East coast, particularly the area you're near, is actually great for exploration. While the entire route is around 800 miles, it is divided into nine segments, which could easily be completed as their own shorter overland adventures. When to Go: Spring (March-early June) and Fall (September-October). This is a great opportunity to sit back and listen to some ideas that we have for things you can do right now during quarantine, as well as little inspiration […], This quarantine situation is hitting us all pretty hard. Distance: 1,250 miles Always check the best times of the year for each route. Things here on the ECOA […], What happens when you get five Jeep enthusiasts talking about Jeeps? While some routes are harder than others, each of the routes has some difficult sections. It’s also a good time for a little bit of a break while I work on another project. Cherokee Trail, a.k.a. Evans Northern Cherokee Trail Coming Soon! This is a breezy beginner’s overland thoroughfare with wondrous views of Yucca Valley and the San Bernardino National Forest. When to Go: Year-Round. I like having trailer brakes because they are just as useful off-road as they are on-road. What is that project, well you’ll have to listen to find out. Recommended Time: 1-2 days The best times of the year to travel the route are spring and summer, though winter months can also be possible, depending on the current road conditions. Travelers themselves were either stuck at home or relegated to short trips in their own […], Last month I announce the ECOA YouTube channel. Traveling further south in Texas, Big Bend National Park has miles of trails to explore. Besides the main North/South highway, Mex 1, there are very few paved roads, other than a … More Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail is a 17.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sinclairville, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Enchanted Rockies Trail - Lifestyle Overland’s route that takes you along 800 miles of unpaved routes through New Mexico and Colorado.. Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route - 675 miles through some of the most mountainous trails in Colorado, starting at the Four Corners and winding up to Wyoming.. Great Continental Divide Ride - A total of 2,767 miles from Canada to Mexico. The trail starts near Quesnel BC, 641 km North of Vancouver, and travels East to Bella Coola on the coast. Looking for More? Route: Valley of the Gods Road Although not required by law due to its weight, it does have electric drum brakes. Route: South Core Banks 2020-10-24; A Weekend on the Trail Earlier this month I set out on a two-day weekend adventure with some friends. Other great regions to explore include chasing the bright reds of the sugar maples in the Great Smoky Mountains and the vivid yellows of the fall aspens in Colorado. The Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail stretches 19 miles across Chautauqua County, offering users some of the most well kept and marked trails in all of Western New York. July is the perfect month to explore the many overlanding routes, trails, and roads that Colorado has to offer. It isn’t elitist, and it doesn’t matter what you drive. Location: Jarbidge, Nevada to the Canadian Border The Appalachia Byway is over 2,400 miles of back roads, dirt roads, and scenic mountain passes. Recommended Time: 3+ days Hot Tip: Don’t miss the famous Dell’s Diner in Delta Wisconsin, a MUST visit pit stop for anyone passing through the area. Head north to explore the Outer Banks, barrier islands that stretch from Corolla to Ocracoke, NC. Due to the nature of overlanding, permanent or seasonal road closures may also occur, so be sure to do your research before setting out. How about a little Ozark action? Distance: 17-mile loop It’s a mission. Looking for More? The Brute: The Dalton Highway, Alaska. Cutting across the Mojave National Preserve, the Mojave Road pairs a stunning desert landscape with the rich history of the region, the road itself a former Native American trade route and wagon trail for western settlers. Men were responsible for yoking and unyoking the oxen, driving the wagons, and making up hunting parties. Head to Colorado to check out the magic of winter in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Ozark Overland Trail, also known as the High Water Mark Trail, is a popular overland route through the Ozarks, including a patchwork of roads and trails through Ozark National Forest. Mormon Trail, a.k.a. Both of these Jeeps fall in the shadow of my 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited […], A Weekend on the Trail Earlier this month I set out on a two-day weekend adventure with some friends. Known for its desolation and extremes, Death Valley hosts the hottest, driest, and lowest environment in North America, with an elevation low of 282 feet below sea level. We set off over the mountains from central Virginia with plans to snake our way into West Virginia via nothing but back roads and forest service roads. Traveling through a diverse landscape of rolling hills, natural springs, limestone bluffs, wide plains, strange gullies, and hidden sinkholes, Texas Hill Country offers intriguing terrain mixed with the unique blend of the cultural heritage of Spanish, German, and other early settlers. Location: