ATV trails maps are available from the forestry service.
Nebraska is a veritable paradise for ATV enthusiasts. The state sports a large number of public trail spaces that have little or no cost associated with their use. These locations often house not only ATV trails but other outdoor sporting activities as well.
Bessey Ranger District
Located in the Nebraska National Forest, near Halsey, the Bessey Ranger District is a 90,000-acre spread maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. It contains about 300 miles of ATV trails and are all sand-based. Off-trail riding is specifically banned. The ATV trails at the location are open year-round and free to the public, though there is a charge associated with trail-head access. Other services available at the location include camping, canoeing, swimming and a lookout tower.
Pine Ridge Ranger District, Oglala National Grasslands
Located in Nebraska National Forest, the Pine Ridge Ranger District and Oglala National Grasslands is located near Chadron. At this site the U.S. Forest service owns and maintains 27,000 acres, with trails open for ATVs. The trails are open year-round at no cost to riders. Camping and hunting is also available at this location.
McKelvie National Forest
McKelvie National Forest is a 110,00-acre area owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Near Valentine, the location is open to the public at no cost. ATVs dirt bikes, and dune buggies are all welcome on off-roading trails. Camping, hunting and horseback riding are also popular at this location.
Flat Rock Riders OHV Park
Flat Rock Riders OHV (off-highway vehicle) Park is located near Sutherland. This 30-acre off-roading area is owned by the Nebraska Public Power District and maintained by the Flat Rock Riders Association. Though the area is small, it offers motocross-style tracks.
Harlan County Reservoir OHV Area
Harlan County Reservoir, located in Alma, is a 30-acre area with dirt trails intended for ATVs, dirt bikes, sand rails and Jeeps. The area is owned and maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and is open to the public year-round at no cost. The location offers public restrooms and camping, and it is also popular for fishing, boating and hunting.
Headworks OHV Park
Headworks is a 1,200-acre site located near Genoa. Owned by the Loup Public Power District, this site it intended specifically for ATV use and is open in January, February, June, July, October and December from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The acreage sports both sand-based trails and open areas to ride in. Camping is available.