Riding an ATV is a great experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Luckily, Maine’s Kennebec Valley is a great place to do just that.
Numerous campgrounds and places to stay that cater to ATVers with access to the vast ITS (Interconnected Trail System). If you need to rent an ATV, want a lesson, or are looking for a guide to lead your group’s adventure, check out The Forks Area Chamber, or ATV Maine.
FREE ATV WEEKEND: AUGUST
During Free ATV weekend, nonresidents may operate an ATV that is not registered in Maine if it has a valid registration from another state.
RULES TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
If you decide to go ATVing here in Maine’s Kennebec Valley, there are a few rules and regulations to know. We recommend that anyone other than an experienced rider hire a Maine Guide or Outfitter for a safe adventure.
Maine defines an ATV or “All-terrain vehicle” as a motor-driven, off-road recreational vehicle capable of cross-country travel on land. This includes snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrains. You must register your ATV or UTV in Maine. Resident registration is good for one year and expires on June 30, but a nonresident may also purchase a 7-day registration.
Before operating an ATV on private land in Maine, you must have the express permission of the landowner. While on private property, you must stop and identify at the landowner’s request. Do not operate an ATV on a designated snowmobile trail or active railroad tracks. Finally, you may not operate an ATV on any highway or public road except for authorized crossing points or segments require to re-enter a trail.
Maine has the following restrictions regarding the age of ATV operators. A person under ten years of age MAY NOT operate an ATV or UTV. Any person under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult when operating an ATV or UTV. Any operator or passenger of an ATV or UTV is required to wear a protective helmet.
When you ride the ATV trails in the region, be respectful of the trails, local ATV clubs, and landowners. Be smart and ride safe.