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ATV Riding In Tennessee

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ATV riding in Tennessee is undoubtedly one of the best in the US. Here is everything you need to know about recreational ATV riding in this amazing southern state. 

With breathtaking landscapes and thousands of kilometers of trails, it’s no wonder Tennessee is renowned as a great ATV playground. So whether you’re looking for a scenic getaway for the family or a challenging new spot to test your skill, Tennessee has something for everyone.

ATV riding in Tennessee
ATV riding in Tennessee

For the adrenaline junkie, riding an ATVs in Tennessee is sure to quicken your pulse and put a smile on your face!

Get your friends and family together for one of the most memorable activities you can experience in Tennessee. But before heading out, make sure to check out this guide on ATV riding in Tennessee.

Does Tennessee Have ATV Trails?

The beautiful Appalachian mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for riding in Tennessee with trails scattered throughout the Northeast and Cumberland regions of the state.

Places you can ride ATVs in Tennessee:

There are numerous regions throughout the state of Tennessee to ride ATV trails including the Northeast regions and the Smokies, Chattanooga region, middle Tennessee and Cumberland areas, as well as western Tennessee.

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

atv trails in tennessee
ATV Trails in Tennessee

Do You Have To Register ATVs in Tennessee?

Because ATVs are not intended to be on highways in Tennessee, you are not required to register your ATV.

However, there is a requirement for a title, and a Tennessee Department of Revenue, of TDR, sticker must be obtained and displayed on your off-road vehicle.

Read our guide on Tennessee State ATV Riding Laws for more information, or go to the Tennessee Department of Revenue site.

Tennessee 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.

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You can also get a copy of the North Cumberland OHV Trail Maps if you plan to visit that region of Tennessee.

Can You Ride ATVs in the Smoky Mountains?

Yes and No.

You can ride street legal ATVs in the Smoky Mountains including in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park section known as Cades Cove.

ATV Trails in The Smoky Mountains
ATV Trails in the Smoky Mountains

However, there are no public trails throughout the Smoky Mountains to ride.

Bluff Mountains Adventures offers guided tours through the mountains and you may also rent ATVs in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to enjoy the scenic drives.

Tennessee ATV Rentals

Check out these spots if you need to rent an ATV while visiting Tennessee.

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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