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As one may expect, as the snow begins to melt away, ATV riders move onto the trails.
Beyond the wet muddy springs are warm, breezy summers, and crisp, fresh autumns – making Lewis County a great place to ride! Hundreds of miles of trails and off-season roads offer a different terrain for every preference. Many businesses located along the trails cater to the ATV enthusiast. You can take short afternoon rides or, better yet, plan a weekend. One of our local guides can help you plan the perfect trip.
Although Lewis County contains a high percentage of state public land (about 175,000 acres), ATV’s are not allowed access on any of the Department of Environmental Conservation state land. This hurdle has not stopped Lewis County and its residents from putting together spectacular ATV riding areas and an extensive county-wide ATV trail system.
As you can imagine, private landowners play an instrumental role in the development of the trail system. Public lands in the ATV trail system are the Lewis County reforestation lands. The System is still mostly made up of open roads. As ATV enthusiasts, it is very important that we respect the lands, laws, wildlife and nature as we enjoy the trails and scenery.
The ATV trails in the system are categorized into three types. Town and county roads provide easy access to the off-road trails. The off-road trails, consisting of county reforestation areas and private landowners’ trails, offer ATVers a sense of adventure as they explore the many miles of wilderness.