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If you love going off-road with your truck or jeep, there’s always a chance you could get stranded in the middle of nowhere. Depending on how deep into the wilderness you like to explore, it might take you hours or days to reach the nearest road or house to call for help. Your cellphone might not have service in the deep recesses of nature, so you really need to prepare for worst case scenarios. Don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere with zero supplies to your name. Go off-road the right way with this survival kit checklist.

Driving Home in One Piece

When you’re cruising around in an off-road truck or Jeep and your vehicle breaks down, the best solution here is to evaluate the situation before calling a tow truck or limping it down the road. Some situations will call for more serious measures like calling for tow help while others will require the use of your survival kit. Your survival kit should include some auto repair essentials, so you can repair your truck or jeep temporarily and drive it home. This will help you get your vehicle back safely to your garage or a repair shop so more extensive repairs can be made.

Here are some items to include to help you make it home in one piece:

●       JB Weld

●       Hose Repair Tape 

●       Fix-a-Flat

●       Tire Reamer Plugger

●       Duct Tape

●       Jumper Cables

●       Rope or Parachute Cord

JB Weld will come in handy when you need to seal two pieces of metal together, such as a leaky oil pan or a broken metal brace. Fix-a-Flat, hose repair tape, and jumper cables are self-explanatory. You could always puncture one of your tires when you’re driving over rocks and boulders, so bring along a tire plugger. You can use Duct tape and rope in case you need to jerry-rig two items together. Driving home is always better than calling a tow truck.

Staying Alive in the Wild

If you can’t drive home, and you’re forced to make do in the wild until help arrives or you reach signs of civilization, you’ll need some nutrients to keep you alive and well-nourished. Freeze-dried food is a great place to start. It lasts for months or even years on end, so you don’t have to worry about your survival kit getting rancid.

While fruits and vegetables are important, raisins and dried figs might not do you much good in the wild. Instead, choose heartier fare like beef or venison jerky. It’s packed with protein to keep you going, so you can hold off on killing a bear—for now.

Of course, don’t forget to pack plenty of water in your truck or jeep. You might also want other beverages like Gatorade for a healthy dose of electrolytes. When the going gets tough, remember the rule of 3s. As humans, we can usually last no more than 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks or 30 days without food. Keeping a full gallon or two on hand should last you a while.

Finding Your Way Home

You’ll have to stay out in the wilderness indefinitely if you can’t find your way home. That’s why every survival kit should include a compass. Double-check your compass to make sure it’s working before you head out on the trail. It’s best to buy a fail-safe baseplate compass with a lanyard, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally dropping or breaking this precious survival tool. Having a map of the area will also come in handy. Using a compass doesn’t make a lot of sense if you don’t know which direction to go.

Making a Bed for the Night

If you happen to get stranded in the rain or you need to spend the night outdoors, having a tent would be ideal, but no one expects you to drive around with all your camping gear, unless you’re on vacation that is. Instead, keep a plastic blue tarp in your vehicle. You can use this handy tool to shield yourself from unruly weather or as a sleeping bag to keep warm at night. If you’re running low on water, you can also use it to collect rainwater.

Getting Attention

You can increase your chances of being found in the wild if you carry around a set of emergency flares. This can really make or break your chances of survival if you’ve ventured way off the beaten path. Rangers and the occasional hiker might see one of your flares if you’re in or near a national park. You can also use flares to make a fire when you’re in a pinch.

Avoid Serious Injury

Keep a first-aid kit on hand in case you get injured. Accidents happen and a first aid kit can come in handy for cuts, scrapes, etc. Always make sure to evaluate the medical situation and disinfect any wound whenever possible with the basic medical supplies.

Starting a Fire

You might need to start a fire if you get stranded for more than a few hours. Bring along a lighter and some waterproof or stormproof matches. Nothing will ruin your mood like pulling a handful of moist matches out of your pocket. Give yourself more peace of mind with the ultimate fire-starting tool.

Additional Survival Essentials:

●      Flashlight (solar-powered is a great choice)

●      Hunting Knife

●      Waterproof Jacket or Pullover

●      Water Filtration System (in case you find yourself drinking out of a stream)

●      Portable Stove

●      A Real Sleeping Bag

●      Emergency Communication System

Keeping these essentials on hand dramatically increases your chances of survival. Remember that the average search and rescue operation lasts about 10 hours. You should have everything you need to last more than 24 hours, with the gear listed above. If you’re avid about taking your off-road truck on new adventures, play it safe and bring along some survival essentials.

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Looking to go off-road? As exciting as traversing new territory can be, it is also important to remember that you cannot just head to the backwoods trail without taking some necessary precautions. We always recommend preparing yourself and your vehicle for the best and worst driving conditions of any off-road trails. To get started, check out our complete guide to off-road driving.

