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Wheels Across America: Nationwide Off Road Area List

Posted in Events on November 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Now, some good news. While it's true that we've lost some prime wheel estate over the years, and that we all need to redouble our efforts to keep our trails open, we still have a few places we can go with our favorite trail toys. Actually, it's more than a few. We've compiled a list of BLM and Forest Service lands here that are still open to motorized access, as well as some state-run OHV areas and private ORV parks. Wherever you go, it's a good idea to have accurate maps so that you're aware of the designated trails for vehicles, especially for BLM lands and national forests, which may contain Wilderness Study Areas with restricted locations within their boundaries.

Also before you go, contact your destination to ensure there haven't been land closures due to weather, fire, or pressure from environmentalists. Calling ahead is just as important for the public and private off-road parks; many fill up quickly on weekends, depending on the season, and some require reservations ahead of time. We've included as many phone numbers and URLs as we could find here to make things easier for you. And if we've overlooked an open wheeling spot in your area, or you see some information here that appears out of date, by all means let us know.

Alabama
Gray Rock ORV Park

  • Located: Mount Olive, 12 miles from Birmingham
  • For More Info: www.grayrockorv.com
  • FYI: More than 2,000 acres of hills, rocks, and more

Alaska
Chugach National Forest

  • Located: Moose Pass and Hope area
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach, 907/743-9500
  • FYI: There are a couple of side trails for OHV use

Kincaid Park Outdoor Center

  • Located: West side of Anchorage
  • For More Info: www.muni.org/parks/ParkDistrictSW, 907/343-4355
  • FYI: Use the Diamond entrance

White Mountains National Recreation Area

  • Located: About 30 miles north of Fairbanks
  • For More Info: www.aurora.ak.blm.gov/WhiteMtns/html/ 800/437-7021, 907/474-2200
  • FYI: 1,500-pound limits in most areas, but some creek beds within Nome Creek Valley are OK for trucks

Arizona
Club: Arizona State Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, www.asa4wdc.org

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

  • Located: From Flagstaff, take I -40 east to Holbrook, south on U.S. 180 to U.S. 191, and head about 30 miles to Springerville
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf, 928/333-4301
  • FYI: Named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a government topographical engineer

Coconino National Forest

  • Located: Central AZ; nearby towns include Flagstaff, Sedona, and Clarkdale
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino, 928/527-3600
  • FYI: Cinder Hills OHV area is here

Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area

  • Located: 12 miles northeast of Parker
  • For More Info: www.az.blm.gov/OHV/copper.htm, 602/417-9200
  • FYI: Sand dunes, trails, and canyons

Coronado National Forest

  • Located: Southeastern Arizona; I-10 east of Tucson
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado, 502/388-8300
  • FYI: OHV areas such as Catalina and Santa Rita

Crossroads ORV Area

  • Located: 9 miles northeast of Parker
  • For More Info: www.az.blm.gov/OHV/crossroa.htm, 928/505-1200
  • FYI: Fall to spring is the best season

Ehrenberg Sandbowl OHV Area

  • Located: I-10 to Ehrenberg, about 3 miles from Ehrenberg/Cibola Road
  • For More Info: www.az.blm.gov/ohv/ehrenberg.htm, 928/317-3200
  • FYI: Road, trails, hills, and sand

Fourmile Canyon Campground

  • Located: In Klondyke, 3/4 mile southwest of Fourmile Canyon Road
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2054, 928/348-4400
  • FYI: Near Aravaipa Creek

Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

  • Located: From Safford, take 1191 South to Tanque Road, east to Haekel Road south
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2034, 928/348-4400
  • FYI: Sand dunes and water

Kaibab National Forest

  • Located: Southern part: From Williams, go north on State Hwy 64; for northern part: from Page, via U.S. Hwy 89, 89 Alt, and State Hwy 67
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai, 928/635-8200
  • FYI: Borders the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon

Oxbow Campground

  • Located: CA Hwy 78 to about 3 miles south of Palo Verde, CA, turn east; about 3/4 mile east of Hwy 78
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1887, 928/317-3200
  • FYI: Summer and holiday weekends are the busiest

Packsaddle Campground

  • Located: 9 miles up unpaved Big Wash Road from its junction with Hwy 93
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2052, 928/692-4400
  • FYI: Located above the old mining town of Chloride

Parker Strip Recreation Area

  • Located: Begins at Parker Dam and goes along Parker Dam Road south
  • For More Info: www.az.blm.gov/lhfo/rec/strip.htm, 928/505-1200
  • FYI: Parker Dam Road = "Thread of Life"

Prescott National Forest

  • Located: From Prescott, U.S. Hwy 89 and alt 89 north
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott, 928/443-8000
  • FYI: In 1911, half a million sheep and boats traveled over the forest's byways; 5,764 in 1993

San Simon Valley

  • Located: Access via Haekel Road, Fan Road, or Tanque Road
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1754, 928/348-4400
  • FYI: Hot Wells Dunes located in heart of this Valley

Tonto National Forest

  • Located: From Phoenix, take State Hwy 87 north
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto, 602/225-5200
  • FYI: Fifth largest forest in U.S.

