Riding ATVs and other motorized vehicles is one of the fastest growing recreational uses in our national forests.
Some ATV trails in Arkansas are multiple-use, so those on ATVs should watch for horseback riders, hikers, and mountain bikers. During hunting season, riders are encouraged to wear safety orange on most trails. Many trails are marked with color-coded shapes, and maps are available by contacting the applicable ranger districts.
If a rider is looking for beautiful scenery and a place to "get away from it all", there is a ride for them in Arkansas. Routes such as Brock Creek, Huckleberry Mountain and Mill Creek Trails in the Ozark National Forest and Fourche Mountain, Sugar Creek and Wolf Pen Gap Trails in the Ouachita National Forest attract riders of all skill levels.
Special note for ATV trails in Arkansas on land managed by the Forest Service: Because of the growing trend in off roading resulting in a tremendous amount of unmanaged recreation on public land, the U.S. Forest Service nationwide is restricting riding to designated routes in national forests. Recently the US Forest Service began implementation of a new rule called The Travel Management rule which requires that all of the nation's 155 national forests designate a system of roads and trails for all motorized vehicles including ATVs, which is published annually in a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).
The Ozark National Forest published its Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) in January 2007 designating routes for highway legal and off-highway vehicles. Over 1,100 miles of designated Arkansas ATV parks and trails are available for off-highway vehicle use. Riders are responsible for obtaining a copy of the most recent MVUM to show the legally designated routes. The map will be reprinted each year and is available on-line or at any Ozark National Forest office.
Ouachita National Forest now has Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that can be downloaded from its website. It is legal to ride only those national forest roads, trails or areas shown on the map(s); it is not legal for the public to use motor vehicles elsewhere on the national forest.
Riding off authorized ATV trails in Arkansas and causing damage is why many user created trails are being closed. Please respect the land so we will continue to have places to ride.