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New to off-roading I have a 2015 xterra pro4x. Planning a vacation to gatlinburg this summer 2021 looking for off road trail classes and or one one one training courses.
 

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There are offroad training courses, but they are few and far in between.

Contact the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for information regarding driving and offroading trails .
 
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Here is a link to offroad driving courses offered by a guy who got his start as an offroad driver in the mid 1990's wheeling with a group of us who used to hang at Jeeps R Us in Laguna Beach CA. His background is teaching in the corporate environment and as a PADI dive instructor. Most of his courses are a bit far from you, but he is a resource.


Also look for courses and workshops put on by 4x4 clubs and statewide 4x4 associations. Another resource would be the Overland Expo, which held both an east coast and west coast event pre-Covid with many seminars and hands-on classes. Don't know about now.

In California, the California Four Wheel Drive Association (Cal4Wheel) sponsors offroad driving courses throughout the year, some at Hungry Valley SVRA and some at Hollister Hills SVRA.

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Here is a link to offroad driving courses offered by a guy who got his start as an offroad driver in the mid 1990's wheeling with a group of us who used to hang at Jeeps R Us in Laguna Beach CA. His background is teaching in the corporate environment and as a PADI dive instructor. Most of his courses are a bit far from you, but he is a resource.


Also look for courses and workshops put on by 4x4 clubs and statewide 4x4 associations. Another resource would be the Overland Expo, which held both an east coast and west coast event pre-Covid with many seminars and hands-on classes. Don't know about now.

In California, the California Four Wheel Drive Association (Cal4Wheel) sponsors offroad driving courses throughout the year, some at Hungry Valley SVRA and some at Hollister Hills SVRA.

Here are more links:

Thanks for the info I will definitely be looking into this in more detail
 

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Also look on facebook and ask around town where you live for local 4x4 groups that you can go out with. That is where I have learned to wheel from is going out with local 4x4 clubs.
 

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Rarely mentioned are offroad ethics, read up please. Tread Lightly | 4×4’ing
This, follow these rules. You would think many are common sense, but that doesn't seem so common any more. Also, if you join Tred Lightly and you ever get tired of your Xterra, they can get you a new Wrangler at 1% under invoice (to start).
 
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