This page offers helpful links to websites that you may find interesting and useful. Some are non-profit, and some are links to places to ride off-road. If you're looking for new places to ride, make sure you investigate the rules and regulations. Almost all States require at least a temporary registration sticker.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System. (This is for road bikes - check the MSF Dirt Bike School link below for off-road)
The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a non-profit watchdog organization that seeks to secure continued access to public recreational trails and works towards preventing trail closures.
The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping professional motocross/supercross riders with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing support to their families.
Dirt Bike School is a fun, one-day, hands-on training session available to anyone six years old or above. At approved training sites, MSF certified DBS Coaches will teach you basic riding skills and responsible riding practices, including risk management and environmental awareness.
Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.
The NOHVCC (National Off-Highway vehicle Conservation Council), is a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.
The Mission of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. (It's a museum for both road bikes and off-road bikes.)
A Few Places to Ride Your Dirt Bike
This is by no means a complete list of places to ride and will be updated as time permits. The links below are mostly for State-run trail areas along with some of the larger privately-owned parks. The links are by state, not trail system, so Carolina Adventure World is listed under SC, and Jericho Mountain is under NH, etc.
Alabama offers several off-road options, including Minooka Park and the 1,456 acre Stony Lonesome OHV Park. The link to the left will take you to the main Alabama tourism site, and they also have a sister site called I Love Alabama Food so in case there's a foodie in your midst, they'll have plenty to do while you're out enjoying your dirt bike.
California is a mecca for dirt bike riders. Like Florida, she offers year-round nice weather and loads of riding areas ranging from trails to sand dunes. The OHV division has a great website with loads of information. Here is a link to the California OHV Parks website
Connecticut is a very small state, but dirt bikes (no ATVs or UTVs) have access to the Thomaston Dam, an 800 acre area of public multi-use land that is overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers. The off-road trails are open from May 1 through October 14 (conditions permitting). The trails are maintained by the Pathfinders Motorcycle Club so check their website if you need more info.. State registration is required.
With year-round warm weather and lots of riding areas, Florida offers something for everyone and there are many other things to do and see while visiting. This link will take you to the Florida Forest Service page that shows a map of the available riding areas. You can check out the off-road riding links from there.
This link will take you to the GOR (Georgia Off Road) forums where you can connect with some awesome down-home locals. Georgia offers a wealth of great off-road riding including two huge off-road parks Highland Park (see below) and Durhamtown Plantation. Both privately owned riding areas are within an hour (one west, one east) of the Atlanta airport, so you don't need to haul your bikes and gear - fly in, rent a bike and enjoy some great trails.
Highland Park Resort in Georgia offers over 90 miles of trails, four separate motocross tracks, a pee-wee track, on-site cabins and camping, dirt bike rentals, and is home to KTM World. They also offer KTM demo days and organize events such as harescrambles.
Considering it's located on the highly populated East Coast and is one of the smaller New England States, Massachusetts offers a surprising number of off road riding oppurtunities for dirt bikers. Be sure to check the rules and regulations before you go! Massachusetts OHV page
Michigan offers quite a few excellent off road riding areas and she might have the only legal off-road sand dunes east of the Rockies. Be sure to investigate all the rules and regulations beforehand! (search Michigan ORV and Silver Lake Sand Dunes).
It's geared more towards ATVs than dirt bikes, but New Hampshire's Jericho Mountain State Park might be an option for those who live nearby and don't want to spend the time or money to travel. Here is a link to a some trail info and local ATV clubs.
Carolina Adventure World in South Carolina is a 2,600 acre privately owned park that has trails for dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs, with ten miles of trails dedicated as dirt bike-only trails. There is also camping, cabins, rentals, and storage for all the toys. Located in Winnsboro SC, between Charlotte NC and Columbia SC.
When you visit the Hatfield/McCoy trails in West Virginia, you can ride for days (almost weeks) and not hit the same trail twice - you can even ride straight into some of the towns and gas up at the pumps, get something to eat, and chat wil the locals. Visit their website at trailsheaven.com to get the latest info on trail maps and conditions, as well as info on lodging, rentals, and current regulations.