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Want to go offroading near Allentown, Pennsylvania?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Allentown, PA.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near Allentown is Rausch Creek Off-Road ParkRausch Creek Off-Road Park is located 60 miles W of Allentown, and it is worth noting that we have another 7 trails (at the moment) on the W2W map that are closer towards Allentown, but Rausch Creek gets the mention as it is the East Coast Mecca of Offroading.  Rausch Creek Off Road Park is devoted to providing a fun, legal place for off-road enthusiasts to go four-wheeling. The park consists of almost 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails - featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping. There is a 2-vehicle minimum to drive the trails; make sure to check out other things that you need to know before visiting by viewing their site here.  If you are curious about those 7 trails that are closer to Allentown than Rausch Creek is, simply click here to see the Where2Wheel trails map and take a glance for yourself (Don't worry, it's free).

The next offroad trail near Allentown worthy of a mention is Pine Barrens located about 100 miles SE of Allentown. I realize that two hours one-way is a lot of travel time, but Pine Barrens is well worth the drive, and it's free to wheel so just consider a tank of gas the price of admission.  Again, if you are looking for closer trails to Allentown, then click here to visit the Where2Wheel trails map.  As for Pine Barrens, the trail system is located in Wharton State Park in Hammonton, NJ. Pine Barrens has over 500 miles of unpaved roads that tend to get extremely muddy when conditions are wet; it is a great spot to spend a day of offroading, but make sure to brief yourself on the rules before heading out to Pine Barrens.

The last offroad trail near Allentown is Jeeps at the Farm located 50 miles SE of Allentown. There are two additional trails located inbetween Allentown and Jeeps at the Farm, but I'll leave it to you to check out the Where2Wheel trails map and find the local lesser known trails yourself so that I don't make a trail recommendation that I haven't researched.  As for Jeeps at the Farm, this is a small farm turned ORV Park a few times a year; it's a great place to connect with your local Jeep community at when they are open for wheeling.  See their open dates and latest happenings here.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Allentown, Pennsylvania.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Pennsylvania blog about offroad spots in PA.

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Want to go offroading near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Pittsburgh, PA.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Pittsburgh, PA.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  I'll start off by saying that the Pittsburgh, PA area is full of lesser known, local trails that you can find on the W2W trails map by clicking here, but for those of you that enjoy reading I'll cover a few of the major trails in the area.  The first offroad trail near Pittsburgh is Scrubgrass OHV Park located 54 miles NE of Pittsburgh.  Scrubgrass OHV Park has more than 1,200 acres of trails to ride an is open at least one weekend a month for trail rides, check out their site here for open date and more information.

The next offroad trail near Pittsburgh is the Nemacolin Woodlands Offroad Course located 70 miles SE of Pittsburgh.  This offroad spot 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.  Again, if you are looking for some more accessible trails near Pittsburgh, view the W2W trails map here.

The last offroad trail that we are going to cover near Pittsburgh is St John's Rock ORV Trail located 100 miles SE of Pittsburgh, PA.  It's about a 2 hour drive from Pittsburgh to St John's Rock in Maryland, but absolutely worth it for some high-quality 4x4 action. The St. John’s Rock ORV Trail, located within Savage River State Forest, includes more than 12 miles of woodland trails professionally conceptualized and constructed specifically for recreational enjoyment and use. ORV enthusiasts and riders provided contractors and engineers feedback and input on the trail throughout the process. This gem of an offroad area was created by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, so make sure to check their site about operating hours and cost before heading out. .  If you're looking for more offroad options, maybe some trails closer to Pittsburgh, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Pennsylvania blog about offroad spots in PA.

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Want to go offroading near Philadelphia (Philly), Pennsylvania?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Philadelphia (Philly), PA.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Philly, PA.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near Philadelphia is Pine Barrens located 36 miles E of Philly.  I realize that an hour and twenty minutes one-way is a lot of travel time, but Pine Barrens is well worth the drive.  If you are looking for closer trails to Philly that don't require crossing State lines, then click here to visit the Where2Wheel trails map.  As for Pine Barrens, the trail system is located in Wharton State Park in Hammonton, NJ.  Pine Barrens has over 500 miles of unpaved roads that tend to get extremely muddy when conditions are wet; it is a great spot to spend a day of offroading, but make sure to brief yourself on the rules before heading out to Pine Barrens.

The next offroad trails near Philadelphia are Jeeps at the Farm located 30 miles NE of Philly and a lesser known local trail another 10 miles N from Jeeps at the Farm.  I'll leave it to you to check out the Where2Wheel trails map to find the local trail and other less known trails like it, it's free just click this link to view the map.  As for Jeeps at the Farm, this is a small farm turned ORV Park a few times a year; it's a great place to connect with your local Jeep community at when they are open for wheeling.  See their open dates and latest happenings here.

