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dbernotus 10-19-2010 10:17 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.:punk:

BigEZ 10-19-2010 11:38 PM

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.

chicagojeep7 11-03-2010 01:24 AM

The Badlands is the greatest place ever , I wish they would let me live there. Check it out if you get a chance

jdhallissey 11-03-2010 02:50 AM

^ 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.

StinkyMud 11-03-2010 05:42 AM

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.

dbernotus 11-05-2010 11:59 PM

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.

Gate53 11-06-2010 12:24 AM

Geezz I love living next to a 2500 acre OHV park inside a 170,000 acre park. lol

jdhallissey 11-06-2010 12:42 AM

^ wanna brag a little more there lol

Gate53 11-06-2010 12:51 AM


Originally Posted by jdhallissey (Post 861650)
^ 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.

jdhallissey 11-06-2010 01:01 AM

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.

anamorph 01-25-2012 12:01 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! :punk:
"the GRINCH" Portage, IN

reaper_7011 01-29-2012 12:56 AM

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

Redsand 01-29-2012 01:02 AM

x2 on the cliffs

anamorph 01-30-2012 04:04 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!:punk:

Woofer71 02-20-2012 09:06 PM

Live in the Chicago suburbs and need to get my two year old JK DIRTY!!!

coolbrain 04-16-2012 03:08 PM

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?

speedguy 07-09-2013 08:05 PM

I am doing runs to multiple places about every other weekend. Let me know if you want to meet up.

Olmp 07-22-2014 11:39 PM

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...

gr5000 08-19-2014 01:52 AM

Coal City / Braidwood

Originally Posted by StinkyMud (Post 856048)
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,


macaw1us 09-05-2014 10:13 PM

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 :)

thedawgshow 09-05-2014 10:21 PM

Hey all, there are a few of us headed to badlands on Sunday Oct. 19th if anyone wants to go along!!!!

thedawgshow 09-28-2014 10:24 AM

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!!!

badgus 04-17-2015 09:16 AM

I'm in the mood for some offroadin' this weekend. Anyone wanna meetup? Chicago area.

Scythian 04-19-2015 05:50 PM

We keep a list of sites up to date, and keep finding more, here is a link to the map, you can click on the list on teh left and find the address, website, and even zoom in and switch to satellite views and see the trails on most of them. Or you can just click on the black dots.

This is the "Hoosier Wranglers" trail map:

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