4WD Recreation Destinations

Our state has unimaginably beautiful scenery both on and off major highways and byways. As a 4WD enthusiast getting off the beaten path to enjoy Wisconsin’s serene and peaceful spots is all about the total experience.

Throughout the year WC4WD works with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), various state & local government agencies, as well as private land owners to facilitate responsible land usage and trail conservation. As these opportunities become available to the 4WD community they will be included below.

Listed below are some of Wisconsin’s 4WD Recreation opportunities. Please remember to TreadLightly and always check areas are open with the local agencies before you go.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) are available for FREE on your smartphone or tablet through the Avenza app. Just like the black and white MVUM, the electronic maps identify the roads, trails, and areas designated for public motor vehicle use on National Forest lands. Best of all, it lets you know exactly where you are while traveling on the National Forest.

USDA Forest Service Maps are generated periodically from the USDA Forest Service data dump and offered here in an open format for easy import into a variety of devices and software. The GPX files contain the designated roads, converted into tracks, which can be displayed and colorized for planning or followed using a standalone GPS.

The Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail, originally designed for dual sport and adventure bikes, has plenty of opportunity for new and more experience 4WD enthusiasts. Approximately 600 miles in WI consisting of paved roads, gravel roads and dirt / sand forest roads. The route starts on the Wisconsin / Illinois border just north of Galena Illinois and ends at Lake Superior near the town of Cornucopia. It is approximately 50% pavement, 40% gravel roads and 10% dirt/sand forest roads.