Arkansas
Byrd's Adventure Center of the Ozarks

  • Located: In Ozark; from I-40, to 23 to 215
  • For More Info: www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/motoring, 479/667-4066
  • FYI: It has a rock garden for crawling, but also has hiking, kayaking, and biking

Ouachita National Forest

  • Located: Ouachita is in central Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma; from Hot Springs, U.S. Hwys 270 west, 70 west or State Hwy 7 west
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm, 501/321-5202
  • FYI: Ouachita (pron. wash-i-tah) is the French spelling of the Native American word for "good hunting ground."

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

  • Located: From Russellville, I-40 west to either State Hwy 7, 21, or 23
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark, 479/968-2354
  • FYI: It's one of the smallest forests in the country

Superlift Off-Road Park

  • Located: Hot Springs
  • For More Info: www.orvpark.com, 501/625-3600
  • FYI: Concrete Hill and Too Easy are notable obstacles

California
California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs, www.cal4wheel.com California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), www.corva.org

Alturas Recreation Center

  • Located: At Modoc National Forest between 395 and 299
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/alturas/recreation.html, 530/233-4666
  • FYI: Modoc Indian War of 1872-73 happened in this area

Angeles National Forest

  • Located: Located in Southern California, about an hour from Greater Los Angeles area
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles, 626/574-1613
  • FYI: 694,187 acres

Bradshaw Trail

  • Located: It's in southeastern Riverside County and touches Imperial County
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/palmsprings/bradshaw.html, 760/251-4800
  • FYI: It's a 70-mile dirt road with soft sand

Carnegie OHV Area

  • Located: Near Tracy in San Joaquin and Alameda counties
  • For More Info: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1172, 925/447-9027
  • FYI: 1,500 acres of riding area

Chappie/Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

  • Located: 10 miles northwest of Redding, CA
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/redding/chappie_ohv.html, 530/224-2179
  • FYI: 250 miles of trails and roads; named for a former U.S. Congressman

Cleveland National Forest

  • Located: North and east of San Diego
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland, 858/673-6180
  • FYI: Southernmost national forest in California

Cow Mountain Recreation Area

  • Located: Near Ukiah and Lakeport
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/ukiah/cowmtn.html, 707/468-4000
  • FYI: Terrain on the 60,000 acres is steep; habitat for bear and wild turkey

Dumont Dunes

  • Located: Near Baker, CA
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/dumont.html, 760/252-6000
  • FYI: Competition Hill is the tallest dune, 1,200 feet

Eldorado National Forest

  • Located: 3-4 hours from the Bay Area; Sacramento is about 11/2 hours away
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado, 530/622-5061, 916/622-5062
  • FYI: The Rubicon Trail is part of this forest

El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle Area

  • Located: In the Mojave Desert, west of Adelanto, CA
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/mirage.htmlm 760/252-6000
  • FYI: In the summer it can be 120 degrees

High Rock Canyon

  • Located: Between Cedarville, Rancheria and Modoc National Forest
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/surprise/highrock.html, 916/279-6101
  • FYI: Rugged and remote

Hollister Recreation Management Area and Hollister Hills

  • Located: San Benito, Fresno, and Monterey counties
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/hollister/recreation.html,
  • 831/630-5000, 831/637-3874
  • FYI: Hollister Hills is the home of Top Truck Challenge

Hungry Valley SVRA

  • Located: In the Tejon Pass, north of L.A. and along I-5
  • For More Info: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1192, 661/248-7007
  • FYI: Challenging trails are in the hills and backcountry section

Imperial Sand Dunes

  • Located: Runs along the eastern edge of the Imperial Valley and is bordered on the west by Coachella Canal
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro/ImperialSandDunes, 619/337-4400
  • FYI: Largest and most heavily used area begins at Hwy 78

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Recreation Area

  • Located: Southeast of Barstow
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/johnson.html, 760/252-6000
  • FYI: Where the Jackhammer and Sledgehammer Trails are

Juniper Flats

  • Located: Located in the northern foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/jflats.html, 760/252-6000
  • FYI: Mining and prehistoric sites are on the Flats

Klamath National Forest

  • Located: Hwy 5 to Yreka
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/klamath, 530/842-6131
  • FYI: Land in Siskiyou County, Northern California, and Jackson County, Oregon

Lassen National Forest

  • Located: Northern California, where Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Modoc Plateau, and Great Basin meet
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen, 530/257-2151
  • FYI: The forest is the land of Ishi, last survivor of Yahi Yana Native American tribe

Los Padres National Forest

  • Locate: Northern division of the forest is within Monterey County and northern San Luis Obispo, while the main part of the forest is located within San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Kern counties
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres, 805/968-6640
  • FYI: Forest is a member of the CA Condor Recovery Program

Mendocino National Forest

  • Located: It's at the eastern "spur" of the Coastal Mountain Ranges in northwestern California, about three hours north of San Francisco
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino, 530/934-3316
  • FYI: The only one of CA's 18 national forests not crossed by a paved road or highway

Modoc National Forest

  • Located: Located in extreme northeastern corner of California
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc, 530/233-5811
  • FYI: Named for the county where most of the forest is

Oceano Dunes

  • Located: In San Luis Obispo county near the city of Oceano
  • For More Info: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1207, 805/473-7230
  • FYI: Formerly Pismo Dunes

Prairie City SVRA

  • Located: 20 miles east of downtown Sacramento and 3 miles south of U.S. 50
  • For More Info: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1221, 916/985-7378
  • FYI: Got its name from the Gold Rush community northeast of the park

Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area

  • Located: Between Interstate 15 and Mojave National Preserve; southwest of Baker
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/rasor.html, 760/252-6000
  • FYI: Hills and sand dunes

San Bernardino National Forest

  • Located: San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountain ranges
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino, 909/382-2600
  • FYI: Became a national forest more than 100 years ago

Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

  • Located: Between Los Angeles and Sacramento off Hwy 395
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia, 559/784-1500
  • FYI: Named after the world's largest tree

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

  • Located: Along I-5 in central northern CA
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity, 530/226-2500
  • FYI: Shasta and Trinity parks became one in 1954

Sierra National Forest

  • Located: East of Fresno and west of the Sierra Nevada Crest between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra, 559/297-0706
  • FYI: The John Muir and Minarets Wildernesses are crowded in July and August

Six Rivers National Forest

  • Located: Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties; east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern CA; can be reached via U.S. Hwy 101 and State Hwy 96
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers, 707/442-1721
  • FYI: Six major rivers drain or run through the forest

Spangler Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area

  • Located: Near Ridgecrest; three hours north of LA in the Western Mojave Desert
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/spangler.html, 619/384-5400
  • FYI: Most popular staging area is Teagle Wash

Stanislaus National Forest

  • Located: From Sonora, take State Hwy 120, or Hwy 140 from Merced
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus, 209/532-3671
  • FYI: A hot spot during the Gold Rush for miners, ranchers, and loggers

Stoddard Valley OHV Area

  • Located: South of Barstow at Interstate 15 and Hwy 247
  • For More Info: www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/stoddard.html, 760/252-6000
  • FYI: Stoddard Peak is at 5,000 feet elevation

Tahoe National Forest

  • Located: At the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe, 530/265-4531
  • FYI: Donner Pass is named after the Donner Party, who wintered in 1846-47 at camps near what is now Truckee

Colorado
Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, www.cohvco.org/ca4wdci/index.htm

Alpine Triangle/Loop

  • Located: Enter the Silverton and Ouray entrances from U.S. Hwy 550, south of Montrose or north of Durango. Lake City entrances are by State Hwy 149 south of Gunnison, north of Creede
  • For More Info: www.co.blm.gov/gra/gra-rec.htm, 970/240-5300
  • FYI: Forests feature Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and Engleman spruce

Canyons of the Ancient National Monument

  • Located: 10 miles north of Cortez
  • For More Info: www.co.blm.gov/canm/index.html, 970/882-4811
  • FYI: There are no rivers or lakes within its boundaries

Gold Belt Recreation Management Area

  • Located: About an hour from Colorado Springs and Pueblo
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1700, 719/269-8500
  • FYI: The Victor Mining District was world's largest Gold Rush

Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forests

  • Located: Grand Junction, Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose are the closest cities
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug, 970/874-6600
  • FYI: It's the third largest forest in the U.S.

Kremmling Recreation Management Area

  • Located: Jackson, Larimer, Grand, Eagle, and Summit counties
  • For More Info: www.co.blm.gov/kra/kraindex.htm, 970/724-3437
  • FYI: 394,000 acres of BLM land

Mosquito Peaks

  • Located: From Fairplay, head west on Mosquito Pass Road for nearly 10 miles
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1715, 719/269-8500
  • FYI: There are 18 rare plant species

North Sand Hills SRMA

  • Located: About 10.5 miles northeast of Walden.
  • For More Info: www.co.blm.gov/kra/NorthSandHillSRMA.htm
  • FYI: The only sand recreation area in Colorado

Pike-San Isabel National Forests; Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands

  • Located: Central Colorado
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc, 719/553-1400
  • FYI: It's made up of nearly 3 million acres

Rio Grande National Forest

  • Located: 4 hours north of Denver, 4 hours south of Albuquerque
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande, 719/852-6271
  • FYI: The Continental Divide runs about 236 miles along most of the western border of the forest

San Juan National Forest

  • Located: Runs through five counties in southwestern corner of the state
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan, 970/247-4874
  • FYI: The forest is 2.5 million acres

White River National Forest

  • Located: West of Denver
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver, 970/945-3255
  • FYI: Teddy Roosevelt hunted mountain lions here in 1901

Florida
Florida Four Wheel Drive Association www.fl4wda.com

Big Cypress National Preserve

  • Located: I-75, state road 29, and U.S. 41 travel through the preserve
  • For More Info: www.nps.gov/bicy/newrules.htm, 239/695-1201
  • FYI: Street-legal 4x4s allowed only on Bear Island Unit trails

Ocala-Apalachicola-Osecola National Forests

  • Located: Apalachicola and Osceola are in the northern part of the state; Ocala in central Florida
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida, 850/523-8500
  • FYI: Ocala is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River

Felda Motorsports Park

  • Located: 1 mile east of State Road 29 on County Road 832 in Felda
  • For More Info: www.feldamotorsportspark.com, 888/MUD-PARK
  • FYI: There's a 50-acre-plus mud hole

Georgia
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

  • Located: In north George and accessed via Atlanta by the I-985, I-75, I-575, or State Hwy 15
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/conf, 770/297-3000
  • FYI: Includes ORV areas like Houston Valley, Tatum Lead, Beasley Knob, Locust Stake, and Rocky Flats

