It's no secret that the Cumberland Mountains that surround Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat provide some of the best and most famous ATV riding areas in the United States. From Brimestone Recreation and Blackhouse Mountain (near Pickett CCC Memorial State Park) to Ride Royal Blue, you cannot go wrong. These trails provide some of the most awe-inspiring views and experiences for ATV riders and nature lovers. Ride by stunning rock formations, natural bridges, caves, waterfalls, springs, and wildlife!
Anytime you go out riding it's always a good idea to be prepared for any situation that may arise. We want your southern ATV riding experience to be memorable and fun so we've put together these 10 Essential Items for ATV Riding in Tennessee:
1. Tire Repair Kit
Don't let a flat take you down! Bring along a tire repair kit that includes a tire plug kit, a miniature portable air compressor, and some type of tire sealant.
2. Standard Recovery Kit
Getting "stuck" can be part of the fun! Just make sure you can keep things moving. Even if your ATV or SxS is equipped with a winch, it is always a good idea to include a tow rope, snatch blocks, D-ring shackles, some tree straps, and safety gloves.
You can never have enough water! When heading out on the trails always make sure you pack plenty of bottled water in your cooler. It's also a good idea to keep a portable water purifier straw in your emergency pack just in case you run out of clean water.
4. Cell Phone
Honestly, who really leaves home without their smart phone these days? Pack your cell phone or smart phone in a water proof bag or box in case you need to call for help. Use your phone's camera to take some pictures of that awesome scenery while you're at it!
No one wants to get lost! Most ATV or SxS vehicles today have at least one auxiliary DC plug, so why not bring the GPS and track your ride just in case. You can also use your GPS on your smart phone if needed!
6. Snack Food
There's always time for a snack break! Pack up some tasty goodies such as trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, and other various on-to-go snacks. If you plan on being gone all day, pack up some sandwiches too!
7. Portable Jump Box
Power up! With most modern day rides being electric start (and not having any back up way of starting the vehicle, like a kick start or pull start) a portable jump box is a must-have item on the trails.
8. First Aid Kit
Got a boo-boo? Your first aid kit should include bandages, alcohol prep pads, cotton balls, gauze pads, tape, large trauma pads, gloves, cleansing wipes, sting relief pads, compass, mylar blanket, whistle, knife, scissors, tweezers, sewing kit, safety pins, glow sticks, and a flash light.
9. Extra Gasoline
Keep the fun going! Carrying extra gasoline will not only eliminate the worry of running out of gas, but will extend your ride so you can explore more and play longer!
Righty tighty, lefty loosy! Bring along some basic tools so you can troubleshoot any mechanical issues that may come up. Your tool bag should include items like screw drivers, allen wrench sets, sockets, and even an extra spark plug for your ride.
Do you have any must-have items you would add to this list? Please share!