ATV Riding in the Georgia Mountains

One of the fun ways to explore the wooded areas of the Georgia mountains is from an ATV. Whether you have your own vehicle or want to rent one for the day, these all-terrain vehicle trails (ATV trails) can help you create some fun memories of time spent outside!

ATV Trails, Parks, and Race Tracks in North Georgia

ATV Trails, Parks, and Race Tracks in North Georgia

Map of ATV Locations in North Georgia

Use this interactive map to find great locations for an ATV ride in North Ga.


ATV Parks and ATV Rentals in North Georgia

ATV Parks Georgia

ATV Parks Georgia

For an easy experience with about everything you need on-site, visit one of these ATV parks. These ATV parks provide both the trails and rental vehicles for an easy way to have fun on ATVs in the Georgia mountains.


Sunburst Outdoor Adventures

Choose a full-sized ATV (or UTV) tour at Sunburst Outdoor Adventures and enjoy a 5-mile loop of beautiful mountain terrain. This tour includes unique extras including a visit to a gold mine, driving through a cave, and a stop at their mini animal farm (or a stop to view the night scenery on “sunset” tours).

ATV Rentals UTV Rentals North Georgia Sunburst Adventures

ATV & UTV Rentals in North Georgia at Sunburst Adventures

No experience is necessary for these beginner-friendly, shift-free vehicles. Tour groups usually include 8 – 10 people plus several guides. All tours require a driver’s license, signed waiver, and a credit card on file for damages.

Note that this is a scenic guided ATV tour and not a fast ATV riding experience.


Sunburst Outdoor Adventures Contact Info


Sunburst Outdoor Adventures Reviews

Learn more about Sunburst Outdoor Adventures via social media or online reviews.

  • Facebook: Sunburst Adventures is rated 4.8 with 500+ reviews and 3,500+ likes
  • TripAdvisor: Sunburst Adventures is rated 5.0 with 775+ reviews
    • Ranked #1 for Outdoor Activities in Clarkesville


Iron Mountain Park

This Georgia mountain off-road park near Dahlonega has over 150 miles of off-road trails that are GPS marked and mapped. Choose to either bring your own equipment to ride or rent a vehicle from them.

Side by Side Rentals in North Georgia at Iron Mountain

Side by Side Rentals in North Georgia at Iron Mountain

These vast trails are great for ATVs and also include special areas designated for Jeeps / full-sized 4x4s and dirt bikes. Purchase a pass for the day or save money with a weekend or annual pass.

Other amenities at Iron Mountain Resort include camping and special events like drive-in movie nights.


Iron Mountain Resort Contact Info

  • Phone: +1 (706) 216-7275
  • Address: 116 Iron Mountain Pkwy, Dahlonega, GA
  • GPS coordinates: 34.5469859, -84.138147
  • Website:


Iron Mountain Park Reviews

Learn more about Iron Mountain Park at Iron Mountain Resort on social media or with online reviews.


ATV Trails in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

For those who have their own ATV’s and prefer a little more adventure, these OHV Trails in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide a great way to enjoy the North Georgia National Forests.

There are a number of great OHV trails in the National Forests in North Georgia. Spend some quality time in the forest but also be aware that many trails will:

  • Close when conditions are wet (this prevents trail damage and erosion into nearby streams)
  • Close for winter (check each location for open date)
  • Close at night
  • Require a usage fee (check policies online)

Check the status of the trails before you travel by calling the numbers below.

  • Blue Ridge District +1 (706) 745-6928
  • Chattooga River District +1 (706) 754-6221
  • Conasauga District +1 (706) 754-6221


Oakey Mountain OHV Trails

These trails offer mountainous terrain with two-way trails open to OHV’s with less than a 48-inch axle width. Terrain ranges from intermediate to rocky and steep (up to 35% grade) with multiple blind curves. Oakey Mountain OHV trail connects to the Moates Knob trail at the southern end of Oakey, totaling over 9 miles of OHV trails!

Contact & Visit Oakey Mountain OHV Trails
  • Hours: closed at night / closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.78410, -83.55436 (~24 mi from Clayton)
  • Phone (Chattooga River ranger district): +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for hours, costs, and Oakey Mountain OHV trail map.


Beasley Knob OHV Trails

Many of the trails within Beasley Knob are classified as difficult to most difficult. This area is made up of interconnecting dirt trails, rock hill climbs, and gravel roads and is recommended for experienced riders only. The system provides over 10.5 miles of recreational driving for OHV enthusiasts riding four-wheel drives, motorcycles, and ATVs!