Idaho
Boise National Forest

  • Located: Located north and east of Boise, State Hwy 55 north of Boise
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/boise, 208/373-4100
  • FYI: More than 1,300 miles of trails are maintained

Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Recreation Area

  • Located: Take Highway 51 from Bruenau, and if heading west take the Grasmere-Rowland road; east route is via Bruneau-Three Creek Road
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2073, 208/384-3300
  • FYI: Roads require 4x4s with high clearance

Clearwater National Forest

  • Located: From Orofino, State Hwys 8 and 11 for the northern part; State Hwy 12 is a 200-mile-long route to Missoula for the southern part
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/clearwater, 208/476-4541
  • FYI: Part of Idaho's "Big Wild"

Nez Perce National Forest

  • Located: North central Idaho; from Grangeville, U.S. Hwy 95 S and State Highway 14 east
  • For More Info; www.fs.fed.us/r1/nezperce, 208/983-1950
  • FYI: Ni Mii Pu named Nez Perce Indians by Lewis and Clark Expeditions

Payette National Forest

  • Located: Southernmost part of forest accessible from Hwy 95; northern accessed from Boise and Payette River Scenic Byway
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/payette, 208/634-0700
  • FYI: Forest is 2.3 million acres

Salmon-Challis National Forests

  • Located: East central Idaho
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc, 208/756-5100
  • FYI: Borah Peak, Idaho's tallest peak, is here

Sawtooth National Forest & Sawtooth National Recreation Area

  • Located: Central Idaho; from Twin Falls, 75 miles north on State Hwy 75
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth, 208/737-3200
  • FYI: Created on May 29, 1905 by proclamation of Teddy Roosevelt as Sawtooth Forest Reserve

Saint Anthony Sand Dunes

  • Located: 50 miles northwest of Idaho Falls
  • For More Info: www.id.blm.gov/recreation/sandunes, 208/523-1012
  • FYI: 10,000 acres of dunes up to 600 feet

Illinois
Rockport Off-Road Park

  • Located: 2 miles north of Junction Hwy 54 and 96 in Pike County
  • For More Info: www.rorp.com, 217/437-5337
  • FYI: 1,300 acres of rocks, mud, and some hills

The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park

  • Located: Marseilles
  • For More Info: www.thecliffsinsaneterrain.com, 815/795-5200
  • FYI: Steep hills, rocks, and a mud hole

Indiana
Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association, www.ifwda.com

Badlands Off-Road Park

  • Located: Attica, in western Indiana
  • For More Info: www.badlandsoffroad.com, 765/762-2981
  • FYI: The home of Buzzard's Roost and Purgatory

Haspin Acres

  • Located: Laurel, in Franklin County
  • For More Info: www.haspinacres.com, 765/698-2420
  • FYI: 750 acres

Redbird State Riding Area

  • Located: Near Dugger; south of Terre Haute, west of Linton, south-east of Sullivan
  • For More Info: www.redbirdsra.com, 317/232-4070
  • FYI: Trails for all skill levels

Iowa
Timber Ridge Ranch

  • Located: Castana
  • For More Info: www.peelout.net, 712/353-6600
  • FYI: 100 miles of off-road trails

Kansas
Kansas City 4WD Association, www.kc4wda.com

Cathouse Recreation Area

  • Located: 10 miles north of Dighton
  • For More Info: 620/397-2575
  • FYI: 1,500 acres of different levels of trails

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

  • Located: Mapleton
  • For More Info: www.ksrockspark.com
  • FYI: Check out Bronco Buster, Can Opener, and Pinball

Kentucky
Kentucky Riders, www.kentuckyriders.com

Blue Mountain Recreational Park

  • Located: Harlan County, Kentucky/Virginia border, U.S. 119 and U.S. 421
  • For More Info: www.harlancountytrails.com/bluemountain
  • FYI: Level 1 to 5 trails; look for Mason Jar, Cream Puff, and Rock Garden

D&K Off Road Park

  • Located: Goose Rock community of Clay County in southeastern Kentucky
  • For More Info: www.dandkoffroadpark.com, 606/598-2776
  • FYI: 3,150 acres of mud, rocks, hills, and trails

Daniel Boone National Forest

  • Located: Near Morehead in the northeast to the Tennessee state line and counties in eastern Kentucky
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone, 859/745-3100
  • FYI: Highest point is Pine Mountain, at 2,708 feet

Kentucky Outback Adventure ORV Park

  • Located: Northeastern Kentucky
  • For More Info: www.kyorvpark.com, 859/635-3058
  • FYI: The Rock Garden, The Lot Challenge, and The Falls are some popular spots on the 800-plus acres

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

  • Located: About 300 miles from Cincinnati, OH
  • For More Info: www.lbl.org, 270/924-2000
  • FYI: Check out Turkey Bay OHV area

ORV Park of Kentucky

  • Located: About 80 miles from Louisville and 336 miles from Atlanta
  • For More Info: www.offroad-ky.com, 502/266-7305
  • FYI: 512 acres, with a membership motto of "tread heavy" on the mud, hills, and rocks

Paddy's Bluff Retreat

  • Located: Dycusburg
  • For More Info: www.paddysbluff.com, 270/836-4297
  • FYI: 650 acres of mud holes, creek bottoms, and more