The last offroad trail that we are going to cover near Philly is one spot that no Pennsylvania offroad discussion should go without, and that is Rausch Creek Off-Road ParkRausch Creek Off-Road Park is located 111 miles NW of Philly, and we have another 10ish trails on the W2W map that are closer towards Philadelphia, but Rausch Creek stands above them all as the East Coast Mecca of Offroading.  Rausch Creek Off Road Park is devoted to providing a fun, legal place for off-road enthusiasts to go four-wheeling. The park consists of almost 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails - featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping. There is a 2-vehicle minimum to drive the trails; make sure to check out other things that you need to know before visiting by viewing their site here .  If you're looking for more offroad options, perhaps some trails that can be accessed for free, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Pennsylvania blog about offroad spots in PA.

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Want to go offroading near Dover, Delaware?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Dover, DE.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Dover, DE.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near Dover is MuddyNutz Play Ground located only 10 miles SE of Dover just before you hit the coast.  MuddyNutz is an offroad park in Dover, DE; make sure to check their site for opening times and prices.  At MuddyNutz you can expect to find lots of mud pits as well as a Jeep obstacle course for those that want more than mud. .

Looking a little further south of Dover, we currently have 4 trails near the MD/DE state line.  You can view these trails via the Where2Wheel trails map.  I'll mention one of those trails is Delaware Beach Access.  Between Ocean City, MD and Lewes, DE the state of Delaware has about 25 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. Three sections of this area are state parks and allow off-road vehicles but only for the purpose of salt-water fishing. A permit is required and regulations are enforced. The permit is $65 in state and $130 for those from out-of-state. These state parks are called Cape Henlopen (in the North near Lewes), Delaware Seashore (in the middle near Rehobeth Beach), and Fenwick Island (in the South near Ocean City, MD). **Permit-holder must be actively engaged in surf fishing when the vehicle is parked on the beach. Appropriate fishing gear must be present - bait, tackle, pole. For the safety of the fishermen, vehicles must carry a low-pressure tire gauge, a tow rope/chain, a board, jack, and shovel.  Check out the W2W trails map to see more beach access points and trails in this area.

The last offroad trail that we are going to cover near Dover, Delaware is Pine Barrens located 107 miles NE of Dover. I realize that a two hour drive is a lot of travel time, but Pine Barrens is well worth the drive. If you are looking for closer trails to Dover, DE then click here to visit the Where2Wheel trails map.  As for Pine Barrens, the trail system is located in Wharton State Park in Hammonton, NJ.  Pine Barrens has over 500 miles of unpaved roads that tend to get extremely muddy when conditions are wet; it is a great spot to spend a day of offroading, but make sure to brief yourself on the rules before heading out to Pine Barrens. Once again, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself..

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Dover, Delaware.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Delaware blog about offroad spots in DE.

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Want to go offroading near Frederick, Maryland?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Frederick, MD.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Frederick, MD.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near Frederick, MD is the Frederick Watershed Area located less than 10 miles north of Frederick.  At The Frederick Watershed Area you will find some creek crossings and small elevation changes, but nothing that should scare even a stock 4x4 rig.

The next offroad trail near Frederick, MD is St John's Rock ORV Trail located about 100 miles west of Frederick.  It's about a 90 minute drive from Frederick to St John's Rock, but absolutely worth it for some high-quality 4x4 action.  The St. John’s Rock ORV Trail, located within Savage River State Forest, includes more than 12 miles of woodland trails professionally conceptualized and constructed specifically for recreational enjoyment and use. ORV enthusiasts and riders provided contractors and engineers feedback and input on the trail throughout the process.  This gem of an offroad area was created by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, so make sure to check their site about operating hours and cost before heading out.  Friendly reminder: you can view trail reviews and also browse the offroad trails map on Where2Wheel.com - W2W is free to access and use!

The last offroad spots that we are going to cover near Frederick, MD is Big Dogs Offroad Park and Chaos Off Road Park, both are located about 70 to 80 miles SW of Frederick.  I wanted to list both of these parks since they are each only open a few times a year, so check their sites and/or social media to see if your calander lines up with theirs. (Big Dogs website & Chaos website).  If you get lucky enough to be wheeling the same weekend that either of these parks is open, you won't regret making the trip to wheel either of these legendary parks.  If you're looking for more offroad options, maybe something a bit more local, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Frederick, MD.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Maryland blog about MD's offroad spots.

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Want to go offroading near Baltimore, Maryland?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Baltimore, MD.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a trail review on Where2Wheel, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Baltimore, MD.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near Baltimore is the Frederick Watershed Area located 58 miles west of Baltimore.  The Frederick Watershed Area is a series of dirt roads located in the Frederick Municipal Forest in Frederick, MD.  Here you will find some creek crossings and small elevation changes, but nothing that should scare even a stock 4x4 rig. If you do head this way, north into Maryland, make sure to also check out St John's Rock ORV Trail, it is a bit further NW into MD, but is a dedicated off road vehicle area set up by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. You can view trail reviews and also browse the offroad trails map on Where2Wheel.com - W2W is free to access and use!

