It’s still legal, for now. The attempt to close it off failed a while back because the state didn’t properly notify the public of their intentions. They did close a bunch of roads to vehicles. They are clearly marked now. Vehicle must be registered and or inspected. No ATVs or similar off road toys. They don’t bother most people unless they have a reason to (trail destruction / partying). Then they look for things like tires sticking out past the fender.
Definitely. A good group to to check in with is disconnected offroad.com. Mostly local Jersey guys, a lot of jeeps, but they welcome all. Camping, wheeling etc. Hook up with them for a day of wheeling. They plan a lot of rides. They won't steer you wrong.
Want to try and bring this chat back to life to see if theres anyone local to me that offroads their crosstrek. I'm near Lowell, but have found most of my trails in southern, NH, i.e. pelham and salem nh.
Let me know, would love to cruise with someone!