As most people know it is harder and harder for Jeep lovers to find places to play off-road without fear of the authorities running you off, or worse, putting you in handcuffs. That is why we occasionally drop you a little note about a cool place to play safely and legally. This month we are focusing on a park opening at the end of summer or early fall of 2012 called Wicked Hills Off-Road Park.
Wicked Hills is located at 271 Parmenter Hill Road in China, Maine which is one of the highest points in central Maine. The location and elevation are perfect for varied topography with amazing views. The park boasts 605 acres boarded by Palermo and China (the city not the country) on the east and Bog Brook on the west. Locals tell us that Wicked Hills is easy to find and has great paved roads leading into the park as well as tons of parking for trailers and other vehicles.
Once inside the park; off-roaders will be pleased to find a mix of old country roads, tote roads and discontinued roads. We have been told that the most of the roads have been cleared of any major issues which will allow for a fun day on the trails without having to worry about removing unwanted brush. The trails have a nice mix of steep inclines for the expert off-roaders as well as milder terrain for the newer riders.
Wicked Hills plans to open the park this summer with just the basic needs and little else. Once the park starts to gain popularity they plan on doing a phase 2 building project which will add camping, food, bathrooms, and pavilions for lunches and picnics. They are also hoping to add an obstacle course and more trails as well.
Out-of-towners looking to take a little vacation in Maine will be pleased to find China Lake about 6 miles west of Wicked Hills. The lake is a great place for spring and fall trout fishing and summer bass fishing. Boat rentals are also available at the Lake. There are also a bunch of well-priced cabin rentals and few bed and breakfasts as well.
The park has not opened yet, but you can keep an eye on the progress by visiting their website at wickedhills.com. Currently they are doing a monthly update as they work their way through the permit process.