Five Epic Destinations for Off-Road Enthusiasts

America is home to thousands of great destinations for off-roading enthusiasts, with none more famous than Moab, Utah (so we didn’t bother listing it). No matter your skill level, there are a plethora of locations to suit your needs and to take you to that next adventure plane. Nothing beats the adrenaline racing through your body as you take command of a vehicle on an off-road exploratory journey. The freedom and discovery of the unknown terrain as you take in a beautiful scenic backdrop will make you addicted to the experience. If you’re like us, and love to abandon the level roads and even pavement, then this list was compiled for you.

5) Moses Lake Mud Flats and Sand Dunes

We start our list with this sand covered paradise located in Washington. There are no fees associated with this great place. When you enter you’ll find quads, dirtbikes and all kinds of off-road vehicles zooming by. You might see some overhead drones surveying the landscape. Found on the very bottom of Moses Lake, it offers 3,000 acres of roller coaster sand dunes. Juxtaposed to the sand dunes are mudding opportunities for those who like to get dirty. And cool your self off with the lake that offers fishing and watercraft options for you. If you want to stay the night, camping is allowed.

4) Ocala National Forest

This scenic Florida gem extends 607 square miles and is full of rivers, springs, lakes, and forest. They’ve dedicated 81 of those 607 miles for off-roading and almost 200 additional miles to ATV trails. There are plenty of activities offered at no cost, but they do charge fees for operating within their off-highway vehicle trails which are designed for slower speeds. Be aware that there is an abundance of wildlife including bears, and the park is designed to be a self-controlled and exploratory sightseeing tour experience. If you’re interested in an overnight stay there are camping options available to you.

3) Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

This beautiful mixture of ocean, tree islands, beaches, forests and dunes are located right on the Oregon Coast. Offering a playground of about 40 miles, you owe it to yourself to visit this dream destination. Millions of years of mother nature’s hand at work have created a landscape that varies from 500 foot tall dunes to flatter surfaces for those speed demons who want to tear it up. They also provide many opportunities for those who want to fish, hike, watercraft and go horseback riding. If you want to stay the night they have camping options for you.

2) Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

This one is a two for one special because it blends two American National Forest found in Georgia. The Oconee Nation Forest and the Chattahoochee Nation Forest. Collectively they cover an area of over 850,000 acres crossing over more than 25 counties. They have all kinds of wildlife including, hawks, bears, coyotes and bobcats. This land includes rivers, waterways, forest, grasslands and trails. They provide picnic areas and campgrounds for your enjoyment. For those looking for great off-roading trails they got you covered at both locations. Make sure to visit the official website for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests concerning all rules, regulations and fees.

1) Rubicon Trail

We save one of the most famous for last on our list. It’s a place you’ll never want to leave, the Rubicon Trail located in California. Spanning 22 miles, the Rubicon Trail is an off-roader’s fantasy that was originally a footpath utilized by Native Americans. You can gain entry to the trail at Wentworth Springs or at Lake Tahoe. Although there are sections that are amateur friendly, don’t think that this trail is for the novice. It will satisfy your need for bumps and dips as you make your way over this obstacle laced life course. This place is also great for those who like to hike. There are plenty of short climbs and ledges to keep you busy and entertain you for hours.

Philip Van der Vossen

Philip Van der Vossen founded and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media. In 2020 he launched the off-road travel site,, as the content focused side of TrailTrekTour LLC. Philip has been an online publisher since 2008, and has covered the automotive industry since 2010. Prior to founding Trail Trek Tour, he served for three years as the Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association.

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