As of July 1, 2016, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are allowed to ride on the highways in Rocky Top, TN.
What is this so important? Because Rocky Top is adjacent to Windrock Park, which is the largest privately-owned off-road recreation area in the country with over 72,000 acres that includes off-highway vehicle trails, hiking trails and mountain biking trails.
Having access to the highways in Rocky Top will allow riders to come into town from the Windrock Park trails to buy gas, eat at restaurants, stay at the hotels, etc. without having to reload their equipment.
What to know before you go. Riders must register with the City of Rocky Top and can do so at City Hall and at the Rocky Top Police Station when City Hall is closed on evenings and weekends. Permits for Windrock Park are now being sold at Shop Rite Grocery Store in Rocky Top, TN at the intersection of Highway 25W and Highway 116 and must be obtain in addition to the City’s permit to access Windrock’s property.
Don’t pass by the local eateries. If you love BBQ, you have to stop in the Coal Creek Smokehouse BBQ. You can dine in or take it with you on the trail. They are located next to the Coal Creek Miners Museum and City Hall. Glenn’s Pizza and Grill is located near the interstate and don’t let the name fool you, they have so much more than pizza.
There are a few rules to ensure the safety of the riders and other users of the roads.