Houston Valley OHV Trails

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.  This 25 mile system closes after significant rain events to allow the trails to dry and limit resource damage, sometimes for several days.  Be sure to call the Conasauga Ranger District before driving to the area.  On weekends and at night, call 706-695-6736 ext. 2 for closure recording.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Call before you haul.  Houston Valley closes for several days after significant rainfall.
Reservations: Reservations are not required.
Rentals & Guides: You must have your own equipment to ride the trails.  The Conasauga Ranger District does not have equipment rentals.
Fees 1-Day Permit: $5/operator/day
OHV Annual Pass: $50/operator/year; this pass available at any Ranger District Office.

Limited dispersed camping (3 sites): FREE
Permit Info: 1-Day Permit:  $5 per operator per day. OHV Annual Pass:  $50 per operator annually.
Open Season: April
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.  It is prohibited to possess, consume, receive or transport alcohol in the Houston Valley parking lot, trail system and related facilities.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 10 miles east in Dalton, GA, where you will find numerous restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and hotels.
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, 706-695-6736 for more information.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8-12 and 1-4:30 p.m. Nights and weekends, call and select 2 for up-to-date recreation 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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22.7 miles


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