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Top Spots For Off-Roading Near Philadelphia

May 11, 2013 7:00 AM

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If you enjoy taking the road less traveled, can’t pass up a challenge and don’t mind a little mud, off-roading may be just the ticket for your next adventure. Philadelphia-area residents who love utility or sport quads, ATVs and dirt bikes have quite a few options when it comes to finding a great place to ride. Parks and facilities within three hours of Philly offer a wide range of terrain experiences, including rock beds, boulder crawls, creek crossings and mud runs.
Blue Diamond MX Park
765 Hamburg Road
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 834-5867
www.bdmxpark.com

Only 48 miles from Philadelphia, Blue Diamond MX is off Route 13 in New Castle, Delaware. In addition to a superb AMA-sanctioned race track, the facility includes an open track for bikes and ATVs, as well as a pee wee track for kids just starting out. Open year round, Blue Diamond does not rent equipment, so bring your own vehicle. Helmet, goggles, long pants and long sleeves, gloves and riding boots are required to ride. Riders younger than 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or have a notarized letter and be with a legal guardian to ride. Fees begin as low as $15 for members. Pricing and hours vary by season.

Ready To Ride
2590 Ridge Ave.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 645-8413
www.ehtpal.org

Just 53 miles from Philadelphia, Ready to Ride is a wooded, 35-acre riding area in Egg Harbor Township, NJ between the Black Horse Pike and Delilah Road. The dirt bike, ATV and go-cart play area is family oriented and operated by the Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League. Open daily, the schedule and hours are subject to change. In addition to over eight miles of trails, the facility operates a track for beginners, a motocross track and a go-kart track. No equipment is available for rent, so riders need to have access to or bring their own vehicles. You must be a member to ride, and everyone is required to attend a facility safety orientation. Membership is open to anyone, in or out of state, six years old and up. Riders younger than 15 need to be with an adult, and riders younger than 11 need to be with a parent at all times. The facility promotes safe riding and fun with family and friends and offers a variety of safety and training courses.

Rausch Creek Off-Road Park
453 Molleystown Road
Tremont, PA 17981
(570) 695-3900
www.rauschcreekoffroadpark.org

Located 83 miles outside of Philadelphia, Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Tremont, PA, provides 8,500 acres of off-road trails for dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs. For 4×4 enthusiasts, Rausch Creek has a separate off-road park dedicated to providing a legal environment for 4×4 vehicles only to enjoy off-road fun. Because camping and off-road fun go hand-in-hand, Rausch Creek offers family friendly campgrounds. Easy, intermediate and hard trails include rocks, bowls, hills and the glacial “Rock Creek.” Open year-round, this group-oriented facility is membership based.

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Snake Creek MX
696 Staytonville Road
Harrington, DE 19952
(302) 387-2774
www.snakecreekmx.com

Snake Creek MX is located in Harrington, DE — just 92 miles from Philly. It’s closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but the facility is open the rest of the week for bikes only. The track which opened in 1994, was recently updated with many improvements. Pricing is $25 for bikes with a $45 yearly membership, and $40 for a day membership and ride. There is never a charge for spectators, and a snack bar is open on weekends. This spot is great for a family outing or birthday party, any season of the year.

The Lost Trails ATV Adventures
1000 Dunham Drive
Dunmore, PA 18512
(570) 730-8131
www.ridelosttrails.com

Philadelphia-area residents only need to travel 95 miles to find The Lost Trails ATV Adventures park in Dunmore, PA. Bring your own ATV or sign up for a two-hour guided ride on one of the park’s Wildcat ATVs through the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Tours take you over trails with challenging obstacles, including boulder crawls, scenic ridges, rock beds and mud runs. Anyone who can operate a normal car can drive a Wildcat, the park’s website claims, and recommends it as a great “Girls Night Out” alternative. You must be at least 17 years old and have a valid driver’s license to drive, and children need to be at least five years old to ride.The park is open year-round.

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Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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