You can in a few places. Freeman Park (it was way cooler when it was still just the "north end") and Fort Fisher in the Wilmington area, I think parts of Topsail in the off season, and most of the islands north of Morehead City.
Okay, finding places to go offroad in this area sucks. In college (UTK) I used to just drive into the mountains and take whatever roads I could wherever it would take me, park it, hike and camp - didn't think much about if I could/should go where I was headed. Was shot at a couple of times, but WTF. Now... almost all OHV usage is ATV and motorcycle only. You can still skirt down most fireroad (even ones your are not supposed to), but they are only marginally fun (nice to be outdoors, but not extensively challenging).
In part this is a gripe and in part this is a plea, for the sticky post at the top of this portion of the forum. If you know of a place to ride, make a note.
Riding out west is different I can see why so many people do it there vs here. I have been in some interesting places all along the west coast through Canada and Alaska, but on my home turf... pretty limited.
Alright… I have no tranny tools (jack mainly) so anyone in the CLT area have a preferred transmission shop? I may have a bad unit. Just started slipping when cold - oddly more pronounced when the AC is on.