Off Road Trails near Arizona

Let's talk about the off road trails, Jeep trails, and OHV trails in Arizona.


This article specifically covers places for off roading in Arizona - Jeep trails, truck & SUV trails, OHV & ORV trails, and all other sorts of 4x4 trails in AZ.

Arizona has a fantastic amount of land available for off roading.  The beautiful scenic landscapes that can be found in AZ are unlike anything else in the country, and perhaps the coolest part of this natural beauty is the journey that is required to observe these wonderful views.

The easiest way for me to tell you about the off road trails in Arizona is to cover the trails located near the major cities.  There are far too many off road trails in AZ for me to cover all of them in this brief article, so I will touch on a few and then if you want to sign up for Where2Wheel - Off Road Trails (it's free) to check out all the Arizona trails, feel free to do so.

Starting with Tucson, the most popular trail is pretty much right outside Tucson is Chiva (often pronounced Chivo) Falls.  Chiva Falls - Where2Wheel Trail has a good variety of challenging and more "stock"able terrain and obstacles; either way undercarriage protection and/or rock sliders are recommended for this one.  It's probably also a good idea to have a passenger that is willing to be your spotter while on trail.  Most of the more difficult obstacles have bypasses and the trail ends with a gorgeous view of a 75ft waterfall in the middle of the desert (not something you see everyday).  Also near Tucson you can find Chimney Rock that winds it's way through shallow foothills and narrow rock washes.  Chimney rock offers great four wheeling and a bit of rock crawling.  You can find the full write of of both trails on the W2W Trails Map.

Next let's move up to Phoenix.  Phoenix has lot's of off road trails close by, with a large dense cluster of off road trails located to the Northeast in the Tonto National Forest.  Great beginners (stock) trails outside (NW) Phoenix/Scottsdale are Coves 1 thru 4 inside Butcher Jones Recreation Area; it's a great place to spend a hot summer day because these trails end at the banks of the Salt River where can take a dip and cool off.  There are many beginner/moderate off road trails around Phoenix, but if you are looking for something more difficult then you can head North up I-17 past Anthem to the Black Canyon OHV trail - Where2Wheel.  Black Canyon offers a lot of varying terrain over the 10 mile trail: rocks, water crossings, mud, and challenging obstacles.  It's not quite hardcore, but it's definitely not for beginners; also, Black Canyon is a lesser known trail so it's a nice place to get away from the more crowded more popular trails in this area.

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This area of the US is simply littered with trails, so it's really worth checking out the Where2Wheel - Home/Signup map because there are too many off road trails for me to cover.  I'll drop a picture of the W2W map of Arizona so that you can take a quick glance, but still check out W2W as new trails are being added every week.  Thanks for reading, see you on W2W!


W2W Arizona Trails Map 08/2018
W2W Arizona Trails Map 08/2018

Offroad Trails in New Jersey - Jeep & Truck 4x4 Trails in NJ

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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Offroad Trails in South Carolina - Jeep, truck, & 4x4 offroad trails in SC

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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Offroading in MD - Maryland off road trails

Let's talk about 4x4 offroad trails in Maryland


This article specifically covers Jeep trails, trucks trails, SUV trails, and all other highway vehicle four wheeling trails in MD.

Maryland can be one tough state to find 4x4 offroad trails in, but have no fear Where2Wheel is here to outline some of the offroading trails that MD has to offer.

Let's start at the coast and move from East to West.  On the beaches near Ocean City, MD there is Assateague State Park and Assateague Island Beach.  It is about a 30 minute drive and 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.

So if you are located East of Baltimore, you are definitely going to have to drive a ways to get to the bulk of the offroad trails in Maryland, but the good news is that MD is a small state so that shouldn't be a deal breaker keeping you from having some 4x4 fun.  West of Baltimore and just North of Frederick is the Frederick Watershed Area, and just like the beaches this is nothing too extreme.  Inside the Frederick Watershed is the Frederick Municipal Forest that contains 11 miles of gravel, dirt, and rocky roads that explore the 7,000 acre forest.  Most of the trail doesn't require 4WD, but there is the occasional creek crossing and rain or snow can make this area a lot more fun.  There is also some good fishing of stocked lakes and hiking to be had in this forest.

Continuing to travel to the most Northwest parts of MD will land you the states best offroading.  The Garrett State Forest and Savage River State Forest both provide some fun 4x4 offroad trails - these trails be found on on the W2W Trails Map, but one of those worth mentioning is the St. John's Rock ORV Trail & Campground in Garrett County (Frostburg), MD.  At St. John's you can find more that 12 miles of woodland trails constructed specifically for ORV enthusiasts, including a full-size rock crawl area for Jeeps and other four-wheel drive vehicles.  It has been a relief to many Maryland resident offroad enthusiasts to see the state finally taking actions to embrace the strong offroad community in MD, and projects like the St. John's Rock ORV Trail are a welcome addition to the recreational resources that Maryland has to offer.

