Well luckily the weather is decent in February (sometimes hot) and we seized the day by loading up with a group and heading out to Gilmer. Barnwell Mountain off-road park is located in east Texas, north of Longview. They offer a variety of trails (1850 acres) all marked by vehicle type access and difficulty. This was one of the cleanest off road parks I’ve been to, good facilities, cabins (if booked far enough in advance) are available, and they even have a food truck and pavilion if you don’t feel like cooking.
The park has pretty good hours,you cant get in after the office closes, but its open until 10 pm or later (midnight on Fridays/Saturdays) and even lets you do a little wheeling after dark. The trails were very well kept, and had a few places you could find some mud.
At the end of the day everyone came back to the cabins, started a campfire, cooked some food and played a little guitar. I definitely recommend this park. Its only about 4 hours from Dallas, an easy weekend adventure!