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ATV Riding In Ohio

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For recreational ATV riding enthusiasts, ATV riding in Ohio is the perfect activity to gratify your adrenaline needs. Learn everything you need to know to maximize your off-roading trip to the “The Buckeye State”.

If you’re looking for off-road adventures in Ohio, you’ll easily find ATV trails across the state that caters to riders of all skill levels.

ATV Riding In Ohio
ATV Riding In Ohio

Whether you want something easy or a bit more extreme, you’ll have tons of options for ATV riding in Ohio.

Here is a guide to help you plan your ATV vacation in Ohio.

Does Ohio Have ATV Trails?

From the scenic woodland and exciting forest trails to the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio offers tons of opportunities for novice and experienced ATV riders alike.

Places you can ride ATVs in Ohio:

  • Public Lands and National Forests such as the Wayne National Forest OHV systems
  • Private Guided ATV Tours
  • ATV trails systems
  • Private ATV parks
  • ATV campgrounds

Aside from the majority of ATV trails found in Southeastern Ohio, you can also enjoy ATV riding in other parts of the state such as ATV parks and trails along lake Erie in the northeast and Ohio’s northwest region bordering the state of Indiana.

Read our guide to the Best ATV trails in Ohio for our pick of the top places for Ohio ATV Riding. 

Do you need a license to drive an ATV in Ohio?

Yes. You need a valid current motor vehicle driver’s license or a commercial driver’s license to operate an ATV in Ohio. 

Youth under the age of 16 may operate an ATV on designated public land only when accompanied by an adult that possesses a valid driver’s license.

Kids under 16 can operate ATVs unsupervised on private property that belongs to their parents or guardians.

Do You Have To Register ATVs in Ohio?

Yes. Operating an ATV anywhere within the state is prohibited unless it is registered and numbered.

You can file an application for registration, and pay the fee, at any deputy registrar’s office.

You will receive a license plate and a decal registration sticker. They must be placed on your ATV, and they must remain clearly visible.

For more ATV laws in Ohio, visit the Ohio Public Safety site.

Ohio 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 view Wayne National Forest OHV trail maps that can be found underneath each section of trails if you choose to head to this part of the state.

Can You Ride ATVs in the Ohio State Forests?

Yes. There are four state forests in Ohio that offer more than 38 miles of riding trails for riders of all skill levels. 

These include the Wayne National Forest, Maumee State Forest, Pike State Forest, and Perry state forest. 

ATV Trails in Ohio
ATV Riding In Ohio

The majority of Ohio ATV trails are located in the southeastern part of the state in the Appalachian foothills within the 72,843 acres of Wayne National Forest. 

ATV Rentals in Ohio

Here are the best places to rent an ATV in Ohio.

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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