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Lewis County ATV Trail System

Monday, April 1, 2024

Other Names

Tug Hill ATV Trails, Black River, Adirondacks

Last Known StatusOpen

This area was created by a cooperative effort between the county with some private land owners and offers a total network of over 84 miles motorized trails and 450 miles of seasonal roads plus a separate 144 acre play area. The trail system is open to quads, side by sides and dirt bikes.

Most of the trails wind through dense forest to open grassy meadows. Terrain ranges from wide hard packed dirt and gravel roads to twisty and narrow ATV trails with scattered mud puddles and loose chunk rock. The trail system is regularly maintained by local clubs and has signage and bridge crossings.

There are numerous campgrounds and restaurants located along or close to the trail system that cater to offroad visitors during the summer season and to snowmobiles during the winter months.

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Permit RequiredYesLewis County ATV Trail Permit
Dates OpenAfter April 1st (based on conditions) - Tuesday after Columbus Day
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNo
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (70 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 & SXSPermitted(maximum width 70 inches)
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 RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areaspermitted in designated camping areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
permitted in designated areas
Night RidingNodaylight to dusk, only forward momentum after 12am
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule EnforcementYesDedicated Rangers/Officers
Armed OfficersATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
Lewis County Sheriffs Department
CommentVehicles must have current insurance to obtain trail permit.


Approx Size12,000 acres (19 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation900 to 1200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis county land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis county land has some shaded areas.Some
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
CommentTrail system has over 84 miles of off road trails and 450 miles of seasonal roads open to OHV's up to 2000lbs.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandPrivate, County Land


Gasoline GasolineLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com
Diesel DieselLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com
Potable Water WaterLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com
RV Hookups RV HookupLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com
RV Dump Station RV DisposalLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)See Map or adirondackstughill.com
Convenience Store Conv StoreLowville, NYSee Map or adirondackstughill.com


RidingYes ($65.00 per OHV)
$65.00 for the first OHV annual pass, then $20 for any additional in the same household) ($20.00 for a 3 day pass per OHV)
Camping(None)Select locations by permit
CommentRiders with an active club membership to a participating ATV Club get a $20 discount.


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityLowville, NY
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From: Lowville, NY
1)**See trail map for multiple staging areas.


Contact InfoRecreation, Forestry, And Parks
7660 N State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
(315) 376-5972


Lewis County Trail Photo

Lewis County ATV Trail System

Lewis County is home to the Annual SNIRT Run, a snow and mud poker run usually held around mid April. The event is very popular, and usually attracts about 5,000 riders.

Lewis County Trail Photo

A scenic view of gravel trail surrounded by fall foliage.

Autumn is one of the most popular times to explore the Lewis County Trail System (peak fall color usually begins around early to late October).

Lewis County Trail Photo

Group of ATV riders parked next to a dock on the lake.

Photo Submitted 10/18/2013 (Thanks!)

Lewis County Trail Photo

One Red KYMCO 4x4 500 and one Green KYMCO 4x4 ATVs with rear saddle bags parked next to lake.

Photo Submitted 2/24/2014 (Thanks!)

Lewis County Trail Photo

Honda ATC200X parked alongside gravel road with grassy meadow, pine trees and wind turbines in the background.

Photo Submitted 8/7/2011 (Thanks!)

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