Contact & Visit Beasley Knob OHV Trails
  • Hours: closed at night / closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.882230, -83.924598
  • Phone (Blue Ridge ranger district): +1 (706) 745-6928

See website for hours, costs, and Beasley Knob OHV trail map.


Davenport Mountain OHV Trails

Davenport Mountain is a 5.9-mile trail suitable for ATVs and motorcycles. The trail includes an easy section for inexperienced riders and other sections marked as more difficult and most difficult.

This trail loops around Davenport Mountain with some moderate grades and offers views of Nottely Lake. The trail crosses a road at two places — be sure to watch for other vehicles on the road at these crossings.

Contact & Visit Davenport Mountain OHV Trails
  • Hours: closed at night / closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.9224497,-84.0926824 (~12 mi W of Blairsville)
  • Phone (Blue Ridge ranger district): +1 (706) 745-6928

See website for hours, costs, and Davenport Mountain OHV trail map.


Whissenhunt OHV Trails

The 11.2 miles of trails at Whissenhunt are suitable for motorcycles and ATVs 50″ or less. The two-way trails range from easy to most difficult.

Contact & Visit Whissenhunt OHV Trails
  • Hours: closed at night / closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.5960487,-84.0460834 (~6 mi N of Dahlonega)
  • Blue Ridge ranger district phone: +1 (706) 745-6928

See website for hours, costs, and Whisenhunt OHV trail maps.


Houston Valley OHV Trails

The Houston Valley OHV trails offer a variety of wooded trails for everyone, ranging from easy to difficult. Enjoy the 25 miles of trails (for motorbikes and ATVs under 50″) that have been designed to provide a challenging, safe ride while protecting the environment.

Contact and Visit Rocky Flats OHV Trail
  • Hours: closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.78859, -85.1289
  • Conasauga ranger district phone: +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for more information about hours, costs, and a Houston Valley OHV trail map.


Rocky Flats OHV Trail

This free Rocky Flats trail is 4.4 miles long and suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles (~2.8 miles on the eastern side is open to mixed traffic). Rocky Flats is more suitable for 4WD trucks and jeeps (there is no parking lot to offload ATVs and 4-wheelers).

Contact and Visit Rocky Flats OHV Trail
  • Hours: closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.8716, -84.7216
  • Conasauga ranger district phone: +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for more information and a Rocky Flats ORV trail map.


Rock Creek ORV Trail

Rock Creek Trail is a free ATV trail for 4-wheelers, motorcycles, and ATVs under 50″ wide. This loop trail offers 4.7 miles of a challenging riding experience through scenic terrain. Rock Creek connects with Tatum Lead ORV Trail.

Contact and Visit Rock Creek OHV Trail
  • Hours: closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.75304, -84.66571
  • Conasauga ranger district phone: +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for more information and a Rock Creek ORV trail map.


Tatum Lead ORV Trail

This 5.5-mile free trail is suitable for four-wheel drives and trucks, as there is no parking lot to off-load ATVs and 4-wheelers (no unlicensed vehicles first 2 miles across R-O-W). This trail ends at private property (do not go past the end of the trail).

Contact and Visit Tatum Lead OHV Trail
  • Hours: open year-round
  • GPS: 34.7776, -84.64758
  • Conasauga ranger district phone: +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for more information and an interactive map.


Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails

These trails are free to use and suitable for motorbikes and mountain bicycles (ATVs are prohibited above the Milma Creek Trail intersection). Trail access has changed over the years – be sure to check online for current status and vehicle restrictions. Each ATV trail is less than 5 miles long (Windy Gap OHV trail is 4.4 miles, Milma Creek OHV trail is 3.5 miles, Tibbs OHV trail is 2.5 miles).

Contact and Visit Windy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV Trails
  • Hours: closed at night / closed during winter
  • GPS: 34.82751, -84.70506
  • Conasauga Ranger District phone: +1 (706) 754-6221

See website for hours, costs, and Windy Gap Trail System map.


ATV Race Tracks in North Georgia

For those who really want to get the adrenaline pumping, look for special events like races, classes, and more!


Rockcrusher Farm

Open for events on selected dates only, Rockcrusher Farm hosts races, open rides, and lessons for new riders. Follow their Facebook page to stay informed of upcoming events and dates where you can enjoy the excitement of rides at Rockcrusher Farm in Young Harris, GA.


