Places to ride dirt bikes

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Places to ride dirt bikes
Opportunities for dirt biking are available throughout the country. (racer 237 image by Clarence Alford from Fotolia.com)

Whether it's on a track or a trail that winds its way through various forms of terrain, the country has a plethora of places where you can ride dirt bikes. These include both private facilities as well as public state and national parks. Many of these places provide places to stay overnight and cater to all levels of riders.

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Ogemaw Sport & Trail Center

Situated near the Huron National Forest in northeastern Michigan, the Ogemaw Sport & Trail Center encompasses 175 acres. It is a family-orientated campground with motocross tracks and private ATV trails. It has opportunities for riders of all ages and abilities, including an advanced motocross, a kids track and an intermediate track. The Ogemaw Sport & Trail Center also offers access to other Michigan ORV trails. Its trails vary from difficult to easy and feature sand, mud, rocks and wash outs. Located in a forested area with hills, the property has camping facilities for tents and RVs. As of fall 2010, the daily riding rate was £9 per day and £6 for campers. Various special events are held, including snowmobile races.

St. Joe State Park

St. Joe State Park located approximately one hour south of St. Louis, Missouri. It caters to a wide range of ORVs, including dirt bikes, dune buggies and four-wheels trucks. Its trails feature a variety of terrain including mud bogs and sand dunes. The third-largest state park in Missouri, it encompasses 8,238 acres in all, including approximately 2,000 set aside for ORVs. The Extreme Pro Sports website listed its daily riding rate as of the fall of 2010 at £1.30 per day. In addition to the trails, the park has two campgrounds that can accommodate ORVs, hiking/bicycling trail, picnic areas, horse trails and lakes where the public can fish and swim. It also has historic mill buildings and a mining museum. An additional bonus is the fact the park is near the dirt biking opportunities in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Katahdin Lodge

The Katahdin Lodge is located in northeastern Maine and near Baxter State Park. In addition to its own trails, it is connected to over 1,600 miles of snowmobile trails in the county of Aroostook. Open throughout the year, it caters to a variety of outdoors men, including dirt bike riders, snowmobile riders, hunters, fishermen and hikers. Hundreds of miles of dirt bike trails can be accessed directly from the lodge, which has nine guest rooms and two cabins that can sleep up five people. An all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge, which also has ping pong and pool tables. The camp store has a map for sale that serves as a guide to over 400 square miles of land and its ATV trails. Guests at the lodge can ride dirt bikes for free on the property.

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