St. Joes to Russellville, AR On this episode of the podcast Dan, John, Rodney, Eric, and I all talk about our love of Jeeps, what we don’t love about Jeeps, some Jeeps we’ve owned, and how our travels are influenced by the Jeeps […], A few weeks ago I mentioned in the Echoes of Adventure podcast that a great thing to do right now is take inventory of your gear and figure out what you have, what you need, and if there is anything you don’t need to take with you. It follows the Appalachian trail all the way from the southern terminus in Georgia to the northern terminus in Maine. Recommended Time: 5 hr – 2+ days Distance: (variable) Death Valley National Park is a veritable playground of 4WD and off-highway roads and trails. Snaking its way through the gorgeous remote wilderness of Wisconsin, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest, the route is comprised of mostly easy paved and gravel roads, some dirt/sand forest roads, and plenty of options to explore further off-route roads and ATV trails. Every major event and most minor events have been canceled. Hand-picked overland trip, route, and trail suggestions for each month of the year to keep you busy through 2020 and beyond. From here, there are over 20 miles of undeveloped beach perfect for driving. About two miles out there is a thin strip of trees seperating the dunes from the They reached out to me earlier today and facilitated a conference call between their board and myself. When you hear about […], One of the most influential variables for what I do as an adventure travel enthusiast was the decision to pull an off-road camping trailer. Location: Ouray, Colorado Colorado. In this episode I break down the pros and cons that influenced not only whether or not I pulled a trailer but the type of trailer I pull as well as […], As you know, one of the cornerstones of my overland adventure setup is my off-road camping trailer. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already heard of the Dalton … Popularized by the show Ice Road Truckers, the Dalton Highway was created in 1974 as a service and supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and is mainly plied by 18-wheelers delivering supplies to the end of the road at Prudhoe Bay. Highlights of the route include nine national forests and two national parks – Great Sand Dunes National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park – with three additional national parks just off the route. Sam wanted to share his passion for off-road exploration. Location: Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina It started off with an overly ambitious plan, had a major false start, and a few mechanical woes. While not technically in the United States, you won’t find a better winter overlanding escape this close to the U.S than the Baja. Sign-up for our newsletter to get a bunch of great information The Uwharrie ORV trails are owned and operated by the US Forest Service and is located northeast of Charlotte, NC off Highway 109 between Denton and Troy, NC in the Uwharrie National Forest. James Path, Pennsylvania. Between 1840 and 1848, an estimated 11,500 followed the overland trails to Oregon, and nearly 3,000 reached California. The Baja is well-traveled by the overland crowd, so information and route suggestions are not hard to find. Although most travelers hike the trail, it is still open to vehicles, but the lack of traffic and the changing conditions can make the week-long (one-way) trip an ordeal to complete, even for the most competent trucks and drivers. For the list below, we’ve focused on beginner to intermediate level overland routes and trails in the United States (mostly). This overland route is for those that like water! Water sports such as kayaking, kite-boarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving are all popular activities in different areas of the Baja, and in most areas it’s legal to drive and camp right on the beach, making finding a spot to post up for the night a breeze. Route: Engineer Pass Road For the most part, for this list, we have stuck to overland routes and trails that can often be accomplished with a stock high-clearance 4WD vehicle, with a minimum of extra build requirements or fancy gadgets needed. I think the 12 episode format works well for keeping things organized. www.rubiconfriends.com; Rubicon Trail Foundation. The Trans-New Hampshire Overland Adventure Route is an overland route that was developed with a scenic journey in mind, rather than a specifically “off-roading” trip. Despite a broken tooth, a 2 day detour getting lost in Tonto National Forest, and more than a few closed sites along the way, I wouldn’t change a thing! Due to the remote location of the route, it is best traveled in a convoy of 2-4+ vehicles. Looking for something a bit longer? The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities from Topsail Beach, to Cape St. Francis, to Cappahayden. Depending on the exact route taken and the season of travel, the route may have anywhere from 15-25+ river crossings. We set off over the mountains from central Virginia with plans to snake our way into West Virginia via nothing but back roads and forest service roads. Pony Express Route. Distance: 414 miles Route: Ozark Overland Trail (aka High Water Mark Trail) Check out the Trans-America Trail (TAT) for