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Ride Spot: Dirty Dog ATV Park, AL

Mud-bogging and more in Alabama

There are also all sorts of wooded trails at the DDAP, with several running along and in streambeds.

Eastern Georgia has the Durhamtown Plantation (featured in September 2006), but OHVers from the Fort Benning area in western Georgia and eastern Alabama head to the Dirt Dog ATV Park when they want to mud-bog and ride in the woods. Located just outside of Phenix City, Alabama, the Dirty Dog ATV Park has 400 acres of prime bottomland and pine-hickory woods for your riding enjoyment. We recently visited the Dirty Dog for the Yamaha Big Bear 400 4x4 introduction and had a blast riding the creek beds, tight trails, ridges, MX track and many mudholes. Anywhere from 100 to 200 ATVers show up each Saturday and Sunday, and they’re greeted with hospitality and new trails, as the crew cuts two or three miles of trail a week.

Partners Danny and Joyce opened the Dirty Dog ATV Park about a year ago to provide family entertainment and fun, OHV-style, and they’re longtime ATV dealers who are putting the money back into the park. Planning is underway for a kiddie park, repair shop and concessions, and there are currently showers and an ATV wash. Several creeks run through the property, so there are plenty of opportunities to camouflage your ATV with mud. Shoot, there’s even mudholes in the parking lot. deep enough to sink a quad  There’s a regulation mud pit, and mud-bogs are held the third Saturday night of each month from March through November.

Dirty Dog ATV Park bills itself as the only facility in Alabama for mud bogging, and it has several types of mud to sling.

With a motto like, “Don’t bring it if you can’t sling it,” the Dirty Dog claims to be the only mud-ATV park in Alabama. Currently only open on the weekends, there are plans to have night rides on Wednesdays, and clubs or groups of 30 or more can rent the facility during the week, as Yamaha did with the Big Bear. Enthusiasts can also attend an ATV safety course at the Dirty Dog. Be sure to bring a buddy-tow or a winch, as you’re guaranteed to get stuck, unless you have a nitrous-injected Banshee that can walk on water. There are mudholes of every length, depth and description scattered throughout the 400-acre facility.

Next to the scoring tower for the regulation mud pit, the concessions building was also under construction when we were Dirty Doggin’. RV sites are also in the works.

Entry fees are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Plans are also underway for putting in RV sites, as there’s city water and electricity, but right now camping is primitive. Bring your grill, some garbage bags and fishing equipment, as there are several ponds on the property. There’s even a paintball field in the works—will ATV paintball catch on? The Dirty Dog was also open December 22-31 so kids could enjoy some mud-whomping during Christmas break or furlough. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

From Phoenix City, Alabama, take Highway 280 south to Highway 431 south and go six miles.
The Dirty Dog ATV Park is on the right.

Dirty Dog ATV Park
35 Meadowwood Dr. Phenix City, AL 36869 (706) 332-5692

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