Preparing for the Unexpected

Before you buckle up and head off into the wilderness, make sure you have supplies on board in case you get stranded in the middle of nowhere. Accidents can happen on a daily basis, but they can also happen in the wild. Bringing basic automotive repair items can help in a pinch just in case you get a flat tire or puncture your oil pan.

Some situations could bring out your inner MacGyver skills where others just require a quick easy fix. Items such as Duct tape, rope, Fix-A-Flat, JB Weld, and jumper cables can go a long way out on the trails too. We do recommend that you always bring a first-aid kit in case of emergencies that require medical supplies. Other items to bring include: a compass, emergency signals such as flares, snacks, and plenty of water to keep you going if you are stuck in the wild for a long period of time. Sometimes, it can take hours to even a day or two to reach a standard off-roader.

When you’re ready, do that double check of your supplies and make sure to tie down all of your supplies and equipment.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready

Once you have all your safety and auto supplies ready to go, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for the journey ahead. If you plan on doing some light off-roading, you might be able to get by with your factory model, but it’s usually best to invest in some new truck parts, including 4x4 suspension, new tires, and other off-road modifications. 

      Switching to Off-Road Tires

Let’s start with the tires. It’s best to choose tires that are made for your vehicle in an off-roading capacity. These tend to feature thick durable sidewalls for more stability, intricate tread designs for more traction, and puncture-resistant rubber for keeping rocks and other sharp objects at bay. Depending on how and where you want to use your vehicle, you can choose between mud tires, hybrid tires, and all-terrain tires. If you still want to drive on the highway, all-terrain or hybrid tires will serve you well.

      Suspension Lift

If you want to tackle extreme driving conditions or compete in a rock crawling competition, you’re better off upgrading to 33-inch tires or larger. This requires a lift kit, making room for those more aggressive off-road tires. You can buy a lift kit online and install it yourself if you know your way around your vehicle, or you can have a certified installer complete the installation. By adding a lift kit, you will gain more ground clearance and allow your vehicle to clear more obstacles.

      Adding a Skid Plate or Body Armor

 

Going over large rocks and boulders? You should also consider investing in a skid plate or some type of body armor that protects the underbelly of your car. Factory models weren’t designed to traverse the depths of the wilderness, and some of your vehicle’s most sensitive components are exposed underneath your car. That's why it is important to consider a skid plate or other undercarriage body armor. We always recommend steel or aluminum plating. This adds another layer of protection, so you don’t accidentally ram the underbelly of your car into an outcropping of rocks.

      Light Bar for More Visibility

Seeing is believing when you go off-road. Light tends to be hard to come by when you’re miles from civilization. While you might think that your factory headlights will cut it in the wild, adding additional lights can be beneficial. There are so many different kinds of hazards and obstacles to watch out for that having additional lighting will come in handy. Reinforce your ability to see by using a light bar. You can easily attach this handy accessory to the front of your vehicle, helping you see as much as possible in complete darkness.

Tips for a Successful Outing

Now that you’re ready for your first off-road outing, use these tips to make sure you and your vehicle stay safe out on the trail. As tempting as it is, we always recommend light trail riding in order to get used to your capabilities of off-roading.

      Slowly Test Your Vehicle’s Limits and Your Own

Don’t overdo it on your first outing. Driving off-road isn’t the same as busting wheelies in the parking lot or even driving on dirt roads. Slowly increase your speed as you go along, giving yourself a chance to learn the rules of the terrain. Stopping, turning, and accelerating will all feel different in these new surroundings, so make sure you know what you’re doing before you start testing your limits. The same goes for your off-road truck. Learn how your vehicle fares in these new conditions before you start doing jumps, speeding through the forest, or straying too far from home.

      Use the Buddy System

It’s also a good idea to bring along a co-pilot for the ride, preferably one with off-road experience. They can help you keep an eye out for any obstacles in the wild. If you get stuck in the mud or forced into a tight corner, they can help you navigate your way out of this tricky situation. Find someone you trust to help you learn the ins and outs of off-roading before you head out on your own. 

      Consider the Weather and Changing Driving Conditions

The weather can make or break your hopes of going off-road. If you’re just starting out, pay attention to the weather forecast, so you can avoid any serious weather conditions. You might not realize how the weather can affect driving conditions, so err on the side of caution and avoid the snow and rain until you get a feel for what it’s like to drive an off-road truck.

Always Remember to Use Common Sense

 

This guide should help you navigate all the wonders of the natural world in your off-road truck or jeep. Bring along plenty of supplies, make the necessary adjustments to your vehicle, and use caution when you first head out on the trails. Things are always unpredictable when you go off-road.

 

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If you have been exploring off road trails for more than a year or two, then you probably know that Jeep trails and 4x4 trails face a lot of elements that threaten their closure.  However, ExtremeTerrain is breathing new life into off road trails with the ExtremeTerrain Clean Trail Grant!

