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Looking for the best Wrangler lift?

This guide will help you choose the best Wrangler lift for your needs.

Alright, so a blanket statement like "best Wrangler lift" shouldn't exist because "best" is a matter of what is best for your situation and your specific needs.  The "best" lift is going to be different for every Wrangler owner because every Wrangler owner is working with a different budget, placing different demands on their Jeep, modifying for different styles of off-roading, and staying within the context of their Wrangler's ultimate build goals (Do you want the most comfortable daily driver or the most hardcore rock crawler or maybe somewhere inbetween?).

So ExtremeTerrain has put together this incredibley informative guide on everything you should know before making a lift decision with your Wrangler.  The article covers everything to consider, and I mean everything - suspension geometry, supporting mods, parts breakdowns, and even the differences between Wrangler generations and their specific suspension design considerations.  Fortunately, XT was also kind enough to include videos to go along with this article so that you don't need to read through the whole thing if you prefer to watch and learn.  So before you buy a lift for your Wrangler, take some time and learn about all the factors that go into choosing the "best lift" for your Wrangler; this article will give you the information to make an informed decision that you won't regret.

Once you have done your Wrangler lift homework don't forget to check out the Where2Wheel offroad trails map to help you find where to go offroading!

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Know your Wrangler's oil, coolant, and all other fluids capacities.

Our friends at XT have put together this fluid capacity quick reference guide that every Wrangler owner should keep handy.

This fluid capacity guide put together by ExtremeTerrain is so helpful that I encourage any Wrangler owners to bookmark this page.  The guide here provides fluid capacity information for all Wrangler models from YJ to JL (YJ, TJ, JK, JL) including the varying capacities for the different engines, transfer cases, and axles (differentials) that were available on each generation of Wrangler.

I hope this information is helpful!  Keep on Jeepin!  And as always, when you need to find out where to go offroading and get some dirt under your Jeep's tires, check out the Where2Wheel offroad trails map.

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Want to learn more about the offroading landscape in Minnesota? 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 MN. To find more information and for full trail descriptions visit W2W's Trails Map.

When you think about the mid-west, miles of land and rolling hills come to mind, so you would think there would be plenty of places to go offroading out there. Unfortunately most of that land is used for precious farming, so you basically end up with the same issues that the East Coast runs into - where there are a few legal 4x4 trails, option of friends/family land, otherwise you are out of luck. Where2Wheel is here to help solve problems like these by creating  a national trails database so offroaders all over the nation can find local wheeling spots and hit the trails. As of this writing the W2W Map has 7 spots to go wheeling at in MN. Now that isnt a whole lot obviously, but some is better than none so we will briefly cover a few of these 4x4 trails in MN and if you would like to see a quick snapshot of the offroad landscape in Minnesota or look at the trails yourself then you can visit the W2W Map Here

To kick it off we will start with the two offroad ohv areas that are located in MN. One is up North and one is down South. Up north we have  the Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area located in Gilbert, MN and it is said to be Minnesota's premier off-highway vehicle recreation area. There are hundreds of miles of offroad trails located in Iron Range consisting of lots of mudding opportunities as well as hill climbs, water crossings, and obstacles. Iron Range also hosts the state's only OHV park for ATV's, OHV's, and Dirt Bikes and only cost the fee for a license, which you can find more about on their website. They also have separate OHV trails for Jeepers, so Jeep owners in Minnesota will definitely want to check this place out. Which leads us into the other must visit trail in Northern MN, Mesabi Mountain Trail. Mesabi is only about 10 minutes away from Iron Range but take note that it is a more difficult and very rocky trail - minimum of 35 inch tires, lockers, and a winch (like this one here) are recommended. This offroad trail consist of four miles of a narrow, winding trail that follows the rocky ridges and outcroppings of the Laurentian Divide. This is definitely the offroad trail in Minnesota to test for your rig for rockcrawling and obstacles! You can learn more about Mesabi here before heading out to test your skills. 

The other ohv park area is Appleton Area Recreational Park located in Appleton, MN. Fun Fact: Appleton was once an old gravel mine which created tons of rolling terrain and fun for us offroad enthusiasts. The Appleton Area Recreational Park covers 330 acres, including 20 miles of trails. Appleton is a great location for full size vehicles and offers trails for every skill level. You can find out more about the Appleton Recreational Area here.

To wrap up this brief overview of the offroad trails in MN, we will cover one of the more popular trails that sits on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Gandy Dancer Trail. Gandy Dancer is a 30-mile trail that travels along an abandoned railroad grade and begins in Danbury, Wis., and travels north through Minnesota before looping back east. This trail also has different connections off of it to OHV trails in the St. Croix and Nemadji state forests. The connections along with the different terrain changes and views make Gandy Dancer another must hit offroad trail in Minnesota. 