The next offroad trail near Baltimore is MuddyNutz Play Ground located 100 miles east of Baltimore, MD.  MuddyNutz is an offroad park in Dover, DE; make sure to check their site for opening times and prices.  At MuddyNutz you can expect to find lots of mud pits as well as a Jeep obstacle course for those that want more than mud.  Remember, if you're looking for more offroad options, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel around this area, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

The last offroad trail that we are going to cover near Baltimore is Pine Barrens located 130 miles NW of Baltimore.  I realize that a two and a half hour drive is a lot of travel time, but Pine Barrens is well worth the drive.  If you are looking for closer trails to Baltimore, MD then click here to visit the Where2Wheel trails map.  As for Pine Barrens, the trail system is located in Wharton State Park in Hammonton, NJ.  Pine Barrens has over 500 miles of unpaved roads that tend to get extremely muddy when conditions are wet; it is a great spot to spend a day of offroading, but make sure to brief yourself on the rules before heading out to Pine Barrens.  Once again, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell you offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account, which takes ads off the map for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Baltimore, MD.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Maryland blog about MD's favorite offroad spots.

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Want to go offroading near Washington, DC or Alexandria, VA?

Where2Wheel will help you find offroad trails near you! We exclusively cover Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, truck trails, and OHV trails.  Read along and we will point out offroad places near Washington, DC & Alexandria, VA.

In order to keep the offroad community up to date with the latest and most accurate wheeling information, we have created an offroad trails map that covers the entire USA.  The trails map on Where2Wheel is powered by the offroad community and is totally reliant on individual offroaders contributing their knowledge to keep the map up to date and accurate.  So if you do go wheeling on any of these trails, make sure to leave a review on W2W, or make any adjustments to the trail descriptions as needed since trail conditions can, and often do, change frequently.

Alright, we were talking about offroad trails near Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA.  Again, last warning, we are talking about Jeep trails and 4x4 trails that are large/wide enough to fit a passenger vehicle - no ATVs or dirtbikes talked about here.  The first offroad trail near NOVA is Peters Mill Run OHV Trail located 104 miles west of Washington, DC with a drivetime of about one hour and fifty minutes.  Peters Mill Run is a great 6.5 mile OHV trail along the top of the mountain in the George Washington National Forest. It is a family friendly, stocker ready trail that offered a bunch of small rocky sections, traversing on top on the mountain with great views, a few mud pits, and a great time for everyone.

The next offroad trail near Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA is the Frederick Watershed Area located 52 miles north of Washington, DC.  The Frederick Watershed Area is a series of dirt roads located in the Frederick Municipal Forest in Frederick, MD.  Here you will find some creek crossings and small elevation changes, but nothing that should scare even a stock 4x4 rig.  If you do head this way, north into Maryland, make sure to also check out St John's Rock ORV Trail, it is a bit further NW into MD, but is a dedicated off road vehicle area set up by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.  You can view trail reviews and also browse the offroad trails map on Where2Wheel.com - W2W is free to access and use!

The last offroad trail that we are going to cover near Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA is MuddyNutz Play Ground located 104 miles east of DC.  MuddyNutz is an offroad park in Dover, DE; make sure to check their site for opening times and prices.  If you're looking for more offroad options, there are many more Jeep trails and 4x4 trails listed on Where2Wheel, but it's easier if you visit W2W and view the offroad trails map for yourself.

Lastly, feel free to create an account on Where2Wheel; it's free to use and you can find other offroaders in your area that you can hit the trails with.  If you do enjoy using W2W and want to support us, please either tell your offroading pals about the site or sign-up for a premium account.  With a premium account, the ads are taken off the map for easier browsing and viewing for just $2.99/month.

Thanks for reading about some of the offroad trails near Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA.  For more offroad trail information you can visit Where2Wheel or check out our Virginia blog about offroad spots in VA or Maryland blog about offroad trails in MD.

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Looking for an XJ? You'll want to see this...

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Basic Details:  Asking $10,000. 4.0L. Auto Trans. 4X4. Well kept & maintained. Lots of love, sweat, and good times. Read below for the full story...

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I purchased this 98 Jeep Cherokee (XJ) in 2014. I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect XJ; I found this one and had it shipped from Roanoke, VA to Virginia Beach, VA. The XJ was bone stock and had 96K miles when I received her. I chose 1998 model year for a few very important reasons: 1) 1997+ XJs have the newest body style, most modern & comfortable interior, and OBDII computer management for easier maintenance and greater reliability. (2) After 1999 Jeep changed the engine head design on the 4.0 and the new heads were prone to cracking. (3) In model year 2000 XJs switched to low pinion Dana 30 front axles which are weaker than the high pinion Dana 30 in this XJ. Also, this XJ has the Chrysler 8.25 rear axle that is a significant improvement in strength over the Dana 35 rear axle that can be found under some XJs. 1997 – 1999 XJs are widely considered the best model years for the XJ for the reasons above.

