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Best Off Roading in Allentown PA

Best Off Roading in Allentown PA

Best Off Roading in Allentown PA

There's nothing like a wild romp through the wilderness. If you're looking to stray away from the same old spots, check out our guide to the best off-road trails in and around Allentown, PA. Whether you plan to Jeep through some of the last old-growth hemlocks in the northeast or take your new F-150 out for its first foray away from the pavement, there's a little something here for you. With most of these sites, you can even bring along your hiking gear or snowshoes to further explore where no vehicle can tread.

Rausch Creek Off-Road Park

Only about an hour outside of town, this off-road park is a true jewel among trails. Rausch Creek is home to 9.3 miles of lightly trafficked trails, and it's something that all skill levels can handle. In fact, you can choose different trail options for different skill levels. There is a two-vehicle minimum, so you need to bring an off-roading buddy - just in case you need to make use of those front tow hooks. Rausch Creek also features campsites, so you can stay a few days and explore everything the park has to offer.

Swift Run Trail

Rated difficult, this 3.3-mile trail offers a stunning look at some of the last old-growth hemlock trees in the area. If you can make a weekend of it, this gorgeous scenery is well worth the effort. And, when you tell the story to your friends, its difficulty rating will give you plenty of off-road cred. Still, this trail is not for the faint of heart - you may find yourself planning a route around some downed trees. Swift Run Trial is open year-round. Located near McClure, Swift Run Trail is about two-and-a-half hours out of town.

James Path

About an hour outside of town, near Trevorton, this 6-mile trail treats even experienced off-road drivers to a challenge. The terrain is rocky and mountainous, and the trailhead can be difficult to find, so make sure your navigation system is up to speed. If not - bring an old-school paper map. Once you get going, though, this terrain is rewarding. You may encounter hikers on the trail, so take caution.

Allegheny National Forest

For the off-road-trail mother lode, take a road trip up to Allegheny National Forest. Here you'll find more than 100 miles of trails. Open from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the last Sunday in September, these trails offer a little something for every skill level. There's also a winter season, from December 20 to April 1. Not all of the trails are open at this time. You do need a $35 permit before you can head into the wilderness, which you can get from the Allegheny National Forest or online at www.fs.fed.us/r9/allegheny.