Four-Wheel Paradise Found!
The rugged lands of Maine are alive with adventure! From the rocky coastlines to the remote mountains and lakes, anyone can find outdoor adventure to spike an incredible adrenaline flow.
In our June ’11 issue we told you about the Rocky Mountain Terrain Park just outside Wilton, Maine (“The Maine Event”). Our last visit was brief. We wanted to spend more time there getting to know the park, the people, and its hardcore trails, so we headed back for another round of action.
Most of the wheeling in the New England is limited to private property. There are a few state trails and logging roads to run, but they are restrictive and the logging companies don’t like their roads torn up after they have put so much time and money into building them.
John Steel, owner of Rocky Mountain Terrain Park, has built a number of challenging trails and a massive area for muddin’, ATVs, and motorcycles. There are now about 10 trails, which range from hard to easy and scenic. Steel plans on building a lot more trails in his 750-acre park. The park is so expansive and the terrain so rugged with deep rocky ravines and cliffs and washes that we are excited to see what he comes up with next.
We hit the park just in time for the Diehards Weekend, which is a first of many events that will be hosted here. The event brought in a slew of participants, trail rigs, and a few 4x4 clubs like the Backwoods Off-Road Club, Mass Mudders, and Forge On 4X. Some of the participants came from across New England to experience the park for the first time, and they were impressed. Diehards Weekend was a hit. The wheelers who attended not only had a great time, but the price of admission also included three delectable meals a day.
There are lots of fun obstacles in the park like this log crossing, which is challenging and technical. Jeff Babineau made one wrong turn of the wheel and his Wrangler YJ fell between the logs, making for a tricky recovery.
Josh Austin and his girlfriend Devon Raie drove over from Albion, Maine, to wheel one of the few places in the state where a guy can rockcrawl. Austin headed straight for the giant rock pile!
Two side-by-side mud pits in the park make for some great racing and all-around mud fun. Tom Sylvester from The Forks, Maine, was the first victim in the pit, experiencing a busted driveshaft and a muddy recovery.
A number of rigs blew right through the off-road course, such as Jason Laliberty’s capable ’88 Wrangler YJ. He owns 4x4groupbuy.com, and his beefed up TJ made running the course look easy.
The trails at Rocky Mountain Terrain Park range from muddy messes to steep rocky hillclimbs. Joe Pierre and his girlfriend Sue frequent the park and helped park owner John Steel cut a number of the trails, including this difficult and vertical run up the side of a mountain.
Mud, mud, and more mud. The park has an abundant supply of it year-round. Frank Speranzo ran the Wall hillclimb a few times, blasting through the thick and gooey in his capable and incredibly built Jeep buggy.
The mud pits in the park are great fun and a great place to hold mud drags and races. Every time we turned around we found Noah Gilpin and Brittany Pepper bashing through the mud!
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Although there were no organized runs during Diehards Weekend, there was plenty of trail, obstacles, and creek crossings for friends and club members to have fun with. Glen Farrelly from Massachusetts negotiated this small creek crossing in his built Jeep Cherokee with ease.
The Backwoods Off Road Club held its first off-road race during Diehards Weekend. The club members and any other participants interested were invited to run the course. We witnessed a number of rollovers and wild action. Jim MacDonald was able to skillfully drive his ’95 Toyota out of this position and stay on course during the club race.
The potential for an incredible number of cool trails at Rocky Mountain Terrain park is incredible. The 750-acre park is filled with hills, valleys, creeks and rocky gorges. We can’t wait to hit the park again for more great wheeling action.
We had heard about Steel’s cooking before and finally got to taste his famous BBQ chicken at the event. We found it a great deal to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner thrown in for the price of the event.