ExtremeTerrain's Clean Trail Grant is a program that all Jeep, 4x4, and offroading enthusiasts should know about.  This grant provides a way for all Jeep, 4x4, and offroad clubs/organizations to keep off road trails open near them.  Funds are provided to clubs for cleaning, restoration, or even expansion of off road trails! 

This is a program that we at Where2Wheel see as providing significant value towards creating a more sustainable future for our sport of Offroading.  This issue of stabilizing the off road trails landscape is extremely important if we as offroading enthusiasts want to have trails to experience our Jeeps and 4x4s on for years and decades to come.  ExtremeTerrain is literally giving away free money to clubs and organizations that are passionate about off road trails, so please read this press release from ExtremeTerrain and decide if this grant can work for you as well as our sport at large.

"ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program is ramping up and is looking to improve the trails near you. The Clean Trail Program was founded by ExtremeTerrain in 2015 and setup to fund trail improvement projects that can include anything from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, and more. ExtremeTerrain has worked with numerous Wrangler and 4x4 clubs/groups as well as many privately and publicly owned off-road trails to enact changes for the betterment of trail conditions for the communities being served. 

To date, ExtremeTerrain has granted over 22 grants for trail improvement projects, funding just under $12,000 in trail improvement projects all around the country. In just the past few months for spring/summer 2017, ExtremeTerrain has approved an additional 10 grants and is shooting for more.  

Applying for a Clean Trail Grant is easy; head to the ExtremeTerrain Clean Trail Grant page and click to apply for a grant, filling out a short questionnaire. With a grant from ExtremeTerrain, you can get the tools you need to clean, restore, or expand your local trails, helping to maintain the trail system and improve it for future off-roaders."

I hope you found this information helpful; if you would like to support ExtremeTerrain you can purchase all your Wrangler or Tacoma needs from their website and just as importantly you can share this article with any Jeep or 4x4 clubs/organizations in your area.

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Let's talk about fourwheeling trails and Jeep trails in Vermont.

 

To be clear, this article covers an overview of the offroading landscape in Vermont, as well as OHV trails, fourwheeling trails, Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, and all types of offroad trails in VT for full-size vehicles. 

Fun Fact: Vermont is the 5th most active state in the US, unfortunately that does not translate into the 5th most offroad friendly state in the US! While the state boasts lots of green space and unused space, it does not have much to offer in the way of legal trails to go wheeling on besides random roads scattered throughout the state. If you are interested in going offroading in Vermont, then you are looking at basically two options - 1) The Vermont class 4 road system that runs throughout the state or 2) Green Mountain National Forest. Not much to offer, but at least both these options have several places to go hit the trails within them.

 For those who are just entering into the world of offroading or who just moved to Vermont and dont know what I mean when I refer to class 4 road system, class 4 roads are roads that do not fall under the classification to receive state aid to keep them passable and maintained. They are basically just dirt roads and trails that run throughout the whole state that are an offroaders dream. Class 4 roads can be accessed by pretty much any legally registered vehicle or 4x4. You can visit Vermont's Transportation website here to learn more about the class 4 road system as well as find maps of them and their locations. 

The other place in Vermont to go offroading at is Green Mountain National Forest. Green Mountain National Forest is located down in the southern part of the state near Dover and Wilmington. The forest was established in 1932 as a result of uncontrolled overlogging, fire and flooding. It is around 399,151 acres large and is the biggest contiguous land mass in the state. There are hundreds of roads throughout the forest that you can wheel on. To learn more about how to distinguish between which roads are offroad friendly and which are not, check out the full trail description here. One another note, not too far down from Green Mountain you will hit some other offroading options just over the border into Massachusetts. If you live in the southern part of the state near Green Mountain then I would suggest checking out our blog covering the offroad trails in MA as they have some offerings close to home for you.

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 Below I included a screenshot of the Where2Wheel map and offroad trail listings for Vermont as well as the neighboring states. Feel free to sign-up for Where2Wheel (it is 100% free) to add trails, and be a part of the offroading community. Hope this brief overview of the offroading trails in VT helps you kick it into 4WD!

 

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Would you like to learn more about the offroading landscape in Massachusetts? Well, you have come to the right place. Where2Wheel can help you find Jeep trails, truck/SUV trails, fourwheeling trails, OHV trails, and all other offroad trails for 4WD vehicles.

This blog will cover a brief overview of the offroad trails and offroading landscape in MA. To find more information and for full trail descriptions visit W2W's Trails Map.

 

Massachusetts surprisingly has a good amount of options for their residents who like to kick it into 4WD and hit the trails (especially for a state located on the east coast).  MA basically has two different types of places to go offroading - 1.) random roads that are littered throughout the state and then 2.) Wrentham State Forest. For those of you who live more on the Northwest area of the state, you have quite a few different roads and trails to pick from to play on. Three of these roads fall right near the Northwest corner of Massachusetts and right at the border with Vermont. They are at the very end of Green Mountain National Forest. One of the more popular of these roads is called Tunnel Road - while most of the trails in this region of the state consists mainly of mudding and deep mud holes, Tunnel Road has a significant amount of rocks, rock crawling and ledges to test your rockcrawling skills on. You don't have to have lockers to visit this trail, but it is highly recommended that you do or at least bring a vehicle/friend with you that does! 