Once again this was just a quick overview of some of the offroad trails in Minnesota that are listed on Where2Wheel. To view the other 4x4 locations in MN you can either visit the Where2Wheel Map or glance at the screenshot below. As mentioned earlier, W2W is here to help the offroad community by building the best national trails map. If you know of any trails that are not listed on the map for MN or any other state, then please feel free to help us out and add them to the W2W Map Here. Hope this information helps you hit the trails and happy wheeling!

 

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Let's talk about off road trails near me (you) in Louisiana

This article covers 4x4 trails, Jeep trails, truck trails, and SUV trails in LA.

Thanks for coming to Where2Wheel for your quick reference guide to find off-road trails.  If you haven't been to Where2Wheel before, W2W is a crowdsourced database of off road trails across the USA.  Check out the Where2Wheel map to find off road trails, and if you want to take part in shaping this tool for the off-road community, the W2W map is open for users to add and edit trails so that we can create the best quick reference guide for wheeling spots across the US!

Back to the off road trails in Louisiana.  If you are looking for offroading near you in LA, then the quickest way to get that information is by checking out the Where2Wheel map here, but if you insist on hanging around and reading about the Jeep and truck trails in LA then here we go:

First I would like to start out by saying we need some help from the community to beef up the Louisiana off road trails map.  As of Sept 2019, there are 3 off road trails inside Louisiana, or more accurately I should say there are 3 off roading locations (wheeling spots) inside LA.  I call them locations rather than trails because one is an off-road park, one is a national forest, and the third is a guided off-road tour on private property.

Located between Monroe and Alexandria is Catahoula Recreation Park, also commonly known as Sicily Island Offroad Park.  Catahoula has over 100 seperate off road trails and is also the only place in Louisiana to do some rock crawling with your Jeep or truck.  Catahoula is open for Jeeps, trucks, SUVs, Buggys, and Side-by-sides.  You do need to book a reservation unless you are heading out to Catahoula on an event weekend; if you live close then consider buying an annual pass, otherwise you can just pay per visit.  Their pricing and hours can be found here.

Moving a little further south into Central LA is Kisatchie National Forest.  Kisatchie isn't going to chellenge your rig in any way shape or form, but it's a great spot to get some dirt under the tires and wander the trails until you find a fishing spot, swimming hole, or camp site.  If you have an ATV or UTV then there are more than 200 miles of trails to play on.  Check the Forest Service's website here for more information as the rules (and permits required) for Kisatchie do change depend on hunting season.

Lastly and most southern in Louisiana is 4x4 Life Offroad located just north of Baton Rouge (St. Francisville).  4x4 Life Offroad is a group of seasoned wheelers that lead off road tours through a piece of private property that they have access to.   4x4 Life says their tours are designed for beginners, but it seems that the property they tour on has a good variety of difficulty levels for the crew to guide you through.  The 4x4 Life Offroad tours have overwhelmingly positive reviews and now you are able to buy an annual pass so that you can take as many trail rides as you wish.  Here you can find out more information on 4x4 Life Offroad.

I wish I could offer more information on the 4x4 off road trails in Lousiana, but until we can get some local LA wheelers to chime in and help build up the W2W map, then those 3 off road trails are my best leads to help you get some mud under your tires.  There are about a dozen more off road trails listed on W2W that are close to the Louisiana border, so if you would like to take a peek at those off road trails near LA then head over to the W2W map.  Thanks for visiting Where2Wheel and feel free to sign-up and become a W2W member (it's free).  Lastly, head over to the Where2Wheel map and find those off road trails for yourself.  Happy Wheeling!

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2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Brings New Updates

New Diesel Engine Available, eTorque 3.6L V6, and Special Editions

For the 2020 model year Jeep has introduced some new options available for the JL Wrangler and JL Wrangler Unlimited.  Our friends at ExtremeTerrain are here to bring you the news in a short 5 minute video; check out the video to quickly learn what the 2020 JL model year brings to the table!

2020 JL Updates

Either click the image above or click here to watch the 2020 JL Model Year Updates.

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Does Your Jeep Have Wheels?

If you don't know what offset, backspacing, and the difference between steel and aluminium wheels, are then you should check out this guide from our friends at XT!

