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.
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.
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.
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.
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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