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As you might imagine, a state as large and with the topographical variety of Pennslyvania has much to offer in terms of outdoor experiences and offroading opportunities. Offering a variety of private and public lands to explore as well as a variety of experiences from rock crawling to trail driving, Pennslyvania is one of the premier offroading locations east of the Mississippi.
In a short article, it is not possible to cover all of the opportunities, but the author will offer a few examples that will hopefully give Bronco owners a place to start exploring and maybe even generate some conversation from the 6G community on places that I did not mention in this article.
Considered one of the premier offroad parks, Rauch Creek offers offroading experiences for every level of the driver. Trying not to repeat previous articles, the author encourages reading the earlier article and accompanying discussion that focuses on this destination only.
Offering a 31.9 mile loop, the Dark Water OHV Trail offers a scenic lake as part of the drive. Darkwater trails are suitable for ATVS, Dirt Bikes, Full Sized Vehicles and non-motorized vehicles, so you will be sharing the trail. After exploring the loop trail, another trail in the area, the Reading Anthracite Trail, is a 20.7 mile point-to-point trail that you can also explore. With both wooded and open land driving, this area is great for all levels of Bronco owners. There are various low lying areas where mud pits have accumulated so there is no reason to bring your Bronco home clean.
Open only April to October, Rock Run is an offroading park that requires an entrance fee for the vehicle/driver and each passenger. Advertising 140 miles of trails, those accessible to Broncos are far less. Offering stunning vistas of the Allegheny Mountains, the trails at Rock Run are designed for a wide variety of off-road vehicles so be prepared to share the area with UTVs, ATVs, Motorcycles, etc. Rock Run also offers 350 primitive campsites which are available for $12 per night for a group of six, so bring your other offroad toys in tow with your Bronco and stay the weekend. Check out the website or the Facebook site for events since this is a popular destination.
Located between Pottsville and Rauch Creek areas, the Llewellynhouse Trail is known for an offroading experience with one of the best opportunities to see wildlife from the comfort of your Bronco in Pennsylvania. A massive 45.6-mile loop trail, expect scenic vistas as well as views of the forest. This is probably one of the better trails in Pennsylvania if you want to get a taste of backcountry trekking.
Located Northeast of Pittsburg in Western, PA Scrubgrass is over 1,200 acres large encompassing more than 60 miles of OHV and Jeep trails. This location is another park that charges admission, so check on prices before you go. Offering trails for every difficulty level from beginner to expert, every Bronco owner should be able to find a trail suited for their skill (and/or fear level of scratches, dents, etc.). The park features 18 miles of trails just for experts as well as steep hill climb areas, rock crawling areas, and a grass terrain track. Also offering primitive campsites, you can augment your offroading with kayaking, tubing, fishing, and during select times of the year, hunting. Make sure you call before you go since they close for special events on a regular basis. At last check, this park was still in business, but their website was no longer working.
Hope this "Starter" list gives you some ideas to get you and your Bronco into the wild. If you have your own recommendations or favourite spots, please add them to the comment section!
This Week's Article: Places to Explore in Delaware
Delaware is the second smallest state, measuring only 96 miles (North to South), and only 35 miles across at its widest point. That means that DE does not have as much area as the surrounding states so off-roading opportunities are equally limited. With nearly a million people living in DE, and likely many offroad vehicles, those areas that are available are going to be crowded. On a positive note, Delaware may have more Broncos eventually per square mile of state so maybe beyond their claim to being the First State, they may be able to claim to be a Bronco State!
Many offroading blogs talk about and recommend the C&D Canal Trails in Northern DE. The Canals there are clay and gravel roads, but at last look off-road vehicle traffic is prohibited and a little investigation by this author found police blogs where they had conducted targeted enforcement actions. Just a friendly reminder, illegal activity is not condoned and we don't want Bronco owners getting a reputation for lawlessness, not being good stewards of our planet, or not being respectful to the environment. Our advice is to check with local law enforcement, obey all posted signs, and only go where it is legal.
After some research, it appears that offroading in the state, county, and municipal parks is not allowed anywhere in Delaware, meaning there is no off-roading on public land in Delaware (There is a seashore fishing exception that will be discussed later in the article). If a reader is aware of public places allowing offroading in Delaware, let the author know and I will update the article.
So now that we have discussed where you can't go, you might be wondering, is there anywhere to go in the state? Well yes, but they are very far and few between. Again, if any reader has identified other places they recommend, please let the author know!
MuddyNutz Play Ground
MuddyNutz (meaning Muddy LUG Nuts) is a small offroad park located in Dover. Offering more than just mud, they also have trails and obstacles to test your skills. Although their web presence is minimal, they do have a business website on Facebook at:
Under current conditions, their hours vary so it makes sense to call them before driving there. They can be contacted at (302) 465-3611 or you can message them on Facebook.
Cape Henlopen, Fenwick Island, and Delaware Seashore State Park
Delaware State Parks limits sand-bound vehicles to park for surf fishing purposes only. That means anyone parking on a Delaware State Park beach needs to be "actively engaged" in fishing and must have a valid surf fishing vehicle permit.
Bronco owners can purchase the permit online, at any park office, at the Parks Central Office in Dover, and at a handful of retailers throughout the state. Annual permit prices range from $70 to $160.
