stokes state forest which is just dirt roads and is some easy stuff
there are some other places that i cannot remember there names but i had to stop at the ranger station and by showing my fishing license he gave me a map of all the trails that lead to all of the lakes and such, those trails vary from easy dirt roads to deep mud
there are places that i know of and i will not go as they are illegal and i would hate to get a fine
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Originally Posted by j_niko
I would be as nervous as a virgin on prom night if I had to drive that
Whartone is the only legal wheeling in NJ, except for private land that is yours or your buddies.
Not true Brian, as others have pointed out. Wharton may be the only legal place in NJ that offers a huge selection of trails from mild to wild, but it's far from the only legal public land to wheel on. Most state parks have dirt roads running all through them, and all are perfectly legal to drive on. Some are maintained better than others, so there won't be as much of a challenge there.
Here's a few pics from a trip I took a couple years ago with a friend in Collier's Mills State Park (right off of Rt. 539, around the corner from New Egypt Speedway):
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By law we are only allowed to travel on the the "established trail". There is no definition of the established trail. There are no maps available up to this date particularly tell you which trails you are allowed to drive on which you are not. This is a huge problem which allows State Park Police and Conservation Officers the ability to enforce laws by OPINION. For instance most people know the problems we are encountering in Wharton. One particular area looks like a 100 foot wide road with a bunch of puddles in it but was actually at one time a grassy swamp.. To the untrained eye a person may belive that they are traveling down an "established trail" when they really are not. This is all a huge grey area and you risk the chance of being fined. remember take out what you brought in and maybe a little more.
During the last wheeling trip, we used the roads in Wharton that were on the GPS to find where we wanted to go so I guess you could argue that you are traveling on the established road.
I'd hate to say it, but call up the NJDEP and see if a GPS provides nothing but "established trails", they will say NO. Some roads on a GPS don't even exist or havent existed since the 50s. The road I live on a GPS shows it continuing over the Great Egg harbor River and into Hammonton, but if you go to the river there isn't even a trace of may have been a road or briodge there. Please don't take it I'm arguing with you I'm just stating the facts that alot of people don't know. When it's yourself vs the DEP you know whos going to win. I believe i finally got people convinced we need a commonly available map that is available on the internet and at teh ranger stations that shows nothing but legal roads. If that happens there is no grey areas, if you are off of the "mapped trail" you can now be fined with out any discrepancy. there will be no guess work BS. The other thing I'm working my hardest for is not to have the trails limited to your main access trails and thats it. I should have no problem defending that though, because at that point it would effect Hunters,Fishers, birdwatchers, herpers, photographers, paddlers and ourselves.
Colliers Mills is legal to wheel at as long as you respect the land and stay on the trails. There are plenty of pits to rip around in too as long as your there during the day. It is NOT allowed during the night time and there is a hefty fine for it. Lots of good fishing out there too