Lastly, don't forget to check out Ocean City Jeep Week!  It's a fantastic celebration of all things Jeep, including beach rides, a custom built off-road course, and a kickin display of Jeeps and all things off-road at the Ocean City Convention Center.  Where2Wheel is often in attendance with many other vendors in the off-road world, and it is honestly a great time and one of the highlights of our year.  OWJW is held annually in late August.

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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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Offroading in Rhode Island-RI 4X4 Trails

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 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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Offroading in VA - Virginia 4x4 trails

Let's talk about 4x4 offroad trails in Virginia


This article specifically covers Jeep trails, truck trails, SUV trails, and all other highway vehicle four wheeling trails in VA.


Virginia certainly isn't the mecca of offroading, but that doesn't mean that VA doesn't have its fair share of 4x4 trails where you can get your tires dirty and have some fun with your Jeep, truck, or whatever 4WD that you choose to have some fun with.  I will provide a base overview of the terrain types that you can find in Virginia and then I will move from East to West mentioning any major 4x4 offroad trails that standout in VA.

East to West you will find: Starting at the Atlantic Coastline with sand/beach, then a quick transition to mud/swamp, then progressing into wooded/forest trails, and as you move into the western half of the state you move into the Appalachian Mountains where the trails are typically forested trails sprinkled with mild to moderate rock crawling sections. That's Virginia 4x4 off-road terrain in a nutshell.

Notable 4x4 offroad trails in VA from East to West include:

Carova beach isn't technically in Virginia, but it is a favorite among VA four wheeling enthusiasts.  Carova Beach is 11 miles of public beach to drive along plus countless more miles sandy trails that stem off of the main beach.  Be careful on these trails tho as they tend to be partially flooded most of the year and some of the water crossings can get deep enough to swallow a 37 inch tall tire.  You can find more info about Carova Beach on the Where2Wheel Trails Map - it's a great place for the beginner offroader.  The only downside is that even tho Carova Beach is spitting distance from Virginia Beach, the drive is about 2.5 hours to Carova because beach access can only be had from south of the VA/NC border.

Moving westward, just off the beach you will find Hampton Roads; the surfers in this coastal metropolitan are have a saying, "VA has no waves", and that mantra pretty much rings true for the 4x4 community and its offroading trails in Hampton Roads.  There is one gem in the area for offroading and that is Starr Motors Jeep dealership.  Starr Motors (aka Starr Motors Offroad Outfitters) has a small offroad course behind their Jeep dealership; the course has several hill climbs, rock gardens, and mud pits and is a blast to visit when open.  Check out the VB 4x4 group or events calendar on to find out when Starr Motors will be open next - they open the park with varying frequency, usually at least once every other month.

Middle Virginia, around Richmond area, used to have a handful off offroading options; however, the options have become fewer and fewer in recent years.  Crozet, VA outside Charlottesville, VA used to be a hub for rockcrawling, and RedCloud Offroad Park was a favorite in the Richmond area, but sadly neither of these options are open for wheeling anymore.  If in the middle part of VA you can still check out Shoe Creek trail, but even that trail seems to be threatened by closure issues.

Moving up to Northern Virginia is the fantastic Big Dogs Offroad in Gore, VA.  Big Dogs Offroad is Virginia's largest offroad park and is open about a dozen times a year.  More info on Big Dogs Offroad here.

Westward towards Roanoke, VA you will find many trails inside the George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest, the most notable and most extreme being Potts Mountain Jeep Trail.  Potts Mountain is a challenging trail that takes you up a mountain and along the trail you will be forced to navigate rock gardens, rock ledges/shelfs, and even some mud pits - don't go alone and make sure you have a capable vehicle.   The western part of Virginia by far has the most 4x4 offroad trails that VA has to offer, and is well worth the drive to visit out that part out the state.  The trails in the national forests are usually dirt fire roads that hunters use to access the forest during hunting season, but they are open for public access and are a great place for amateur enthusiasts; these trails include stream crossings and the occasional mud put, but make sure to stay the trail as going off trail is a ticketable offense.

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Where2Wheel ORV Park Dreams

Would you rather have Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton deciding the fate of your favorite off-roading trail on public lands?

I think most people would agree that neither person is a good choice to be trusted to make the right decision to keep public lands open and accessible. Now I know that the decision on access to public lands will probably never make it all the way to Hillary or Trump, but nonetheless, our leadership options most definitely speak to the political climate that we are faced with in the United States.

Sure we have amazing groups with amazing people doing amazing work to influence politicians to make decisions that are in support of the off-roading community. Organizations like Tread Lightly and BlueRibbon Coalition do a fantastic job of keeping our interests in front of decision makers and we greatly appreciate their work, but we can’t forget that there are well funded organizations (mostly environmentalists) on the opposite side of the issue lobbying to close access for vehicles to public lands. And with decision makers and a political climate like we talked about above, the fate of public lands and many of our favorite trails are a huge uncertainty.