**Recent Edit** - I listed this XJ for sale in late 2019, but had to take the listing down because I learned through a potential buyer that the Carfax had some mileage discrepancies. Long story short, I found out that the dealer sold me this XJ that I thought had 96K miles on it, but the dealership had replaced the odometer and the actual mileage was somewhere near 193K miles at the time of sale. The XJ currently has approx 200K miles on it, but the odometer reads 106,XXX. The hidden mileage explains why my first few years with the XJ were full of repairs and rebuilds, but now we are on other side of that and the XJ runs well and reliably. The engine has been overhauled with a top end rebuild and the AW4 automatic transmission has been fully rebuilt by AAMCO. Both repairs were completed within the last 5K miles. Lesson learned, always check the Carfax before buying a vehicle and never take the dealer’s word. I am more than happy to supply the Carfax for the XJ to any interested buyers.

Today, this XJ has 106,471 miles on the odometer (*See “Recent Edit” above). I have only added 10,000 miles driven in my 6 years of ownership. I am letting her go because I simply don’t have the time to enjoy this XJ and she needs to go to somebody that can spend more time appreciating the charm of this old Jeep. She is built for daily driving duty. My goal with the build was to create an XJ that was equally as capable on the road and on the trail; I didn’t let any offroad mods sacrifice on road drivability – for example I installed Detroit Truetrac lockers in both axles because they are seamless on the road while still providing ultimate traction on the trails. Whereas most XJ owners go with cheaper ratchet style auto-lockers, which are extremely intrusive, loud, and clunky when driving on pavement at slow speeds or during tight turns. Another premium item on this XJ is the BDS 4-link long arm suspension system; this suspension was more than $3,000, but the ride quality is better than nearly any other lifted XJ on the road.

This XJ is running a total of 5.5 inches of lift on 33 inch BFG KM2 tires. The axles have been regeared from 3.55 to 4.56 gears to compensate for the larger tires. I have found 33s to be the sweet spot of reliability, practicality, and capability for an XJ with OEM axles. I also chose the 10.5 inch wide tires over the more common 12.5 inch wide tires to reduce wear and stress on all drivetrain components. As for the interior, one of my favorite items to highlight is the sound system; I replaced all the speakers, added an 8 inch subwoofer, and replaced the stereo (head unit) with a modern bluetooth capable unit. I spent nearly $2,000 just on the sound system and it now has clarity and volume that will rival any Bose system in modern luxury vehicles.

I have done so much to this XJ that it is difficult to list it all, but I have always kept a focus on high quality and high reliability. She runs great and is ready to be someone’s daily driver. She will run down the highway at 70+mph all day long with ease. Once at the trail, she has the armor and overbuilt components to have your 4WD fun and still be able to hop back on the highway to cruise home after a long day of wheeling. This XJ is extremely fun without sacrificing reliability or comfort.

Alright, so here is the breakdown of everything I have done with this XJ:

  • Cooling system parts replaced – radiator, water pump, thermostat, fan clutch, hoses, and radiator cap.
  • Daystar Hood Vents for additional cooling
  • New alternator, starter, and Optima Red Top battery
  • Spectre Cowl Snorkel Intake w/new filter (High Water Fording)
  • Iron Rock Off Road front tow mount with shackles
  • OR-Fab Rear Tube Bumper w/frame tie-in
  • MORE Steering Box Brace
  • Rubicon Express Steering Linkage
  • BDS 4.5” Long Arm Suspension System w/Lifetime Warranty
    • Quick Disconnet Sway Bar Links
    • Hydro Shocks
  • IronMan4x4 Shackle Relocation Brackets
  • 1.75 inch Poly Spacers up front to adjust for shackle relocation bracket (above)
  • G2 Differential Covers front & rear w/LubeLocker Gaskets
  • 4.56 Gears & Detroit Truetracs front & rear
  • New Unit Bearings (Hub Assembly) on front axle
  • 1” Rugged Ridge wheel spacers to run factory Jeep wheels
  • Teraflex SYE kit & Tom Woods rear driveshaft
  • JCR Rock Sliders w/step up bar
  • CB radio professionally wired & mounted, JCR CB Antenna Mount
  • Cat-Back Exhaust
  • BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrains 33x10.50 (4)
  • All synthetic fluids – All fluids have been flushed and replaced

Rebuilt components:

  • Rebuilt top end of 4.0 (Head & Head Gasket)
  • Rebuilt AW4 Transmission at AAMCO 2k miles ago

The Good:

  • Clean Body
  • Clean Interior
  • Exceptionally well maintained
  • Garage kept for the past year
  • Ready for Daily Driving or Weekend Warrior duty
  • Look at the mods list!

