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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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