 In the middle of the state near Northampton and Saw Mill Hills Conservation Area is one of the most popular trails in MA called Mabell Trail. Mabell is short for mass bell as the trail is named for the old Bell telephone lines that used to run down the trail back in the day. This trail is on privately owned land that the owner graciously allows us offroaders to play on, so make sure to stay the trail and know which parts are off limits - if you dont know then bring someone with you that does. Also side note: this trail was featured in JP magazine. 

 As you move more south you will run into Wrentham State Forest, which is located near Foxborough, MA. Wrentham State Forest is home to a large number of offroad trail types including: motorcycle singletracks, Jeep trails, and ATV trails. The forest is also active during hunting season so make sure to be aware of that. This forest is actually part of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest and has three sections located in Foxborough, Wrentham, and Franklin. To find more information on which offroad trails you can take a full-size vehicle on, and info on camping make sure to visit Wrentham State Forest's website

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 If you are tired of offroading on the trails in MA, then you are in luck because both Vermont and Connecticut have offroad trails near their borders with Massachusetts. Right over the border into CT, you can hit the offroad trails in both Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest. You can find more information about these two areas and their offroad trail offerings on Where2Wheel. I would also visit their websites for more information on services, camping, prices, etc... before heading out there.

Thanks for reading, to find more information, or to add to the growing database and resource for offroaders by offroaders visit www.where2wheel.com - also see the screenshot below for an overview of the offroad trails and Jeep trails in Massachusetts and surrounding areas.

 Happy Wheeling!

 

 

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If you are looking for offroad trails in South Carolina, well look no further because Where2Wheel is here to help you find 4x4, Jeep, truck, and OHV offroad trails.

South Carolina isn't quite as abundant with offroad trails as it's brother to the North, but if you know where to look there are enough spots to kick it into 4WD in SC until you can find time to travel up to the offroad trails of North Carolina.

Alright, so you are set on hitting the 4x4 trails in South Carolina.  It looks like you are heading to Gulches ORV Park in Northwest SC (Laurens County).  Gulches is a family friendly park with trails for every skill level.  They have almost 50 trails at Gulches, so there is enough terrain to fill the whole weekend; the park is usually muddy with a decent amount of elevation changes throughout the forested trails.  Gulches is one of the more affordable ORV parks too with a day pass only costing $25.  They even have camping available.  For more info, check out Gulches' website.

I do realize that Gulches is a bit of a hike for those of you living near the coast, which is why I will mention that we do have some trails listed near Charleston on the Where2Wheel Trails Map.  It's free to get on W2W and take a look for yourself; matter of fact I will drop a screenshot of the W2W map at the bottom of this blog so that you can see if any of the trail pins on W2W are near your area of the map.  Remember, new offroad trails are being added to Where2Wheel all the time, so while this snapshot won't update, it is worth getting on W2W to see if anyone has added new offroad trails for South Carolina.

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Lastly, if you are in SC and you are looking for offroad trails, I suggest that you check out our blog post on offroad trails in North Carolina.  NC has a ton of great trails and is right next door to SC!

Thanks for reading this short briefing on 4x4 offroad trails in SC.  See you on Where2Wheel where you can search for offroad trails and find wheeling buddies near you!

 

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Let's talk about offroad trails and fourwheeling trails in Connecticut.

This blog covers Jeep trails, truck/SUV trails, OHV trails, and other 4WD vehicle trails in Connecticut.

So you are looking for legal wheeling and offroad trails in Connecticut. Well we dont have great news for you. When you think offroading I am sure the state Connecticut does not cross your mind, and that would be rightly so since the Northeast is not known for its offroad trails or landscape and CT falls pretty much in line with this. There used to be more offroad trails in Connecticut years ago (like 20), but due to motorized and non-motorized destruction of the trails they have been closed. Bigelow Hollow State Park, Nipmuck State Forest, Shenipsit State Forest, and Cockaponset State Forest all used to have 4x4 trails available, but now they are all gated off and have signs posted that say no 4x4's or ATV's allowed. You can still access these trails and other ones through the four forests mentioned here for snowmobiling, but not for OHV access. With all that being said, Where2Wheel does have 8 offroad trails in Connecticut listed on our trails map. This blog will cover a few of the trails and at the end is a screenshot to show you the pins of the 4x4 trails in CT. 

