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Offroading in PA - Pennsylvania 4x4 offroad trails

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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