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09-28-2014 11:24 AM
thedawgshow Hey all you Hoosiers!!!! A few of us are headed to Bad Lands ORP, here in a couple of weeks. Should be a lot of fun for everyone with trails from mild to wild. Here is a link to a thread we are using to get everyone on the same page.

Hope to see you there!!!
09-05-2014 11:21 PM
thedawgshow Hey all, there are a few of us headed to badlands on Sunday Oct. 19th if anyone wants to go along!!!!
09-05-2014 11:13 PM
macaw1us I'm heading back to Bloomington/Normal next weekend, I'll watch this thread and maybe tag along.
I have a 2014 Rubi X that is close to stock
08-19-2014 02:52 AM
Coal City / Braidwood

Originally Posted by StinkyMud View Post
I go down to the Braidwood/Coal City area just south of I80 off of I55. Lots of exploring. Unique off the grid type stuff. Some Prairie, some hills, some mud, some forest. I was just there last week. Have yet to wash my Jeep from it. =)

I can post some pics if you'd like to get a taste of where we go.

StinkyMud -- Sorry for pulling up an old thread but would really appreciate a bit more detail on good places to off road in the Coal City / Braidwood area. Can you give some directions to where the trails are / intersections / or map?

Thanks so much,

07-23-2014 12:39 AM
Olmp Any one up for Cliff's this next Sat??
I'll join a ride if theres a different idea.
Want to try out my new JKUR...
07-09-2013 09:05 PM
speedguy I am doing runs to multiple places about every other weekend. Let me know if you want to meet up.
04-16-2012 04:08 PM
coolbrain Cliffs is a good place.. i have been there 3-4 times.. i have covered all the trails that my almost stock jeep can handle.. I was there this weekend and blew the clutch :P

Does anyone know any other place with similar trails for stock jeeps?
02-20-2012 10:06 PM
Woofer71 Live in the Chicago suburbs and need to get my two year old JK DIRTY!!!
01-30-2012 05:04 PM

Hey guy. Just thought that I would let you know that I am in Portage too! I know of as a few little holes to play in, but they get pretty boring pretty fast. Let me know and I can show you around sometime. I am also going to be hitting "the Cliff's" as soon as I get my front axle rebuilt. Parts are on their way here, but have to come from a different warehouse, so it may be a few days. It will have to bee a weekend trip since I am a student. Just let me know if you wanna go and we will have to set something up. The more the merrier!
01-29-2012 02:02 AM
Redsand x2 on the cliffs
01-29-2012 01:56 AM
reaper_7011 for someone who is new to offroading in illinois(myself) and lives near o'hare airport which of these spots would you point me too... i've dicked around all over n.c. but i wanna mud around in my home state
01-25-2012 01:01 PM
Wheelin in the Chicagoland area.

Before you make a 3 hour trip to the BADLANDS, you might want to check out "the CLIFF'S INSANE TERRAIN" In Marseilles, IL. I have been to both. The BADLANDS is fun, but there is a lot of sand and the place is so frickin huge that you need a week there. There is camping available. But like you would imagine, the trails are pretty deep holes that the bigger trucks run. Definitely one on the "To Do" list. Now then, since you have a Jeep, you will definitely appreciate 'the CLIFF'S INSANE TERRAIN" much more, and it is a lot closer. The place is, well, just that. INSANE! 300 acres of twists and turns of nothing but extreme mud! There is hillclimbing, rocks, twists, tweaks, pits, streams, you name it. Built by a bunch of guys with crawler machines, so some of the trails are badass. You will definitely need a winch! Let me know when you want to go!
"the GRINCH" Portage, IN
11-06-2010 02:01 AM
jdhallissey You have rock gardens and the like? If so I might make a trip down. I miss wheeling. We are suppose to run turkey weekend at badlands but I dunno if my jeep will be fixed by then.
11-06-2010 01:51 AM
Originally Posted by jdhallissey View Post
^ wanna brag a little more there lol
Nah that was plenty. Willing to go anytime anyone comes down. I moved here from IL so I understand how hard it is to find anywhere to go there.
11-06-2010 01:42 AM
jdhallissey ^ wanna brag a little more there lol
11-06-2010 01:24 AM
Gate53 Geezz I love living next to a 2500 acre OHV park inside a 170,000 acre park. lol
11-06-2010 12:59 AM
dbernotus Yea that would be cool if you could post some pics. When I was in high school I used to go to Raccoon Lake and we would go ride quads somewhere around there. I'm not sure if it was the badlands though.
11-03-2010 06:42 AM
StinkyMud I go down to the Braidwood/Coal City area just south of I80 off of I55. Lots of exploring. Unique off the grid type stuff. Some Prairie, some hills, some mud, some forest. I was just there last week. Have yet to wash my Jeep from it. =)

I can post some pics if you'd like to get a taste of where we go.
11-03-2010 03:50 AM
jdhallissey ^ I wouldn't go greatest place ever. It is fun for a day or 2 but after the second day it gets boring. I can run a group of 6 jeeps thru that entire park in 3/4 of a day. I have been trying to get to redbird which is a hour or so south of badlands and they are suppose to have some outstanding trails. ( I wanted to travel to redbird on a friday night wheel saturday at redbird then sat night head to badlands for a wheeling day there then head home sunday night) that would be a prettty sweet trip.
11-03-2010 02:24 AM
chicagojeep7 The Badlands is the greatest place ever , I wish they would let me live there. Check it out if you get a chance
10-20-2010 12:38 AM
BigEZ here ya go!

I haven't been here yet

Badlands Off Road Park - Indiana, 4x4, ATV, motorcycle riding, sand dunes, mud pits, rock crawling

but I heard (and it looks) badass. there is a Chicago-area Jeep Club that schedules events there often, and also does other open events. I'm not affiliated as I have zero time, but their website is legit

Great Lakes Jeep Thing

also there is this place, prob a 3 hour drive for you (central IL) but I heard it's good

Home page for Luster's Longhorn Mud Ranch

soon as I'm done with my build I plan on getting out and seeing for myself.
10-19-2010 11:17 PM
Trails in Northwest Indiana or Chicago

Does anyone know where some good trails or offroad sites are around Northwest Indiana or Chicago. I can't find anywhere good to get some good muddin around here.

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