OHV Riding & Camping

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Within the Osceola National Forest, motorized vehicles are allowed on some roads and prohibited on others. Note which area of the forest you intend to ride. The regulations change in different areas of the forest.

Vehicles are permitted on numbered roads and share the road in some cases with Off Highway Vehicles and other recreational users. These roads are clearly marked with Forest Service numbered road signs. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on unmarked roads. If you don’t see a road sign, stay off the road.

If you’re riding an unlicensed vehicle such as an ATV or OHV or trail bike you must stay on roads designated for unlicensed vehicles. When you ride look for road signs marked with the symbol of a jeep, motorcycle and ATV; indicating the road is for mixed use. These roads are numbered and are open to licensed vehicles. Off Highway Vehicles and are not allowed on unmarked roads or trails. If you don’t see a sign, stay off the road.

The Motor Vehicle Use Map indicates roads open to Highway Legal Vehicles and those open to all vehicles including OHV use. The current MVUM contains the latest maps of roads that are open to the public.

The following regulations are enforced within the Osceola National Forest:

  • Riding unlicensed vehicles is allowed during daylight hours, including the 90 minutes before sunrise and 90 minutes after sunset.
  • Operating any vehicle in a manner that damages or unreasonably disturbs the land, wildlife or vegetation is not permitted. 
  • If a road is posted closed you cannot use it. 
  • Mixed use roads were not designed for high speeds, therefore you will be charged with careless or reckless driving if you travel these roads at high speeds.

Anytime you stray from a designated road or trail you would be traveling off-road, and off road travel is not permitted anywhere on the Osceola National Forest. Off road travel is defined as:

  • Paralleling the road or trail – going alongside the existing road or trail. 
  • Cutting corners – taking a straight line route no matter where the actual road or trail goes.
  • Extending the road – when the road doesn’t go as far as you would like and you keep going anyway.
  • Doing doughnuts – driving around in circles instead of driving on linear roads and trails.
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