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Houston Valley ORV Area

Monday, June 17, 2019

Alt Names

Chattahoochee National Forest, Conasauga Ranger District, Dry Creek, Cove Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular two-way trail system offers about 25 miles of ATV trails that range from easy to most difficult. The trails are marked and offer a nice variety of terrain that ranges from smooth and hard packed to rugged, steep climbs with occasional deep mud puddles and water crossings.

There is a small fee charged to ride here which can be paid on site at the self pay kiosk. Annual passes are available which can be purchased by visiting one of the local ranger stations.

The main staging area is paved and has plenty of room for large trailers. Amenities include a vault toilet, loading ramp, map kiosk and a water fountain.

Visitors should be aware that this trail system may close for several days after significant rainfall so call first for current conditions before heading out.

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Nearest CityDalton, GA
AddressCapehart Road, Ringgold, GA 30736
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Dalton, GA
1) Take I-75 north to exit 336
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp, continue 2 miles
3) Turn left on Old Lafayette Road, continue .7 miles
4) At T-intersection turn left, continue about 80 yards
5) Turn right on Houston Valley Road, continue 5.6 miles
6) Turn left (south) on Capehart Road, continue about 1 mile. Staging area is on the left.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Approx Size2,600 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation900 to 1300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredYesOHV Trail Permit
Dates OpenApril - December 31
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
HikingNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areaslimited dispersed camping permitted - three sites available
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.


RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
CommentAnnual Pass - $50/rider. Pass can be purchased at any Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest ranger station.


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)Hamilton Hospital (706) 272-6000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Catlett Grocery (706) 764-1081
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Catlett Grocery (706) 764-1081
Potable Water WaterOn Sitedrinking water fountain located at the staging area
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga South KOA (706) 937-4166 or (800) 562-4167
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga South KOA (706) 937-4166 or (800) 562-4167
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (N)Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga South KOA (706) 937-4166 or (800) 562-4167
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Catlett Grocery (706) 764-1081
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (N)Chester Frost County Park (423) 842-0177
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteDry Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Suck Creek Boat Ramp (615) 781-6682


Contact InfoChattahoochee-oconee National Forest - Conasauga District
3941 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
(706) 695-6736


Houston Valley Trail Photo

Houston Valley ORV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2012 (Thanks!)

Houston Valley Trail Photo

OHV in the water at Houston Valley ORV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 11/23/2012 (Thanks!)

Houston Valley Trail Photo

Terrain example at Houston Valley ORV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2012 (Thanks!)

Houston Valley Trail Photo

OHV in the water at Houston Valley ORV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 11/23/2012 (Thanks!)

Houston Valley Trail Photo

OHV at Houston Valley ORV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2012 (Thanks!)

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