As mentioned, on the bright side there are still some random roads throughout the state of CT that still have offroad access. The catch is that you absolutely have to stay on the road/trail and not wander out into the forest or other lands because it is strictly prohibited.  Action like this will get these last few trails shutdown. Down near Chester, CT is where most of these offroad trails are located. On Where2Wheel's map alone we have over 7 different offroad trails listed in this area. They range from Turkey Hill Marsh to Jericho Rd., which is a small field of obstacles and dirt to mess around in with your offroad rig. If you travel a little more south closer to Chester, CT and Deep River then you encounter some more offroad trails with Pine Ledge being on the more difficult side with mud and rock crawling (advised not to wheel this trail alone if you are a beginner) and then for those mudding fans, there is Spruce Ledge which is known as the "ALL mud trail".

If you journey over to Haddam, CT then you will encounter another popular spot called Mottland Road. This 4x4 trail is said to be true offroading and is a large field of dirt/mud with slopes, hills and even some rocks to play around on. For all us offroaders in Connecticut, please remember to stay where the trail is marked and not to venture out into the unknown.

Another upside for offroaders residing in CT, if you are willing to drive a little bit and you live down near Hartford, CT then right next door in Rhode Island is a trail called East Beach Sand Trail.  This trail is located near the Ninigret Conservation area and is a beach 4x4 trail that is only open for certain seasons. It will take you about 3 hours roundtrip to get over to this beauty, but at least it is somewhere to get your rig off the pavement! There are some fees that differ based on when you go so make sure to check out this trail listing on W2W's map here or read more about it on our Rhode Island Offroad Trails Blog

Lastly, if you are a residence of Connecticut and your passion is offroading, then you definitely need to check out Connecticut Off Road Enthusiasts Coalition (C.O.R.E.). Matt is working diligently to get public lands opened back-up for offroading access in CT. If you haven't checked out their website yet, then I would highly advise it, the more offroaders helping in the fight the better! You can learn more about C.O.R.E. here  

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Hope this information helps you get your rig off the pavement and on to the trails. As always, feel free to check out Where2Wheel.com for more offroad trails and other offroaders in your area. We are here to be a resource for the offroad community, so if you know of any other legal offroad trails in Connecticut that we are missing out on, please feel free to help us offroaders out and add it to our national trails map. Below you will find an overall shot from our map of the offroad trails in CT that are currently listed and touched on in this article. Happy Wheeling!

 

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So you would like to learn more about the offroad trails available in North Carolina; well, you have come to the right place.  Where2Wheel can help you find Jeep trails, truck/SUV trails, fourwheeling trails, OHV trails, and all other offroad trails for 4WD vehicles.

North Carolina is a great place for 4x4 offroad trails; NC offers a great variety of terrain with sandy beaches in the east and green forested mountains in the west.  Fortunately for us offroading enthusiasts, in NC we have the privilege to wheel on both the beaches and in the mountains!

Starting in the East of North Carolina, there are two beaches that NC allows vehicles to drive on.  The first and most preferred is Carova Beach.  Carova is located in the most Northeast corner of North Carolina, and public beach access is granted to all 4x4 vehicles. The beach is beautiful with soft white sand and the ocean is a great during the summer months. The beach itself is 11 miles long, and there are countless more miles of trails behind (west of) the beach. Some of the trails can be challenging as they are often flooded with deep water. On the back trails (or occasionally on the beach) you can find wild horses that live in this area.  It's quite the site to see when a group wild of horses cross your path; the horses are used to humans being around, but make sure to keep your distance - it's the law no person gets closer than 50ft to the wild horses, and there is law enforcement around to ensure this rule is adhered to.  Also, if you are going to hit the beach it's important to remember that the speed limit on the beach is 15 mph and it is enforced.  Carova beach has enough sandy trails and sights to see that it is worth spending the day here Jeepin' on the beach!  The other beach that you can drive on in NC is Cape Lookout.  Cape Lookout is north of Wilmington near Morehead City, and this beach is a bit more secluded than Carova.  In fact, Cape Lookout is only accessible by ferry and all drivers must obtain a free ORV Education Certificate and corresponding decal before being able to hit this beach.  More details on Cape Lookout are available here, but my recommendation is to visit Carova Beach for a day of sand, sun, and 4WD.

Moving towards the center of North Carolina, we find an offroad jewel of the MidAtlatic - Uwharrie National Forest has become a place of 4x4 pilgrimage for MidAtlantic and East Coast offroaders.  I can't touch on all the trails available in Uwharrie so you will need to check out Where2Wheel and our Trails Map for that (it's free), but I can tell you that Uwharrie has trails for every vehicle type and every skill level.  Worth mentioning is the Badin Lake OHV Area; Badin Lake is open from April 1st to December 15th of every year, and it has 6 trailheads with 16 miles of trails.  The trails range from beginner & stock vehicle stuff to the "you better have full rock protection, lockers, and big rubber" to hit this trail.  If you are hitting Badin Lake for your first time, it is recommended that you start with Dutch John Trail or Falls Dam Trail (both can be found on the W2W map).  I can't emphasize this enough, if you live in North Carolina and you are an offroading enthusiast then you need to visit Uwharrie; it's a fantastic offroad resource that is unique to NC.

