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Wheeling The Mettowee Off Road Extreme Park

Posted in Events on June 20, 2014
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Every once in a while a national holiday lands in such a way that it is almost impossible not to burn a vacation day and turn it into a really long weekend. Such was the case last Fourth of July, and we are sure that many of you did the same thing. That is, took the Friday after off and enjoyed a four-day weekend. What better way to spend a long weekend than wheeling? So we saddled up and headed east to Whitehall, New York, and the Mettowee Off Road Extreme Park for some rocks, some mud, and hijinks.

Located in the hills of New York near the Hudson River, Mettowee was originally founded as a mud-whomping park, but over the last few years has also become known for some of its awesome trails and obstacles. We were there at the end of two weeks of daily thunderstorms, so the trails were slick and some minor climbs ended up being way more difficult than they otherwise would have been. The park has primitive camping spots for tenters, as well as spots big enough to accept RVs. There are camping spots throughout the park near the mud bogs, and all the way down the back right along the river if you are so inclined. There are also a few play areas that feature climbs, loose dirt hills, log obstacles, massive earth-moving tires, an articulation ramp, and more. All in all, there is plenty to do if you find yourself with a long weekend and happen to be in upstate New York. For more information on Mettowee, check out the park’s Facebook page.

Kameron McLonchie’s ’95 Cherokee still has the inline-six, AW4, and NP231 that the factory put there. The T-case sends power out to the front Dana 30 and rear Chrysler 8.25 that is stuffed with 4.88 gears and a Lock-Right. Other mods include trimmed fenders, removed doors, and a Snap-On cooler in the grocery compartment. A 6.5-inch Rock Krawler suspension provides more than enough room for the 35-inch Goodyear MT/Rs.
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Chris Ball put on a good show in his ’00 Cherokee as well. The inline-six, AW4, and NP231 are all still present and accounted for but the puny stock axles got tossed a while ago. In their place are front and rear Dana 60s stuffed with spools and 5.38 gears to turn the 37-inch BFG Krawlers. Chris does his own work and works in a shop, so when totaled XJs come in he gets to pull spare parts off of them for his. This is why when he slipped down a rock and shattered the rear window he just didn’t care. He told us he’d just go home, paint another one silver, and toss it on.
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The photo on the opening spread shows some tires along the major mud pit, while this photo shows one of the big central play areas the park has to offer. There is also camping available near here, so you can camp and watch people play if you want.

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