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Finding the best off-road trails

Unless you own a large tract of land, you'll need to find trails to take your Jeep or other truck off-roading. If you're a seasoned off-road driver, you probably know all the best spots already, but those who are new to the sport will have to do a bit of research to track down the best trails in their area. Here are a few tips for finding the best trails to take your vehicle with all of its truck modifications out for a spin in the wilderness:

Pay attention during everyday driving
When you're shuttling the kids to school or commuting to work, keep your eyes peeled if you live in a more suburban or rural area. There may be trails that you've simply never seen before right around the corner. You can try taking different roads than you usually travel, as this could expose you to new areas and lead you to a diamond in the rough. When you find one, make sure your off-road vehicle is ready for action and head out for a fun adventure.

Ask your friends
If any of your friends or family members love off-road driving as well, they might have an inside scoop on a hot trail that you're sure to love. The benefits of getting references from people you know are two-fold. First, they have at least somewhat of an idea of the experience you're looking for when you get behind the wheel, so they won't bother telling you about a mud bogging spot that you wouldn't enjoy. Second, since you know them, you don't have to think twice about their opinion. If a friend tells you he or she experienced a lot of problems with a certain off-roading locale, it's more likely a genuine sentiment.

Go online
There are countless resources for off-roading enthusiasts trying to find trails. You can check out forums dedicated to the sport, which will allow you to browse through other users' questions and answers as well as posting your own to get specific feedback. The National Park Service website is another valuable resource, as it can provide information about whether or not certain parks allow recreational vehicles to leave the roads. The same holds true for state parks and other wilderness areas. It's always best to make sure that off-roading is OK before hitting the trails to avoid problems.