Last, but not least, on the Western side of NC you will find an abundance of 4x4 offroad trails to ride.  You can see them all on the W2W map; I assure you there are plenty of trails in Western NC and I will put a screenshot below to show you what you are missing out on by not checking out the W2W map.  Okay, so you would like me to talk about one specifically?  How about Jocassee Gorges in Lake Toxaway, NC.  Jocassee Gorges is a trail that is growing in popularity and is mid level in difficulty.  The trail is located in Gorges State Park and has some spots that can be challenging, but nothing that should discourage vehicles with a small lift and 31s or larger rubber.  Also, the trail has some great scenic photo opportunities where you can capture the natural beauty that surrounds this area of North Carolina.

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Thanks for reading about the offroad trails that NC has to offer.  Please sign up for and then explore Where2Wheel for yourself.  We have way more trails listed on our map than I have time to write about.  See you on W2W!

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Let's talk about fourwheeling trails and 4x4 offroad trails in Pennsylvania.

To be clear, this article covers Jeep trails, truck/SUV trails, OHV trails, and other 4WD vehicle trails in PA.

For life as an offroading enthusiast, if you can't live out West near the seemingly endless supply of offroad trails available in the Western States, then Pennsylvania might be the next best place in the US to live for 4WD fun.  On the Where2Wheel Map, we have 17 offroad trails listed in PA - for a State on the Eastern Seaboard, this amount of offroading availability is typically unheard of.  So if you want to check out all 17 offroad trails in Pennsylvania (probably more by the time you read this) then get on W2W, create a free account, and poke around our map to see nearby trails.

Okay, so if you haven't checked out the W2W map yet, I'll give you a quick rundown of the best 4x4 offroad trails in PA.  First, you can't talk about offroading in Pennsylvania without bringing up Rausch Creek Off-Road Park.  Best known as Rausch Creek, this park is THE spot for Jeep and 4x4 enthusiasts in PA.  Rausch Creek is over 3,000 acres large and is located right in the Center of Pennsylvania - here they have everything: easy, intermediate, and difficult trails - featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping.  There is a 2 vehicle minimum to hit the trails, but if you check the Rausch Creek website, they will help you connect with a trail buddy or trail guide.

Next up worth mentioning is Rock Run Recreation Area.  Rock Run has over 140 miles of 4x4 trails with trail difficulties varying to suit every experience level.  This park has a great reputation for being well maintained and is quickly becoming a local favorite among the OHV and Jeep community.  You will find Rock Run in Central PA near Altoona, and a day of riding will cost you just $27.  If you are thinking about visiting Rock Run, check out their website and calendar to verify their hours and open dates.

So we have covered Middle PA, but what about Western PA?  On the Western side of PA you will find some more great offroad trail options.  About an hour north of Pittsburg is Scrubgrass OHV Park.  Scrubgrass is over 1,200 acres large encompassing more than 60 miles of OHV and Jeep trails.  They have a full day worth of trails for every difficulty level, even for beginners.  So if you are on the Western side of Pennsylvania and you are a 4WD enthusiast, then Scrubgrass needs to be on your short list.  Again, make sure to check Scrubgrass's page before heading out to make sure that the trails will be open on your day of visit.

This last offroad trail that gets a shoutout is for those looking for a guided 4x4 experience. Nemacolin Woodlands Offroad Course is a great option to help you find your offroad footing.  Here they have over 20 miles of wooded trails along with a rock garden, and they will guide you through all this terrain while teaching you how to get the most out of your 4x4.  You can bring your own Jeep or ride along in theirs, but if you are interested in getting into offroading and you are in PA, then you should visit the Offroad Driving Academy at Nemacolin.  Check here for pricing and hours.

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Alright, so that is a quick summary of some of the highlights of Pennsylvania's offroad trails.  If you want to see all the offroad trails in PA, including local lesser known trails, then just check out Where2Wheel and our map (it's free).  Thanks for reading, see you on W2W!

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Let's Discuss the Offroad Landscape and Offroad Trails in Rhode Island.

Just to be clear, this article covers Jeep trails, OHV trails, truck/SUV trails, and four wheeling trails in Rhode Island.  From here on out, to keep things simple let's just refer to all these trails as 4x4 offroad trails.

AsI am sure the residents of Rhode Island know, there unfortunately are not very many places to go offroading nor are there a good deal of offroad trails. The state of Rhode Island itself has plenty of natural parks and wildlife management areas, but they sadly do not allow offroading. The owners of Where2Wheel understand this pain being that we ourselves are east coasters and live in Virginia, where offroading and 4x4 offroad trails are few and far between. It is one of our goals to help the offroad community and more specifically the offroad community east of the Mississippi with accurate and up-to-date 4x4 trail information. With that being said, if you know of any other offroading trails in Rhode Island that are not included below, please feel free to help us east coasters out and add the trail listing to our 4x4 trails map - it is free to view/use and register. 

