Best Places To Offroad Near Ohio

Best Spots To Go Off-Roading Near Ohio: Off-roading Parks, Trails, & More!

So you're ready to hit the trails in your off-roading Jeep, you just need to know where to go to experiment with flexing your Jeep's fullest performance capabilities.

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Lucky for you, within a day's drive of Cincinnati, OH you can find multiple kinds of off-roading terrain that offer completely different experiences. Some parks are more bare bones while others provide an array of amenities nearby, including cabins, restaurants, art shops, etc.

You may also wish to consider which parks have designated trails versus more free-roam exploration areas, depending on your level of experience.

Here are some of our favorite off-roading parks and trails near Cincinnati, OH.


Land Between the Lakes in Golden Pond, KY

Distance From Cincinnati: 304 Miles

With over 100 miles of trails, the Turkey Bay area in Land between the Lakes is one of the best places to off-road. Youth trails are designated as flatter teaching terrain for minors under 16, while color-coded trails mark beginner to expert terrain.

Though this area is more popular for ATVs, first-time Jeep off-roaders can gain a lot of experience from this park. For more thrill, ask a park ranger for a forest map and take your Jeep off the trails and into the more densely wooded forests.

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As part of a larger National Recreation Area, there is plenty to see and do at this Kentucky park, making it an appealing destination for families with mixed interests.

Camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and even historic farmhouses can make Land between the Lakes a well-rounded adventure for the whole family.

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Dirty Turtle Off Road Park in Bedford, KY

Distance from Cincinnati: 69 miles

Even if you've been to Dirty Turtle before, back when it was known as Bucks Run, you need to check out this off-roading park again. Dirty Turtle is under new family ownership, and with that change has come greatly expanded .amenities for this 270 acre off-road park.

Now you can find cabins, camping grounds, new trails, and a general store. You'll also find RV sites with access to showers and dump and fill stations.

Open Trails, Events, & More!

Dirty Turtle is popular for its mud bogs and forested terrain with plenty of exciting stream crossings. Trails are relatively open and aren't heavily maintained, giving more free access to explore. During the off-season, Dirty Turtle is open only on weekends; spring, summer, and fall hours are expanded.

Dirty Turtle is home to frequent events and races that can be as fun to watch as they are to participate in.

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Haspin Acres in Laurel, IN

Distance From Cincinnati: 54 Miles

Looking for a rustic country experience? Check out Haspin Acres, home to over 750 acres of forested trails through rural farmland. Haspin hosts many races during the summer season, including mud races, hill climb races, and its specialty dirt drag races.

Haspin Acres is known for its soft dirt that gets muddy easily, adding an extra exciting challenge for 4x4 Jeep drivers. The infamous Devil's Backbone trail provides a hair-raising experience for even the most experienced off-roaders.

What Else Can You Do At Haspin Acres?

Haspin Acres is always open to camping-24/7/365. Riding hours are between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. There are two on-site parts vendors to help keep your vehicle in good shape for the duration of your trip.

Haspin Acres also offers free Wi-Fi. The Stone Hearth Grill Restaurant is open in spring, summer, and fall. In addition to off-roading, Haspin Acres offers the opportunity to fish.

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Badlands in Attica, IN

Distance from Cincinnati: 193 miles

If you want to conquer it all, Badlands in the place for you. The Badlands Off-Road park offers over 800 acres of uniquely diverse terrain. Try your hand at sand dunes, woodsy trails, rock quarry, mud, and gravel.

This is a great place for families and groups with various experience, as there is terrain for every skill level from beginner to expert. Jeep fans will particularly love the rock crawling trails, though much of the terrain in this park is sandy.

Full Service Off-Road Experience

The Badlands offers one of the most full-service off-road experiences anywhere near Cincinnati, OH and is often viewed as a "resort" of sorts. Here you can find fully equipped houses and units for rent, private showers, drinks, food, clothes, and gear.

The Food Shack is open in spring, summer, and fall. Though the park usually is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Badlands Off-Road park offers extended hour days on non-winter weekends and select event days.

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Black Mountain Trails
in Harlan, KY

Distance From Cincinnati: 239 Miles

As one of the largest off-road parks near Cincinnati, OH , Black Mountain Trails is a well-organized "adventure area" that boasts an astounding 8,000 acres of mountainous terrain with over 150 miles of established trails.

Unlike other parks which have unmarked trails, Black Mountain makes sure its easily identifiable trails for 4x4 vehicles are well-maintained and clearly classified by difficulty. Most of this terrain is rocky and hard pack with plenty of novice-level trails.

What Else Can You Do At Black Mountain Trails?

Black Mountain Trails also offers a series of zip lines that hit speeds up to 60 mph. Ready to kick back a bit? Try the canopy tour zip line that spends two hours exploring the lush forests of Black Mountain with frequent platform stops.

The nearby park grounds also feature horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, camping, golfing, and museums. Many off-road visitors prefer to stay a full weekend or longer in Black Mountain to take advantage of all it has to offer.

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Why Test Drive Your Next Off-road Vehicle At Northgate CDJR

Whether you're a novice or an experienced off-roader, we have a Jeep model for you. With the area's widest selection of on-hand Jeep models, we can help you find all the features and performance capabilities your heart desires.

Our friendly, expert staff knows the ins and outs of off-roading, including where to go for the best experiences.

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Our finance team can make a lease or purchase package work for your budget so you can finally get all those extra features and performance upgrades you've always dreamed of having.


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