Summer is finally here. If you have been feeling cooped up, you may be wanting to get out on some overland trails. Whether you want to spend a couple of days out in the wilderness or a couple or weeks, these routes can be a fun way to explore the world around you. So, pack your truck overlanding gear and hit these trails.
South Core Banks
In Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina, you can find a stretch of 20 miles of beach. You won’t find sunbathers, boardwalks or typical beach inhabitants. Instead, you will find four-wheel-drive vehicles enjoying the open sands.
Spending a day or two in the area is perfect for this space. The trail itself is relatively short, but you can camp out, fish, swim, surf and more. It brings together a wonderful combination of everything overlanding is about.
Engineer Pass Road
This is another shorter route but in a very different location. It is around 30 miles (depending on which way you go) in Ouray Colorado in the mountains. The scenery here is breathtaking. At one point in the route, you can get a 360-degree view of the San Juan Mountains from 13,000 feet.
You won’t find a lot of challenge with this route. However, you will find a wonderful experience. You can easily do it in a few hours. However, for an even better experience, bring your Jeep roof tent and take in all the natural wonders this area has to offer with an overnight visit.
For a longer passage, consider this highway in Alaska. It stretches from Livengood to Deadhorse. It is considered by many to be the (unofficial) end to the Pan-American Highway. There are sections that look like normal road. However, you will also find narrow, gravel trails that can get pretty serious when wet or frozen. It is a good idea to take this one on during the summer. You can enjoy the full 414 miles during the warmer months.
Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail
Wisconsin may be one of the best states in the union for outdoor adventures. This route stretches for 600 miles between the southern end of the state to Lake Superior. Expect it to take three to five days to tackle.
Overall, this is a reasonably easy route to take on with a combination of pavement, gravel, dirt and sand. Of course, if you want to make some detours to enjoy a little more hardcore off-roading, that is an option too. There are also plenty of opportunities for camping out under the stars.
Get Geared Up and Started
The above overland trails are some must-visit spots for the summer. You can enjoy your time outdoors while also taking on some fun and technical off-roading.
Of course, to get the most from overlanding, you need to make sure you are properly prepared. Obviously, this means all terrain wheels and at least one spare. Good camping equipment and supplies are also very valuable. Overlanding can be a ton of fun, but it can also be miserable if you fail to prepare. Fortunately, you can find plenty of great accessories and parts online.
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