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Unread 10-30-2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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First time 4wheeling: Rausch Creek or NJ Pine Barrens

I have an essentially stock 2000xj and a buddy of mine has a stock 98 Explorer with mud tires and we were wondering which would be better to do some light 4 wheeling, Rausch Creek or the Pine Barrens. I know that Rausch has rated trails but don't know much about the Pine Barrens.

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Unread 10-30-2009, 08:15 AM   #2
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the pine barrens doesn't have rated trails but there are plenty of trails there that even a car could go through with no problem. If you do decide pine barrens be careful of puddles, looks can be decieving. Most of the deeper spots have go arounds.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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Thanks, would you recommend entering at Batsto Village or Atsion?
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Unread 10-30-2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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If your going wheeling for the first time i'd go to Rausch creek, The trails are rated, they often hold " offroading 101 guided tours" through the trails, if you break down, somebody will stop to help you. The trails are on a map, etc.

Going to the pines is fun, pretty simple most of the time, just lots of sand and water to get stuck in... and very easy to get lost.

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Unread 10-30-2009, 03:07 PM   #5
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I agree, very easy to get lost. The Pines are pretty boring until you find mud. Rausch costs about $40-50. It is much more fun. They have a website you can check out with the trail maps and there may be video or pics of trails too.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 04:31 PM   #6
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I would go to Rausch first. It has a lot of everything. Then you can decide if you like rocks or mud. Then build your rig from there.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 04:48 PM   #7
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If you go to Raush, be careful of trail choice with those vehicles, especially with no armor. Raush has some blue trails with enough rocks to eat those alive.

With that caveat, I love Raush, but have not been to Pine Barrens. I'd say for all reasons listed above, go to Raush.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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The pines will also swallow a stock jeep whole
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Unread 10-30-2009, 04:50 PM   #9
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I agree Rausch Creek first. Pines can be fun if you know the area.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 06:40 PM   #10
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It really all depends on you. I've never been to rausch. Just because it's a bit too far for my taste...and no triple A...lol
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Unread 10-31-2009, 08:07 AM   #11
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Here are some pics from the Pines.





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Unread 10-31-2009, 02:27 PM   #12
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Just got back from the pines and had a great time. The trails we took had some mud and water but nothing we couldn't safely get through.
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Unread 11-15-2009, 04:11 PM   #13
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pines are sick.. but real confusing
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Unread 12-24-2009, 12:58 PM   #14
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Piney Power!!!!!!!!!!!! I like to call it home but it's not for everyone
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Unread 12-25-2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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grew up in the pines... hunt in the pines... learned how to drive in the pines... Piney Power!!! but I do admit, i get sick of the mud sometimes. I have to be in the mood for it. although you find some amazing spots out there. and no matter what people say. If you have a compass with you, you cant get lost. Drive in a straight line in any direction and you hit a major road. its not like maine or canada where there is nothing
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