All offroad wheels are not created equal and our friends at ExtremeTerrain have put together one of the most easily understandable guides to quickly learning the full gamet on offroad wheels.  ExtremeTerrain will tell you that this is the "Jeep Wrangler" Wheel Guide, but the terms and explanations apply to all makes and models that run on 4 wheels.

Here is The Definative Guide to Jeep Wrangler Wheels

I will give it to XT that they make shopping for wheels way too easy!  If you have a Jeep Wrangler or XJ (same bolt pattern as TJ) then I suggest doing your shopping at ExtremeTerrain, they are a fantastic company that goes out of their way to support the community of offroaders that they sell to.  For what it's worth, I think the best looking wheel on XT is the "Mammoth Boulder Black" or the "Mammoth Boulder Beadlock Style Black" wheel - I'll insert an image below:

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Again, you can check out their Offroad Wheel Guide along with some drool worthy wheels here.  Thanks for visiting Where2Wheel, and dont forget to explore the Where2Wheel Trails Map to find your next offroading adventure!

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Let's talk about 4x4 offroad trails in Florida

This article specifically covers Jeep trails, truck trails, OHV trails, and all other 4x4 off road trails in Florida (FL).

As of writing this (Aug 2019) there are 30 off-road trails located in Florida that are listed on the Where2Wheel map.  If you haven't heard of Where2Wheel yet, we are a crowdsourced trail map where offroaders can share trail information; if you see a trail on W2W that you know of, then please help us out by adding some info to that trail, or if you know of a 4x4 trail that we don't have on our map then be a good sport and add that trail to the map as long as it is open for wheeling and is appropriate for Jeeps or trucks.

Okay, so the easiest way to breakdown off road trails in Florida is going to be to highlight some offroad tails moving from north to south.  If you want to skip to the Where2Wheel map and check out all the offroad trails in FL for yourself, then you can click here and probably save yourself some time by avoiding my "oh so exciting" trail highlights.  But if you like to do things the hard way, then stick around and I will brief you on the 4x4 trails that Florida has to offer.  If you haven't done any wheeling in Florida before, then a quick summary would be mud, mud, and more mud; a good set of mud terrain tires and a tow strap or winch are going to be some of your most valaued equipment on the Florida trails.

Starting out with off road trails in the Pan handle of FL, just N of Panama City, we have "The Swamp Offroad Park".  Here you can find mud of course, but the park also offers some hills and has recently added an obstacle course to keep you having 4x4 fun even when you are sick of the mud.  Additionally, we have multiple users reviews on W2W that rave about the top notch staff and owners at The Swamp Offroad Park; if you are in the area then this sounds like a great place to have some muddy fun!  Staying in North Florida, but moving eastward, between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, we have a cluster of offroad 4x4 trails.  Both Twin Rivers State Park and Osceola National Forrest offer some 4x4 trail fun at zero dollars for admission, although you might be hard pressed to find any challenging terrain here as most of what you will find are fire roads.  If you get lucky you might find some washed out areas, but remember to stay the trail.  Last offroad trail that we have listed in N FL is the Iron Horse Mud Ranch.  Located near Athena, the Iron Horse Mud Ranch offers five seperate mud bog areas to play in ranging from mild to wild; conveniently this park also offers a vehicle wash area to clean off your 4x4 after testing out those mud terrains.

In Central Florida, we have 10 off-road trails listed between Gainesville and Tampa; click here to go to the W2W map to view for yourself.  South of Gainesville near Ocala is Hard Rock Off Road Park.  Hard Rock started life out as a rock quary and was then turned into a motorcycle park, but about a decade ago the park opened up trails for 4x4, Jeeps, and trucks.  Enthusiasts rave about this park for its wide variety of terrain ranging from "stock to rock buggy".  Several reviewers have called Hard Rock Off Road Park "the spot to wheel in Central FL".  The other off-road park in Central FL is Hog Waller Mud Bog & ATV; this is mud heaven if that's what you are looking for.  There is one giant mud bog pit on this property that is 1,100 acres large, and I'd recommend checking it out as a spectator unless you have a mud truck or ATV (Jeeps with 35s beware!).  The remainder of the offroad trails in Central Florida are either National Forrests, Wildlife Management Areas, or local 4x4 trails that users have been kind enough to share; check out the W2W map to investigate for yourself.

