We just got our first jeep - 2012 Rubi JK. We'd like a recommendation for a trail to ride that will let us get our feet wet, but won't kill us the first time. We're in the NVA area and have seen info on Shoe Creek and GWNP Harrisonburg, but we can't guarantee we'll have a friend with us and its just going to be a day trip - what would be your suggestions?
If you mean you'll be wheeling alone, I strongly urge you to reconsider.
Sometimes the easiest little things you dont think about will get you stuck. Which is no big deal: if someone is there to give you a yank on the ole' snatch strap.
I'd recommend shoe creek, big levels, flagpole knob/meadow knob, or hit up crozet. Crozet has a bad reputation for being really hardcore, but you can explore all day on blue trails! We have stock rigs all the time. First time I went there was even a baja vw beetle that only needed a tug one time and it was 2wd!
There's an open event on the 25th&26th, feel free to pm me or swing on over to www.rcpfa.com. Whatever you do, don't drive 5 miles into the wilderness alone.
Wheeled shoe creek on saturday and big levels on sunday both were washed out pretty good but still fun. Big levels was full of mud and water holes. Let you tires down to about 15 PSI on big levels and its a better ride