Tennessee: Royal Blue Resort

Pioneer, Tenn.

There are all kinds of resorts—ski resorts, golf resorts, mountain resorts, you name it. Royal Blue is a true ATV resort.

What makes Royal Blue a resort rather than a run-of-the-mill riding area or park?

Where should we start?

First, everything you need is there. Just unload your ATV and say goodbye to your hauler.

You need somewhere to sleep, right? If you have a motor home or camper, reserve one of the 18 easy pull-through sites, with 30- or 50-amp electrical service, water and sewer, a picnic table, fire ring and trash receptacle.

Do you have a tent? There are sites with water and electric on 70 acres of nicely mowed, lush, green grass where you can stake out your new home away from home.

If you want more adventure, load everything you need for the weekend on your ATV and head out for primitive camping up close and personal with nature.

Do you really want to travel light and stay in real comfort? Reserve one of the 23 cabins, which range from rustic to deluxe. Rustic cabins have beds, heat and air conditioning. Deluxe cabins sleep up to six, have a private bath with shower, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, heat and air.

Regardless of where you sleep, there are clean, private guest bathrooms with showers and a changing area conveniently located around the grounds.

As far as food goes, you can bring your own and if you forget something you can pick up essentials at the general store.

But for something really special, ride up to the 2,500-square-foot lodge and let the friendly staff do the cooking. While the kitchen activity goes on you can sit by the large stone fireplace or watch the large-screen TV or, better yet, relax in a rocking chair on the covered porch, swap riding stories or just watch people fish or swim in the lake. Meals are available for breakfast and supper, and they can pack you a trail lunch as well. Now that’s service.

A large, separate recreation center features video games, air hockey and is just the place for the young at heart to hang out.

With so much to do we almost forgot about the riding! It’s breathtaking.

Royal Blue connects to more than 130,000 acres of Tennessee Wildlife Management areas. There are more than 430 miles of trails wandering through the most beautiful Tennessee forest you will ever experience. Waterfalls, crystal clear streams and wildlife are everywhere. Ask for directions to the elk reserve. ATVs, motorcycles, side-by-sides and four-wheel-drive vehicles are welcome. Tennessee law requires helmets for ATV riders under 18. Tennessee residents with a hunting or fishing license may ride in the forest or residents can pay $12 for a daily pass. Non-residents pay $30 for a daily pass.

Royal Blue is in northeast Tennessee. Take exit 144 on Interstate 75 just south of the Kentucky border.For more information and to make reservations at Royal Blue, call (423) 784-9445 or go online to the resort’s website at www.rideroyalblue.com.