Holly Oaks ORV Park Ready for 2021 Season
(Oakland County, April 9, 2021)
Groveland Township, Holly Township, MI – After a successful opening last fall, Holly Oaks ORV Park will open for the 2021 season on Saturday, April 10.
The park, situated in Groveland and Holly townships near Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground on Dixie Highway, welcomes full-size vehicles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles ATVs and motorcycles to traverse its thrilling and challenging course, formed from previous mining and gravel site operations.
Riders will be challenged by features like 4×4 trails, single track trails for motorcycles, steep hills, water crossings, rock crawls and other challenge elements.
Mt. Magna, a 9,000-square- foot peak designed to replicate the experience of popular, massive rock formations in Moab, Utah, is a signature feature made possible through a donation from Magna Powertrain in Troy.
“We are excited for our first full season at the ORV park. Staff has been working hard at making upgrades to many areas, including Holly Glen, Sandbox, Bath Tub Ring and the Endurance Trail. There is an opportunity for all users to enjoy the park,” DJ Coffey, Park Supervisor – Groveland Oaks & Holly Oaks ORV Park, said.
A complete park riding hours schedule is posted at OaklandCountyParks.com.
In April, Holly Oaks ORV Park will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Fridays will be added to the schedule beginning April 30, when the park will be open from 2-8 p.m.
A few things riders need to know before coming out to the park:
All vehicles will be required to have a dune-style flag. This warning flag must be orange and rectangular and shall maintain a minimum 10-foot height at standstill and a minimum eight-foot height under motion
Motorcycles and ATVs will be subject to an inspection for a United States Forest Service approved spark arrestor. Refunds will not be given to violators
Vehicles should not be louder than 94 dBa when measured 20 inches from the exhaust pipe at approximately half the vehicle’s rated RPMs. All vehicles are required to have a muffler and spark arrester containing baffles meeting the established United States Forest Service specifications
Park gates will open one hour before the park opens
Masks are required when entering Mt. Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort to use the restroom. Portable restroom facilities will also be available
Children ages 12 and older are allowed to ride dirt bikes and quads in the park but must show their DNR ORV Safety Training Certificate. Bring the certificate to the park so staff can verify
For additional rules and guidelines, visit the Holly Oaks ORV Park webpage
“We continue to focus on safety and have instituted a new flag rule requirement for all vehicles to increase visibility. We are also monitoring very closely the sound of all vehicles and making sure we are being good neighbors. We look forward to a safe and fun season,” said Coffey.
Online daily entry tickets are $15 per vehicle. On-site sales of daily vehicle passes are $20 per vehicle. In addition to the daily entrance fee, a current annual Michigan Department of Natural Resources ORV license ($26.25) and trail permit ($10) are required to enter the park. ORV licenses and trail permits can be purchased online at MDNR-eLicense.com or in person at a number of DNR license agents and dealers in/around Oakland County. Visit the DNR’s website for a map of locations. The closest locations to the park are the Great Lakes Ace and Seven Lakes Party Store in Holly. A DNR Recreation Passport or Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permit are not needed.
To ensure that everyone has a fun and safe experience, ticket sales are capped at 500 per day. Once capacity is reached, a notice will be posted on the Holly Oaks ORV Park Facebook page.
Online ticket sales will stop two hours before the park closes. In-person sales will stop one hour before the park closes. Tickets for each day can be purchased online starting at 9 p.m. the night before.
Buying a ticket online at OaklandCountyParks.com is highly recommended. A ticket is needed for each vehicle that enters the park, but not vehicles that will be left in the parking lot.
This will be the first full season for Holly Oaks ORV Park, which opened in September 2020. It is operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division. The property is considered part of Holly Recreation Area. After years of planning and collaboration, the park is the second state park area in Michigan to be jointly managed by a state and county recreation agency.
The park is currently hiring, and those interested can visit OakGov.com/jobs to apply.
Holly Oaks ORV Park is located off I-75 at the Grange Hall Road exit. Take Grange Hall Road east to Dixie Highway and go north approximately half a mile. From mid-April through mid- October, visitors will access the park from the Mt. Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort parking lot. During the off-season from mid-October through mid-April, park access will be off of Shields Road at 14551 Shields Road.
Restrooms, including portable facilities in the off-season, are available and the park is patrolled by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Parks Unit. For more information about the Holly Oaks ORV Park, call 248-653-0710, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
or more information about ORV riding in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/ORVInfo.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Prowse, Supervisor – Planning and Development, at 248- 249-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation follows Centers for Disease Control and Oakland County Health Division protocols to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These measures are being taken for the safety of staff and guests. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information
Check out video from the park’s preview in 2019:
Inside the Passenger Seat for Holly Oaks ORV Park Preview