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Bluff Creek ATV Park

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Other Names

Bussy, Bluff Creek OHV Park, Bussie, Gravity Cavity, Mahaska County

Last Known StatusVariable Schedule  (Depends on daily conditions. Check website for current conditions.)

This abandoned strip mine has about 20 miles of woods trails, steep hill climbs, deep gravel and mud pits plus four motocross tracks. One track is set aside for beginners but there is one very challenging track known as "Gravity Cavity".

The park is open daily, year-round but will close on short notice during and after bad weather, so always call first before heading out. Riding hours are from dawn to dusk and camping is permitted. The campground has 13 primitive sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, BBQ grill and lantern holder. Two water spigots, restrooms with flush toilets and shower stalls are also available.

There is no fee required to ride or camp, but all vehicles must display a current Iowa DNR Sticker. Trails are regularly maintained and marked with some cool bridge crossings, thanks to the hard work from the Bluff Creek Riders Association and the Iowa OHV Association.

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Park Updates

The Bluff Creek ATV Park open/closure status is determined based on soil moisture, therefore the status will change throughout the year (day to day) depending on weather conditions. For current updates check the website before heading out.


Permit RequiredYesIowa DNR Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required for all riders
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoriding permitted from dawn to dusk
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement
Commentthree-wheelers prohibited


Approx Size350 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation700 to 800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis OHV area has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe OHV area has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis private park has many sand or gravel pits.Many
IntersectionsThis OHV area has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe private park has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails, MX Track
LandPrivately Owned / Commercial
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic, Watered, Groomed
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Casey's General Store (641) 969-5301
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Casey's General Store (641) 969-5301
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NW)Elk Rock Lake State Park Campground (641) 842-6008
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Elk Rock Lake State Park Campground (641) 842-6008
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Casey's General Store (641) 969-5301




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityEddyville, IA
Address1625 325th Street, Eddyville, IA 52553
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Oskaloosa, IA
1) Take US-63 South about 6 miles
2) Turn right (west) onto 310th Street, continue 5 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto Galeston Ave, continue 1.2 miles
4) Turn right (west) onto 325th Ave, continue about 1 mile
5) Park entrance is on the right (north).


Contact InfoDale Witzenberg
Iowa Partners of NOHVCC
(641) 670-0240
Contact InfoIowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
CommentIowa OHV permit info


Bluff Creek OHV Area Photo

Bluff Creek ATV Park OHV Area

The park has a campground with 13 sites, some with a waterfront view. Each site comes with a fire ring, picnic table and BBQ grill.

Bluff Creek OHV Area Photo

Yamaha Raptor jumping on motocross track.

A view of one of the four motocross tracks. You can get some big air here.

Bluff Creek OHV Area Photo

Yamaha dirt bike getting big air on a motocross track.

One of the motocross tracks.

Bluff Creek OHV Area Photo

Yamaha Raptor with rider in the air.

Photo Submitted 4/1/2012 (Thanks!)

Bluff Creek OHV Area Photo

Kawaski dirt bike and rider jumping on motocross track.

The motocross tracks are open year round and both dirt bikes and ATVs are permitted.

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