Switching gears to the 4x4 offroad trails ini South Florida, we have a lot more local spots that users have shared with the W2W community; again, you will have to check out the W2W map to comb through those yourself.  The one off-road park in South Florida that I will give a shoutout to is RedNeck Mud Park.  The Redneck Mud Park is exactly what the name implies; it's the stuff that those wild mud bog parties on YouTube are made of!  There are 4 main mud holes with varying difficulty along with some wooded trails to help diversify from all that mudding action.  Whether you go to watch or to wheel, this is a place worth stopping by when in South Florida.  Alright, so that is a quick summary of the 4x4 off road trails in Florida.  Please check out the Where2Wheel map to get a better view of the offroad trails in FL; if you enjoy the site, we welcome you to register.  Thanks for reading!

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

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

While the city of Jackson might be known as "the crossroads of the South", the state of Mississippi is not the crossroads of the south for offroading locations. The Where2Wheel map only has four offroad locations for MS, with all four of those being offroad parks. Two of them are located in Northern Mississippi, with the other two located down south not far from Biloxi and Gulfport. Fun fact: Root Beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 - at least Mississippi has this going for them even if they dont have alot of offroading trails. As every offroader knows, any legal wheeling spot is better than none, so we will do a brief overview of the offroad parks and locations in MS in this blog. 

We will start with the northern parks and then make our way down south, kicking it off with the most northern offroad park BMB Offroad. BMB Offroad offers 715 acres of hills, trails, mud and camping fun for the entire family. They also have over 60 seemingly endless trails for dune buggies, rock crawlers, jeeps, trucks, four-wheelers and dirt bikes, along with several mud holes to play in and countless hills to climb. As if that wasnt enough, they offer trails for beginning riders as well as the more experienced offroad driver. BMB is basically the one size fits all for offroad parks with beginner to expert trails, mudding to rock crawling, and dune buggies to Jeeps. To find out more about this park you can also visit their website here

About and hour and twenty minutes south of BMB located in Woodland, MS is Mudslangers Offroad Trails. It is worth nothing that this location is mainly for ATV riders, but we thought we would mention it since they host mud events throughout the year where you can bring mud boggers, trucks, buggies,etc... Mudslangers is nestled in the Kilgore Hills and this off-road recreational paradise includes trails, mud holes, hill climbing, and even primitive camping. The property was developed from what had previously been a hunting camp for many years and is owned by two brothers, Jimmy and Greg Knox. The Knox brothers created Mudslangers so that offroad riders could have a place to enjoy outdoor challenges as well as the company of friends and family. To learn more about these offroad trails and when they have upcoming mudding events, you can visit their Facebook page

If you are willing to hit some pavement to get to wheeling spots then you should also definitely checkout our Offroad Trails in Alabama blog because BankHead National Forest is not too far from the areas mentioned above and has several places to kick it into 4WD. 

Now jumping down to the southern parks, we will start things off with Red Creek Offroad. This offroad park is located in Perkinston, MS and boasts that they "Provide the best 4X4 and Off-Road ATV trails in Southern Mississippi!". They have several different offroad trails spread across the park, some you might know of such as Alagator Alley, along with lodging areas, as well as sand bars to play and relax on. Red Creek is a place the whole family can enjoy for a weekend or longer camping and offroading trip. Check out their website for more information.

Last but most certainly not least is South Mississippi Offroad and RV Park. South Mississippi Off-Road & RV Park is made up of over 377 acres that include 189 RV sites with power and water, along with primitive camp sites for tent campers. At this park you can jump on your ATV, SxS, Jeep or mud truck and take a ride around the many miles of trails that they offer. Their goal at South Mississippi is to "provide offroad enthusiasts with the best park on the coast". As if the offroad aspect did not sound good enough for you to hit this park, they also offer a wide range of activities for a family fun weekend such as: a swimming pool, lake for fishing, a swing rope, a waterslide, volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole and much more. This offroad park is definitely one to take the fam to for a weekend of fun while also getting to enjoy hitting the trails!

That is all we have as of this writing for offroad trails in MS. Make sure to check out the Where2Wheel map though to find other offroading locations near you and in the event that new offroad trails in Mississippi get added. Hope you enjoyed this write-up and feel free to join or just check us out at https://where2wheel.com.

 

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Want to learn more about the offroading landscape in Alabama? 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 AL. To find more information and for full trail descriptions visit W2W's Trails Map.

Alabama knocked it out of the sky when their workers were the ones who built the first rocket to take humans to the moon, and they also knock it out of the park for offroading and offroad trails! Alabama's landscape is flush with places to take your rig offroading and get off the pavement. The state alone has 6 different popular offroad parks and 4 National Forests that allow 4WD vehicles. Now while I am sure there are many other hidden gems in this state, we are going to cover these offroad parks and National Forests as they make up most of the offroading landscape in AL.  Don't worry though, Where2Wheel has a few hidden gems for you offfroad enthusiasts as well.