the behemoth of all U.S. overlanding routes. We’ve organized the overland routes below to include every calendar month, so you can keep adventuring throughout the year. When to Go: Spring, Summer, Fall. Recommended Time: 3-5+ days Watch out for dirt bikes and quads as you trek across the inspiration for Frank Herberts "Dune" novels. This is a great beginner route that offers no technical challenges; any stock 4WD with lowered tire pressure will be up to the task. The Enchanted Rockies Trail is an overland route that begins in southern New Mexico and ends in northern Colorado. Due to the amount of water, mud-terrain tires are also a good idea. While originally designed for dual-sport and adventure-style motorcycles, the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail, which winds its way from southern Wisconsin (Winter, WI) to the shores of Lake Superior (Cornucopia, WI), is also suitable for high-clearance vehicles with a few slight route changes. The first two miles of the route are the most difficult and beginners will need to exercise caution. While stunning scenery abounds, a trip on this mostly narrow gravel road is not to be taken lightly. Recommended Time: 3+ days There you have it, overland trip, route, and trail suggestions for each month of the year to keep you busy through 2020 and beyond. This said, many of these routes are navigable throughout many months of the year, and some can even be tackled year-round. The Overland Trail (also known as the Overland Stage Line) was a stagecoach and wagon trail in the American West during the 19th century.While portions of the route had been used by explorers and trappers since the 1820s, the Overland Trail was most heavily used in the 1860s as a route alternative to the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails through central Wyoming. What better place to travel in October than through the stunning fall foliage of New England. The Dalton Highway. People often ask me what it’s like to go to a large event like Overland Expo and how it differs than a smaller regional rally. This. There was a brief period of adjustment since prior to that I had been driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 330,000+ miles on it. Our 2021 Sale is On! Location: Queen, NM to Estes Park, CO The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Seriously, sometimes I just can’t catch a break. If your new year’s resolution involves more overland trips — or just getting into overlanding — this list will be the perfect start. Route: Mojave Road Californian Overland, Off-Road Trails The overland trails featured here will hopefully inspire you to go explore the amazing backcountry of the deserts and mountains of California. Distance: 600+ miles By day, this overland route is perfect for exploring, fishing, swimming, and surfing, and by night, camp out beneath the Milky Way anywhere between the high tide line and the dunes. Route: Trans-New Hampshire Overland Adventure Route Sure there's Rousch Creek in PA, but that's a 5 hour drive from me. Be sure to pick up your ORV Education Certificate before you head for the beach and always check the weather before your trip, particularly if you plan to travel during hurricane season. Located in the center of the state, just west of Austin, Texas Hill Country provides a fantastic overland route for both beginners and experienced overlanders. Commentary Location: north of Mexican Hat, Utah Location: Livengood to Deadhorse, Alaska I’ll start by saying I was a little bit nervous. Its remote setting, enchanting landscape, and abundant dispersed camping options make for another great overlanding trip through the southwest. This end of Virginia is dominated by Jefferson and […], Needless to 2020 has been a near total wash when it comes to overland adventure travel. Looking for More? When to Go: June to September (snow dependent). While I wanted to bring attention to what had happened, […], Dear Backcountry Discovery Route Board of Directors, I am a longtime fan of the Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) Series. Route: Enchanted Rockies Trail When he isn't organizing and hosting NB Expedition or guiding overland tours, he can be found mapping trails for trailsoffroad.com. Hey overlanders, I live on Long Island, NY. Why not cross the entire country. Distance: 20+ miles If photos of 4WD vehicles ripping down wide-open beaches or seaside campfires get you stoked, look no further than an overland adventure in the South Core Banks, the middle of three islands that comprise Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina. … Distance: 145 miles Remember that the desert is quite cold at night, even in the summer, so check temperatures when planning your sleep gear. Whether you are a novice or experienced offroader, we have routes and trails … to help you build your upcoming adventure! Slightly more civilized than other trails on the list, the Dalton … When to Go: late June to early September. While everyone knows there are hundreds of overland routes and trails throughout the western United States, we’ve included some suggestions throughout the central and eastern United States, as well. At least I am. Without further ado, our picks for overland routes and trips in 2020. The new year is here and with it comes a whole new decade to explore overland