Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau is quickly becoming recognized as one of the Southeast's premier destinations for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts.
From Brimstone Recreation to the Coal Creek OHV area, the Cumberland Mountains are a destination for tens of thousands of ATV enthusiasts from across the eastern United States each year.
Centrally located in the middle of it all is Huntsville, Tennessee.
Huntsville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen have made a commitment to welcoming ATV riders to the town. In 2008, the town adopted a law permitting ATVs to be ridden on city streets as long as they obey regulations to ensure that they do not pose a danger to themselves or others. Currently, town and county leaders are working with state lawmakers to ensure that the city's ordinance is permissible by state law.
Huntsville's ATV opportunities begin with Brimstone Recreation, LLC. The company, headquartered near downtown Huntsville, provides recreational opportunities on 20,000 acres of land in the Cumberland Mountains behind Huntsville. Brimstone Recreation has been recognized as the nation's No. 1 destination for ATV riders.
If riders somehow manage to grow tired of the hundreds of miles of trails at Brimstone Recreation, the 140,000-acre North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area adjoins Brimstone. Managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, North Cumberland has hundreds more miles in trails that can be explored by ATV riders.
A pair of festivals attract thousands of ATV enthusiasts to Huntsville each year. White Knuckle and the SXS Roundup are hosted by Brimstone Recreation and are held on Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, respectively.