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Old 11-29-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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Trails within 2 hours 0f NYC / Westchester County?

I've seen this topic discussed before but nothing recent, I am new to the forum so maybe I missed it if it was. In any case I am wondering if there are any legal or safe places to wheel that are somewhat close to the NYC / Westchester County NY area? I know nothing is going to be right in my backyard but are there some locations closer than Rausch Creek or Mettowee Offroad Park that are both 3 to 4 hours away? Are there options in the two hour or less category to make for a reasonable day trip? I've got a slightly modified JKU with 33's and a leveling kit so I'm not looking to take on the world or destroy my ride, trails rated 1-3 would be ideal! Any suggestions out there for locations or clubs that fit the bill?
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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I see you're new so I don't think I can send you a PM. Friend me on FaceBook, and message me. Chris Hetzel - Scotch Plains, NJ

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I've seen this topic discussed before but nothing recent, I am new to the forum so maybe I missed it if it was. In any case I am wondering if there are any legal or safe places to wheel that are somewhat close to the NYC / Westchester County NY area? I know nothing is going to be right in my backyard but are there some locations closer than Rausch Creek or Mettowee Offroad Park that are both 3 to 4 hours away? Are there options in the two hour or less category to make for a reasonable day trip? I've got a slightly modified JKU with 33's and a leveling kit so I'm not looking to take on the world or destroy my ride, trails rated 1-3 would be ideal! Any suggestions out there for locations or clubs that fit the bill?

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Old 12-03-2015, 09:32 AM   #3
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Cool Chris I did thanks.

Anybody else out there that can shed some insight on this topic?
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:25 PM   #4
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I see you're new so I don't think I can send you a PM. Friend me on FaceBook, and message me. Chris Hetzel - Scotch Plains, NJ
Hi Chris,

my name is Andrian, i'm also from Scotch Plains. Do you know any locations to wheel not far from our area?
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:25 AM   #5
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The pine barrens in South Jersey would probably be a 2 hour trip from your area and it's legal as long as your vehicle is street legal.

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Old 12-29-2015, 10:28 AM   #6
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Thanks JimsJeep. I've heard of the Pine Barrens through the Jeep Jamboree website. I was going to register for that event but when I checked out some of the videos on YouTube from people that have wheeled there before I changed my mind. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that area just one big swamp? I'm all for getting the truck dirty but these guys were in way deeper than the casual trail ride. Last thing I feel like doing is flooding my new Jeep. Let me know what your experiences have been like.
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Old 12-29-2015, 10:41 AM   #7
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My club is having its open to the public event in June, on private property in Hancock NY. We have green/blue trails with black level obstacles throughout the property. We'll also be offering a"101" style class and on trail instruction/guiding.

I'll be posting details in the NY section soon. The date is June18th.
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Thanks JimsJeep. I've heard of the Pine Barrens through the Jeep Jamboree website. I was going to register for that event but when I checked out some of the videos on YouTube from people that have wheeled there before I changed my mind. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that area just one big swamp? I'm all for getting the truck dirty but these guys were in way deeper than the casual trail ride. Last thing I feel like doing is flooding my new Jeep. Let me know what your experiences have been like.
Not really a big swamp at all, you can crude for hours on nice Sandy trails or hit the muck if that's what you want.

I prefer to stay out of the water and that's not a problem there unless you visit after a period of heavy rain but that pretty much goes for any off road area.
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My club is having its open to the public event in June, on private property in Hancock NY. We have green/blue trails with black level obstacles throughout the property. We'll also be offering a"101" style class and on trail instruction/guiding. I'll be posting details in the NY section soon. The date is June18th.
Steve what club do you ride with? Are there a lot of CT folks? Rigs closer to stock or more big lifts and big tires? Looking for a club. I'm pretty much a stock rubicon and wondering if I would be a fit?
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My club is based on LI. Long Island Off Road. Our property is in NY, but we have access to other properties that are located throughout NY, CT and Mass.
We are part of NOVA4x4. It's an association of off road clubs throughout New England that share land access.

My club has vehicles ranging from stock to pretty wild...we have organized monthly runs. About half of the trips or maybe more, have trails suitable for stock vehicles. As do most of the clubs in our parent group. We have two members that live in CT. They don't make meetings. While I'd love for you to check out our club, we are a hike for you probably. Check into Patriot Jeepers, ECOJOCS and JT4x4. They are all CT based clubs.

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Im at Northern westchester. Did you find more places to go to other than rausch creek?
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Im at Northern westchester. Did you find more places to go to other than rausch creek?
Wharton State Forest in SoJerz is about 2 hours from NYC. But I'm not sure of current legal motorized access. Bunch a groups haggling over rights. The posted signs say restricted, but not exactly how. Drove around in there yesterday, but stayed to the dirt roads. There's a MAP (motorized access plan) online you can download for reference.
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I'm on Long Island and just picked up a RHR and would be interested in getting my feet wet on some beginner type trails and learn th ropes. Def will stay tuned here.
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I'm on Long Island and just picked up a RHR and would be interested in getting my feet wet on some beginner type trails and learn the ropes. Def will stay tuned here.
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Wharton State Forest in SoJerz is about 2 hours from NYC. But I'm not sure of current legal motorized access. Bunch a groups haggling over rights. The posted signs say restricted, but not exactly how. Drove around in there yesterday, but stayed to the dirt roads. There's a MAP (motorized access plan) online you can download for reference.
I live about 20 minutes north of the Atsion station and plan on stopping in there on Saturday to take my first "off road" trip in my 2017 JKUR. I read on nj.com that they were installing "barriers" to keep motorized vehicles out of "temporary pond" areas (or some sort of verbiage like that).

Just Googled and downloaded the Motorized Access Plan, thanks for that tip!

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I live about 20 minutes north of the Atsion station and plan on stopping in there on Saturday to take my first "off road" trip in my 2017 JKUR. I read on nj.com that they were installing "barriers" to keep motorized vehicles out of "temporary pond" areas (or some sort of verbiage like that).

Just Googled and downloaded the Motorized Access Plan, thanks for that tip!

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Let us know what you find!
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:05 PM   #17
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Did anyone go there yet. If you did, how was it and post pics of you can.

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