routes and trails throughout the United States and beyond. An Overland Route for the East Coast. Looking for More? Beginning in northern Nevada, the route traverses through range lands before entering the Boise National Forest and weaving into the mountains, passing by reservoirs, lakes, and hot springs. Running… Virgil Dessouroux lives in New Brunswick and operates East Coast Overland Inc. - an adventure travel company. Despite being home to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley is surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes and off-road routes and trails to keep you busy for weeks. This is what you get. The George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest both offer some great trails and terrain (at least in VA), plus all of the great forests/parks in NC (not too familiar with them). Alaska. While the Backcountry Discovery Routes are geared toward motorcycles, the routes are double-track, so also accessible for suitable high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. It showed me a photo of the cargo box Jim and I built just before I left on the 2015 No Highways Tour. In addition to breath-taking scenery, the route traverses through several ghost towns and historic sites including the abandoned Mickey Breen Mine, the Mineral Point ghost town – including the San Juan Chief Mill (a silver processing mill abandoned in 1893), and the Animas Fork ghost town. There are few better ways to spend two to three days behind the wheel of a 4x4 than traversing the Mojave Road. Looking for More? Looking for More? Because the route passes through large tracts of private land, it is best to camp at paid campsites unless you have prior camping permission from a landowner. An overland destination all to itself is Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. To do the full Alpine Loop/Engineer Pass route see the link above for directions. When dry, the route can typically be covered in even a two-wheel-drive vehicle; however, an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle is more suitable for the rough road and any potential wet road conditions. There are over 336 kilometers of trail to explore. Southeast Overland is a retail company specializing in sales of overland-based products that help improve your vehicular explorations. Synopsis: The original route of the Pony Express Trail ran all the way from St. … In the end it was still worth it! Route: Texas Hill Country Route For the last few months I have been driving a bone stock 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I bought a new camera. Engineer Pass can be combined with the popular Alpine Loop Trail via the Alpine Loop Connecter. In addition to exciting 4WD routes through the desert and to isolated beaches, January through March is the prime season to spot grey whales, which make their way to the warm lagoons of the Baja to give birth in the winter. Check out the other Backcountry Discovery Routes in CA, AZ, UT, CO, WA, NM, and beyond. The route can be started from the north (just west of Horseshoe Bay) or the south (Fredericksburg) and passes along the outskirts of Mason and Doss, small towns that are excellent places to resupply and grab a bite to eat. Looking for More? Try the Smoky Mountain Highway, a 78-mile point-to-point 4×4 overland route that runs from Page, AZ to Escalante, UT, passing through the jaw-dropping terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. With many overland routes in the U.S., even throughout the southwest U.S., closed or unnavigable during the winter months, what better destination than an escape south of the border for some beach time, margaritas, and beautiful Baja landscapes? Dispersed camping is allowed along the route and there are many great places to camp. Looking for More? We are trusted experts in off-road vehicle outfitting, installations, off-road accessories, trail maps and vehicular based explorations. It can be accessed by ferry from mainland Mexico, from the East, or via land at the U.S. border to the North. Located just north of Mexican Hat, UT, the route offers two starting points, one from the east and the other from the west, each of which traverses the 17-mile loop route through stunning red rock pinnacles, isolated buttes, and wide-open desert terrain. Now, many years and a lot more experience later, I honestly can’t say I’m any less nervous when doing vehicle electrical systems. ———————————————————–, Back to Basics 2: On the essence of travel, A response from Backcountry Discovery Routes Board of Directors, An Open Letter to the BDR Board of Directors, Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 12, Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 11, Echoes of Adventure: Season 2, Episode 10, Plug & Play Brake Controller Install: The REDARC Tow-Pro Elite, Rig Profile: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Looking for More? July is the ultimate resource for discovering overland routes below to include every month. Tires are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash your peeled. Trail to explore the Outer Banks, hop a ferry from mainland,... Levels, and travels East to Bella Coola on the exact route taken and resulting. Sometimes I just can ’ t forget to pick up the cult-level OBX! 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