Talladega District (Kentuck ATV/OHVTrail) in Talladega National Forest.
Fun ATV Riding Clothes
While protective gear is essential on the trail, it’s ok to look cute and share your wilder riding side with the world. I’m a big fan of ball caps and love this adorable “ATV hair, Don’t Care” hat from Sew Vivid Design on Etsy. Be sure to Check out all this cute ATV apparel.
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Recommended ATV Riding Resources
- Top ATV Trails Near Me in the Southeast
- Must-Have ATV Accessories
- ATV Riding Clothes– Everything you need to get started
- ATV Trails Near Me Facebook Group
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