Massachusetts
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/listing.htm

Savoy Mountain State Park

  • Located: On top of the Hoosac Mountain Range in northwestern Massachusetts
  • For More Info: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/svym.htm, 413-663-8469
  • FYI: Miles of wooded trails

Michigan
Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association, www.glfwda.org

Hiawatha National Forest

  • Located: Western section is accessed from Escanaba via Stuart Hwy 41 north and 2 east; eastern section is from I-75 on State Hwy 28 or U.S. Hwy 2
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/hiawatha, 906/786-4062
  • FYI: Name comes from Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha"

Huron-Manistee National Forests

  • Located: In northern lower Michigan
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/index.shtml, 800/821-6263
  • FYI: About 964,413 acres

Mounds Off-Road Vehicle Area

  • Located: 11/2 miles east of Genesee Road on East Mt. Morris Road
  • For More Info: www.geneseecountyparks.org/mounds.htm, 800/648-7275, 810/736-7100
  • FYI: Open year-'round but trucks not allowed March 15-May 15

Ottawa National Forest

  • Located: Located in western Upper Peninsula; extends from south shore of Lake Superior to Wisconsin and Nicolet National Forest
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa, 800/562-1201, 906/932-1330
  • FYI: It's known as "Waterfall Country"

Silver Lake State Park

  • Located: In Oceana County
  • For More Info: www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=493, 231/873-3083
  • FYI: Nearly 2,000 acres of sand dunes

Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest

  • Located: In Northern Minnesota; from Grand Rapids, State Hwy 2
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/chippewa, 218/335-8600
  • FYI: There are more than 700 lakes and 920 miles of rivers and streams

Iron Range OHV Recreation Area

  • Located: In Gilbert, 200 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • For More Info: www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/iron_range/gilbert/index.html, 218/748-2207
    1. FYI: Riding for all skill levels

Superior National Forest

  • Located: U.S. Hwy 61 to east edge, U.S. Hwy 53 to the west edge
  • For More Info: www.superiornationalforest.org, 218/626-4300
  • FYI: Northern Minnesota is the last stronghold of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states

Mississippi
Red Creek Off-Road Park

  • Located: Perkinston
  • For More Info: www.redcreekoffroad.com, 601/945-5055
  • FYI: Playground for all types

Missouri
SayersBrook Bison Ranch

  • Located: Potosi, around 90 minutes from St. Louis
  • For More Info: www.sayersbrook.com, 888/854-4449, 573/438-4449
  • FYI: Rockcrawling and off-road competitions also happen here

St. Joe State Park

  • Located: Southeast Missouri
  • For More Info: www.mostateparks.com/stjoe.htm, 800/334-6946
  • FYI: It's Missouri's third largest state park

Montana
Montana 4x4 Association, www.m4x4a.org

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

  • Located: Headquarters in Dillon on I-15, 63 miles north of Idaho border; located in southwest Montana
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/bdnf, 406/683-3900
  • FYI: The largest national forest in Montana

Custer National Forest

  • Located: Interstate 90 east to State Hwy 212 east for 60 miles
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/custer, 406/657-6200
  • FYI: Forest is 1.3 million acres

Gallatin National Forest

  • Located: Southwestern Montana, north of Yellowstone National Park
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin, 406/587-6701
  • FYI: The cabins were built in the '20s and '30s, originally for rangers and crews

Garnet Recreation Management Area

  • Located: About 35 miles east of Missoula in the Garnet Range
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1788, 406/329-3914
  • FYI: Mostly logging roads

Garnet Ghost Town

  • Located: Garnet
  • For More Info: www.garnetghosttown.org, 406/329-3914
  • FYI: It's a preserved ghost town

Kootenai National Forest

  • Located: Northwest corner of Montana and the northeast corner of Idaho at the Canadian border
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai, 406/293-6211
  • FYI: Its highest point is Snowshoe Peak at 8,738 feet

Lolo National Forest

  • Located: Western Montana, surrounding Missoula
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r1/lolo, 406/329-3750
  • FYI: Lolo likely derived from "Lou-Lou" or "Lawrence," a trapper killed by a grizzly and buried at Grave Creek

Nevada
Nevada United Four Wheelers Association, www.nufwa.org

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests

  • Located: Encompasses all of Nevada and far eastern edge of CA
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf, 775/331-6444
  • FYI: The H-T is the largest national forest outside of Alaska

Pine Forest Recreation Management Area

  • Located: From Winnemucca, go 30 miles north on U.S. why 95, then 50 miles west on State Hwy 140, left at Alta Creek Road
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=1816,
  • FYI: Access can be limited due to snow

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

  • Located: 25 miles east of Fallon on Hwy 50
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2106, 775/885-6000
  • FYI: Sand Mountain is 2 miles long, 600 feet high

New Hampshire
Northeast Association of 4WD Clubs, www.nea4wd.org

New Jersey
New Jersey Off Road Vehicle Park

  • Located: The Pine Barrens in Chatsworth
  • For More Info: www.njorvp.org, 609/726-0900
  • FYI: 265 acres

New Mexico
Southwest Four Wheel Drive Association, www.swfwda.org

Carson National Forest

  • Located: U.S. Hwy 64 from Taos goes to the north part. South part of the forest, use State 518, 58, or 75
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson, 505/758-6200
  • FYI: Forest-road use is limited due to weather

