When you hear people talk about Florida, most of the time it’s about the beaches or the massive theme parks. It is no question that Florida has so many different options for outdoor activities, but what about if you want to get a little off grid and go off roading in Tampa? You’re probably thinking you’d never need a 4X4 in Florida, but the swampland is home to some of the best trails in the country.

I recently bought a new Jeep and wanted to find some places where I could go off roading in Tampa. I’m sure you’re familiar with a Jeep Wrangler, but it’s a vehicle that drives on all terrain (mud, sand, water, rocks etc). So if you are a guy, or girl, that likes out doors, woods, muddin’, and driving through terrain, Jeeps are fun. I also like to paddle board and they are good beach vehicles. Plus you don’t need to wash them. The dirtier the better!

Off-roading in Tampa is great when you’re looking to escape the heat, whether you’re new to off-roading or are a seasoned pro. If you’re ready to take that Jeep off the beaches and hit some real terrain, we’ve got you covered. Pack up the jeep and a couple of buddies to find out what it’s all about.

Tampa has a few great spots close by that offer a beginner to intermediate experience. If the weather is right, you could be in for a more challenging experience gunning through miles of mud filled terrain! Just a few hours out of Tampa you can find an even more of a diverse selection of trails throughout the entire state thanks to the guys over at OnX. We are going to take you through a few of our favorite Tampa trails that are close to home and also give you those options for when you want to get a little bit more sideways.

  • Tampa MX

    Located in Hillsborough Tampa MX is a great introduction into off roading motorsports. The trails are limited to quad and dirt bikes only, but if you’re into watching racing, there are beginner level to pro races weekly.

  • Withlacoochee State Forest

    With over 10 miles of mud filled terrain, The Withlacoochee State Forest is grat for a weekend adventure. There are sports to setup camp and the trails offer a bit of a challenge all within an hour of Tampa Bay. Be ready for some mud and deep roots!

    Rural summer landscape.

  • FR 46/Pats Island Road

    With this trail you get a two in one combo. It is a two part trail that starts off pretty easy to get you ready to throw it in 4X4! The second half of this trail is packed with loose sand on top of hard rock with some deep roots so if you’re looking for a challenge, this is it.

    Dirty offroad car, SUV covered with mud on countryside road, Off-road tires,  offroad travel  and driving concept.

  • Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Way

    This trail name speaks for itself. Tread Lightly! Four Wheel Drive Way is over 80 miles long and is the only trail in Florida to be given the Jeep Badge of Honor.  The trail can be done on stock vehicles, but be ready for some deep sand and mudholes. 

    Back view of off-road racing car zipping along a country road.

  • Gator Hole Throughway

    With a little over 6 miles of trail, Gator Hole Throughway is one of the more difficult trails around. With tight turns, loose sand corners, and some steep ledges you’ll want a little bit more clearance to take this one on to avoid some underbody damage!

    dirt and muddy rural road during a jungle trip through bamboo forest in village at countryside after the rain.

  • 5 Mile Road Winter Garden

    If you’re looking for nothing but dirt roads, 5 Mile Road in Winter Garden is the perfect option. You can expect to burn through a few sharp turns while passing miles of farmland. Many adventurers finish off this trail watching the sunset.Dirty rural road goes through mixed European forest, natural background photo landscape

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