If you’re a Chicago-resident who’s into off-roading, you might be wondering where you can indulge in this exciting pastime. After all, the big city isn’t necessarily the best place for off-road adventures through uncharted (or at least undeveloped) terrain. So where are some good spots to go off-roading near Chicago?
Where? 2681 E. Rt 6, Marseilles, IL 61341
The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park offers all the typical elements one would desire in an offroading adventure. There’s plenty of mud, trails, trees and varied terrain to go around. Attendees can also venture over patches of tires and rocks, dodge obstacles, or zip around tracks. ATVs are one vehicle commonly used here.
In addition, guided tours are offered by Trouble Makers Adventure Tours. There are also Zip-Line tours and Marksman Archery tag. The latter is described as “tag, but utilizing bows and arrows.” There are also UTV guided tours. After it all, attendees can imbibe Mexican and American food on-site at Albertano’s kitchen.
Where? 1952 N 35th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Fox Valley Off Road is an endearing spot to zip around on dirt bikes and ATVs. Note that the spot does close when conditions get too wet, in the interest of preserving the park. They no longer allow ATVs with swamp/mudder tires on wet or rainy days, or ATVs made for mudding. As above, this move is made in the interest of preserving the property.
Where? 1621 S. River Road, McHenry, IL 60051
River Road Rally MX Inc. opens up from 10 AM until 4 PM. The cost of off-roading here is $25 per driver, and $12 per passenger and spectator. Season passes are also available. However, note that this spot does not currently allow ATVs, dirt bikes, or side by sides.