Epic Off-Road Parks: Get Your Fill of 4x4 Fun at These 11 Privately-Owned ParksPosted in Features on November 21, 2018
Depending on where you live, finding a place to kick it into four-wheel drive could be as simple as heading to the back half of the property behind the barn. For others, the nearest escape from pavement could be an hour or more away. No matter what your situation, we are taking some of the guesswork out of finding the next place to get the rig dirty. From coast to coast, between the interstates and county lines, lie sometimes-hidden wheeling gems—private off-road parks. Some offer a handful of acres with mild-to-wild trails, and others let you retire to on-site cabins and concerts when the dust has settled from the day. Obviously, there are more parks, but for this story we whittled the list down to 11 epic off-road parks from all corners of the United States.
Purcell Trench RanchDeep in Idaho’s north half lies a serene plot of land managed by Mountain Mafia Entertainment. Purcell Trench Ranch is open to the public for select events throughout the year, has primitive camping sites to accommodate everything from tents to RVs, and has enough trails to satisfy all off-roaders. The venue’s claim to fame is the annual Mountain Havoc event, which is described as “vehicular violence,” and draws competitors and spectators from across the country.
How big: 90 acres
Nearest city: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Epic attractions: Slick Wall, Tire Garden, and the Mountain Man Course are some notable obstacles
To get there: mountain-mafia.com/ptr-venue
Freedom RidgeHome to music performances and trail action alike is Minnesota’s Freedom Ridge. Whether your rig is built for the big mud bogs or outfitted for crawling rocks, there is fun to be had in the park. Primitive camping is allowed at Freedom Ridge, and the venue hosts family-friendly events throughout the year.
How big: 40 acres
Nearest city: Atwood, Minnesota
Epic attractions: Covered concert stage and the 600-foot-long “Hill in the Hole” mud track
To get there: freedomridgerocks.com
Wolf CavesThe unique granite formations embedded in the Hill Country of West Texas draw 4x4 enthusiasts to Wolf Caves. The park has winding trails to keep stock wheelers happy and enough high-adrenaline, competition-style rockcrawling to satisfy the biggest rock buggies. Accommodations include 20-, 30-, and 50-amp RV hookups, cabin rentals, and free primitive camping.
How big: 430 acres
Nearest city: Mason, Texas
Epic attractions: Flag Hill, Rat Trap, Heaven’s Gate, and more heart-pounding obstacles
To get there: wolfcaves.com
AreaBFELocated just south of the off-road Mecca known as Moab, Utah, is AreaBFE. The park is home to some of Utah’s most challenging obstacles, all with an awe-inspiring view of the La Sal Mountains in the background. Slated for late 2019 is an RV park with cabin rentals, showers, and bathrooms—and a facility to house events ranging from weddings to corporate gatherings.
How big: 320 acres
Nearest city: Moab, Utah
Epic attractions: Helldorado, Suicide Hill, and Bulls On Parade are some of the famous obstacles
To get there: areabfe.com
Chaos Off Road ParkImagine a skate park for 4x4s where the halfpipes are hillclimbs and the grind rails are rock gardens—that is Chaos Off Road Park. Trails are laid out so that stock rigs can navigate the entire park without exceeding the driver’s skill level—and still access the extreme obstacles to watch when someone is putting on a show. Accommodations range from primitive on-site camping for tents and trailers to rental cabins and discounted rates at local hotels.
How big: 400 acres
Nearest city: Capon Bridge, West Virginia
Epic attractions: Offroading 101 classes on Saturday mornings and epic West Virginia views
To get there: chaosoffroadpark.com
River Road Rally ParkOpen to the public on select weekends during the operating season (see website for dates), River Road Rally Park offers a legal place for dirt junkies to fulfill the need for off-road adventure. Leave the BBQs and pets at home and bring your 4x4 toy for some wholesome and dirty fun!
How big: 30 acres and growing
Nearest city: McHenry, Illinois
Epic attractions: Mud, hills, and compressed air to refill tires
To get there: riverroadrallypark.com
Moonlight RacingThe trails at Moonlight Racing are mellow enough to challenge stock 4x4s and pack enough obscene obstacles to send pilots of burly off-road buggies home with bruised egos. Come for a day of spectating or wheeling, and if the fun lasts past sunset, camp in the park’s primitive campsites.
How big: about 600 acres
Nearest city: Sullivan, Missouri
Epic attractions: National Rock Racing events and obstacles named “Ditch Straddle” and “More Skinny Pedal”
To get there: facebook.com/moonlightracing1
Windrock ParkClaiming to be the largest off-road park in the United States, Windrock Park is home to all things dirt, whether it be UTVs, fullsize rigs, dirt bikes, or Jeeps. Whether you prefer a full-service RV site with an internet connection, a primitive tent site, or a deluxe cabin, the 259-acre camping area is sure to please.
How big: 73,000 acres
Nearest city: Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Epic attractions: 300-plus miles of trails, side-by-side rentals, and obstacles named “Rattelrock” and “Atomic Hill”
To get there: windrockpark.com
Rausch CreekWhat was once a booming coal mining operation has now become central Pennsylvania’s largest off-road venue. Trails are “club friendly,” allowing novice wheelers to access the majority of the park without encountering mandatory obstacles, but still offering extreme offshoots for anyone itching for a challenge. Camping is primitive and included in the park’s entrance fee.
How big: 3,000 acres
Nearest city: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
Epic attractions: Concrete obstacle area, Rausch Creek Rock Crawl Series competitions, and an 1,800-foot boulder field
To get there: rc4x4.org
Rush Off-RoadWith more than 100 miles of trails and a trio of fishing ponds, Rush Off-Road has everything you need for outdoor fun. Camping at the park is primitive, but if you require a roof after a day on the trails, the local Holiday Inn offers a discounted rate with mention of the park’s name.
How big: 7,000 acres
Nearest city: Rush, Kentucky
Epic attractions: Events from casual trail rides to extreme UTV races
To get there: rushoffroad.com
The Swamp Offroad ParkBode, Pop, and the Southern Attitude Crawlers all make sure off-road fans in Florida’s panhandle have a place to get some mud on the tires. The park offers an obstacle course, mud pits, and miles of trail for all vehicles with four-wheel drive. Camping is only allowed during special events; however, bathrooms, music, and wash stations for rigs and riders (read: hot showers) are available on-site.
How big: 100-plus acres
Nearest city: Sunny Hills, Florida
Epic attractions: Obstacles named “The Sandbox,” “Mobile Mountain,” and “The Swamp”
To get there: theswampoffroadpark.com