Let's start with all these famous offroad parks:

  • Morris Mountain ORV Park is located in Delta, AL which is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Birmingham. This park was created when the owners, Kris and Randy Morris, couldn't find places to go wheeling and it quickly grew into Morris Mountain ORV Park. The park now also includes obstacles, trails, mud pits, canyons, and even has a primitive camping facility for those looking for weekend long trips. Only downside is they are only open on the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month unless you book a private event. You can visit their website here to learn more or even book an offroad outting.
  • Not far from Morris Mountain is Gray Rock ORV Park. Gray Rock is a privately-owned tract in central Alabama, north of Birmingham and was recently featured in Petersons 4X4 Magazine. They have tons of trails from beginner to extreme and don't allow ATV's, but is a popular spot for Jeep owners. Only downside is it is available for organizations and groups to rent for events and Rock Crawl Competitions, the park is open by reservation or event only. They don't have a website so to learn more about this park you can check out W2W the trail listing and to schedule an event or to see their calendar of upcoming events, you can visit their Facebook page here
  • Forty minutes north of Gray Rock is where Stoney Lonesome OHV Park is located. Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV park of its kind in the state. The 1456+ acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more. This place has everything an offroader could ask for: mud, rock crawling, hills, obstacles and even trails for serious rigs and it is open year round. Due to the size of the park, I would also recommend bringing some type of emergency communication system with you in the event that you get lost somewhere in the 1,400+ acres.  The one I always bring with me is this Spot 3 Satellite GPS Messenger. Lastly, make sure to check out their website for fees and events before heading out. 
  • Mountainside Offroad Park is located a little more north in Gadsden, AL. This park is around 100 acres and caters to a plethora of offroaders including 4X4's. ATV's, ORV's, and UTV's. They too offer primitive camping on site for those looking to make a weekend out of it. They are open every first and third weekend of the month from 8am until dark. 
  • While we are up north, we will go ahead and cover the most northern offroad park in Alabama - Hawk Pride Mountain Offroad located in Tuscumbia. Hawk Pride is definitely where you want to go if you are more into the rockcrawling aspect of offroading rather than mudding. This privately owned park is spread over 1,000 acres and offers over 90 rock crawling trails ranging from the most sophisticated buggies to just simple 4X4's. They also have some mudpit areas for those offroaders who prefer the dirt to rock. Either way, they are always adding more trails, so make sure to check them out on the W2W map or their website
  • Last but certainly not least is Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park located in Northeast Alabama five minutes away from Jacksonville, AL. The park is 450 acres of forest covered mountains with a vast trail system. Most stock four-wheel drive vehicles are capable of traveling throughout the entire park on the easy roads. There are also moderate to extreme trails for the more advanced vehicles. Some of the most extreme off road obstacles in the southeast are at Choccolocco Mountain park so definitely don't miss it. 

That wraps it up for the offroad parks and now on to the National Forests for places to play -

  • The Talladega National Forest is located in Piedmont, AL not far from Jacksonville, so you could hit Choccolocco Mountain park and the Talladega Forest all in one weekend. This forest covers 392,567 acres at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains. There are several trails scattered throughout this forest for offroad driving. Talladega has a good range of gravel/easy roads to rock obstacles/hard trails with steeper inclines so it is a good place to go "get your tires dirty" and explore. You can visit their site for more information on open and closed season as well as fees and any licenses needed. 
  • William B. Bankhead or also known as Bankhead National Forest is the most northern forest in Alabama. It is known as the "land of a thousand waterfalls", which makes this National Forest also popular for hiking, horseback riding, hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, and canoeing. This National Forest covers 181,230 acres and is home to Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. Needless to say that this forest has alot of mudding and mud trails so make sure to pack adequate recovery gear before heading out - I would especially recommend having at least one tow rope like this Rhino USA combo on hand if not two. 
  • Tuskegee National Forest is located in, yep you guessed it, Tuskegee, Alabama and is a little over 4o minutes away from Montgomery. Fun fact: Tuskegee is the smallest national forest in the U.S. (only a little over 11,000 acres) and one of only six that is contained entirely within a single county. This forest boasts lots of different topography with some sections being level and on the easier side, and others steeper with moderate slopes and inclines. Make sure to visit their site before heading out for accurate updates on closures. 
  • The last and most southern forest and spot for offroad trails in Alabama is the Conecuh National Forest. This forest is in southern Alabama and covers 83,000 acres, along the Alabama - Florida line in Covington and Escambia counties. This forests is home to lots of natural ecosystems and habitats so make sure to follow all signs and instructions and to not stray off the trail. 

