Tennessee: Brimstone Recreation Area

Huntsville, Tenn.

Brimstone Recreation LLC, in northeastern Tennessee, may just be Recreation Central. You can ride your ATV or motorcycle, mountain bike, jeep, or hunt, fish, horseback ride, or even hike, all in one area.

Our focus is ATVing, and with approximately 45,000 acres and 300 miles of trails, Brimstone is a place we all need to ride. It is hard to get a grasp of how large the area is until you have ridden here. You can’t even begin to ride everything in a long weekend.

In addition to all the marked trails, there are side trails everywhere that aren't included in the trail mileage.

Brimstone plans to open new trails and temporarily close some trails to do maintenance. This will help keep the trails in good shape.

Like most riding areas, the trails here go from mild to wild, and dry and hard-packed to ATV-swallowing mud holes.

A new and larger trail map indicates easy trails in green, moderate trails are in blue, while difficult are red. The new-and-improved map also includes historical sites and information about the area you can explore.

Camping is always a big part of a weekend of ATVing with friends and family. Primitive camping is allowed in a variety of locations from secluded to larger group.

If you have a larger group, primitive camping is available at Half Cabin. The campground is just 15 minutes from the office. It is located off trail No. 3, is 10 acres in size, and has some of the best scenery you will ever experience.

If you are looking for a hot shower and a comfortable bed, Gray Gables B & B in Rugby, Tobe’s Motel in Oneida, or the Grand Vista Hotel in Huntsville, are close by and welcome ATVers. A rental cabin with three bedrooms and two baths is also available. Call (865) 617-8127 for details.

Gas, groceries and restaurants are available in Huntsville.

The Brimstone office also offers ATV rentals. Just call (800) BRIMSTONE.

Common sense rules apply—no drinking and riding, if you haul it in, haul it out. Keeping the trails litter free is what we all want to see.

It is recommended that riders wear helmets and carry no passengers.

Brimstone is just 13 miles west of I-75 at exits 141 or 144, on Highway 63.

Recreational permits are required for each person. They are only $15 per day, $30 for a week or $55 for an annual permit. Annual permits for children are $30.

Check out Brimstone's website for more info, or call (423) 663-4868.

The office is at 2860 Bakers Highway, Huntsville, TN 37756. This is where you pick up your permits and maps as well as access the trails.