Rockcrusher Farm Contact Info

Learn more about Rockcrusher Farm at their website or on social media.


How to Enjoy ATV Trail Rides

Riding an ATV can be a fantastic way to have fun, but you’ll want to keep a few things in mind to make sure you have the best time possible.


Smart Clothing for ATV Riding

In addition to the legally required safety gear, the parks may or may not have additional rules about what can be worn while riding. Generally speaking, you want to ensure that you wear well-fitted clothing and shoes that will be comfortable throughout the ride.

In order to protect yourself from scratches, sun exposure, and bug bites, consider wearing long pants and long-sleeve tops. Secure pockets keep important items like keys in place. You may find that certain styles of boots can offer added ankle protection while riding. Motorcycle gloves offer protection against surprise tree branches, a bandana can be quickly pulled over the face for protection, and sunscreen can protect any exposed areas against sunburn. Women should consider wearing a highly-rated sports bra for support on bumpy trails.

Finally, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather during your trip. Georgia weather can vary greatly by season and you may need protection against wind, rain, cold, or heat.


Fun Extras for ATV Riding

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More Tips for New ATV Riders

  • Expect to get dirty – bring a change of clothes to change into after you are finished riding (shoes, socks, underwear, etc.)
  • Dress for the weather – wear moisture-wicking clothing and cooling towels to stay refreshed on hot days
  • Certain styles of earrings and other jewelry may not be comfortable under a helmet
  • Have a plan to stay hydrated during the course of your ride
  • Helmets are required by the state of Georgia while riding dirt bikes, but also strongly encouraged while riding all types of equipment


Rental Properties Near ATV Trails in North Georgia

Stay at a great rental property nearby to spend more time on the trails. The interactive map below shows great rental properties near the Beasley Knob Trails in North Georgia.


ATV Trail Riding and ATV Trail Finding Resources

Off-road trails and ATV rides through the woods

Off-road trails and ATV rides through the woods in the Georgia mountains

In addition to the above information about ATV trails in Georgia, these resources can help you plan fantastic ATV rides across the USA!


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ATV Trails Near Me North GA

ATV Trails Near Me North GA

Which places have your favorite ATV trails in North Georgia? Do you bring your own equipment or enjoy the ease of an ATV rental? What other activities are the best ways to thrill seek in the Georgia mountains?

25 Responses

  1. Zachary Tomlinson says:

    I find it surprising that you could use ATV rentals to travel around different trails. I have a colleague who wants to invest in a new adventure with his daughters next year. I believe that finding a company that offers ATVs for their future vacation trip is a good investment.

  2. pasindu dimanka says:

    Thanks for this informative resource for North Georgia ATV riding that also showcases the beauty of the Georgia Mountains. The vivid descriptions of the diverse terrain, ranging from scenic mountain trails to rugged off-road paths, ignite a sense of wanderlust and excitement. I appreciate the focus on safety and responsible riding practices. This demonstrates a desire to have fun safely and a commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the Georgia Mountains for future generations.

    Thank you for the helpful resource – great for anyone seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience amidst the stunning landscapes of the Georgia Mountains. 

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback – riding an ATV is an exciting way to spend time outdoors in North GA!

  3. Very nice and helpful for planning a trip.

  4. CJ says:

    Hi there

    I once went ATV quad biking in Wales, UK. I loved every minute of it and didn’t want to get off it. I was 13 at the time 😀

    Would absolutely love to do it again and North Georgia certainly seems like the ideal place to go ATV Riding

    I’d highly recommend it to any thrillseeeker and lover of vehicles and off-roading.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi CJ, I also have fond memories of riding our neighbor’s ATVs when I was a kid. It’s a thrilling sport no matter if you are riding around the neighborhood (like we did as kids) or out on designated trails. Enjoy!

  5. LineCowley says:

    Hi there, what a fun way to explore the mountains in an all terrain vehicle. If you want to go into areas where a four-by-four vehicle is required, then having an all terrain vehicle is essential. And not many of us do have these vehicles, unless we live in remote or mountainous areas where it is required.

    I love all the different rides you have shared here, together with options ranging from guided tours to quid bikes, and all the parks that offer ATV rides. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hello, It is an absolute blast to ride an ATV through the mountains. I don’t have an ATV of my own, so I have to rely on friends with ATVs or visit the places with ATV rentals. 

