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Off-roading can be a ton of fun, but finding a place to do so can be a challenge. Most public areas have restrictions for off-roading, but there are a couple of places that you can legally ride. Only a handful of state parks and other areas have ATV and OHM trails, but those will give you exactly what you’re looking for.

In Massachusetts, most of these trails require permits, so be sure to check the websites provided before showing up to ride. Also, buying a seasonal permit may be more cost-effective, so checking into that is also suggested. Many of the locations listed below only give a certain amount of permits per day and per year, so doing your homework and planning your trip is essential.

Cape Cod National Seashore Oversand Beach Driving
99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
(508) 487-2100, ext. 0927
www.nps.gov/cape-cod

For about $50 you can obtain a seven day permit (it’s over $150 for an annual permit), which can be purchased through Advanced Sales System using a credit card. A valid state operator’s license is required for anyone who wishes to off road here. The speed limit is 15 m.p.h. on the beach. Keep in mind that you will need your tire pressure lowered to drive on the beach; 11 p.s.i. is recommended.

Beartown State Forest
69 Blue Hill Road
P.O. Box 97
Monterey, MA 01245
(413) 528-0904
www.mass.gov/beartownstateforest

Riding trails at the Beartown State Forest open in May. Those wishing to go off-roading here must obtain a permit which can be done via telephone at (413) 358-2172 or via email at Pittsfield.ATV-permits@state.ma.us. By visiting the website above, you can check out trail maps, and get more information about riding in the southern Berkshires. There are approximately 25 miles of riding trails at this location, and tons of beautiful scenery to enjoy.

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Pittsfield State Forest
1041 Cascade St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 442-8992
www.mass.gov/pittsfieldstateforest

Pittsfield State Forest offers about 16 miles of trails for ATV and OHM use. While it’s not much space, the views are nice and the terrain is pretty good. Those wishing to ride here must obtain a permit. You can call (413) 358-2172 for more information, and should do so in advance.

October Mountain State Forest
317 Woodland Road
Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-1778
www.mass.gov/octobermountainstateforest

Named for writer Herman Melville, October Mountain offers wonderful views, and the foliage in the fall months is most impressive. ATV’s are allowed on the designated trails during daytime hours, and all riders must obtain a free permit. Only 75 permits are issued each day, so it is important to get that squared away before showing up to ride.

Nauset Beach
239 Beach Road
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 240-3780
www.town.orleans.ma

Going to the cape is something many people enjoy, but getting to off-road on the cape is a-whole-nother experience! Many people love to be near the ocean, and feeling the fresh air while being on an ATV or OHM is pretty rad. There is only about 10 miles of terrain available to off-road here, but you can’t really beat the atmosphere. This is one of the only places on Cape Cod that allows “beach” riding. Again, you will need a permit, so check out the website listed above for more information.

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