I first traversed the infamous McGrew Trail in southwest Oregon in the summer of 2021. And, as the legend suggests, McGrew proved to be a wicked test of endurance for my friends and me.
If you are looking for a quick, scenic trail on the way into or the way
After some recommendations and referrals from colleagues, friends, and fellow overlanders, I decided to take the truck on a portion of the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route 5, Section 2.
The Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway is a 104-mile graded gravel road. This fantastic overland drive runs between Jordan Valley, Oregon, and Grand View, Idaho.
We’ve covered plenty of trails near Overland Expo East in Virginia and West Virginia, but there are opportunities for adventures in the surrounding states. A few hours north of Arrington, VA, in southern Pennsylvania, you’ll find the Michaux State Forest.
If you like your backcountry trips easy-but-adventurous, and full of history, you won’t want to miss Russell Gulch, a largely abandoned mining town in Colorado.
For those seeking an easy but incredibly scenic starter overland trip, check out the Magruder Road Corridor. This 101-mile primitive road runs east-west from Idaho into Montana.
For those looking for a bit of adventure before or after Overland Expo Pacific Northwest in Bend, I can advise you to check out Three Creeks Lake Road, an easy, 45-ish mile backcountry route in Deschutes National Forest that borders Three Sisters Wilderness and encompasses lots of dispersed camping sites, mountain lakes and creeks, and stunning scenery.
For the first-ever Tales from the Trail, Bill Dragoo takes the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle 2022 along a portion of the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route and meets new and old friends along the way.
Just north of Harrisonburg, Virginia you’ll find a section of George Washington National Forest with an incredible density of trails. This area really has something for every adventurer with great options for trail difficulty, camping, and other activities, all within relatively close proximity to each other.
Fall is a great time to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. One of the best ways to experience these mountains is to explore the trails and forest roads that criss-cross this region.
If you’re on your way to or from Overland Expo East and decide to seek out a challenging trail, Bald Mountain is where you need to be. It’s located in the Saint Mary’s area of George Washington, and the southern terminus is only 45 minutes from Oak Ridge Estates.
Deschutes National Forest was established in 1908 and offers overlanders and outdoor enthusiasts with almost any
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests hold countless opportunities for adventure. Much of the 1.8 million acres lie along the Interstate 81 corridor.
If you plan to visit Overland Expo East and find yourself ready to hit the trail before or after the event, Monongahela National Forest should be on your list of places
If you’re headed to Overland Expo West from Southern California, it’s always a good idea to
If you’re looking for a lengthy adventure before or after Overland Expo Pacific Northwest in Bend this summer, consider Route 3 of the Oregon Back Country Discovery Route.
McGrew trail is a legendary track located in southern Oregon that straddles the California border. It’s roughly 26 miles and runs through what, for centuries, was lush forest.
It’s sometimes tempting to think that the eastern United States has inferior overlanding opportunities compared to the southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and other wide-open spaces. While the trails in the East might not be as long, there are still plenty of opportunities to explore. Fortunately, Overland Expo East is within easy driving distance of many of the best areas to spend a few nights traversing the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains.
Crown King Road and Senator Highway in north-central Arizona is a reminder that this state has
If you’re heading to the Overland Expo Pacific Northwest event in Bend, Oregon in 2022, you’re probably seeking new adventures. Look no further.
If you’ve ever wanted to overland on the moon, this is as close you can get. The Cinder Hills OHV Area resembles the moon’s surface, partially because NASA pockmarked a portion of the Cinder Lakes area to match the Apollo landing sites with a series of controlled explosions in 1967.
The Blue Ridge Parkway traverses 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, making it America’s longest linear park.
For this Trips & Trails, Sterling Noren of Noren Films took Overland Expo’s 2021 Ultimate Overland Vehicle, Honda Africa Twin, on Aspen Ridge. The Honda Africa Twin will be a part of other storytelling throughout the year. Follow the 4Runner’s adventures on its official landing page.