OHV Rules and Regulations

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests operate under motor vehicle laws set by the State of Georgia. This means that anyone operating an OHV on a Forest Service road (including dirt/gravel roads) must follow all State vehicle laws and must have a valid driver's license.

OHVs that are not street legal must remain on designated trails marked specifically for OHV use. Some trails are restricted for a certain type of use such as only motorbikes or only four-wheel drive vehicles. These restrictions are set for safety reasons and to meet the special needs of each type of vehicle.

State law requires all vehicles and drivers to be licensed before operating on public roads. Therefore, unlicensed vehicles and drivers can only ride on designated OHV trails.

OHVs may not be operated in a manner that damages or unreasonably disturbs the land, wildlife, or vegetation. Violators of these restrictions are subject to fines of up to $500 and/or up to six months in prison.

Rules are necessary to make sure your riding adventure on the National Forest is fun, safe, and will continue to provide a quality riding experience. Please help by obeying these rules.

  • Some trails require you to pay a daily fee. Details are available at the fee stations near the trail head. While riding at fee sites, you must carry your permit with you.
  • Stay on OHV designated trails.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an operating and effective spark-arresting device.
  • Vehicle must not emit a noise greater than 86 decibels at 50 feet while traveling 35 miles per hour or less. When traveling over 35 miles per hour the noise level must not exceed 90 decibels at 50 feet.
  • Conform to State laws and regulations regarding safety equipment for operating vehicles on public roads and highways.
  • Operate licensed vehicles on forest roads safely and cautiously, respecting the rights of others.
  • Operate licensed motor vehicles on a forest road only with a valid driver's license.
  • Do not operate motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not shortcut switchbacks on roads or trails.
  • Operate motor vehicles on designated OHV trails ONLY if of legal age to obtain a State drivers license or accompanied by a legally licensed driver.
  • Make sure your vehicle has operable braking system.
  • Do not create excessive smoke.
  • Do not operate in a manner that damages or unreasonably disturbs the land, wildlife or vegetation.


Motorized trails close when conditions are wet to prevent trail damage and erosion into streams. Check the status of your favorite trail or Call Before You Haul.