Top 5 Trails of Brian Fisher
From Fisher's ATV World
Many times, it's not where you ride but who you're riding with that makes the adventure what it is. Trail riding is a great way of having fun and spending time with your friends or family. In the past ten years of producing our national television show Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel, we’ve had the opportunity to travel to many great places to ride our ATVs. Our travels and filming took us to 30 of our states and four other countries. I wanted to share my personal top five favorite places to ride.
#5 RIDE ROYAL BLUE ATV RESORT & CAMPGROUND
This is a place we’ve been to several times and always love to come back to. The owner, Sheila Westray, and her family are like family to us and always make our riding experience so much fun. Besides their southern hospitality, they’ve got great accommodations with their onsite restaurant, store, modern cabins and campground. Here you can venture on some of the best riding through the Cumberland Mountains of Tennesee. With over 600 miles of “mild to wild” trails to ride, you can find any type of riding you’re looking for. They not only cater to ATV’s, but allow dirt bikes, mountain bikes, horses, 4-wheel-drive trucks, trail buggies and jeeps to ride here as well. After you’re done riding the trails with your friends and family, you can chill at your cabin or camp site and sit around the fire, sharing stories from the day out on the trail. They are located at 6307 Stinking Creek Road, Pioneer, TN. For more information, visit www.rideroyalblue.com.
#4 HATFIELD MCCOY TRAILS IN WEST VIRGINIA
This trail system is located in southern West Virginia and is the most popular trail system on the east coast. The Hatfield & McCoy Trail System consists of six different trail heads with over 500 miles of groomed trails to ride. These trails range from easy to difficult and are clearly mapped and marked for ease of use. You can ride your ATV, SXS or dirt bike right down town to get something to eat at a local restaurant, fill up with gas or stay at a local hotel. ATVS are a huge economic boost for tourism dollars and this is the perfect example of the powerful impact of our sport. I’ve seen this trail system and the towns around it grow tremendously over the past ten years. Here the local people and businesses get what this recreation has done for their communities and welcome ATVers. This entire area is rich in history with the Hatfield & McCoy Feud and you don’t need to look far to find one of the locals to share it with you. For more information, call (800) 592-2217 or visit www.trailsheaven.com.
#3 OREGON DUNES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
This national park is located in Coos Bay, Oregon and is a place where you can ride the sand dunes on just about anything with a motor. That includes everything from utility ATVs, sport ATVs, SXSs, dirt bikes, jeeps, trucks, sand rails and buggies. On our last trip to Coos Bay, we carved up and around some pretty steep dunes and made our way around the many lakes and small bodies of water that spread across the area. We also took a sand trail that went through the woods much like a wooded trail on the east coast and then rode down to the beach where we rode right along the ocean as it splashed into the beach. Now that was definitely a cool ride! This entire area has lots of businesses that rent ATV’s, SXS’s and sand buggies. You could fly into town and enjoy the ultimate dune adventure. For more information, call (541) 750-7000 or visit www.duneguide.com.
Alaska is one of those places everyone dreams of visiting and to go there and ride ATVs was a dream come true. On our trip to Anchorage, Alaska, we went with an Alaskan Guide during summer solstice so we had 22 hours of daylight which took some getting used to. I would highly recommend going with a guide if you venture off road in Alaska, as this area is so huge with very little people. We rode our ATVs through the snow capped Alaskan mountains and right up to a huge glacier and waterfall which was amazing. Some of the trails were a bit difficult due to the glacier melting which made for some pretty deep stream crossings and huge mud holes. As you can imagine, there was lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife to see. We had the opportunity to do a little salmon fishing, take a jet boat ride up a stream and fly in bush plane right over a bear with her cubs! There was so much to see and do in Alaska, we could have spent another week there! This is one place you’ve got to add to your bucket list. For more information, call 907-868-7669 or visit www.atv-alaska.com.
#1 BIG HORN MOUNTAINS OF WYOMING
The Big Horn Mountains is located in Dayton, Wyoming on the southern border of Montana. This beautiful area is considered the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and has lots of scenery and wildlife. We saw lots of deer and elk and came across a moose at every corner.
Here you can ride hundreds of miles of endless trails ranging from easy to difficult winding through the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. This area is so huge that you can literally ride all day and not see but one or two other people out on the trail. With no cell phone reception, this is a place where time stands still and you can really be at one with the great outdoors. On our visit, we stayed at Elk View Inn atop the Big Horn Mountains and took in some of the heritage of the surrounding old western towns. We also visited a real dinosaur dig and took a boat ride through a canyon area with wild horses and big horn sheep. I picked this area as my number one because I got to share this amazing adventure with my family and as I said in the beginning, “it's not where you're riding but who you're riding with that makes the adventure what it is”. For more information, call (307) 461-4168 or visit www.elkviewinn.com.
If you’ve never ridden an ATV or experienced an off road adventure, I encourage you to add it to your “TO DO” list because it’s an incredible way to enjoy the great outdoors.