Wharton State Forest

The east coast doesn’t have much when it comes to 4×4 trails and park, but it seems that New Jersey has a place of it’s own called, “Wharton State Forest.” While the trails are pretty much as easy as it can get and you might get surprised at what you see driving around back there. I find that the best part might be that it doesn’t have any fees or registration required to drive on the trails. (You know what I mean by that if you have ever been to Attica, Indiana at 9AM.) Your not going to find any Continue Reading → Wharton State Forest

H3 Crash Testing

I happened upon some great video of the H3 Hummer getting it’s IIHS Rating and thought these two videos were to good to pass up.  However, now I’m a bit worried that the IIHS doesn’t quite have the grasp on their job as I once thought. Any true vehicle enthusiast knows the exact motor the vehicle has in it, especially if it’s something weird, but apparently IIHS doesn’t. They have the H3 Hummer listed as an 3.7L V6, when clearly the motor is actually an inline 5-cylinder motor. The tests are only done on 2008+ H3 Hummer models, and you Continue Reading → H3 Crash Testing

Black Bear Pass

One of the more infamous trails in Colorado is officially called “Forest Service Road 648,” but most know it as Black Bear Pass. The popularity of this trail stems from the beautiful views that require the driver to have nerves of steel. Black Bear Pass is a seasonal road and generally opens late July and closes in early fall. The Black Bear Road reaches a altitude of 12,840 feet at the highest point after which point the trail descend 4,000 feet into the town of Telluride Colorado. Be sure to keep an eye out for the sign famous for it’s Continue Reading → Black Bear Pass

Jungo Road, Nevada

Relatively soon, I will be headed to Black Rock City out in Nevada to attend the 2013 Burning Man, Cargo Cult. During Burning Man, Black Rock City becomes Nevada’s third-largest city for the week that the event is held. To get there most take State Route 447, but I take a shortcut to get there. Which just so happens to be off-road. If you’re driving from the east to get to Burning Man, I highly recommend taking Jungo Road (State Route 49). I was able to shave 4 hours of my driving time, with the way I drove getting there. Continue Reading → Jungo Road, Nevada

Superlift ORV Park

In the 1970s, off-road enthusiast around Hot Spring Arkansas began exploring the logging roads in the area, forming an impressive network of trails. Then in 1999, the landowners closed the off-road trails down so that they could put the land up for sale. A couple of years later, a group of businessmen bought the land to create the off-road destination Superlift ORV Park. The trail grades begin with completely stock vehicles with four-wheel drive, all the way up to trails that require 36+ inch tires, front and rear lockers, and the expectation of body damage. Superlift ORV Park has hill Continue Reading → Superlift ORV Park

Canyons Off Road Park

North of Fredericksburg, in Texas hill country, is Canyons Off-Road Park. The concept of this park began with two rock crawling enthusiast when they realized that their favorite local places to off-road at were being closed down. They decided to open up their own park and the rest is history. This park is only open during the hours Friday at 3 P.M. till Sunday at 3 P.M. Canyons ORV park is geared toward 4×4 rigs and ridiculous climbs, but has things to do for mildly modified vehicles too. Have a look at youtube for bunch of videos of the park Continue Reading → Canyons Off Road Park

New York Fields of Dreams

Located 30 miles north of Syracuse is the mild off-road trails of New York Fields of Dreams. New York Fields Of Dreams 4×4 park has a maximum 35-inch tire restriction when inside the park. They also do not allow trucks or full-size SUVs. While these restrictions are a turn-off to some wheelers, I think it’s good that this park provides a place for the inexperienced to go off-road on trails that should be worry-free. The land is on 100 acres, 85 of which is heavily wooded, with mud holes, hill climbs, water crossings, and sidehills.  Field of Dreams are just Continue Reading → New York Fields of Dreams

Gulches Off-Road Vehicle Park

South west of the town, “Laurens” is South Carolina’s best off-road vehicle park, Gulches ORV Park. Gulches ORV Park is on 80 acres of land and has over 40 trails rated from easy all the way to skull and cross bones. What’s neat about the trail system at Gulches ORV Park is that the trails are designed so that groups don’t have to split up despite a group having vehicles that wildly more equipped than others. They do this by having easy trails link up with all the hard trails. Keep an eye on the events because Gulches ORV Park Continue Reading → Gulches Off-Road Vehicle Park

Naches Pass

Naches Pass was originally a Native American foot trail connecting the various Salish people on the west side (Nisqually & Puyallup) to the Yakima people on the east side of the Cascade Range. In later years, Naches Pass was worked on to be used as a wagon trail short cut from the Oregon Trail. The trail never found practical use because the steep terrain is nearly impractical for wagons and it would require over 60 crossings of the Naches River before reaching the pass from the east. One of the earliest written accounts of the Naches Pass is from Theodore Continue Reading → Naches Pass

Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park

In the town Harrison, Michigan is Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park where it gets a bit more wild than the usual off-road park. The difficulty of the trails range from beginner to expert, even the people afraid of scratching the paint will have a place to play in the 200 acres. Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park has rock gardens, tires gardens, hills to climb, and of course plenty of mud holes. The cost is $25 for each driver per day and an additional $5 for the passengers. What are you waiting for? Head on out! Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park Continue Reading → Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park

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