The east side of the United States has no lack of great off-road opportunities. Unfortunately much of it is either prohibited for motor vehicle use or privately owned, and as such it takes ingenuity to find a legal way to get some dirt under your eastern 4x4.
We recently hooked up with a small group of four-wheelers from upstate New York who figured out that forming a club not only gave them a group of guys to wheel and wrench with, but also gave them some bargaining power with local landowners to help find places to run their Jeeps. The Adirondack Jeeps club approached those deed holders and offered to clear and maintain private trails for the owners in exchange for the permission to run said trails on given weekends. This of course requires a bit of secrecy of the actual location of these trails, and a diligent "pack it in pack it out" trash policy, but luckily we were invited along to enjoy a rainy weekend with the club.
So how can this club's experience be applied to your neck of the woods? Of course we would first and foremost want as much public land as possible open to responsible wheelers, and after that we love to support local off-road parks, but finally if your hometown has neither of the previous, maybe it's time to form a group, and approach those with the land to see if they have an area where you can go play. It will probably come with certain rules-clean up trash, no partying on the trails, and a bit of trail maintenance-but it's better than sitting at home watching your truck waste away in the driveway.
Looking for some friends to wheel with in the Albany, New York, area? Check out www.adirondackjeeps.com on the web.