While the offroad parks and National Forests certainly take the cake for the offroad landscape in AL, the Where2Wheel Map also has 37 trail listings for this state. These mainly consists of different roads scattered around the state and some of them are located in the forests mentioned above. You can find out more information about these other 4x4 trail listings on the Where2Wheel Map or in the screenshot below.  As always, W2W is here to help unite the offroad community and we hope you have enjoyed this blog covering the offroad trails and options in Alabama. 

 

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

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

We are going WAY up with this blog to one of the most northern states in the US - Maine. The W2W Map currently has 12 offroad trail listings in Maine and we are going to briefly touch on a few of these to give you an overview of the state. We will start with the northern area of the state and work our way south. The most northern trail listing we have is Highcut Trail located not far from Dover-Foxcroft in Garland. ME. Highcut is a very steep and very rocky trail, so lockers and rocksliders are highly recommended for this trail to avoid damage to the rig. There is a nice turn around and picnic/scenic area at the top of the trail. 

Moving south and to the west, we come to two of the three offroad parks that are located in the state of Maine - Barnyard All Terrain and Rocky Mountain Terrain Park. Barnyard is a mud park that is open on select weekends and holds lots of events. To find out their event and open schedule visit their website here.  About 40 minutes south of Barnyard and to the west of Farmington is Rocky Mountain Terrain Park. This park is located in the town of Carthage, ME and has trails for 4x4 vehicles, ATV's, dune buggies, and dirt bikes. They are famous for their deep mud pits - try at your own craziness - and for guided tours/rides based on your level of skill and experience. They just recently added a rock garden as well to test out those rock crawling skills. Due to all the mud pit fun, would make sure to have a tow rope handy in case you or friends get stuck. 

Almost directly across the state is another popular trail, Bald Mountain Trail, located right outside of Bangor, ME. The Bald Mountain trail is alot like Highcut and is very steep and rocky, In fact, this trail has a sheer rock climb up to the top. Although if you do make it to the top, you are rewarded with some amazing views of the landscape that can't be beat! To tackle this trail I would definitely have some type of recovery kit with me in my rig - one of my favorites is this one by Gear America. 

To round out the offroad landscape in Maine, we will travel down south to near Lewiston, Me where Hermond's MX and Offroad Park is located. Hermond's is New England's premier motorcross and offroad riding facility.  This place started as just a motorcross park, but has added offroad trails since then. They claim to be "A recreational playground for friends and families to enjoy and create lasting memories".  To learn more about Hermond's I would check out their website here

There are also lots of 4x4 trail options over in the state of New Hampshire if you are willing to drive some to get off the pavement. You can find these offroad trail listings on the Where2Wheel map, or on our New Hampshire Offroad Trails blog. Lastly, below is a screenshot overview of the offroad trails in Maine that Where2Wheel has. If you know of more trails and are willing to add them, then we would greatly appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed this blog and happy wheeling!

 

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Want to learn more about the offroading landscape in Tennessee? 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 TN. To find more information and for full trail descriptions visit W2W's Trails Map.

Most of the off road trails and locations in TN are clustered over on the east side of Tennessee near the borders of Georgia and North Carolina and are located in the Chattanooga and the Nantahala National Forest's. For those residents on the western half of the state, we do have some good news though as you have one place to get off the pavement. This off road location is Bikini Bottoms Off Road and Zip Line Park located in Dyersburg, TN. Bikini Bottoms is a family place and their off road park includes mud racing, riding trails, and camping. They also hold event weekends once a month to help you get away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. To learn more about Bikini Bottom you can visit their website here.

In the center of the state, not far from Nashville, we have Wooly's Off Road and Wheelin' in the Country which are approx. 1 hour and 1 hour and twenty minutes respectively from the city. These are two big powerhouses in TN for offroading and are definitely worth visiting. Wooly's aims to provide a safe, yet fun place to ride while not offending any neighbors.  They are open Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am until dark. They also have nighttime riding occasionally so keep an eye open for that! Wooly's consist of public roads, so you still have to follow the rules of the road. There is also a fee to access, so they ask that you stop by the building to check-in and out. You can also learn more about this park on our trail description.  On to the next one, Wheelin' in the Country which is located in Summertown, TN. WITC is 700+ acres of private land owned by Darron Buchanan. This park consists of all levels of trail difficulty from beginner to the extreme and expert 4x4 offroad enthusiast. They have a variety of obstacles and options offered including: hills, hollers, twisters, gullies, rock ledges, rock gardens, flex ramp, offroad track, ravines, mud pits, and ponds. Wheelin in the Country is definitely an offroaders dream and I would highly recommend visiting it while in TN. I would also suggest making sure you take a tow rope with you for this park - like one of our favorites here by Rhino USA.

