ATV Trails in Iowa

ATV Trails in IowaWith its dense forests, river valleys, savannas, wetlands, prairies and vast terrain, Iowa provides an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventure. ATV enthusiasts have easy access to some of "The Heartland of America's" most spectacular scenery. Iowa has parks that offer trails with varying degrees of difficulty, catering to the beginner and the expert. ATV owners and riders can find several ATV trails in Iowa.

Bluff Creek ATV Park

Located southwest of Oskaloosa, this 350-acre park sits at 700 to 800 feet in elevation with most of the area accessible for riding. The park occupies an abandoned strip mine and has three motocross tracks, close to 20 miles of trails of mostly amateur terrain, steep hill climbs and deep pits. The park has one track for beginners and novices, as well as a highly challenging track known as Gravity Cavity. The park is open year round but closes temporarily during and after severe weather or heavy rainfall; additionally, the staff allows riding only from dawn to dusk. Bluff Creek ATV Park also permits camping on site; though campers do not need to pay a fee to ride or camp at the site, each vehicle entering the park must display an Iowa OHV sticker.


Timber Ridge Ranch and Winery

Timber Ridge Ranch and Winery in Mapleton Canyon is a large private area at 1,100 to 1,300 feet in elevation. The park stays open year round and has miles of scenic trails winding through a beautiful forest that features mud bogs, deep water holes and steep hill climbs. Timber Ridge allows overnight camping for a fee and has a winery and swimming hole on site. You must have a membership to ride on the trails. Timber Ridge only allows alcohol at the campsite and has on-site law enforcement.

Lakeview OHV Park

Lakeview OHV Park is open to ATVs and motorcycles all year long. Near the city of Solon, the area sits at an elevation of 650 to 750 feet and offers 600 acres of woods, sand trails, hill climbs, mud bogs and ravines, along with a motocross track and mostly amateur and some novice terrain. Visitors do not have to pay a fee to ride in the park, nor for parking or entry; however, vehicles must have an Iowa OHV permit, and DNR officers regularly patrol the area. Tourists can purchase out-of-state permits at nearby Casey's General Store in Ely. Lakeview OHV Park does not permit camping, although the nearby MacBride Reservoir offers boat ramps, camping and swimming opportunities. Lakeview prohibits night riding and alcohol on the premises.

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