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Off Road Trails in Texas - Jeep Trails, OHV and 4x4 Trails in TX

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.

Happy Wheeling!


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