Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)

ATV riders at the Upper Waiakea ATV and Dirt Bike Park on Hawaii Island.

Non-licensed vehicle use is only allowed on designated trails with a required permit.  You must carry the permit with you when at all times when riding. Any person in possession of a hunting license and who is actually hunting does not require a permit or waiver. 

Where to Ride


Riding Permit Required

Where to Ride

Non-Licensed (ATV, Side-by-sides, Dirt Bikes, Dune Buggies, etc.)


(for every rider)

Get permit

Hawai‘i Island:

Access fee or membership required


Membership only


Licensed (Dirt Bikes)


Any Established , Open Forest Road

Licensed (4×4 Automobile)


Any Established , Open Forest Road

Licensed & Non-Licensed with Valid Hunting License


Any Established , Open Forest Road

Required to Ride:

  • All off-highway vehicles (OHV) must be equipped with a USFS approved spark arrestor. Loud bikes and ATV’s are causing loss of riding areas nationwide and we support the California OHV sound limit of 98 decibels.
  • It is unlawful to operate an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in a manner that endangers the safety of others.
  • It is recommended that all riders/operators of Non-Licensed Vehicle, ATV, Motorcycle, Dune Buggies, etc. while on roads R-1, R-10, and within the Waiākea ATV & Bike Park wear bright colored clothing.
  • It is mandatory that you sign in and out at the check-in stations. Occasionally due to forest fires and animal control operations closures will be posted at these check stations.


Safety and Responsibility

This is a multi-use area that is shared by hikers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Please be aware of the following:

  • The area is open to hunting daily.
  • Riders are recommended to wear blaze-orange outer garments.
  • Hunters may be with dogs.
  • Mountain bikes may be sharing the road.
  • Hikers and birders may be on the road.
  • Other ATV and Dirt Bike users of all levels are on the road.


Recommended Riding Preparedness

Before starting out, tell a responsible person where you will be and when to expect you back. Inform that person to obtain help if you do not return on time.

As part of riding responsibly, you should consider taking and using the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra fuel
  • Map of the area

It’s strongly recommended for your protection, that the following items be worn at all times during the operation of your vehicle:

  • DOT and SNELL approved helmet
  • Goggles
  • Protective clothing (long sleeve shirt & pants)
  • Boots over the ankles
  • Chest protector
  • Shoulder guards
  • Knee and elbow pads

In an Emergency

Lost Person

If a member of your party becomes lost, don’t panic. Make a note of where the person was last seen and at what time. Call 911 immediately.

Injured Person

It is usually best not to transport an injured person away from an accident scene before medical personnel arrive. Moving them improperly can make an injury worse, particularly when the injury is to the head, neck, or back areas. Call 911 immediately.


Emergency: 911

Div. of Forestry & Wildlife: (Hawai‘i Island) 974-4221

DOCARE (Enforcement): 643-3567