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Unread 11-19-2008, 04:24 PM   #16
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east haven. welcome aboard. hey toxic were do you go offroad around here

First off, I'll let you all in on the news.. I don't drive a Jeep BUT.. I do have a Grand Wagoneer D44 for a front axle in my 87 4Runner.



Second.. I don't wheel around here... not really.
We are currently working with the state to create a comprehensive map/list of what state forest roads are open to us. There are some but currently, there is mass-confusion as to what is open and what is not, even though their own laws should dictate that. Problem is funding. The state hasn't had enough money over the last 10 years or more to actually get out and gate/block/or sign closed the roads they don't want us on.. so, its a hit or miss. You head out and stand a good chance of getting a ticket ($110) if you're where they feel you shouldn't be.
So, although I do know a couple of state forest roads that are open, there are no quality maps that one can access to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. Very easy to get lost/turned around out there and end up on private land or on a logging cut instead of a road.. or worse yet, on the wrong side of a shooting range ( yes, one road has an off shoot that leads right onto the back side of one.. not good...) )

Over the last 15-20 years, our club, the Eastern 4 Wheelers (and more recently, our regional association, East Coast 4WD Assoc-Northeast Region) have established several plots of private land for use on club rides. We have a couple parcels here in CT, a few in MA, 2 in VT, 1 in NY and access 1-2 times a year to 1500 acres in north Jersey.

Best bet is to join a club.
E4W www.eastern4wheelers.com (and most of our sister clubs through New England) charge about $50 a year for dues. I won't get into all the bennies, but, if you join a club and go on just 5 rides a year, thats $10 per ride. Rausch Creek in PA costs $35 a day. A Jeep Jamboree costs about $500-$600 per couple per weekend. and the ticket mentioned above will run you $110.. So, even you got nothing else from the club, it would still be worth it.

If you have any other questions, just ask.

Talk soon,

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Unread 11-19-2008, 05:02 PM   #17
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First off, I'll let you all in on the news.. I don't drive a Jeep BUT.. I do have a Grand Wagoneer D44 for a front axle in my 87 4Runner.


Second.. I don't wheel around here... not really.
We are currently working with the state to create a comprehensive map/list of what state forest roads are open to us. There are some but currently, there is mass-confusion as to what is open and what is not, even though their own laws should dictate that. Problem is funding. The state hasn't had enough money over the last 10 years or more to actually get out and gate/block/or sign closed the roads they don't want us on.. so, its a hit or miss. You head out and stand a good chance of getting a ticket ($110) if you're where they feel you shouldn't be.
So, although I do know a couple of state forest roads that are open, there are no quality maps that one can access to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. Very easy to get lost/turned around out there and end up on private land or on a logging cut instead of a road.. or worse yet, on the wrong side of a shooting range ( yes, one road has an off shoot that leads right onto the back side of one.. not good...) )

Over the last 15-20 years, our club, the Eastern 4 Wheelers (and more recently, our regional association, East Coast 4WD Assoc-Northeast Region) have established several plots of private land for use on club rides. We have a couple parcels here in CT, a few in MA, 2 in VT, 1 in NY and access 1-2 times a year to 1500 acres in north Jersey.

Best bet is to join a club.
E4W www.eastern4wheelers.com (and most of our sister clubs through New England) charge about $50 a year for dues. I won't get into all the bennies, but, if you join a club and go on just 5 rides a year, thats $10 per ride. Rausch Creek in PA costs $35 a day. A Jeep Jamboree costs about $500-$600 per couple per weekend. and the ticket mentioned above will run you $110.. So, even you got nothing else from the club, it would still be worth it.

If you have any other questions, just ask.

