New attraction for ATV riders opens in Hancock County

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A new Hancock County attraction is adding more variety to the kinds of entertainment the Coast has to offer. Texas Flat Off Road welcomed ATV riders to its brand new 300 acre course.  The owner is already thinking about expanding.

At Texas Flat Off Road, within minutes ATV riders can go from splashing in the mud to rolling over the sand.

"There's hills. There's bottoms. There's sandy trails. There's nice, clean trails," Adam Ladner said.

"Wherever you're at, it's worth the drive to come here," said Willie Lepine, Jr. "It's got some nice holes, some nice hills, sand. You can park on the creek by the sand beach out there and have a good time."

Owners said they wanted for people not to have to drive so far to enjoy this kind of fun.

"The closest one, they call it Red Creek and it's like 100 miles from here and this is right here on the Gulf Coast," said owner Kevin Haas. "I just think it's a good thing for the county, you know. Brings a lot of people down Texas Flat Road and a lot of people into the Kiln."

Opening day drew about 60 people from South Mississippi and Louisiana. The owner said he'll work to keep the trails fresh and exciting.

"In the future, we're going to have a place for the dirt bikes and we're going to have a place for the trucks in the near future," said Haas. "I have equipment. I'm in the dirt business. Trails will change, so it's going to be different just about every time somebody comes. "

"It's a fine line trying to juggle the extreme mud rider and the family mud rider or the guy that just wants to come out and watch," Ladner said. "The trail going around the main park is your main trail. It usually stays the best. Eventually people will start cutting through the woods and trying to find a shortcut to wherever they need to go and that's usually when your extreme trails usually come about."

Texas Flat Off Road is open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm.

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