The Bad:

  • AC could use a charge. Air blows cool, but not cold cold. I have the AC charge can, just haven’t done it yet.
  • Branded Title because the odometer has been replaced. Service records indicate the XJ had 193K miles when I purchased, add the 10K miles I have put on since, and the actual mileage is somewhere around 200K – 205K miles. Top end of engine has been rebuilt and the trans has been fully rebuilt within the last 5K miles.

The Ugly:

  • It is 20+ year old paint on this XJ so there are some imperfections. However, it is black so touch up jobs are super easy w/rattle can or brush.
    • The pin striping on the driver’s fender is getting pretty rough (see photo)
  • The main seal on the engine has an extremely slow leak – this is common across all 4.0s. I check the oil often and it has never leaked enough to require topping off between twice-a-year oil changes.

This is an amazing Jeep XJ that I have put a lot of time, money, thought, and energy into. I have taken excellent care of this vehicle and am excited to let someone else enjoy this XJ as much as I have. Thanks for checking out this awesome XJ!

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This quick write-up covers where to go offroading near Richmond, Virginia, as well as where to find the closest offroad trails for Richmond, VA. 

 

If you have lived in Richmond for awhile then you know what the offroad trails landscape looks like there...zilch. And if you are new to the Richmond area and love to go offroading, then I hate to break it to you but you are going to have to put some miles in on the pavement first. Unfortunately, Richmond is like alot of the East Coast of VA in the sense that there are not alot of legal wheeling spots available, if there are any. Good news is that you won't have to leave the state to get your tires dirty. Below we will quickly (so you can get out on the trails) cover where you can head to get some offroading time in. 

The closest spot to find some offroad trails is about 2 hours away from Richmond and 1 hour from Charlottesville up near Stuarts Draft and just pass Wintergreen. There is a cluster of offroad trails up here located in the George Washington National Forest including Shoe Creek Trail, which connects over to Crabtree Falls, and is a short trail with several different stream crossings and rock obstacles you can mess with. Crabtree Falls Trail as well as Shoe Creek, are good day trails and can be accomplished by moderate to high skill levels. The Crabtree trail consists of deep wash outs, off-camber obstacles, creek crossings, steep steps up and down along the trail as well as several rocks and boulders to conquer along the way. Although both of these offroad trails are popular, the most popular trail by far up this way (and one I am sure you have heard of before) is the Bald Mountain Jeep Trail. The Bald Mtn Jeep Trail has become very popular in the last coupe of years, probably because it can also be driven by beginners and the tight spots are Jeep owners strong points. The trail will take about 3 hours to complete and is not that difficult, although there are several tight spots along the trail where you cannot turn back around until you get farther up the trail. Half way up the trail near Coal Rd. there is a technical part that lasts about 500 yards where you can test out your rig and your skills. Note that this trail is open to the general public and busy so be prepared to have visitors and possibly have to wait along the trail. 

 

Another popular offroad trail in Virginia is Flagpole Knob which lies in the Allegheny Mountains about 20 minutes outside of Harrisonburg, VA. Flagpole Knob is mostly a rocky road with a few water holes, some washed out sections, and quite a few areas to play in as well as some steep grades. The trail is gravel for a short distance, but quickly changes to the rocky trail. There is a portion of the trail where there is a long hill climb that consists of some nice rock obstacles. This trail is nothing too daunting, but a 4WD vehicle with high clearance is strongly recommended. You can learn more about this trail and access directions to it from Harrisonburg in the trail link above.

 

Out West near Roanoke, VA you have another cluster of offroad trails located in the Jefferson National Forest. The most popular and probably the best trail out this way is Potts Mountain Jeep Trail. This is another widely popular offroad trail in Virginia. This trail is considered moderate, but you need to have some skills and experience dealing with rocks and boulders because most of this trail is a rocky climb up and then back down.  This is probably one of the more serious trails in VA and definitely not for stock vehicles. If you have 33s then you will absolutely need a winch (like this one here) and a friend. I would recommend not visiting until you have 35s and lockers and would also suggest rock sliders cause if you don't have them then you will come away with body damage. Also note if it is rainy or has recently snowed then this trail upgrades to high experience due to the climb back down. Don't want to scare you off just make sure to go with people and the right equipment and plan on the trail taking about 6 hours in good conditions. As if the fun of Potts Mountain wasn't enough to make the drive out toward Roanoke worth it, there are also several other offroad trails near Flagpole including: Boblett Gap, Eagle Rock, and Broad Run/Stone Coal Road trails. You can find all of these offroad trails and information about them for free on the Where2Wheel Map

Last but not least, you can drive South all the way passed Virginia Beach and head down to the Outer Banks for some beach driving at Carova Beach. Now I know this one is technically not located in Virginia, but it is not far pass the border and an option if you want to just get your toes wet with some beach driving. Beware that if it has just recently rained, this place quickly jumps from beginner level to expert due to all the water crossings on the back roads from flooding. I once saw a lifted Jeep Wrangler just driving down the trail and then attempt to go through a flooded section and just disappear. The entire Jeep got submerged and we all stood there in shock as their groceries floated away, so you have been warned! 