Talk soon,

Oh great! we got him going. At least he kept it to only four paragraphs
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Unread 11-19-2008, 07:12 PM   #18
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thanks for the advice toxic im new to the whole 4 wheeling thing and was looking were and how to have fun
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Unread 11-19-2008, 07:17 PM   #19
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thanks for the advice toxic im new to the whole 4 wheeling thing and was looking were and how to have fun
Try Nepaug State Forest, it's legal during the day. Its in Torrington off Route 202
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Unread 11-19-2008, 08:52 PM   #20
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dont live in CT but my gf lives in Farmington and i'm up there a lot
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Unread 11-19-2008, 09:25 PM   #21
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Vernon, CT. I heard some people talking about a spot in manchester to go wheelin, anybody know where this is?
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Unread 11-19-2008, 09:26 PM   #22
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east haven. welcome aboard. hey toxic were do you go offroad around here
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Unread 11-19-2008, 09:41 PM   #23
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Unread 11-19-2008, 09:49 PM   #24
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I'm from Cheshire. If anyone sees a older model XJ with 32s and 3 inchs o lift and a TJ willys star on the hood thats me. I go to NVCC in WTBY any one go there?
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Unread 11-20-2008, 05:24 AM   #25
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I live in Cheshire but work in Old Saybrook and Im in guilford alot.
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Unread 11-20-2008, 05:32 AM   #26
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Waterford and work in New Haven.
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Unread 11-20-2008, 04:18 PM   #27
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Waterford and work in New Haven.
I live up the street from you in Norwich are there any local jeep clubs in the area. if not want to start one?
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Unread 11-20-2008, 07:23 PM   #28
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In Nepaug, the only thing legal are the dirt roads. You don't even need 4WD to drive on them. During the late winter months, they may get a bit rutted and muddy. Any other time, they are 2WD, easy.
There is nothing legal in Manchester. Chances are its private property that people simply haven't been caught on enough yet because the Police have more on their plates to worry about then people wheeling illegally.
However, wheeling illegally, anywhere, hurts all of our chances to get more available here in CT, helps the greenies, who don't want us wheeling, at all, get more ammo to get more areas closed, including laws that would severely restrict us wheeling even on our own private parcels.

As I mentioned above, joining a club is your best bet.
Giving you directions TO a trail head is easy. Giving you directions, to navigate successfully THROUGH the woods is not and why you won't see me posting locations, directions, etc on any forums or handing them out to people I don't know via email. It is just way too easy to get turned around and end up where you aren't supposed to be.

Check out www.EC4WDA.org/RegionD for a list of area clubs.
If you want to start your own, I will help in anyway I can.. I have been doing this for over 20 years, I am VP of the EC4WDA Northeast Region, the national Land Use chair and the Regional land Use chair.. plus a whole bunch of other hats I wear too.

Any questions, just ask.

Talk soon,
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Unread 11-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #29
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In Nepaug, the only thing legal are the dirt roads. You don't even need 4WD to drive on them. During the late winter months, they may get a bit rutted and muddy. Any other time, they are 2WD, easy.
There is nothing legal in Manchester. Chances are its private property that people simply haven't been caught on enough yet because the Police have more on their plates to worry about then people wheeling illegally.
However, wheeling illegally, anywhere, hurts all of our chances to get more available here in CT, helps the greenies, who don't want us wheeling, at all, get more ammo to get more areas closed, including laws that would severely restrict us wheeling even on our own private parcels.

As I mentioned above, joining a club is your best bet.
Giving you directions TO a trail head is easy. Giving you directions, to navigate successfully THROUGH the woods is not and why you won't see me posting locations, directions, etc on any forums or handing them out to people I don't know via email. It is just way too easy to get turned around and end up where you aren't supposed to be.

Check out www.EC4WDA.org/RegionD for a list of area clubs.
If you want to start your own, I will help in anyway I can.. I have been doing this for over 20 years, I am VP of the EC4WDA Northeast Region, the national Land Use chair and the Regional land Use chair.. plus a whole bunch of other hats I wear too.

Any questions, just ask.

Talk soon,
Thanks for the info i mite take you up on that some time .I was the president of the camaro club here in CT in the 80s and vice of dream-machine classic auto club in the 90s ,so i have some experience at this type of thing but its not something you can do on your own. Again thanks
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Unread 11-20-2008, 08:43 PM   #30
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Thanks for the info toxic. always good advice.
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