Trans America Trail

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The Trans America Trail or TAT is a 4,253-mile (6,845 km) transcontinental vehicular route, intended as a recreational pathway across the United States using a minimum of paved roads, traveled by dual-sport motorcycles, off-road vehicle, or touring bicycle.

The trail was scouted by Sam Correro in 1984 [1][full citation needed] who spent 12 years assembling the route using only publicly accessible roads and trails.[2]

In the summer of 2021, journalists from MotorTrend became the first to cross the Trans America Trail in an electric vehicle, using a stock Rivian R1T.[3][4]


The original route starts in Eastern Tennessee and makes its way through Mississippi, Arkansas including the Ozarks, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and finishes on the Oregon Coast.[5] This route has since been modified by an open source community with start points on the New York and North Carolina coasts, and end points in Oregon and California.[6]

The eastern portion of the route mainly consists of farm roads and forestry tracks which become more severe toward the Southern Rocky Mountains where it covers several high passes. The desert of Utah follows, then Sawtooth National Forest of Idaho and Deschutes National Forest Oregon.[7]

Types of travelers[edit]

The trail is largely traveled by riders of motorcycles who can choose to be self sufficient by camping, often rough (or wild camping), motel supported or vehicle supported. Others choose to travel by ATV or 4x4 vehicle, often in overlander configuration. Bicyclists also utilize the route, often long-distance touring cyclists.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trans-America Trail". Sam Correro.
  2. ^ "Riding The Trans-America Trail - Motorcycle USA". October 2008.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: We Drive the Rivian R1T Across the Trans-America Trail, Part I". Motor Trend. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: We Drive the Rivian R1T Off-Road Across America, Part 2". Motor Trend. 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  5. ^ "The Trans-Am Trail - TransAmTrail - TransAmTrail".
  6. ^ "Trans America Trail - gpsKevin Adventure Rides".
  7. ^ "If You Go: Advice on the Trans America Trail". 12 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Trans America Trail, The End -". 2 November 2015.

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