Legal Wheeling in North Carolina

Nationally, our sport has come under fire in recent years as irresponsible off-roaders have cast a bad name on OHV use from such actions as trespassing and the physical destruction of property.  These actions are dangerous not only to the participants but also to the future of OHV activity as a whole.  What has resulted is tightened regulations and even closure of our already limited OHV areas.

Groups such as Tread Lightly and the Blue Ribbon Coalition have done a great job of teaching and promoting responsible OHV use and they work endlessly to keep our OHV areas open to the public.  As purveyors of the sport, we at Offroad NC want to ensure that the future generations of North Carolinians get to share in our wonderful off-road experiences and hopefully have even more areas where they can legally and responsibly enjoy their off-road vehicles.  Below we have assembled a list of legal wheeling locations here in North Carolina.  I believe the list is fairly comprehensive but if there are any areas that we missed feel free to email us and we will add them in.


  • Uwharrie National Forest – Troy, NC
    • Public OHV area.  Requires trail pass ($5/day, $30/year). Open seasonally from April-December.

  • Brown Mountain OHV Trail System – Morganton, NC
    • Public OHV area.  Requires trail pass ($5/day, $30/year). Open seasonally from April-January.  Mostly an ATV trail system but Jeeps/4×4’s can ride on two of the trails (approximately 6 miles).

  • Carolina Backwoods – Ash, NC

  • Devil’s Playground – Silver Valley, NC
    • Private property maintained by the Mud Devils 4×4 Club.  Closed to the public except on open ride days.  Refer to the club’s website for more information.  http://www.muddevils4x4.com/

  • The Flats – Marion, NC
    • Private property maintained by the Rock Corps 4×4 club.  Closed to the public except on open ride days.  Groups can schedule rides in advance.  Refer to the location’s Facebook page for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/TheFlatsOffRoadPark

  • The Farm – Lincolnton, NC
    • Private property maintained by the Big Dixie Boggers offroad club.  Closed to the public except on open ride days.  Refer to the club’s Facebook page for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/BigDixieBoggers




  • Cape Lookout National Seashore – Outer Banks, NC

  • Hurricane Creek Road – Clyde, NC
    • Unmaintained state road.  Open year-round and no pass required.

Please wheel responsibly!

3 thoughts on “Legal Wheeling in North Carolina

  1. Hey, I’m looking to use my ATV in hurricane creek but was wondering if it’s still legal to ride considering that it’s been bulldozed and some obstacles blocked. 3/01/2018

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