Hope this quick overview of offroad trails near Richmond, Virginia gets you off the pavement and out on the trails. Free free to check out the Where2Wheel community here as well as the W2W Map for more trail information - both are free to use and register.

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If you reside in Virginia Beach or Hampton Roads then I hate to burst your bubble, but there are not any legal 4x4 trails close. Now if you dont mind putting a few miles in on the pavement to get to the dirt roads, then you are in luck. While the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads ares does not have alot of offroading options, it luckily does have good offroading options, you just have to drive to it and most of these options will take up your whole weekend.

To the South and the closest legal option for offroad trails is the Outer Banks. Obviously most of this will consist of sand 4x4 trails, puddles and water crossings, beach offroad driving, and occasionally some nice mud holes and ruts. The absolute best time to go down this way for some offroading is after it has rained a good amount because then all the sand trails and holes are flooded and it makes for more fun and more of a challenge. While there are several places you can go in the OBX for beach driving, our favorite is Carova Beach.  This is about a 2 and a half hour drive, but every time we have visited it we have not been disappointed. You can learn more about this beach and the 4x4 trails at it on the W2W Trail Listing here. Whichever OBX beach you choose to hit, make sure to do a little research first and make sure there are no passes or fees required. 

Not too much farther down to the SW is one of the most popular offroad spots for Virginia Beach residents which is Uwharrie National Forest, which actually resides in North Carolina. While this one will run you closer to 5 hours to get to, it has alot more options for off pavement play. Alot of people will head down for the entire weekend and will camp while they are there and make a whole weekend of offroading. This is a great spot because there is variety: rocks, mud, inclines, water crossings, mudding, and an OHV park. If you are new to this forest then I would recommend checking out the 4x4 trails at Badin Lake OHV park first while you get familiar with the terrain and then branch out after you have visited it a few times because it is easy to get lost out there. Badin has 17 miles of dedicated offroad trails as well as primitive camping spots. To learn more before you head out visit the Badin Lake Trail Listing here and the Uwharrie National Forest Info Page.  Lastly I would also suggest packing some type of emergency communication device with you in the case that you do get lost like this SPOT Satellite Messenger option, always better to be safe than sorry!

If you have the time to give up the entire weekend for some offroading then another option that is also about 5 hours away in Southwest Virginia is Potts Mountain. Potts Mountain Jeep Trail is located in Jefferson National Forest and is approx 15 miles long of all types of obstacles ranging from rockcrawling, water/river crossings, mud holes, steep inclines and declines, as well as some rough terrain. This Jeep trail is definitely not for beginners and we have actually had friends get stuck on this trail. Side Note: if you can get out there while it has some snow on the trail, then you are in for a treat because it becomes a whole other ball game attempting to get up the mountain and back down when it is covered in snow and ice!

Last but not least and probably the most famous as well as the farthest away clocking in at 6 hours is Rausch Creek Offroad Park. This park consists of almost 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails - featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping. This is definitely a bucket list spot for the East Coast, but make sure before you head all the way out there that you have a plan to wheel with someone because there is a 2-vehicle minimum to access these 4x4 trails.

Hope this quick snippet of offroading options in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads helps you get off the pavement and dont forget to check out where2wheel.com/trails for access to offroad trails across the nation.

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One of the best mods to get your Wrangler on the way to becoming YOUR Wrangler is with aftermarket bumpers.  Bumpers are one of the most effiecient ways to improve your Jeep Wrangler.  A good set of bumpers can add a lot to your Jeep: strength & rigidity, off-road functionality in the form of trail protection & easily accessible recovery points, and don't forget the improved looks that will set your Wrangler apart from all the others on the road.

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

As one of the largest states in the US, Texas has lots of offroad trails and offroad parks to offer the local wheeler. Where2Wheel currently has 20+ trail listings on our national map in Texas. We will cover a brief overview of some of those trails spread across the entire state in the writing below, As always, if you would like to skip the overview or want to see all the trail listings then feel free to check out the W2W Map here.

Starting up north with our most northern trail listing we have Canadian River ATV park located in Amarillo, TX. The Canadian River off-road area is located between Amarillo, TX and Dumas, TX on US 87/287. This park has something there for everyone, ranging from novice to experienced wheelers. The area has trails on the west side of the highway and the east side of the highway as well. While it has ATV park in the name, no fear, Jeeps and full-size vehicles are also welcome here. A little over an hour and half south outside of Lubbock, TX there are also a few places to get your rig off the pavement with, like Better than Nothing - which is abunch of farm roads and a decent amount of fire/service roads with very small inclines and loose sand. Like the name says, better than nothing but not top of the line. Not far from here in Buffalo Springs you also have the Buffalo Springs Lake Trails which is a Farm to Market road 835. These trails are nothing to serious, but something for your stock Jeep or buggy to play on. NOTE: Make sure you have a current Texas OHV sticker as they will hand out tickets if you dont.