Cibola National Forest

  • Located: Eastward from west central New Mexico into northeastern New Mexico and beyond
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola, 505/346-3900
  • FYI: Cibola is presumed to be the original Zuni Indian name for their group of pueblos or tribal land

Dunes ORV Area

  • Located: A little over a mile south of Farmington on NM 371
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/farmington/dunes_ohv_area.htm, 505/599-8900
  • FYI: 800 acres

El Malpais National Conservation Area

  • Located: South of Grants, 80 miles west of Albuquerque
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/albuquerque/el_malpais_nca.htm, 505/761-8700
  • FYI: County Road 42 is OK, as are a few other areas

Glade Run Recreation Management Area/Glade Run Trail System

  • Located: From Farmington, follow signs to San Juan Community College, then north on College Blvd
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov, 505/599-8900
  • FYI: "Sandstone terrain" and a site for rockcrawling events

Hackberry Lake ORV Area

  • Located: 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/carlsbad/hackberry_lake_ohv_area.htm, 505/234-5972
  • FYI: Expect to see plenty of sand buggies

Head Canyon OHV Recreation Area

  • Located: South of Farmington, NM 371
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov, 505/599-8900
  • FYI: A local favorite

Mescalero Sands North Dunes Area

  • Located: 45 miles east of Roswell via U.S. 380; from Tatum, 27 miles west on U.S. 380
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/roswell/mescalero_sands.htm, 505/627-0272
  • FYI: 610 acres of 90-foot-plus sand dunes

Robledo Mountains OHV Trail System

  • Located: 4 miles northwest of Las Cruces
  • For More Info: www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/las_cruces/robledo_mtn_ohv.htm, 505/525-4300
  • FYI: Trails are extreme and require locking diffs and a winch

North Carolina
Baden Lake OHV Area

  • Located: About an hour from Charlotte
  • For More Info: www.troy.nc.us/links.htm#uwherrie
  • FYI: 16 miles of trails

Croatan-Nantahala-Pisgah-Uwharrie National Forests

  • Located: It's best to contact them for how to get there since it covers 1.2 million acres
  • For More Info: www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc, 828/257-4200
  • FYI: Visit the Uwharrie OHV area

Ohio Rustbelt 4x4 Trailriders Association, www.rustbelt4x4.org

Forbidden Zone ATV Park

  • Located: Hammondsville
  • For More Info: www.forbiddenzoneatvpark.com, 330/708-4417
  • FYI: Open 24 hours; hills, rocks, and creek beds

Wayne National Forest

  • Located: Southeastern Ohio, a day's drive from Lexington, KY; Huntington, West Virginia; and Cleveland, OH
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/wayne, 740/753-0101
  • FYI: Home to the natural-rock Irish Run Natural Bridge

Oklahoma
Beaver Dunes State Park

  • Located: 1 mile north of Beaver on Hwy 270
  • For More Info: www.oklahomaparks.com/detail.asp?id=1+5U+3582, 580/625-3373
  • FYI: 520-acre park

Clayton Area

  • Located: In southeast Oklahoma off SH 271
  • For More Info: www.travelok.com/trails/4x4.asp, 800/652-6552
  • FYI: Forest with trails for all vehicle types

Disney Trail

  • Located: In northeast Oklahoma, about an hour from Tulsa and below the Grand Lake Dam
  • For More Info: www.travelok.com/trails/4x4.asp, 800/652-6552
  • FYI: River Run can get deep mud; Extension ranks a 5 when done backward, Hogan's Revenge is 51/2 when backward

Gruber Recreation Area

  • Located: Muskogee; 3 miles north of Braggs on the west side of SH 10
  • For More Info: www.travelok.com/trails/4x4.asp, 800/652-6552
  • FYI: 400 acres of easy to tough trails

Hogan's Offroad Park

  • Located: In Disney, northeast of Tulsa
  • For More Info: www.hogansoffroad.com, 918/435-2737
  • FYI: Land is owned by Grand River Dam Authority; mud, hillclimbs, rockcrawling, mild to wild

Little Sahara State Park

  • Located: 34 miles west from Nephi
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2200, 435/743-3100
  • FYI: Dunes, hills, and flats

White Water Park

  • Located: Mannford, west of Tulsa on Keystone Lake off SH 412
  • For More Info: www.travelok.com/trails/4x4.asp, 800/652-6552
  • FYI: It's mostly sand, and closes when bald eagles are in town

Oregon
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

  • Located: It's at the border of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/hellscanyon, 541/523-6391
  • FYI: The Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge

Klamath Sportsman's Park

  • Located: State Hwy 66 south out of Klamath Falls, through Keno
  • FYI: www.oohva.org/ohv%20area%20pages/klamath.html, 541/822-1098
  • FYI: Has a 4x4 drag strip and shooting ranges

Morrow County OHV Park

  • Located: South Morrow County
  • For More Info: www.morrowcountyparks.org/17290.html, 541/989-9500
  • FYI: More than 6,200 acres

Noonday Trail

  • Located: Umpqua National Forest
  • For More Info: www.oohva.org/ohv%20area%20pages/noonday%20trail.html or www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv
  • FYI: An original wagon road with switchbacks