The residents in Chattanooga are just as lucky as those in Nashville, as they have some great offroad trails located not too far North and Northwest of the city. One of these is Adventure Offroad Park located a little NW of Chattanooga in South Pittsburg. AOP is a private 500 acre park located in the mountains of South Central TN. They have over 100 different 4x4 trails located throughout the park that offer all levels of difficulty for their customers. They have offroad trails for stock vehicles, all the way up to extreme builds. If you dont believe us then you can learn more about this awesome park on their website. The other offroad location in TN near Chattanooga is actually a state forest - Prentice Cooper State Forest. This state forest is almost 25,000 acres and was acquired by the state between the years of 1938 and 1944 and was officially declared a state forest in 1945. There are several roads through this forest that allow OHV riding, just amke sure to check which ones are open before heading out since they close them temporarily for upkeep. Also all roads are closed from December 19th - March 15th to keep the roads form getting destroyed. You could spend hours offroading in this forest so make sure to check out their website for updates and details before heading out.  Lastly, due to the sheer size of this forest and the ease of getting lost with no cell signal, I would suggest taking an emergency communication system like this Spot 3 Satellite GPS Messenger with you. 

While we have covered a few of the offroad trails in Tennessee, the Where2Wheel Map has over 20 trail listings for the state of TN. Feel free to check out the map for more information on these trails, and you can also browse our Offroad Trails in Georgia and the Offroad Landscape in North Carolina blogs to find some more places for 4x4 trails near Tennessee. Below is a screenshot of the trails map and locations for offroad trails in TN. Hope you have enjoyed this blog and if you know of any trails that we currently dont have, please feel free to add them to our growing national 4x4 trails map on www.Where2Wheel.com!

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

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

There are tons of places to go offroading in Georgia. The Where2Wheel Map has almost 30 different off road trails or offroad park listings in GA alone, and I am sure we dont have them all. This blog will cover a few of the big places to go wheeling down in GA, but if you would like to see all the trail listings we have for Georgia feel free to check out the W2W Trails Map or the photo below. 

Georgia has an interesting offroad landscape because there are huge clusters of places to go offroading up north near the border of Tennessee, there is also a large cluster of places down south near the border of Florida, but in between there really isn't too much. So if you live in the middle of the state, then I hate to tell you but you are going to have to put some miles in to reach these offroad spots. Your one saving grace in the middle of the state is River Rock ORV Park. They opened in early 2018 and are located in Milledgeville. To learn more about this park and what they offer you can visit the W2W trail listing or their website

To kick it off up north we will start with the famous Beasley Knob OHV Trail system. This trail system has gotten quite famous in the offroad world and I am sure most of you have heard of it before, but if you haven't, Beasley Knob is a challenging trail system located off of U.S. Highway 76 in Union County, GA. It is conveniently located two miles east of the town of Blairsville and can be accessed by two trail heads. The system provides approximately 10.6 miles of recreational riding for OHV enthusiasts, including four-wheel drive vehicles. It is located inside the Chattahoochee National Forest and is mostly made up of interconnecting dirt trails, rock hill climbs and gravel roads. Beasley is definitely a must hit and before you head out, you can find information on open and closed dates, fees, rules, etc.. here. One of the newest offroad parks in Georgia, GRJ, is also located up north. GRJ Offroad Park is located in Ball Ground, GA up north near Jasper. The park is 1,000 acres and holds regular events for Jeeps and other 4x4 vehicles to hit the trails and get some mud on their tires! To access the latest info about happenings at GRJ, you can either visit the W2W listing or their website at https://grjoffroadpark.com/

While up north playing at Beasley and GRJ, if you are looking for just an easy 4x4 trail, then I would suggest checking out Finey Creek Rd. This is a pretty short trail at only 2 miles long and is located in the Warwoman Wildlife Management Area in Clayton, GA. The plus about this trail is it is open year round. To learn more about Finey Creek Rd, you can visit the W2W Trail listing here

Georgia is slammed pack with great off road places to visit, and while we have already mentioned 2 of the greats (Beasley and GRJ) I have to say I would not miss this next one.  Durhamtown Offroad Resort is located in East Georgia (east of Atlanta) in the town of Union Point. When looking for a trail with all kinds of trekking, Durhamtown is the place to go. It’s a 6,000-acre resort for dirt bikes, ATVs, sidexsides, Jeeps, and other 4×4 rock crawlers. They have 14 tracks and 150 one-way trails. The resort welcomes drivers of all skill levels and you can even test your driving skills in all types of scenarios. As if this place already wasn't good enough, there also are 40 miles of trails and 3 obstacle areas just for Jeeps alone- calling all Jeep owners! Durhamtown is absolutely a must hit and would recommend budgeting a few days (they do offer camping) while there.

