We've traveled across the country in search of the best places to ride dirt bikes only to arrive in the Northeast section of the United States under seven feet of snow.
Snow or no snow, riding dirt bikes isn't too far from anyone's mind especially since snow bike conversion kits exist allowing you to ride your dirt bike in the snow. Besides, it's almost Spring, and in some parts of the country it feels like it, so what better way to tackle cabin fever than to discover new places to ride and get your bike ready for some laps once the great thaw arrives.
In case you're just tuning in, we've been asking YOU, our readers, e-mailers and social media followers where the best places to ride dirt bikes are. The Northeast is the last in a seven part series that's covered the following:
- Pacific Northwest - Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
- California - California
- Southwest - Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado
- Midwest - North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin
- Texas - Texas
- Southeast - Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee
- Northeast - Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts
Hardly the largest section land wise, the Northeast did encompass the most number of states at 17. Because harsh winter weather tends to keep dirt bikes in the garage we didn't expect nearly the number of comments as other sections. Though we collected numerous responses, in many respects our hunch was right because duplicate mentions help reveal the popular places for riding in a given state or region, something we didn't get a lot of this time around.
Regardless, the #1 spot still showcases that place receiving the most comments and the rest is in no particular order.
The only place mentioned to ride dirt bikes in Maine also received the most number of hits. MX207 was described as having nice jumps, killer corners and sweet straights to grab some speed. Located in Lyman, MX207 offers a minibike/pitbike track and a full size Motocross track, which, thanks to the installed sprinkler system, can be watered to perfection in minutes.
Home of New England Motocross and the New England Regional Championship, Winchester Speedpark in Winchester, NH offers Supercross and Motocross style racing with tracks accommodating beginners through pros. You can even check out their track layouts from past years - a cool feature no one else we checked out offers.
Photo: Winchester Speedpark
3. Baja Acres
No, we're not talking south of California, Baja Acres is in Millington, MI located on 80 acres and offers a Jr. Track and the primary 1.5 mile national caliber Motocross track. Far from newcomers on the scene, Baja Acres started in 1974 and hosts several racing events including an area qualifier for Loretta Lynn's.
Photo: Baja Acres
4. Budds Creek
If no one mentioned Budds Creek we might very well have just slipped it in. Home, of course, to the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD, Budds Creek Motocross Park is a natural terrain track, has hosted the Motocross of Nations, World Championships, and every year, numerous other amateur events.
Briarcliff MX in Nashport, OH offers three tracks on 140 acres of land. "The Big Track" is for the experts and boasts 50 foot tables and 100 foot tunnel jumps, "The C Track" is for beginners looking to learn on a bonafide Motocross track and the Pitbike/Mini track is of course for the young ones or those of any age who like to open the throttle on a pit bike. Every track is groomed daily for riding.
Photo: Briarcliff MX6. Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park
Lake Sugar Tree in Axton, VA is one of those all-in-one places to ride dirt bikes. Like Motocross? Check. Supercross? Check. Cross Country? Check. How about training? Check again! There is of course open riding and for the true enthusiast, camping is available.
Photo: Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park
7. Crowhill MX
Crowhill in Baldwinville, MA opened 11 years ago and is owned and operated by pro rider Robby Marshall and his family. Crowhill has two tracks, one for the pros (two minute lap time!) and another for kids. Both offer natural elevation and hills, and a fast, fun and flowing layout. Riders of all ages and skill levels can have fun here plus they host Motocross and off-road events.
Photo: Crowhill MX
Got something to prove? Then do it at Breezewood Proving Grounds in Clearville, PA. But don't get too comfortable, as the three tracks, a beginner, intermediate and advanced track, all tend to change regularly. There's also a pee wee track for the future star just starting out. Breezewood also offers cabins for rent so you can really make it a Moto getaway.
Photo: Breezewood Proving Grounds
9. The Wick 338
The Wick 338 in Southwick, MA is also known as the Southwick National, and home to the only sand track for the Motocross Nationals.
The only non-track place to ride mentioned was the New Hampshire woods and based on the beauty of the fall months in New England you could be quite happy riding anywhere in the woods in the Northeast. Quite surprisingly the only other National suggested was Budds Creek. Maybe Unadilla, Red Bud and High Point don't resonate with the everyday rider.
Other places to ride include Birch Creek MX in Virginia, Miles Mountain in Pennsylvania, Martin MX Park in Michigan and Wareham MX in Massachusetts.