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ATV Riding in Maryland

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Maryland is one of the best states to enjoy recreational ATV riding. But before you head out, check out this guide on ATV riding in Maryland with information you’ll need to make the most of your experience.

Maryland may be considered a small state, but it has an amazing variety of terrain, from mountain tops to waterfronts. To help you plan your outdoor experience when you visit, here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about Maryland ATV Riding.

ATV Riding in Maryland
ATV Riding in Maryland

With such diverse geography and exciting trails, Maryland is sure to bring you on a high when it comes to trail riding.

If you’re planning an off-roading adventure to Maryland, first, equip yourself with the right information about ATV riding in Maryland. Here is our guide to get you started.

Where Can you ride ATV in Maryland?

Compared to some of the states in the west, Maryland is relatively compact. Despite its small size, it has a fair amount of outdoor space dedicated to ATV riding. Most of the state’s ATV trails lie within state forests in the west, where the Appalachian mountains roll through the state.

Places you can ride ATVs in Tennessee:

  • Public Lands and State Forests such as the Potomac-Garrett trail systems
  • ATV trail systems
  • Private Guided ATV Tours
  • Private ATV Parks and Clubs

While Maryland is well known for its abundant coastlines and waterways, this state in the mid-Atlantic offers more than 10,000 square miles of varied terrain to explore. Though most of it is found in the western part of the region, you’ll find some great privately-owned ATV parks in the South.

Read our guide to the Best ATV Trails in Maryland for our pick of the top places for Maryland ATV Riding.

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Can You Ride a Side by Side on the Road in Maryland?

In general, ATV’s are not street legal in Maryland. Riding an ATV on public lands in Maryland is subject to strict state-wide regulations. ATVs as well as other ORVs are prohibited on public lands, except on the ORV trails designated and managed by the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies in charge of the state parks and forests. 

For More information about ATV laws in Maryland, visit Maryland Department of Natural resources site.

Maryland 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 get maps of Designated Off-Road Vehicle Maryland if you plan to visit state forests for ATV riding Maryland.

ATV Rentals In Maryland

Rentals in Maryland are a bit hard to come by, but here are a few places you may be able to pick up a an ATV rental when visiting Maryland.

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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If you think Maryland is great for ATV riding, Try Tennessee! Check out our post on ATV riding in Tennessee, to learn more.

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