Houston Valley OHV Trails

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Just west of Dalton lies the largest Forest Service OHV system of trails in Georgia.  These very popular motorized trails offer something for everyone, from easy to difficult, in a wooded setting.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions:
Houston Valley OHV area remains closed through April 25 due to a rain event and the heavy maintenance being performed. Anticipated opening for full, regular use is Friday, April 25th at 5:00 p.m. if weather conditions allow for the maintenance activities to be completed.  Houston Valley will observe temporary closures after significant rain events, so be sure to check with the district office for current status.
Reservations: Reservations are not required.
Fees 1-Day Permit: $5/operator/day
OHV Annual Pass: $50/operator/year; this pass available at any Ranger District Office.

Limited dispersed camping: FREE
Permit Info: 1-Day Permit:  $5 per operator per day. OHV Annual Pass:  $50 per operator annually.
Open Season: April 1 - December 31
Restrictions: Motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles (no pick-ups, rails or four-wheel drive vehicles allowed).  Vehicles with more than 50" width are not allowed.  Helmets are required for motorbikes by State law. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a licensed driver. The consumption of alcohol while operating any type of vehicle is strictly prohibited according to State and Federal law.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 10 miles east in Dalton, GA.  Here you may find restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations.
Water: Drinking water is provided by a fountain located at the trailhead parking lot.
Restroom: 1 Vault facility
Passes: OHV Annual Pass:  $50/operator/year.  This pass is sold to the individual operator.
Information Center: Please contact the Conasauga Ranger District office at 706-695-6736 for more information.

General Information


Area has designated paved parking for 35 tow vehicles.  ADA loading ramp.

General Notes:

These trails have been designed to provide a challenging, safe ride while protecting the environment. Please stay on designated trails. Unlicensed drivers can ride on the designated trails if accompanied by a licensed adult (unlicensed drivers must stay off public roads or open Forest Service roads).


ADA loading ramp and restroom available at the trailhead.


From I-75, take Exit 336 Dalton/Rocky Face.  Go north on US Hwy 41 for approximately 3 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 201.  Turn left on GA Hwy 201, go to second road on the right, Houston Valley Road.  Turn right on Houston Valley Road and continue through two intersections.  Go 1 mile past the second intersection and turn left on Capehart Road.  Continue for 1 mile to dead end at parking lot for Houston Valley.


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  Area/Length : 
  22.7 miles