Recreational beach driving beyond designated areas for surf fishing is not allowed. Channel your inner elementary school days because single-file parking is required on these beaches in an effort to limit high occupancy. A guide for taking your Bronco into the sand can be found at:
This week we talk about four Off-road trails in Maryland. Each trail offers different challenges and opportunities. It is important to remind those heading off into the wilderness to research the public trails with the National Park Service (NPS) or MD Department of Naural Resources (DNR), since trails are controlled by the NPS or the DNR and they have specific requirements for use. The recommended areas to explore are:
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND BEACH
Assateague is unique in that the island is both in Maryland and Virginia. The Maryland part of the island includes a 12-mile zone for off-roaders and allows up to 145 vehicles at any time.
In order to enter the off-road zone, you will need to obtain a permit. Fortunately, the permit is valid for both the Maryland and Virginia areas of the island. In particular, Assateague is known for its beach off-roading, which provides amazing views and the ability to enjoy sea fishing as well. For more information on the permit and regulations, check out the Assateague Island website.
As a side note, the nearby Wallops NASA facility is an active spaceport and, if you time your adventure correctly, you might even get to watch a launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
GARRETT STATE FOREST ORV TRAILS
The Garrett State Forest includes two off-road trails. The Piney Mountain off-road trail and the Snaggy Mountain trail. Off-road vehicles are required to register with the DNR and display a registration sticker. Garrett State Forest is made up of 7,000 acres of land located in Western Maryland. This trail system is a recommended destination for the Chesapeake Bronco Club!
POTOMAC STATE FOREST ORV TRAILS
The Potomac State Forest is conveniently connected to the Garrett State Forest and provides access to four off-road trails. The Laurel Run Road Trail, Wallman Road Trail, and Backbone Mountain and Burkholder Road Trails provide several miles of off-road terrain that you can explore.
SAVAGE RIVER STATE FOREST
Savage River State Forest provides four trails for off-roaders to explore. including the St. John’s Rock Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail, Margraff Plantation Trail, and Negro Mountain Trail. Savage is by far the largest park facility in Maryland, featuring over 54,000 acres of parkland.
Some of you may want to test your Bronco, and your driver skills, in rock crawling. Although our area can not give you the Means Dry Lake Bed experience, home of King of the Hammers, there is an area for you to test metal on stone in PA. Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pine Grove, PA offers 3000 acres of off-road trails, including rock crawling areas. From their website:
"Rausch Creek Off-Road Park is devoted to providing a fun, legal place for off-road enthusiasts to go four-wheeling with their 4wd Jeep, truck, or SUV. The park consists of 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails - featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club-friendly trails, and primitive camping."
I am originally from California where a drive to Pismo Beach and Oceano Dunes was a regular offroading adventure. Here on the East Coast, we too can enjoy that "Bronco on the Beach" experience and should be a destination for a gathering. Although not in our own area, NC and the Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not that far! This may be a great way to close out next summer after many will hopefully have Broncos to show off. Regardless, it should be on your Bronco bucket list:
"Long stretches of shoreline between Carova, North Carolina, and the Hatteras Inlet — plus parts of Ocracoke Island — are open to drivers with off-road vehicle permits either seasonally or year-round. During the winter, you can even drive at night on the beaches of the national seashore, where beach bonfires are permitted. The northern end of the Outer Banks is especially remote."
I don’t know if any of you were planning on going to Sheehy Ford of Richmond in December for their Bronco event, but it appears to have been canceled for this year. Could have been a great chance to touch something before many of us buy. I really envy those of you with classic Broncos! Much less stress.
Hello fellow members of the Chesapeake Herd! I have been asked by @frinesi2 to help out with building our club! Please let me know what you all would like to see and do. I know that in these times of COVID19 face-to-face (Bronco to Bronco) meetings might be limited, but we can start building a great virtual club and get together once things ease a bit more. Please post anything of relevance so we can start seeing things in relation to Ford, Broncos, or pure fun in our area!
Hi! Forum lurker from Lewes, De and Severn, Md. I have my reservation currently with Boulevard Ford (Preston Ford). I went with a Delaware Dealer instead of paying the higher taxes and tags to Larry Hogan but for the right deal, I would be willing to lift and shift for a group buy if the numbers add up.
Almost forgot! 2Dr Base MT in Velocity Blue or Silver. Want an “O.M.T“ vibe. Wish that dang White Top was available now.
Do you all think Ford released this thing without a full plan?
Seems like all they had was a concept... and demand kinda surprised them? Just seems like they've had to pull together capacity so last minute & the overall rollout seems premature on their end. Like they were unprepared...
Hi people. Excited to own an off-road vehicle for once. Went on an awesome trip in college (James Madison) with a buddy. Jeep up the side of some dirt/mud trail with the snow falling down, out in the Appalachias. Fog on top made the mountains look all "ghosty."
After college, been stuck in the city for awhile & I guess Corona has me missing the Wild. Excited for this new Bronco adventure!
So what Cars and Coffee -type events does everybody frequent (or frequented before covid)?
I try to go to Hunt Valley Horsepower when I can, they usually have a pretty big turnout with a LOT of variety. Plenty of offroaders of every kind and occasionally single-make/model clubs turning out in force.
I know there's a big show down in Potomac, where else?