  6. Danny says:

    Great article and immaculately presented.

    Once travelling is suitable again, which trail would you recommend? We are a UK based family of 3 (12 year old bundle of energy), and we are likely to be based in the area for 3-5 days maximum, with other activities in mind so although they all look amazing we would really have to narrow down our choice to one solid recommendation.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi, Danny! Since you are traveling from overseas, you’ll likely want to go where you can rent an ATV. Check out the ATV/UTV guided tours for the whole family at Sunburst Stables. Drivers must be 16 years old, but younger riders are allowed on the tours with a parent or guide. Enjoy!

  7. Sariyah says:

    Hey great post, it’s pretty useful especially if you love to travel like me!

    I’m going to bookmark this for when travelling is suitable I would like to give these places a visit. I haven’t been to the US as of yet but have always planned to. I haven’t also ridden an ATV before so it’s great knowing that it is beginner friendly and available to rent there and then!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks, Sariyah! It’s a fun time and it’s quite nice to have ATV beginner rides available for people who want to try an ATV ride.

  8. Muslimah says:

    Beautiful pictures and excellent presentation you have here.

    Riding an ATV in the beautiful mountain terrain sounds interesting. Moreover, I have not seen a cave for years now.

    So, it will be nice to drive through one.

    Good to know there are log cabins nearby. But considering the safety gadgets and wears, are children allowed in this trail? 

    Thank you.


    • Alyce says:

      Hi Muslimah, People who have their own ATVs may find that there is more flexibility with allowing younger people to ride and/or drive ATVs. The rental places will require ATV drivers to have a driver’s license, which will prohibit children from driving at their ATV parks. 

  9. Dave says:

    I really enjoy (present tense) your site about the Georgia mountains.  I live just over the TN / GA border and so am familiar with some of the locations you describe.

    It is beautiful country in the GA mountains – so different from the southern part of GA that is flat as a pancake.  There are many beautiful trails through some of the most beautiful scenery in America.

    I also enjoy your presentation of renal properties in the area – some of them are particularly beautiful!  I am not much into ATV but am very much into staying at some rental cabin and enjoying the scenery.  Thanks for the information.


    • Alyce says:

      Hi Dave, thank you so much for the website love! There are beautiful places to explore just across the North GA borders in TN, NC, and SC and it is certainly different from the rest of Georgia’s geography. I hope you find the perfect way to enjoy your trip to North Georgia no matter what activities you wish to try. 

  10. Parameter says:

    I very much agree with you that riding an ATV is a lot of fun. But to enjoy it you must dress appropriately like you said. Your long pants and long sleeves shirt are number one priority. Also I agree with you on the gloves and booths. While you protect your chest, you must also protect your head ankles and shoulders 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Parameter, Riding an ATV in North Georgia is definitely a fun sport but it’s wise to be safety conscious to keep the fun going! Enjoy the ride!

  11. Volkert says:

    Great article you have here and thank you for sharing. Taking an adventure is something that most probably everyone gets excited about. And I think riding an ATV would even be more fun while venturing though the woods. Am curious, like do they get to teach learners how to ride an ATV before going into the woods?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Volkert, The experience at the Sunburst Outdoor Adventures ATV parks is beginner-friendly and should help you to get comfortable on the equipment before you go out on the ATV trails.

  12. Chris Carswell says:

    I haven’t personally spent much time with ATV’s, but I do love being in nature. From the imaging of the sites and what I’ve seen and heard about them, them seem like they’d feel really adventurous, but simultaneously very peaceful. A ride through nature every once in a while could be just what I need to clear my head when I need it. What has your experience on ATV’s been like, and where would you recommend first timers to start?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Chris, I’m in a similar position, in that I don’t feel like I have enough experience on ATV’s to be qualified to make recommendations on where beginners should start (personally I’d start with a good helmet). What I like about renting an ATV from groups like these is that beginners can ask questions about both the trails and the vehicles from the experts that work there. Happy trails!

  13. DarmiMaddie says:

    Good one here. I do not know much about ATVs (do not own one) but it is good to read more about the options for ATV rentals in the georgia mountains. I certainly wouldn’t mind having this kind of fun in these naturally beautiful spaces. Seems like a the perfect way to enjoy an adrenaline rush in the mountains!!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks! I do not own an ATV either so it is great to have ATV rental options in north georgia. Enjoy the trails!!

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