Sand Lake Recreation Area/Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

  • Located: North of Sand Lake Estuary
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/recreation/ohv
  • FYI: Nearly half of what makes up the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Lake Recreation Area is open for f-u-n

Tillamook State Forest

  • Located: Coast Range mountains of northwest Oregon
  • For More Info: www.odf.state.or.us/areas/northwest/tillamook/tsf/default.asp, 503/842-2548
  • FYI: Most OHV action happens south of Hwy 6 between Portland and Tillamook

Virtue Flat ORV Area

  • Located: East of Baker City
  • For More Info: www.blm.gov/or (although we liked this site a lot for its detail about the area: www.eoni.com/~oregoncamp/virtue)
  • FYI: Don't let the name fool you. Plenty of rock crawling here

Pennsylvania
Middle Atlantic Four Wheel Drive Association, matlantic4wda@aol.com

Allegheny National Forest

  • Located: In northwestern Pennsylvania, driving distance from places like Lake Erie, Buffalo, and Cleveland
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny, 814/723-5150
  • FYI: It's 40 miles from the site of the first oil well in the U.S.

Rausch Creek Off-Road Park

  • Located: It's by Tremont and Tower City
  • For More Info: www.rauschcreekoffroadpark.org, 610/842-3596
  • FYI: 1,000 acres of trails

South Dakota
Black Hills National Forest

  • Located: 190 miles north of Rapid City and U.S. Hwys 16 and 385 to the west and south
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills, 605/673-9200
  • FYI: Lakota words "Paha Sapa" mean "hills that are black"; from a distance, the pine trees seem black

Tennessee
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, www.sfwda.org

North American XJ Association, www.naxja.org

143 Off-Road Park

  • Located: Hurricane Mills
  • For More Info: www.143offroad.com, 931/296-5588
  • FYI: 2,000 acres

Coal Creek OHV Area

  • Located: Oliver Springs, 18 miles northwest of Knoxville
  • For More Info: www.coalcreekohv.com, 865/435-0486
  • FYI: 72,000 acres

Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area

  • Located: Campbell/Scott Counties
  • For More Info: www.state.tn.us/twra, 423/587-7037
  • FYI: Primarily a hunting and ATV area

Upper Tellico Plains ORV Area

  • Located: South of Knoxville and Maryville
  • For More Info: 423/253-2520
  • FYI: Trails range from easy to rollover

Wheelin' In The Country Off Road Park

  • Located: Summertown
  • For More Info: www.wheelininthecountry.com, 931/964-3417
  • FYI: Hills, twisties, rocks, mud, and more

Texas
Barnwell Mountain Recreation Center

  • Located: 5 miles northeast of Gilmer
  • For More Info: www.texasmotorizedtrails.com/ohvareas/barnwell, 903/797-4066
  • FYI: 1,800 acres with hard and easy trails

General Sam's Off-Road Wilderness Park

  • Located: In Huntsville
  • For More Info: www.generalsams.com, 713/817-6208
  • FYI: More than 700 acres and 35-plus trails. Also a 60-yard mud bog pit

Primitive Acres

  • Located: Mount Enterprise, near Longview and Nacodoches
  • For More Info: www.primitiveacres.com, 903/822-3983
  • FYI: Trails and hills

Shiloh Ridge ORV Park

  • Located: Alto, off Hwy 69
  • For More Info: www.shilohridge.com, 800/432-3965
  • FYI: More than 1,000 acres, with mud and rocks

Trees Ranch Off Road Adventure Park

  • Located: South of I-10 between Kerville and Junction, right after YO Ranch
  • For More Info: www.treesranch.homestead.com
  • FYI: 5,500 acres for beginner or hardcore drivers

WTB Off Road Recreation Area/West Texas Baja

  • Located: Lubbock
  • For More Info: www.westtexasbaja.com, 806/543-7246
  • FYI: They have tracks with hairpin turns, off-camber, and hills

Utah
Rock Crawlers Association of America, www.rockcrawler.org

Ashley National Forest

  • Located: North of Cedar City off I-15 and U.S. 89
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley, 435/789-1181
  • FYI: Elevations range from 6,000 to 13,500 feet

Bonneville Salt Flats

  • Located: About 8 miles from Wendover
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2207, 801/977-4300
  • FYI: 30,000 acres of flat salt beds

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

  • Located: Along the Arizona border, about 20 miles west of Kanab
  • For More Info: www.utah.com/stateparks/coral_pink.htm, 435/648-2800
  • FYI: 1,000 acres of riding area; Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon are nearby

Fivemile Pass OHV Area

  • Located: 25 miles west of Lehi, Hwy 73
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2203, 801/977-4300
  • FYI: Area rich with history including mining and military

House Range Recreation Area

  • Located: 40 miles west of Delta Mountain on U.S. 50/6
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2213, 435/743-3100
  • FYI: Notch Peak is the third largest vertical drop in North America

Knolls OHV Recreation Area

  • Located: 80 miles west of Salt Lake City
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2209, 801/977-4300
  • FYI: Sand dunes, mud flats, and rock outcrops

Little Sahara Recreation Area

  • Located: 34 miles west from Nephi
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2200, 435/743-3100
  • FYI: Dunes, hills, and flats

Manti-LaSal National Forest

  • Located: From Price, State Hwy 10 South
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r4/mantilasal, 435/637-2817
  • FYI: Was home to Paleoindians, Desert Archaic, Fremont, and Anasazi