For the sake of brevity I cant cover all the offroad trails in Georgia, but as I mentioned our map has almost 30 4x4 trail listings for GA. Feel free to check them out at https://www.where2wheel.com. I have also included an overview snapshot of the W2W map for Georgia below for your reference. Our goal at W2W is to help the offroad community gain access to legal offroad trails across the country. If you know of any information for offroad trails, Jeep Trails or 4x4 trails in Georgia feel free to let us know or add them to the Where2Wheel Map.

Thanks for reading and Happy Wheeling!

 

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Want to learn more about the offroading landscape in New Hampshire? 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 NH. To find more information and for full trail descriptions visit W2W's Trails Map.

I am sure you have landed on this blog because you are searching for places to go offroading in New Hampshire. Lucky for you, Where2Wheel has several different trail listings of places to kick it into 4WD in NH! I am also sure you have heard about Class 6 Roads if you are familiar with the NH landscape, and we will cover these options for offroading, but we also have a few other listings that you might not have heard or found before. 

We will start out with Field and Forest Recreation Area. This campground area is located in the Southern part of the state, about an hour away from Concord and a little over an hour from Manchester. Field and Forest is a private campground and outdoor facility area that also holds their own offroading events throughout the year. The catch is you MUST be a camper there to go offroading on the property. This is not a public trail area and they also do not rent individual campsites, you have to go with a group. This is a perfect spot for an annual retreat or event for any off road club or organization. They also work well with the Northeast Association of 4WD Clubs (nea4wd.org) and other organizations in their area. If you are interested in learning more about Field and Forest or are interested in planning an event, you can contact them and learn more on their website

With this next trail listing, we will be moving to the northern part of NH. One of the tougher places around to go offroading in New Hampshire is in Jericho Mountain State Park. This state park is located a few miles northwest of the town of Berlin. It was updated a few years ago and since then they have added several new trails. Word of caution: Most of the 4x4 trails located in Jericho are very rocky and technical. I would recommend minimum 35" tires along with rocksliders and skid plates for extra protection. There is an easier trail under construction, not quite sure when it will be finished, but you can contact the park officials to inquire about its finish date. A few other notes: there is a vehicle fee that needs to be bought before you can access the park - you can find this information on their website here. Lastly, they do have a few OHV rules that they request be followed while inside the park. Here is the layout of the rules and you should definitely read them before heading out to off road in Jericho. 

Now that we have covered a few other places to go offroading in New Hampshire, we will tackle the Class 6 roads. As offroaders up north know, both Vermont and New Hampshire are famous for their class road systems -  Vermont with their Class 4 Roads and NH with their Class 6 Roads. These are both great options for offroading, but there are a few things that you should know. The first item is what exactly are class 6 roads? In 1925, all non-maintained public highways were classified as Class VI. Basically what makes a road a class 6 road is the lack of maintenance on the road. The road has to have the absence of maintenance or care for five consecutive years before it can be classified as a class 6. This doesn't mean that there are no rules nor is it the wild west. There are still rules, they are just less enforced and less of them than normal public roads. One of the main rules is that these Class 6 roads are closed from March 1st until June 1st. This is because the roads are extremely muddy during this time and alot of damage can be done to the trail and vehicles while they are in this condition. Most towns close their Class 6 roads during the snow and mud season to ensure the trails dont get destroyed.  One of the more popular Class 6 Roads is Called Cat Hole Road. It is located up near Claremont and is basically a large open area in the woods with tons of mud to play in. You can learn more about Cat Hole Road on W2W"s Trail Listing

If you are bored with the Class 6 Roads and trail options in New Hampshire, then you can also drive right next door to Vermont and check out their offroad landscape. If you would like to learn more about the offroad and Jeep trails in Vermont then feel free to check out our blog about the Offroad Landscape in VT.

Lastly, here is a screenshot of the W2W map of New Hampshire with trail listings (tire pins) and members (orange pins). Our goal is to help the offroad community by making legal off road trails more accessible. If you would like to help us with our mission and know more information about offroading in New Hampshire or off road trails in NH, then please feel free to let us know or add them to the Where2Wheel Trails Map.

 

 

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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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