Bessey OHV Trail System

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

ATV riders at the hill climb on a sunny day.

About 33 miles of trails for OHVs that wind through the forest and cross grasslands.  Two OHV areas, the Hill Climb and Dismal, are also open for use.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Trails are open all the time. Quiet hours in the campgrounds are from 10 pm to 7 am.
Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees $3.00 per vehicle to park in the main lot.  For example, it is $3.00 to park a pickup truck hauling a trailer with three ATVs.  If camping, no additional fee is required. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Weekends, May through October
Restrictions: OHVs must stay on roads, trails, and areas designated on the motor vehicle use map.  Vehicles must be 64 inches wide or less (total width, not just the wheel base) in order to use the trails.
Closest Towns: Halsey, Dunning, and Thedford
Water: At Whitetail and Bessey campgrounds
Restroom: At Whitetail and Bessey campgrounds


OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Camping

The group campground filled to the brim with RVs.

A typical weekend at the Bessey Group Campground, which is a great home base from which to enjoy the district's OHV trail system.

Status: Open
Fees: $8.00 per night for non-electric sites; $11.00 per night for electric sites
Reservation info: About half the campsites in the Bessey Campground are reserveable.  Camping at Whitetail is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hours of Operation: Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 7 am.
Difficulty Level: Easy

OHV Open Area Riding

ATV riders at the hill climb on a sunny day.

Two designated areas for OHV riding are available, the Hill Climb (shown) and the area near Whitetail campground.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding


Parking At the main lot near the office