San Rafael Swell Recreation Area

  • Located: I-70 west of Green River, east of UT 10
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2187, 435/636-3622
  • FYI: Badlands of eroded sandstone formations

Sand Flats Recreation Area

  • Located: 2 miles east of Moab on Sand Flats Road
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2160, 435/259-2100
  • FYI: Hell's Revenge starts by the west entrance of Sand Flats

Sand Hollow State Park

  • Located: 15 miles east of St. George
  • For More Info: www.utah.com/stateparks/sand_hollow.htm
  • FYI: There's a new reservoir at its base

Sand Wash Recreation Area

  • Located: Near Myton, about 18 miles from the Mile-Sand Wash junction
  • For More Info: www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=2131, 435/781-4400
  • FYI: The stop before Labyrinth Canyon

Virginia
Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association, www.va4wda.org

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

  • Located: Jefferson land is in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky; Washington is found in Virginia and West Virginia
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj, 540/265-5100
  • FYI: The forests are a habitat for about 200 species of birds

Washington
Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, www.pnw4wda.org

Colville National Forest

  • Located: West from Colville on Hwy 395 takes you to the western half of the forest; the east can be accessed from Colville via U.S. Hwy 395 and State Hwy 20; in the northeast corner of Washington
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville, 509/684-7000
  • FYI: Borders Canada

Horn Rapids ORV Park

  • Located: 31/2 miles west of Richland at SR 240 and Twin Bridges Road
  • For More Info: www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Parks/index.cfm?PageNum=52, 509/942-7390
  • FYI: Two 4x4 tracks

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

  • Located: East of Seattle, via I-5
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs, 800/627-0062, 425/775-9702
  • FYI: 62% of the state's population lives a 70-mile drive from the forest

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

  • Located: It's 25 miles north of Okanogan on U.S. Hwy 97; Wenatchee is 135 miles along the east side of the crest of the Cascade Mountains; headquarters are on Melody Lane, off Hwys 2 and 97, at north end of Wenatchee
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r6/oka, 509/852-1100
  • FYI: The Cle Elum area allows OHV use

Tahuya State Forest

  • Located: South of Green Mountain
  • For More Info: www.dnr.wa.gov/base/tahuya/index.html, 360/902-1000
  • FYI: Forest hosts 200,000 recreationalists each year

Wisconsin
Wisconsin 4 Wheel Drive Association, www.wi4wda.org

Midwest Four Wheel Drive Associations, www.mw4wda.com

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

  • Located: Northern Wisconsin, near the Great Lakes
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf, 715/762-2461
  • FYI: The forest is a million and a half acres; home to Pipeline Trail

Ma & Pa Rockers Off-Road Park

  • Located: 25 miles southeast of Superior
  • For More Info: www.parocker.homestead.com
  • FYI: Trails with hillclimbs and weather-related mud

Wyoming
Bighorn National Forest

  • Located: Located in north central Wyoming
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/bighorn, 307/674-2604
  • FYI: Sister range of the Rocky Mountains; traversed by Big Horn Scenic Byway

Killpecker Sand Dunes

  • Located: From Rock Springs, 11 miles north on U.S. 191 to County Road 17/Chilton Road, then another 22 miles north
  • For More Info: www.wy.blm.gov/rsfo/rec/dunes.htm, 307/352-0256
  • FYI: Steamboat Mountain is a birthing habitat for deer and elk

Shoshone National Forest

  • Located: In the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges of northwestern Wyoming
  • For More Info: www.fs.fed.us/r2/shoshone, 307/578-1200
  • FYI: The first national forest in the nation

Weston Hills Recreation Area

  • Located: 25 miles north of Gillette on the westside of Hwy 59
  • For More Info: www.wy.blm.gov/bfo/rec/weston.htm, 307/684-1100
  • FYI: Elevations range from 3,800 to more than 4,500 feet

More Land Information
Bureau of Land Management

Alaska
907/271-5960

Arizona
602/650-0528

California
916/979-2800

Colorado
303/239-3600

Eastern States
703/440-1600

Idaho
208/373-4000

Montana/Dakotas
406/255-2885

Nevada 702/785-6500

New Mexico/Oklahoma/Kansas/Texas
505/438-7400

Oregon/Washington
503/280-7001

Utah
801/539-4001

Wyoming/Nebraska
307/775-6256

U.S. Forest Service

Northern region
406/329-3511

Rocky Mountain region
303/275-5350

Southwestern region
505/842-3292

Intermountain region
801/625-5306

Pacific Southwest region
707/562-8737

Pacific Northwest region
503/808-2468

Southern region
404/347-4177

Eastern region
414/297-3600

Alaska region
907/586-8806

National Park Service

Alaska region
907/257-2690

Mid Atlantic Region
215/597-7013

Midwest region
402/221-3431

National Captial region
202/619-7005

North Atlantic region
617/223-5001

Pacific Northwest region
206/553-5565

Rocky Mountain region
303/969-2500

Southeast region
404/331-5185

Southwest region
505/988-6004

Western region
415/744-3876

Sources

United Four Wheel Drive Associations
Chesapeake, VA 23328
800-448-3932
www.ufwda.org
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Great Falls, MT 59404
800-348-6487
http://www.nohvcc.org

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