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101 Places to Wheel Before You Die - Midwest / Midsouth

Posted in Project Vehicles on April 1, 2008
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Badlands Off Road Park
Location: Attica, Indiana
Size: 700 acres
Time: Hours to days
Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Points of interest: The Badlands offers a variety of terrain from sand to mud to water to rocks. There is a "trucks only" portion of the park that is off-limits to ATVs and motorcycles and has trails specifically designed for four-wheel-drive rigs.
What you need: A daily pass is $20, a two-day pass is $30, a three-day pass is $40 and there is a $5 passenger fee per day. Flags are required for all rigs. A new shower house is being built in the park and there's a campground near the main gate.
Information: 866/762-2981,
---Ken Brubaker

Brick's 4x4 Farm
Location: Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Size: 400 acres
Time: A weekend of fun
Experience level: Easy to extreme
Points of interest: This park is 2.5 years old and was a family farm. Now it has obstacles with names like Easy Street, The Donut Hole, Motor Hill, The Valley and Twister.
What you need: The park is generally open one weekend a month, and the entry fee is $10 per day though there are weekend rates for special events.
Information: 573/718-7388,
---Ken Brubaker

Byrd's Adventure Center of the Ozarks
Location: Ozark, Arkansas
Length: 700+ acres
Time: Plan to be there a while
Experience level: Easy to miserable
Points of interest: Byrd's boasts the Pure Screaming Hell trail, which is probably the best name for a trail we've ever heard. All of the 20+ trails on the property are color-coded with the difficulty level and plainly marked. There is also a "play area."
What you need: The fee to enter the park is $10 per vehicle and the park is open 7 days per week. Special events include Madness in May (Memorial Day weekend) and Rocktoberfest (Halloween). 'Wheeling is just one of the many things this multifaceted park offers.
Information: 479/667-4066,
---Ken Brubaker

Coal Creek OHV Area
Location: Oliver Springs, Tennessee
Size: 72,000 acres (no kidding), 160 miles of trails
Time: Um, could take weeks
Experience level: Easy to advanced
Points of interest: Trails range from gravel roads with little or no challenge all the way to moderate and difficult trails. Some trails are limited to ATV and motorcycle only.
What you need: Coal Creek is open 365 days a year and requires a land use permit that costs $17 per day per person. Primitive camping is available and a new campground with all the amenities is under construction and should be completed this year. Food and beverages are available on-grounds.
---Ken Brubaker

Coon Creek Off Road Park
Location: Dyersburg, Tennessee
Size: 450+ acres
Time: Hours or days
Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Points of interest: Mud pits, trails and rocks await. Many trails will "push custom-built rigs to carnage."
What you need: Admission is $10 per day and kids under 7 years of age are free. The park is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Information: 731/589-4679,
---Ken Brubaker

Flat Nasty Off Road Park
Location: Jadwin, Missouri
Size: 850 acres
Time: 'Wheelers have tried to make it through the park in 4 days and failed
Experience level: Newbie to grizzled trail veteran
Points of interest: Located in the Ozark Mountains, this park is stunningly beautiful. The beauty hides a lot of challenge however, like the White Knuckle Trail, which was chosen by BFGoodrich as an Outstanding Trail. The park offers over 27 trails.
What you need: A daily pass is $15 and each rider is $5. There are special prices for multi-day passes and there's even an annual individual or family pass available. The park is open 7 days a week.
Information: 573/729-6668,
---Ken Brubaker

Haspin Acres Off Road and Motocross Park
Location: Laurel, Indiana
Size: 750 acres
Time: How much ya got?
Experience level: Rookie to ultra-experienced
Points of interest: Devils Backbone is the famed obstacle at this park. It is said that there are several hundred miles of trails to explore.
What you need: Haspin Acres is open 365 days a year and it costs $15 per person to enter. There are bathroom and shower facilities as well as a campground and food on-grounds.
Information: 765/698-2420,
---Ken Brubaker

Iron Range OHVRA
Location: Gilbert, Minnesota
Size: 1,200 acres, 36 miles of trails
Time: Better have some
Experience level: Trails are marked from "easiest" to "most difficult"
Points of interest: This state-owned park is situated in an old quarry area. With obstacles named Ted's Revenge, Axle Trap, Money Talks and Crater Crawl you know it's gonna be good.
What you need: This park is open 7 days a week, May through October and weekends November through April. It's closed during firearms deer season.
---Ken Brubaker

