If you live in Toledo, Northwestern Ohio or Northeastern Indiana, and want a quiet place for a good family day ride, Maumee State Forest APV Area may be just for you.
Every large city needs a riding area close by where you can sneak out of work a little early and get in some riding time before dark, or leave home early Saturday morning, kick up some dirt and still have time to tackle a few jobs on your honey-do list all in the same day.
It seems like every state wants to do things their own way, and Ohio is no different. Officials there call ATVs "All Purpose Vehicles" (APVs) and, as we all know, ATVs really are APVs, that is one of the reasons they are so popular.
If you are looking for big hill climbs or miles and miles of trails and scenic vistas, Maumee APV is not your kind of area. The area is mostly flat and wooded. The trails twist and turn and snake around the trees. Some areas have become whooped out, which makes it that much more fun and challenging for beginner riders.
The area is divided by Township Road 2 that splits it into east and west areas. There isn't that much traffic, but please obey the stop signs and look both ways when crossing the township road.
Maumee APV area is just a little southwest of the Toledo airport. From Whitestone, Ohio, head west on Waterville Street, which is also County Road 132 and Township Road C. Five miles west turn north on Township Road 2 and you will find the a very nice, level, paved parking lot and pit toilet.
The riding area is open for riding one-half hour before sunrise and until one-half hour after sunset. No camping is allowed. There is camping located 15 miles away at the Mary Jane Thurston State Park.
Helmets and eye protection are required for all riders. Ohio law doesn't permit riders under 12 to operate an ATV. Riders between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by licensed parent or guardian, 18 years of age or older.
Motorcycles and ATVs must display a registration sticker or license plate. If your state doesn’t require you to register your machine, you must obtain a non-resident 15-day registration from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
For more information, visit the Maumee State Forest website.