Off Road Adventures: Top 10 Places to Take Your Jeep Wrangler Off Road
Spring has sprung, and summer is right around the corner. For most people, the first thing they do is break out their shorts, floral shirts, and flip-flops.
As Jeep lovers, the first thing we do is rip that hard top off and zoom off to our favorite off-roading trails. What could beat the bright sun, wind whipping through your hair, and exhilarating bumps, hills, and trails?
If you’re ready to take your Jeep Wrangler off road but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. We’re going over 10 of the best places to go off-road with your Jeep.
We’ll start with some local places, move into the surrounding areas, and then head to the open road for some of the best off-roading trails anywhere in the country.
Let’s get started!
1. Bentley Hills (WI)
Bentley Hills is right here at home in Wisconsin. It has over 2500 acres of open land and 20 miles of trails where ATVs and Jeeps are welcome.
Trails are well-marked and range in difficulty, which means you won’t get bored of this destination anytime soon. Wind through pine forests and country-feel dirt roads to get started on your off-road adventure.
2. Cliff’s Insane Terrain (IL)
This destination got its “insane” name for a reason. While they do have beginner trails, they’re known for their novice to advanced trails that take you through deep muddy ruts, well-marked trails through the forest, steep hills, rocks, and more.
Those who’ve driven these trails describe it as “gnarly” and 300 acres of “pure insane terrain.” If you’ve just bought your Jeep new, be prepared for it to get muddy and potentially scraped and banged up.
You’ve been warned!
3. Mesabi Mountain Trail (MN)
In nearby Minnesota, this 4-mile offroading trail is for experienced off-roaders only.
This trail truly takes you up a mountain, which is only made possible by the excellent off-roading capabilities of the Wrangler. You’re going to need every degree of the 37-degree departure angle and the over 10 inches of clearance to get over boulders, fallen trees, up steep inclines, and more on this trail.
4. Spider Lake Trails (MN)
The Spider Lake Trails in Minnesota take you through one of the state’s gorgeous state parks. Over 29 miles of trails are open to Jeeps with beginner and expert trails alike.
You can go for sandy trails, smooth riding, rough rock crawling areas, lakeside trails, and even some forest hill trails as well. If you want to head over here for some snow action in the winter, you can: the trails are open year round.
5. Talsma’s Trail Park (SD)
Head a few states over and you’ll find Talsma’s Trail Park in South Dakota. A bit different from the forest and mountain trails we went over, these trails take you through open grasslands and riverside trails along the banks of the Missouri River.
Here’s where you can really open up and speed down the trails with dirt and water flying up around you. Stop and take a dip in the muddy water, create huge waves along the muddy shores, and purchase a two-day camping option to immerse yourself in nature.
6. Laurel Highlands (PA)
If you’re ready to take a real road trip, head to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania first. Not only is this area rich with Jeep history and culture (home to the annual JeepFest), but it also offers some amazing off-roading trails you have to try yourself.
The trails take you through some rough terrain, so be ready for mud, brush/brambles, trees, rocks, ridges, and more. In a mountainous region of the state, you’ll see some awesome landscape views peeking through the trees, including a number of waterfalls and mountains.
7. Old Coast Road (CA)
On the opposite end of the country, Old Coast Road offers a completely different off-roading experience. This dry sandy dirt road takes you on a 10.5-mile drive that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Why? The trail is narrow, winding, full of boulders/rocks, and through misty forests that will make you feel like you’re in a fantasy world. While it’s definitely exhilarating, it’s suitable for beginners and experts alike.
8. Hell’s Revenge (UT)
As the name suggests, Hell’s Revenge is a tough one. Thrill-seekers only, we would say.
This trail takes you near cliffs, close to ledges, up and down impossibly steep hills, all while you look out over a red and orange desert (a bit like Hell, wouldn’t you say?).
This is just one of the many famous trails in Utah, which is considered an off-roading Mecca. While you’re there, check out other famous routes like “Cliff Hanger” and “Golden Spike” for more dare-devil trails.
9. Sandstone Canyon (CA)
Located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this California trail brings you right into the heart of the scorching, yet gorgeous, desert. As you make your way through the rocky and sandy trail routes, you’ll be surrounded by huge, sheer walls of pure sandstone.
These walls of rock go up 300 feet in the air. You’ll feel fully immersed in the canyon as you try to squeeze through tight and narrow passes. Watch out for rockslides, and be careful as you drive over fallen boulders and steep inclines.
10. Redneck Run Park (FL)
For our last one, let’s throw in a wild card: the Redneck Run Park in Florida. Almost polar opposite from the dry desert canyons of the west, this off-roading destination is famous for the wet and muddy South Florida environment.
Zoom through gigantic mud holes, mud tracks, and muddy ponds. You can take a break from dirtying up your beloved Jeep by heading onto one of their many forest trails.
Stick around to see monster truck battles, truck races, and more.
The Best Jeep Wrangler Off-Road Trails to Try This Spring and Summer
Taking your Jeep Wrangler off road is essentially a summertime requirement. Whether you’re a new off-roader or a seasoned pro, you’ll have some of the best times of your life on one of these trails.
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