ATV and Off-Road Riding in New Jersey

Where can I legally ride my ATV?

You can ride an ATV on your private land, or private land where you have permission to ride, in dedicated off-roading parks, and on certain trails that are open to the public. For more information on where you can ride ATV and other off-road vehicles, call the Division of Parks and Forestry at (800) 843-6420.

Are ATVs street-legal in NJ?

ATVs are not legal to ride on public roads in New Jersey. If you live on a private road or a private drive you could ride there.

Can you ride an ATV in Pine Barrens?

You cannot ride an ATV in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey. The state only allows street-legal motorcycles, like dual-sports, enduros, and adventure bikes that are registered and insured to operate in the Pine Barrens.

Where can I ride my dirt bike legally?

You can ride your dirt bike legally in New Jersey on your private land, on some trails that are open to the public, and at dedicated off-road riding parks. You also could ride at many motocross tracks that have riding areas for dirt bikes. Joining a riding club that has land dedicated for riding could open up more riding opportunities in New Jersey.

Are dirt bikes street-legal?

Dirt bikes are not street legal.  For a bike to be street legal in New Jersey, it must have a brake light, headlight, and at least one mirror. An enduro or dual-sport motorcycle that has lights and at least one mirror and is registered in New Jersey could be ridden on road.  It would also need to be properly insured.

Is off-roading illegal?

Off-roading is legal in New Jersey, but you cannot trespass while riding. Your ATV or dirt bike has to be registered and insured to ride anywhere but on your property.

Where can I go off-roading?

You can go off-roading on your private land in New Jersey or at one of the many dedicated off-roading facilities that are located across the state.

Are quads legal?

Quads are another name for ATVs and are legal for off-road riding in New Jersey.  They must be registered and insured to be used on public land.

This article has been provided for informational purposes only and is based on the most reliable information available on the date of publication.