Franklin Mountain Trails located in Anthony, TX is our most eastern trail listing and is near the New Mexico border. These trails are basically old mine access roads and are fairly short, but do range a good degree in difficulty. You are prohibited from entering the state park though so make sure to check out the listing for directions before you head out. Also if you dont mind crossing the border over into NM, then not far are several other places to hit the trails such as The Wall, Palomas Gap, and Monticello Canyon. You can learn more about these trails on the W2W Map.

Padre Island National Seashore is our most southern trail listing and is worth checking out if you live in or near Corpus Christi. Padre Island is one of the last undeveloped shorelines in the world, and is one of the only beaches of its kind that is open to driving on 60 of the 70 miles that it protects. Malaquite Beach is the stretch of the National Seashore that is closed to driving. If you continue to the end of the paved road (Park Road 22), you will be driving on the beach in no time! Remember that in Texas all beaches are public highways and all traffic laws apply, including seat belt regulations, and all vehicles traveling on Padre Island National Seashore must be street legal and licensed. Also worth mentioning down in southern Texas is Big Bend National Park. This park basically has 3 parks in one because it includes mountain, desert, and river terrains. In an hour you can go from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States. It also has many different challenges for any type of vehicle mods you have and want to test out! You can find out more about Big Bend National Park on its listing here. Would also highly recommend carrying some type of emergency communication device like this Spot Gen3 Satellite Messneger since the Big Bend area is so massive and an easy place to get lost. 

Our most western trail listing is Gator Run Offroad Park located in Tatum, TX. Gator Run is definitely one you want to hit since it is the largest ATV/Offroad park in the state with 5,250 acres of Texas trails to ride and explore. They have a huge variety of terrain types for all skill levels and many add-ons such as sand drags, monster truck mud pits, sand dune climbs and jumps, as well as their "Twist & Shout" obstacle course. You can learn more about this park and what is has to offer on their website as well as upcoming events and fees. 

If you live in or near Houston, then you are in luck because there are several offroad ranches around that area for you to explore including: Brazos Valley Offroad Ranch, Texas Offroad Ranch, Creekside Offroad Ranch, and Texas Hogwallow. You can read up on all of these ranches as well as the other trail listings near Houston on the W2W Map.

Last but certainly not least we have the middle of the state where most of the offroad listings fall - from San Antonio up to Fort Worth/Dallas. There are too many trail listings in this area to cover, but we will name a few to make your search a little easier. Up in the Dallas and Fort Worth area you have spots like Northwest OHV Park, Brushy Creek Motor Farm, and Rock Trails of Tolar. Like the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the San Antonio area is also definitely rich in offroad parks/ranches such as Trees Ranch Offroad, Long Ranch ORV Park, Boulder Creek Offroad Park, and one of the most popular ones in the state Katemcy Rocks located in Mason, TX which is dubbed "the Moab of Texas" and is a rockcrawlers dream! Katemcy offers over 400 acres of granite rock providing an off road experience like no other in the state. It is called the "Moab of Texas," because it presents diverse terrain for all levels of four wheelers, from stock vehicles to extreme rock crawlers. There are multiple trails with numerous obstacles like the famous one called Kowboy. You will want to make sure to bring some type of winch with you in the event that you need to winch yourself or someone else out - we recommend this Smittybilt one.  You can find out more information about this famous place either on the W2W Trail Listing or on their website.

As mentioned earlier, Texas is a massive state with lots of land and places to offer for 4wheeling and offroading and I am sure we did not cover, nor do we have every trail listed on our map. If you know of other spots to go offroading at in Texas that we currently do not have listed, then we ask you to add them to the W2W Map if you would like to support our mission of making offroading more accessible to everyone! Hope this overview of 4x4 trails and offroad parks in TX helps you get off the pavement.

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

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

While there might not be as many places to go offroading in Arkansas at as places like California, Arizona, Colorado, etc..., AR definitely packs a punch with the places they do have for offroad trails and parks. Several ORV Parks located in Arkansas are known nationwide and have been mentioned and listed as must hits in 4Wheeler Magazine

Two of these well known parks include Super Lift ORV Park (also known as Hot Springs OffRoad Park) and Byrd's Adventure Center. Super Lift is located in, yep you guessed it, Hot Springs, Arkansas. This park is very popular with big companies like 4WheelParts, 4Wheeldrive, etc.. and they visit to test out the park, test vehicles/parts/builds, and also to get marketing material. The park spans 1,250 acres of woods and trails. They offer several amenities including restrooms, camping, a convenience store, and even an RC course to have some fun on. This park is definitely one of the must hits in AR if you have not visited it yet. You can find out more about the schedule and events on their website before planning a visit. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that Byrd's Adventure Center was the first ORV park and RV Campground in Arkansas? They opened in 1982 and started out as an outdoor music venue, then moved into teaching rock climbing and have been growing and adding activities since. They are now also one of the largest outdoor activity centers in AR as well. They are located in the Ozark Forest along the Mulberry River and offer several outdoor activities in addition to offroading such as kayaking, canoeing, ATV trails, etc.... In addition to the hundreds of miles of offroading in the Ozark National Forest, Byrd's Adventure Center also has 800 acres of mudpits, offroad trails, and obstacles for you to play on. On top of hundreds of offroad trails, this place also hosts tons of events and activities. Make sure to check out their website above below you go and I would also recommend packing some type of GPS communication device since this place is so large and it is extremely easy to get lost. My favorite is the Spot Gen3 GPS Satellite Messenger, and I always make sure to have it pack it in my offroading kit. 

