Texas Living

Where to Go Mudding in Texas

By Peter Simek 5.26.21

Texas was founded by frontiersmen who trod muddy paths, forged rivers, climbed mountains, and tested their mettle simply to get home for dinner on time. Perhaps we still crave the challenge of a journey in which getting from Point A to Point B demands a little more grit and guts than the casual run to the grocery store. Or maybe it’s just fun to grab the wheel of a truck and steer it straight into a pit of mud. We call that mudding in Texas.

Mudding in Texas means different things to different people. It could be an exploration of a backwoods trail that recent rains have turned into a slick splattering of sticky muck. Or it could be a formal competition in which tricked-out trucks go head-to-head through an impossible-to-cross pool of goo. Regardless of what mudding means to you, Texas is a mudder’s paradise. So, if you’re looking to get out and experience some Texas mud (safely), here’s what you need to know.

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Courtesy of Northwest OHV Park

Northwest OHV Park, Bridgeport

The city of Bridgeport opened this 300-acre off-road site in 2007, allowing ATVs, motorcycles, jeeps, four-wheel-drive trucks, and other rugged vehicles the opportunity to explore a wide variety of backwoods trails. The trails range in difficulty and length. If you want to get into some serious mud, head out after recent rains.
279 George Mitchell Parkway, Bridgeport, 940.683.3685

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Offroad Life Photography, courtesy of Creekside Off-Road Ranch

Creekside Offroad Ranch, Splendora

Creekside offers a variety of terrains, including challenging trails, hills, sand, and, of course, plenty of mud. There are also a few swimming holes around the site, so after you work up a sweat conquering the mud pits and slippery paths, you can jump in to cool off. The site also offers RV hookups and primitive campsites.
13580 US-59 BUS, Splendora, 281.689.5700

River Run ATV Park, Jacksonville

The ranch offers 2,000 acres of private land to explore on four wheels, including trails for ATVs, UTVs, four-by-four trucks, horses, bicycles, and golf carts. They also provide cabins and spots for camping.
2001 County Road 3315, Jacksonville, 903.724.4100

It’s natural for Texans to take the less-traveled path and dream of a world without paved roads and highway roadstops. Here’s what you need to know about off-roading safely.

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