Winter this year has been long and hard for everyone, but more especially so for the fair-weather outdoor enthusiast. With the bulk of icy temperatures behind us, now is the perfect time to pack up your Jeep or 4X4 and take a trip. All you need now is the perfect destination.
Check out these 10 popular places to wheel, in and out of town:
Out of State:
Moab has been one of the nation’s most popular destinations for off-roaders, hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts for decades. According to the most current tourism information available, over 1 million tourists make Moab their destination each year.
Some of the most popular attractions around Moab include: Canyonlands National Park, Sand Flats Recreation Area, biking and hiking Arches National Park, rafting or kayaking on the Colorado River, canoeing down the Green River and so much more.
Willys Jeep Rally
For the Jeep enthusiast, check out the 6th annual Willys Jeep Rally going on Friday and Saturday, May 30th and 31st at the Hueston Woods State Park and Lodge in College Corner, OH. The park itself offers: lodging, camping, 20 miles of road to explore, a marina, boat rentals, golfing, dining and more. In short, this family friendly destination has a little bit of everything and is the perfect stop for the lone traveler or family vacationer.
Shoshone Trail, UT/Wyoming
If you are looking for that perfect place to wheel and get away from civilization for a while, the Shoshone Trail may be the trail for you. With literally hundreds of miles to ride and wheel in the forests that stretch between UT and Wyoming you are sure to find solitude.
Badlands Off-Road Park, IN
This former quarry mine site sits on roughly 700 acres of sand dunes, wooded trails, gravel hills, mud pits and a lot more. We just love the fact that this park is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM all year long. Check out the Badlands Off-Road Park for information on park fees, requirements and lodging options.
Boise National Forest, ID
If the thought of wilderness wheeling, camping, hiking or biking gets you excited, make your way out to the Boise National Forest in Idaho this year. This forest service maintains over 1,300 miles of summer trails that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts.
Southern MO Off-Road Ranch
Tucked away in the Southwest part of Missouri you’ll find Southern MO Off-Road Ranch (SMORR) situated just outside of Seymour. With over 940 acres of wilderness and challenging trails throughout, this ranch has something to accommodate every skill level. When you head out to SMORR, be prepared to spend an entire day exploring their countless and ever expanding trails.
Moonlight Racing and Off-Road
Conveniently located just south of St. Louis, you’ll find Moonlight Racing. This off-road park is open to Jeeps, trucks, SUV’s, ATV’s and just about any other vehicle willing to take on its rocky trails and creek crossings. Local Jeep clubs often use the trails located at this park as part of their semiannual “Intro to Off-Road” course.
Just south of Rolla, there is something for everyone at FlatNasty. This park offers trails for beginners, pro-crawlers and everyone in between. Whether you roll with a club or just a small circle of friends, when you make FlatNasty your daytrip destination you are sure to have a good time.
Finger Lake State Park
Boasting over 70 miles of off-road trail and tracks, this former coal strip-mining site has been transformed into an off-road recreational paradise that attracts people from all over the country. When you are done wheeling for the day, sit back and relax on the lakefront beach. Just North of Columbia, the Finger Lake State Park is perfectly situated for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Potawatomi Off-Road Park
Not too far from Fulton is a mid-sized park that offers off-roaders a chance to get away for the afternoon or weekend and enjoy the outdoors. Most trails have obstacles and challenges that require expert abilities and a modified vehicle, but even stock Jeeps should be able to navigate the trails thanks to the obstacle bypasses that have been built in. Whether you are strait stock or completely custom, the trails at Potawatomi Off-Road Park were built with you in mind.
You can also check out: top100ORVsites.com/trails.php for a listing (by state) of some of the most popular trails to ride throughout the country.
Anyone can turn a wrench, but when you want things done right, take your Jeep or 4×4 to the experts at Axleboy. We’ll see you on the trails!
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