When I go off-roading, what I enjoy most is day trips with friends with a lunch destination. A lake or a waterfall provides great scenery. We love to explore along the way. Using tools like Backroad Mapbooks
and Google Maps satellite images can be very helpful in finding places like this. Look for old logging roads with trails that lead off, since a lot of them go to or pass by interesting locations.
One such trip began with friends having already done the work in finding a route to our destination. It was the wreckage of a crashed plane. Since the long cold winter had just ended, the trip drew quite a number of people who were eager to go.