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Old 11-11-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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Good offroading spots in MD, DC, VA area?

Does anyone know of any?

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Old 11-12-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Greenridge State Forest in western Maryland has an 18 mile trail. It's not a difficult trail by any means but fun. The trail is mostly loose rocks and some decent mud holes if not too dry. There is great camping available and beautiful views.

George Washington National Forest in Virginia has some off road trails as well. Much the same as Greenridge though. I've done some of them and it's a nice ride but not too intense.

There are other places that's more hardcore but you would need to be a member of an offroad club as these are usually event type venues not open to the public.

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Greenridge State Forest in western Maryland has an 18 mile trail. It's not a difficult trail by any means but fun. The trail is mostly loose rocks and some decent mud holes if not too dry. There is great camping available and beautiful views.

George Washington National Forest in Virginia has some off road trails as well. Much the same as Greenridge though. I've done some of them and it's a nice ride but not too intense.

There are other places that's more hardcore but you would need to be a member of an offroad club as these are usually event type venues not open to the public.
are the George Washington Nayional Forest trails open to the public?
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Some are some are not. Greenridge is now closed to the public.
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Legally, there aren't any in MD.

PA has Rausch Creek which is the biggest one (That I know of) on the East Coast.
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Legally, there aren't any in MD.

PA has Rausch Creek which is the biggest one (That I know of) on the East Coast.
Rausch Creek is only about 45 minutes north of Harrisburg, PA and well worth the trip up, even just for the day. You have to be with a group, but a group can consist of two rigs.
There is an annual membership fee and a daily access fee, but it is well worth the drive and the price to know that you run no risk of getting caught in a place where you shouldn't be.
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You also have Big Dogs in N.W. VA.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #9
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are the George Washington Nayional Forest trails open to the public?
Take a look here:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/gwj/...73539&actid=93
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Flagpole in GWNF had some nice spots. I guess it's still open. Last time I was up there, probably 2004ish when I lived in NOVA, I remember parts being closed, but I don't remember if it was due to fire danger / red flag warnings or erosion or what..
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Greenridge ORV trails shut down a few years ago. They were trying to reopen something similar but haven't since. I think there are still a few open out there but in neighboring parks. Rausch Creek is your best bet.
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i know alot of trails. been going for over 6 years. no legal problems. but illegal yes
hit me up, im going today
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There are not any local legal wheeling areas in Maryland, anymore. Currently we are working with DNR to open new areas for the Maryland OHV community.

Bloody Ponds in Glen Burnie, Yellowgates in Crofton, Coca Cola Drive off Rt 100, and the old Land Rover Test Track in Upper Marlboro all are illegal and off limits. Even Trails Rd was nearly closed when locals put up a gate to block access except for locals. The issue is that people (predominately not jeepers, use these places for illegal dumping of trash. Bloody Ponds and Yellowgates were used as dumping areas for stolen cars from Baltimore City. Coca Cola drive is acually owned by two separate entities: CSX Railroad and Howard County; that property is currently in development. The Land Rover test course was closed back in 1997 when they built their own course down off MLK Blvd in Lanham. All I can ask is that the discussion does not come into this thread about going to or using any of these areas. If you feel the need to go that bad, please keep it to PM's.

That being said, here's the post I end up putting up about twice a month. If you are wheeling on "the stream by the bent tree with a beer can in it," then it is more than likely Private Property. If you do not have expressed written permission to be on said bent tree beer can stream, then you are trespassing.

If you want to wheel, support the sport, visit an offroad park today.

Here's a list that we have put together over the last 15 years or so:

MARYLAND

Assateague Island, Worcester County, MD
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Yearly permit required ($70). The area consists of 12 miles of sand beach within Maryland and additional beach South into Virginia. It should be stressed that this is nothing more than flat areas with deep sand.

PENNSYLVANIA

Rausch Creek Offroad Park - Joliett, PA (in the area of Tower City & Tremont)
Rausch Creek Off Road Park
A yearly membership fee of $10 is required. This membership fee applies to all drivers and all passengers. Once you are a member, the price to wheel at the park is $35 per day, per vehicle, and $5 per day for passengers. Rausch Creek offers over 1000 acres of terrain for wheeling. Trails range from stock through highly technical.

Rock Run Recreation Area - Western Pa
Western PA 4x4 Trail Advisory Committee :: Index
On site primitive camping will be available for those instances.

The members of the Advisory Committee will be coordinating all trail rides; please do not contact the park for OHV information (they will direct you back to us). The WPA4XTRAC will provide trail guides. Trail rides are limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration for all events is required.

We will offer three trail rides each day: green/low blue, blue/low black, and upper black. We do not have a red trail rating, but we certainly have trails that would garner a red rating at other parks. The trails were cut with smaller SUVs in mind (such as Jeep Grand Cherokees). Full size vehicles will find the trails to be very tight. Suggested equipment is as follows:
Green/low blue: stock vehicles and those with a mild lift (15 vehicles per trailride)
Blue/low black: 33” tires and at least one locker (10 vehicles per trailride). Potential for body and drivetrain damage.
Upper Black: 35” tires(minimum requirement), two lockers, and winch. Body and drivetrain damage are very possible. (15 vehicles per trailride)
To register for one of our trail rides, please include your name, address, phone number, trail selection, club (if applicable) and general vehicle specifics to dan58@marylandcreepers.com. The cost is $25/day plus $5 for passengers. Primitive camping is $10, and you must notify us 1-week prior to camping. Staging for trailrides begins at 0900, with a short drivers’ meeting following.


VIRGINIA

George Washington National Forest - Harrisonburg, VA
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George Washington National Forest (GWNF) offers miles of offroad vehicle travel on its forest service roads. These roads are largely non-technical fire roads however they offer wonderful weekend camping activities.

Crozet - Crozet, VA
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Run by Chris and Heather Packard, the site of the Virginia RockCrawling and Offroad Challenge is opened periodically throughout the year for opening wheeling. The trails range from technical to highly technical.

Big Dogs Offroad - Gore, VA
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A fee of $75 applies for 3 days or $65 for 2 days. The area is open 4 times a year for seasonal wheeling events. The trails range from technical to highly technical.

Other Notable Areas

Wharton State Forest- Pine Barrens, New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Flat, sand, water, mud.

Uwharrie National Forest - Troy, NC
http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreat...harrie_off.htm
A fee of $5 per day or $30 per year applies. Individual trails vary in length from 1.2 miles to 3.4 miles, but the ORV area networks the trails that they may be connected in series of un-recrossed lengths of up to about 20 miles. Trails range from stock to highly technical.

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