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ATV Riding in New York

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It’s impossible to get bored of ATV riding in New York thanks to its varied landscapes. Use this recreational ATV riding resource in planning your great adventure to “The City”.

More than New York’s big-city charm, you’ll be surprised to know that there are quite a number of epic riding spots worth exploring in the state. Below is a guide to riding all-terrain vehicles in New York with answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

ATV riding in New York
ATV Riding in New York

So you’re an expert ATV rider, newbie, or someone looking to travel and find a new ATV riding destination. Maybe you’re a New Yorker through and through or traveling from another state and looking to explore New York. Either way, you can use this guide to plan a worry free ATV trail ride in New York.

Does New York Have ATV Trails?

If splashing through mud paths or driving through wooded forest trails behind an wheels makes you excited, then an off roading adventure awaits you in state of New York.

From the frigid shores of Lake Ontario to the Long Island Sound, New York state has some of the most diverse terrain in the nation.

Here are the places you can ride ATVs in New York:

  • Public Lands
  • Private Guided ATV Tours
  • ATV trails systems
  • Private Clubs and Resorts

You’ll find that there are few public lands that are set aside for OHV use in New York state. The large chunk of ATV riding trails in the state is found on private lands. Some of the best trails can be found in upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region. 

Read our guide to the best ATV trails in New York for our pick of the top places for New York ATV Riding.  

atv trails & parks in New York
ATV trails in New York

Do You Have To Register ATVs in New York?

Yes. All ATVs must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you plan to ride anywhere in New York State, including even on your own property.

When you register your ATVs for the first time, your registration will expire each year on August 31. If your ATVs were originally registered before April 1, 2005, it will continue to expire each year on April 30.

Learn more about New York ATV laws at New York State Department of Motor Vehicles official site. 

New York 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 see the Lewis County ATV Trail System maps if you plan to go ATV riding in this one and only public ATV trail system in the state.

Can You Ride ATVs in the New York State Forests?

No.

ATVs or off-road vehicles may not be driven off roads on state forests or wildlife management areas.

atv riding new york
ATV Riding in New York

In all cases, ATVs may only be operated on state land where there are Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) signs that specifically indicate that ATVs are allowed.

New York ATV Rentals

Looking for ATV rentals in New York? Here are your the best options.

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.

Download Your FREE ATV Pre Ride Inspection Checklist

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