Since we are on the topic of great offroad recreation and camping spots, we will also mention one other amazing spot that Arkansas also has to offer. This being Rock Creek Racing and Recreation Off-Road Park (RCRRORP). Rock Creek is a family owned facility with family values. The park has a total of 880 acres of wooded mountains, creeks, and pastures. The park also has over 50 different trails for Rock Crawlers ranging from stock vehicles to your Big Bad Buggies! They have also constructed a Rock Garden, Mud Pit, and Primitive Camp Sites to round out the adventures. The rock garden here is no joke either so make sure you have some type of winch (like this one from Smittybilt) or recovery tool with you in case you get stuck between a rock and a hard place (pun intended)! On a side note: they have been doing construction at RCRRORP off and on to add more trails, so make sure to check their website before heading out to ensure the park is open and ready for wheelers. 

We have covered several offroad parks and recreation centers, but if you are looking more for the minimalist approach of just you, your rig, and the outdoors, then you would want to check out Carwash Falls and Brown Creek Cascade. At Carwash Falls there are many trails and different activities to enjoy in this area including camping, kayaking, hiking and ATVing if you are also in to those items. You could spend several days in this area just riding the trails and continuing on up into Jasper, AK. Carwash Falls is a must hit not only for the scenery, but for the iconic waterfall you get to drive right through/under. The trail is a muddy/gravel road that can get slippery so definitely need to pay attention and make sure to have a tow rope on you. Some good elevation and scenery to make the drive/trail a must hit. Brown Creek Cascade is a dirt road a little less than an hour from Little Rock. Along with getting your rig out for the day, there are several other activities that can be done here including: camping, hiking, waterfalls, and wonderful scenic views.. The Brown Creek Cascade waterfall is a very popular one in Arkansas so make sure to check it off your list while enjoying some alone off highway time!

You can find out more information about all the 4x4 trails and offroad parks discussed in this blog as well as other places to go offroading in Arkansas as well as all the other 50 states on the Where2Wheel Map. Hope this blog helps you to hit offroad trails in Arkansas. Where2Wheel's mission is to make offroading more accessible to everyone and we are currently aiming to accomplish this mission through our free national trails map. If you know of any offroad trails in Arkansas that are not listed on our map, then we would love if you could add them to the map and help us with our mission of spreading offroading knowledge. Also make sure to check out our free community where you can find other wheelers and offroad clubs and groups in your area.

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

My wife lived in Iowa when we were dating long distance in high school, so I would go out there and visit her a couple times a year. When you think about the Midwest, I am sure rolling hills and lots of open land come to mind, which wouldn't be totally wrong. Unfortunately out in corn country most of the open land is used for agriculture and farming, so while you might think there would be plenty of places to go offroading, there actually is very limited options. Now if you are lucky, you will know some other wheelers who have land available for mud bogging from time to time, but finding the consistently open and legal 4wheeling spots is few and far between.

 While it might not be much, Where2wheel does have a few options for our offroaders in Iowa. The only legal place to go offroading in IA that we currently have listed on the W2W Map is Timber Ridge Ranch located in Castana. Timber Ridge is a 100 acre outdoor recreational area for the whole family.  Timber Ridge is a membership-based area with activities that include dirt bike trails, ATV and UTV trails, as well as areas to ride Jeeps, 4 x 4’s and dune buggies. They do have a waiting list for membership right now, so if you are interested then I would suggest getting on the list ASAP. You can find out more about Timber Ridge and sign-up to become a member on their website.

The second option to find 4x4 trails in Iowa is not a place, but instead a private wheeling group called Make It or Break It Four Wheelers. This group is centered around 4x4 trucks, jeeps and buggies, and has access to over 400 acres of private land for wheeling in south central Iowa. So if you are new to the area/state or are just looking to find some places to go offroading at in IA, then this group would be a good one to join. Membership is required though, which you can do and also find more information about the group on their Facebook Page.

Our mission here at Where2Wheel is to make offroading more accessible to everyone. We are currently serving this mission through free access to our national offroad trails map, so if you know of more offroad trails in Iowa or anywhere else in the nation and would like to help us with our mission, then we ask that you please add them to the W2W Map. Also feel free to register to become a W2W member and gain access to the community and wheelers all over the nation. 

Happy Wheeling!

 

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