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Guest: Christie Vinson
Rausch Creek Off Road Park is devoted to providing a fun, legal place for off-road enthusiasts to go four-wheeling. The park consists of almost 3,000 acres of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails – featuring rocks, bowls, hills, club friendly trails, and free, on-site camping.
Rausch Creek hosts a varriety of events each year on top of the normal offroad park, such as Topless for TATAs and Jeep Girls Rock. Rausch Creek also offers classes for drivers interested in learning offroading techniques and tips.
Rausch Creek Off-Road Park opened in the spring of 2003. It has 3,000 acres at its disposal for the off-road enthusiast. The land was used previously by the coal companies that established most of the infrastructure in Schuylkill County, PA. The Central Pennsylvania region is the heart of the state’s coal region and is rich with history.
The landscape of the park’s acreage varies greatly. The majority of the area is lined with trees, providing substantial shade during the hot summer months and adding driving challenges year round as the trails wind though the forest. The park is divided into four parts, based on the topography of the area (East, West, South, and Northeast). A key feature of the West property is a large glacial deposit, called “Rock Creek”. The deposit begins within a few feet of a main access road and extends over 1,800 feet. At its widest point, the deposit is over 150 feet wide. The boulders that litter the area are large, and packed close enough together that only a handful of trees have proven sturdy enough to survive in the area. The deposit has been providing entertainment for the larger vehicles that venture into the park and has proven to be a challenge to the best drivers and spotters.
A lot of planning has gone into, and continues to go into, the development of the trails in the Off Road Park. Trails are being built with the Off Road Club in mind. Many of the “club” trails have a lower rating, but have multiple “hard” obstacles as a challenging option. It is not uncommon to see competition rock crawlers on the same trail as a stock vehicle with both drivers attaining the same level of “pucker factor”, without destroying their vehicles completely.