Now that all that boring stuff is out of the way, lets get to the offroad trail information for RI that we do have on our trails map, which can be viewed at www.where2wheel.com/trails. We have one offroad 4x4 trail listing located near Charlestown, RI and the Ninigret Conservation Area called East Beach Sand Trail. A screenshot of the trail listing from the Where2Wheel trails map is included below for better reference and so you can see the lat and long coordinates. This write-up will give a brief overview of the trail below, but you can read the full trail description here

 

The East Beach Sand Trail is, as the name mentions, located on East State Beach in Charlestown. It is approx. 3 miles of prime beach offroad trail riding and is also the easterly extension of Quonochontaug Neck. This beach is one of the least developed beaches in Rhode Island, which makes it prime for offroaders and offoad trail rides, as long as you follow all the rules laid out by Rhode Island Parks department. You can find all those guidelines along with other important information about the East Beach offroad trail here, but a few important ones worth mentioning are 1.) Vehicles driving on East Beach require a Barrier Beach Pass so make sure to purchase that before heading out to hit the trail, and 2.) During the summer season, all vehicles using the East Beach Sand Trail will be charged a beach parking fee unless registered for a campsite on East Beach. So if you like camping along with hitting the offroad trails, then it would be smart to combine them for this particular trail and save yourself the beach parking charge during the summer. 

A few more items worth mentioning is that while East Beach might be the most undeveloped beach in RI, it still has 20 camp sites along with toilets and there is also access to the beach for swimming.  So along with offroading and the East Beach Sand Offroad Trail, East Beach has other activities for a family outting and camping adventure. While the state of Rhode Island itself is lacking in offroad trails, this particular 4x4 trail is said to have some of the best views of Rhode Island's spectacular seaside treasures, so at least when RI does it, they do it right! 

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On a side note, if you are willing to drive to hit the 4x4 trails, then there is good news for you yet as Connecticut right next door has several offroad trails located in Cockaponset State Forest, just north of Chester, CT which is about an hour and a half drive from Providence, RI. The Where2Wheel map currently has nine offroad trail listings in Connecticut and seven of those 4x4 trails are just over an hour and a half away from Providence. 

That about sums up the offroad trails and offroading landscape in Rhode Island. As mentioned above below is a screenshot of the East Beach Sand Trail location and a quick trail description. As stated above, to view more information on this particular offroad trail and to find other 4x4 trails across the country visit the W2W trails map

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Let's talk about the offroad trails that New York has to offer.

Just to be clear, this article covers Jeep trails, OHV trails, truck/SUV trails, and four wheeling trails in New York.  From here on out, to keep things simple let's just refer to all these trails as 4x4 offroad trails.

New York State has more offroad trails than one would think.  Usually when we think of NY we visualize the huge City of New York with it's massive towers and cold city streets, but fortunately for us offroaders the State of NY has much more to offer than the metropolis of New York City.  In fact, on the Where2Wheel map (at the time of writing 1/22/19) we have 13 different 4x4 offroad trails in New York.

I'll give you a quick briefing about the three major offroad locations in NY and then if you want to learn more, you can login to W2W (it's free) and check the trails map for yourself.

The best place to go in NY for some 4WD action is Mettowee Offroad Park.  Mettowee is located in Whitehall, NY (Northeastern part of the state) and at the park they have everything from rock crawling to mud bogging.  It's a great place to do some trail riding and have some fun on the obstacle course, and if you check their calendar you can catch some of the competition events that they hold on a regular basis.  Mettowee is open on Saturday and Sundays from 9am to 5pm and the cost of entrance is $25 per driver and $10 per passenger.

Another very cool and unique offroad trail in New York is the 4WD Farm located North of Syracuse (specifically in Parish, NY).  The 4WD Farm is on 150 acres and offers off road trails rated 3-6 in normal weather conditions. This off road park is designed for small to mid-size stock or slightly modified 4WD vehicles used as daily drivers.  At the 4WD Farm the trails and obstacles really put an emphasis on smaller size 4x4s such as Jeeps and Yotas, and if you have a larger vehicle and/or bigger rubber than 35s then this isn't your spot because they won't let you wheel.  Minimum recommended tire size is 30.

The third 4x4 offroad trail in NY that I will mention is a bit of a lesser known spot, but this place is definitely worth checking out if you want to have some wild 4x4 fun.  Whispering Pines Hideaway is in Western NY and is located between Rochester and Syracuse.  At Whispering Pines you will find miles of trails to ride with obstacles that range from mild to extreme.  It will cost you $35 for a one-time visit or $125 for an annual pass; however, at Whispering Pines they pride themselves on having very few rules and restrictions so it's a great place to get out and play at - Just use some common sense and practice safe wheeling techniques.  Whispering Pines Hideaway comes highly recommended from local 4x4 enthusiasts in New York, so it should be on your list to check out if you are in the area.