Redbird State Riding Area
Location: Dugger, Indiana
Size: 600+ acres
Time: As long as you want it to be
Experience level: Greenhorn to saddle jockey
Points of interest: This is Indiana's first state-owned property designed for motorized off-highway use. Trails are clearly marked and include difficulty level.
What you need: The park is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.., and the fee is $10 per day per vehicle. There is an annual pass available for $175. Vehicles must be registered as an off road vehicle by the DNR or be registered as street legal by the DMV.
Information: 317/232-4070,
---Ken Brubaker

Hannibal Rocks
Location: Hannibal, Missouri
Size: 70 acres
Time: Day or two
Experience level: Fun for all experience levels
Points of interest: This park is a hot spot for formal events as well casual 'wheeling. For instance in '08 they're hosting 3 W.E. Rock events including W.E. Rock East, the All-Stock Nationals and Grand Nationals. They also host the Top Shop Challenge, RROCK Extreme Rock Crawl Series and XRRA.
What you need: Fee to enter the park is $20 per vehicle per day. There is a modern campground about 1 mile from the park.
Information: 217/242-1963,
---Ken Brubaker

Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park
Location: Mears, Michigan
Size: 2,000 acres, though not all is open to vehicles
Time: Full day
Experience level: A beginner can do this
Points of interest: Test Hill, a giant sand dune, is the big draw, but there are numerous bowls, pools and other obstacles to hold your interest and test your driving ability. If you do get bored in this giant sandbox you can park by Lake Michigan and relax.
What you need: The Dunes are open from April 1st through October 31st. All vehicles must have a Michigan State Motor Vehicle Permit. In order to control the number of vehicles in the park a voucher system is used on weekends and on holidays. All vehicles must be fitted with flags. Stock vehicles work great at Silver Lake as long as the tires are aired-down.
---Ken Brubaker

Superlift ORV Park
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Size: 1,250 acres
Time: Multiple days
Experience level: Trails are listed from Level 1 (easiest) through Level 5
Points of interest: Some of the obstacles in the park haves names that indicate an interesting history, like Power Wagon Point, Hummdinger, Impossible, Vertical Challenge and Can Opener. Nobody gets on a Level 5 trail without front and rear diff lockers, a winch, 36-inch or larger tires, and "little regard for your rigs body panels."
What you need: All of the trails are clearly marked and difficulty-rated. Like to camp? There are RV campsites with water and electrical hookups. RV sites are $20 per night and tent sites are $5 per night. The daily fee to enter the park is $25 per vehicle and annual and family memberships are available.
Information: 501/625-3600,
---Ken Brubaker

Turtle Ridge ORV Park
Location: Drummond Island, Michigan
Size: 400 acres
Time: Day or two
Experience level: Moderate to advanced
Points of interest: One of the things that make Turtle Ridge fascinating is the fact that it's on an island and you have to take a ferry from mainland Michigan to get there. The park basically consists of two very different pieces of land. The "upper" section contains rock ridges and play areas. The "lower" section is all about trail-riding and follows a ridge. The park claims that these trails are "tight, twisty and nasty." They also say that there are no "by-passes or easy-outs." New for '08 is the Turtle Ridge Rock Challenge.
What you need: Fees are $20 per day for a rig and its driver and $5 per day for each passenger. Kids are free. Ferry is extra.
---Ken Brubaker

The Cliffs Insane Terrain
Location: Marseilles, Illinois
Size: 300 acres
Time: Day or two
Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Points of interest: Carnage and Jimmy's Crack are but a couple of the many obstacles in this fast-growing park. The Cliffs also has a new Kiddie Corral for the kids, a new rock crawl area and a new on-grounds 4x4 shop.
What you need: The Cliffs is open weekends year-round. It is also open during the week for special events. It costs $22 per person to ride in the park and kids under 15 years of age are $10. Passengers are $6. A campground with full hookups is close by.
Information: 815/795-5200,
---Ken Brubaker

Wheelin' In The Country ORV Park
Location: Summertown, Tennessee
Size: 700 acres
Time: Up to you
Experience level: Easy to advanced
Points of interest: "Hills 'n hollers, twisters, gullies, rock ledges, a rock garden, flex ramp, off road track, ravines, mud pits and ponds" are some of the challenges at this park.
What you need: The standard admission fee is $15 per person per day whether or not you bring a vehicle. When we visited their Website recently it said that all trails were "temporarily closed until further notice," so call first.
Information: 931/964-3417,
---Ken Brubaker

Wooly's Off Road Club
Location: Lynnville, Tennessee
Length: n/a
Time: n/a
Experience level: n/a
Points of interest: n/a
What you need: As of March 17, 2008 Wooly's Off Road is closed until environmental repairs can be made to the park.
---Ken Brubaker

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