Off-roading has become a popular American pastime, which only continues to grow in popularity. And one of the great things about off-roading is that it can easily be a year-round activity. The only things holding you back are the weather in your neck of the woods, and your willingness to drench your rig in mud.
To celebrate the arrival of 2020, we’re doing a comprehensive roundup of our favorite off-roading trails, all over the country. We’ve broken the US into 8 different regions, and over the next couple of months, we will be posting one article on the Top 7 off-road trails in each of those eight regions. So, no matter where you are across America we’ll have awesome trails recommendations coming your way. From beginner to advanced, we’ll have something for everyone.
Top 7 Off-Road Trails in The South
Let’s start things off in the Southern Region. It seems like the best place to begin, considering the weather down south generally allows off-roading all year-round. And at the very least, the weather at this time of year is going to be a lot more forgiving than what you’ll find on trails in the Rocky Mountains or around New England. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Ozark-St Francis National Forest, Arkansas
The 1.2 million-acre Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in northwestern Arkansas offers endless opportunities for adventure. It is home to more than 1,000-miles of trails dedicated to off-road vehicle use. Driving these old forest roads can range from easy to extremely difficult. Check your routes ahead of time, because in some places drivers will share the trail with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. With such a massive area to explore, you’re bound to find some of the very best off-road trails in the south, no matter how many times you visit.
Pro tip: equip your rig with a MicroMobile before heading off into this 1.2 million-acre playground. It’ll keep you safely connected to friends and family up to 50-miles away.
Blue Holler is a 1,200-acre off-road park that offers something for all skill levels and vehicle types. The terrain ranges from tight and narrow ATV trails to rugged hill climbs and challenging obstacles for 4×4 vehicles. The most popular attraction is a large sand cave which is wide enough for vehicles to drive through.
Battery Park, South Carolina
Battery Park, just miles from Myrtle Beach offers over 30-miles of tracks for ATV’s, motorcycles and Jeeps. You’ll find over 15-miles of two-track trails that every skill level can enjoy. The tracks consist of clay, sand, and dirt terrains to satiate all of your off-roading desires. The park also offers a fully-featured campsite where you can hook up your RV and truly make it a full vacation and off-roading escape, in one.
Brushy Mountain, North Carolina
If you are looking for a trail filled with climbing, twists, and turns, Brushy Mountain Park is the place for you. Founded in 2002, the park offers over 100-miles of trails with nearly 50-miles open to ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. You can take the long 25.5-mile trail straight through or take one of the many return trails to head back to the parking lot. The trail system is divided into three sections, and has a variety of trails ranging from beginner to advanced difficulties found throughout each section.
Open to all vehicle types, this park is packed with 150 miles of trails, mud bogs, and rock crawling obstacles. In fact, there is an area specifically designed for “rock crawlers”. This area isn’t for newbies, the rock crawling obstacles will seriously challenge any 4×4 vehicles brave enough to take them on. The trail network also offers routes designated exclusively for equestrian, bike, and hiking use. The 1500-acre park even includes cabins, a campground, and an RV park. This is a perfect place to stay for a long weekend; you can thrash around on trails during the day and then relax in the campground at night.
The Swamp Off-Road Park, Florida
This 4×4 off-road park is open for riding on the first and third Saturday of every month. The park has recently doubled in size and has expanded the area with new trails for off-roading enthusiasts! The park offers a variety of terrain including wide and sandy 4×4 trails, rugged hills for crawling, and deep mud pits to power through. If you’ll be in Florida, we highly recommend visiting this spot. You’ll quickly discover why we chose it as one of the best off-road trails in the south.
Muddy Joe’s, Mississippi
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, Muddy Joe’s is the place to go! This off-road park offers miles of ATV trails, but a whole lot more too. There are plenty of shady RV sites to choose from, each with picnic tables, BBQ grills, and fire rings. Cabins are also available for rent. The trails themselves are known for being quite challenging, with several deep mud pits and water crossings scattered throughout the area. When you’re not on the trails, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, relax by the beach area, play outdoor games, and cruise on the lake with a canoe.