Popular Off-Roading Sites in Illinois

 

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Fox Valley Off Road
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James Neumann owns and operates a number of billboards throughout the United States through his Illinois-based company OOS Investments, LLC. As president and CEO of the company, he oversees daily operations for the global business. Outside of work, James Neumann enjoys various outdoor activities such as off-roading.

Although it might not seem like it, Illinois offers a variety of off-roading opportunities for enthusiasts. Below are just some of the most popular off-roading spots in the state:

Fox Valley Off Road: covering about 100 acres of land, Fox Valley Off Road in Ottawa allows four-wheel ATVs and motorcycles. Spectators can watch for free, but all participants must pay a riding fee and adhere to various safety gear rules. The park does not rent vehicles or accept credit cards, but it is still a very popular off-roading spot.

Little Egypt: located in Marion, Little Egypt stretches across 900 acres. There are over 50 miles of dirt bike and open trails, along with a kids track and a motocross track. Riders can bring ATVs, dirt bikes, and side by sides, but Jeeps are not allowed at Little Egypt. The wide variety of terrain makes for an interesting motorsports experience.

The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park: one of the state’s most recognized off-roading sites, the Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park welcomes everything from dirt bikes and ATVs to Jeeps and trucks. There are several routes riders can take through the 300-acre park and it often hosts various all-day events.

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Basics of Off-Roading

 

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Off-Roading
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James Neumann serves as the president of Chicago-based OOS Investments. James Neumann enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities, including off-roading.

Off-roading refers to driving on unpaved ground, such as fields, riverbeds, beaches, and mountainsides. There are various settings and locations for off-roading, which appeals to people for both the scenery and the excitement of driving in a challenging environment. It can be done using trucks and SUVs, but the most popular off-roading vehicles are four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles or ATVs.

An important factor for an off-road driver to take into account is traction, meaning the grip the vehicle’s tires have on the surface upon which he or she is driving. Traction depends not only on the type of tires but also on their size, air pressure, and the vehicle’s ability to use four-wheel drive. Tires with large treads provide better traction on muddy surfaces, and using four-wheel drive gives all four tires better traction in general. One can also increase traction by lowering the air pressure of his or her vehicle’s tires.

Momentum is also an important factor when off-roading, because the amount of speed a vehicle can gain depends on it. To prevent getting stuck, off-road drivers can increase the momentum of their vehicles, which they can manage by familiarizing themselves with three different angles: the approach angle, the departure angle, and the break-over angle. Proper planning and angle measuring can result in an extraordinarily positive off-roading experience.