The big question for all of the ATVers already raring to get on the trails again…

When Do Maine ATV Trails Open for the Season?

Western Maine ATV Trails

The Forks, Maine ATV Trails open May 25th for the 2024 season

Generally, our local clubs are able to open up trails for Memorial Day Weekend riders. Rentals for UTVs, ATVs, Side by Sides with our partners at 201 PowerSports begin on May 25th. Stay tuned here and on Lake Moxie ATV Riders page for updates as the date approaches — if mud season conditions prove to be too wet, the date could be delayed. Opening dates for Maine’s ATV trails will vary across the state and depending on the weather, but no one should expect any of the trails to open before May 15th, generally speaking. There is almost always still snow on some sections in early May, and other places still need time to dry up from the spring melt. Additionally, the land owners for the majority of our trail system in The Forks are logging companies, and they have certain areas they are still working. There may be dirt roads where the ATV trail will be located, but are not ready for our access yet. Please be aware and respectful of logging operations AT ALL TIMES. Logging companies allow us on their lands and that is a privilege that we do not want to lose.

We recommend following ATV Maine for state-wide openings and updates. Clubs around the state will be busy getting their trails open for the ATV season in the spring as conditions allow, and we are incredibly grateful for the folks behind the scenes at all of Maine’s ATV clubs for all of their hard work and dedication to the sport.

Join a Club!

While you wait, be sure to sign up to support your local club. If you like to ride The Forks area, show some love for the local club, Lake Moxie ATV Riders – it’s just $35 dollars for your family to become members, and helps the club immensely. Download the form here, and mail your payment in — and THANK YOU for supporting the trails you ride!

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ATV trailside cabin rental

Grab your Trailside Cabin, and Get Ready…

While you’re waiting to get riding, give us a call to grab your favorite trailside cabin booked, or an RV site at the riverside campground. The best time to visit is early summer (think: June/early July) and fall for lower cabin rates and quieter trails, or come by midweek in the busy summer months! Northern Outdoors has plenty of on-site parking for your trailer, and a full service restaurant and brewery on site with spacious deck seating. Northern Outdoors resort is located in a great hub for fun day trips to Mooosehead Lake in Greenville, Lake Moxie, the B52 crash site, and other scenic rides. Get some trip inspiration from our friends at ATV Illustrated, who visited us for some riding!

Moose on ATV Trial Western Maine

Rent an ATV

Don’t have an ATV but want to give it a try? We offer new SxS and ATV rentals right here through a partnership with a local powersport rentals company, 201 Powersports, with late model Polaris ATVs for 1-4 riders! Wonder what’s it like riding on the Maine ATV trails? Check out this short video of some of our team heading out on the trails in the fall…

See you on the trails!

We’re stoked for ATV trails to open this season, and look forward to spending time outside and in the fresh air soon enough. Until then, please be respectful of the trails and landowner wishes. The time to ride will come. Help us keep these trails open to the public by being smart, riding safe, and always being respectful.


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6 Responses

    1. Hi Bill! Most clubs say “when the snow flies”…so it’s different for different areas. For The Forks trails, it’s usually sometime around end of October or early November. You can keep an eye on Lake Moxie ATV Riders Facebook page and they will post the date when they determine it!

  1. Gentlemen and woman a bunch of us frequently ride NH (ride the wild) and this year we want to come to Maine, is there any set of trails that we can get to from cabin or hotel with out taking vehicle . I am sure there is a list of riding areas in Maine , can any one refer us to a great area of riding for 8 or so hrs

    1. Hi Mike! We may be bias, but The Forks area is a great place to ride:) You can rent a trailside cabin here at Northern Outdoors, take a ride to Greenville for lunch and back- or go further. Our resort sits right at the center of great trail systems. You can also visit ATV Maine for more clubs and places to ride!

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