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Like I mentioned above, we have several more 4x4 offroad trails in NY that you can see on Where2Wheel.  I have dropped a picture below to show you trail locations, but for details just check out the Where2Wheel Trails Map.  Thanks for reading, see you on W2W!

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Let's talk about 4x4 offroad trails in New Jersey.

This article covers Jeep trails, OHV trails, truck/SUV trails, and four wheeling trails in NJ.

Fun Fact, New Jersey is the 4th smallest state in the United States.  However, don't let this small size fool you; NJ is home to the 11th largest population by state, so between this small state size and large population of over 9 million people there isn't a ton of room set aside for us offroading enthusiasts to explore our hobby/sport/lifestyle.  This makes my job of writing an article that covers offroad trails in New Jersey a very easy task, but it's probably a little more disappointing for you if your searching the internet for where to go wheeling in NJ.  Don't worry though, you have come to the right place, Where2Wheel is a fantastic resource to find offroad trails for Jeeps and trucks anywhere in the US.  The easiest way to find places to wheel is to create a free Where2Wheel account and then checkout the Where2Wheel Trails Map, but keep on reading if you want to hear about THE place to go offroading in New Jersey.

Alright, so your set on hitting the 4x4 trails in NJ.  It looks like you are going to be heading to Pine Barrens in Wharton State Park in Hammonton, New Jersey.  Like I stated above, Pine Barrens is THE place to go offroading in NJ, but if you only have one option, this isn't a bad one.  Pine Barrens has over 500 miles of unpaved roads that wind through the hundred thousand plus acres of Wharton State Park.  Often these unpaved roads more closely resemble mudpits than they do roads, so make sure you are packing some serious tread on your tires.

Before you head out to hit the trails, there are a few things that you should know about Pine Barrens.  "Offroading" aka leaving the designated roads is illegal and will land you in serious trouble with the Forest Rangers - Stay The Trail.  Inside Pine Barrens your vehicle must be "street legal" meaning licensed and registered.  Speeds should not exceed 20mph while exploring these unpaved roads, and 4WD strongly is recommended.  Lastly after some rain, the park becomes extremely muddy to the point where roads are impassible to stock vehicles, so use that info however you like.

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Thanks for reading about the 4x4 offroad trail option in New Jersey.  For more trail info, please check out Where2Wheel.  Thanks and see you on W2W!

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Let's talk about 4x4 offroad trails in Delaware

This article covers Jeep trails, OHV trails, four wheeling trails, and all offroad trails for Jeeps and trucks that Delaware has to offer.

First, before I jump into covering Delaware's offroad landscape, I'd like to say right off the bat that DE is a small state.  In fact, Delaware is the second smallest state, measuring only 96 miles from N to S, and only 35 miles across at its widest point.  And with nearly a million people living in DE, that doesn't leave much room for 4x4 offroad trails in DE.  Chances are that if you want to get some mud on the tires, you are going to need to cross state lines.

However, there is one place in DE that if you have the itch you can do some very very light trail riding, and that place is the C&D Canal Trails in Northern DE.  At the Canals there are clay and gravel roads that can be explored.  Any reckless actions here will certainly draw the attention of law enforcement, but if you are conducting yourself responsibly then the trails can be fun especially after some rain has stirred up the mud.  While we are talking about N DE, the other place worth mentioning is Pine Barrens in Hammonton, NJ.  Pine Barrens is about a two hour drive from Dover, but it is totally worth it if your looking for Jeep trails or OHV trails in DE.  Pine Barrens is inside Wharton State Park in NJ and the area has over 500 miles of unpaved roads; it is widely regarded as THE place to go offroading in NJ.  Use caution as the mudpits can get pretty deep, so it's always best to measure depth or ease in slowly before blasting into an unknown mud hole.

If you are South of Dover then you can always head into MD for some beach riding.  On the beaches near Ocean City, MD there is Assateague State Park and Assateague Island Beach.  It will cost you $75 annually for a Surf Vehicle tag, but Assateague Island Beach provides you with 13 miles of beach 4x4 access.  Now it's important to note that this beach access is not specifically for four wheeling, but designed to be an access point for salt water fishing -  so no donuts or reckless driving because you will be told to leave if you are disturbing the environment.  With that said, it is a nice spot to enjoy some top down beach driving and fishing if you are into that. You can learn more about this trail and offroading in MD on our Maryland Blog.

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For more 4x4 offroad trails in DE, check out the Where2Wheel map.  There are several other wheelin spots around DE that are too small for a mention in this post, but you can find them yourself by signing up for Where2Wheel and checking out the map (It's 100% Free).  Thanks for reading about offroad trails in Delaware; I look forward to seeing you on W2W!

 

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