Message from our GIA Trail Coordinator, Perry May:

 

Trails: The Emily/Outing ATV Grant-In-Aid State Trail opened in June 2014. The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club, in coordination with our trail sponsor Cass County, maintains the Emily/Outing GIA ATV Trail. The Emily/Outing Trail is open from May 1st to October 31st for both Class I and Class II ATVs. This ATV Trail system is 56 miles in length which includes the Moose River Trails. The trail system begins in Emily, MN located on the southern part of the trail, travels through Outing, MN and further north to the Moose River Trail loops which are located 6 miles north of Outing. Funds to maintain these trails are provided by the MN Trail Assistance Program (GIA), through annual grants, fundraising efforts by Over The Hills Gang ATV Club and donations from the Emily/Outing Chamber of Commerce, Club members and ATV enthusiasts.

 

The ATV trail system has two main routes designated as the "A" and "B" trails, and three main loops known as the Plantation, Wren, and Cedar Lake Loops of the Moose River Trails.

May 2018 Trail Update: As expected the Emily /Outing ATV Trail Opening was delayed, and opened on May 5th, but only for the 30 miles of trail that was south of the Land O Lakes Forest,. The state forest which surrounds the three loops of the Moose River Trail remained closed. This resulted in a lot of confusion for the riders, and it also concentrated riders in a smaller section of the trail, which could of been one of many contributing factors to what was discovered late Saturday afternoon. OTHG Trail Coordinator Ben Allen along with Rod & Jessica Wegner, rode various sections of the opened portions of the "A" and "B"trail. The "A" trail was decent riding with a few spots noted for maintenance. The "B" trail, was found to be severely damaged by riders, with many spots impassable for the average rider. Ben himself, had to winch himself out three different times. OTHG club members met with our land manager Crow Wing County and it was determined that the trail section between our AB/B intersection and the Cass County line was unsafe, and additional riding would negatively impact the surrounding forest from riders going around damaged areas. I'm sorry to report that the trail damage is so extensive our projected trail reopening for this section of trail is August 4th. We are putting together a project that will repair and improve this section of trail. It will be more sustainable, and will include monitoring devices to capture disrespectful riders. We will need many volunteers through the summer, so please look for postings on our Facebook Page. The good news is that the Moose River Trail Loops will officially open on May 18th. The trail section that is closed is 2.6 miles long, so we still have 53 miles of trail to ride. Please report violators or persons doing damage to the trails. Our local Conservation Officers and County Sheriffs will handle the enforcement.

 

Before you head out, always check the trail status of Minnesota ATV trails and State Forest Roads on the MN DNR website at this link: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/closures.html

Trail Section Closed

Please be aware of the section of the B Trail that is closed. Do not go around the barriers as this will only delay the repair and improvement progress. Our project includes 300 yards of fill, boardwalk and bridge construction, rock crawl, designated muddy trail area, signage and monitoring devices.

 

We will be applying many of the Great Trails design and maintenance principles which were taught at the Great Trail Workshop in Onamia, MN. Jim Remington and Perry May both attended the workshop on April 26-28.

 

MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors: The Emily/Outing GIA ATV State Trail is monitored by MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors. The program exists to promote safe, environmentally responsible operation of OHVs through informational, educational contact and monitoring efforts. Stop and say hello and a thank you to a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!

Trail Maps: The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club typically publishes a new trail map annually which can  be found at most local Emily/Outing businesses, at informational kiosks, or as a printable PDF file here on our site. Small changes as directed by our trail sponsor Cass County, or by the MN Department of Natural Resources requires us to drop or add trail sections. Please check the year on the map for the most up-to-date version.

 

Additional Trails & Information: Check out these other resources for trails and ATV riding information.

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ATV Riding Information - Lakes Region Minnesota

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