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The OHIO RIVER FOUR WHEELERS off-road club, based in Cincinnati, OH performed trail repairs to a severe washout on Old Fincastle Road, part of the Daniel Boone Back Country Byway, on Saturday August 8th. 

The team assembled at 7:30 a.m. just south of Cincinnati, OH and caravan down to the Natural Bridge area of Red River Gorge. We were on location at the work-site by 10:00. After reviewing the damaged area with the team we broke up into smaller groups to begin preparation of materials and the area to be repaired.

Concrete and pressure treated lumber were prepared a week before to act as foundation piers for a retaining wall. The retaining wall allowed us to fill the washout with locally collected rocks to act as a water break which would diffuse the rush of water into this area, yet allow it to drain through. We attached horizontal lumber ties to the vertical lumber piers with galvanized bolts. These allowed us to tie the retaining wall into the surrounding hillside for support.

Approximately 8-10 tons of local field stone was collected and dropped into the washout behind our fabricated retaining wall. 

We built a water bar across the trail at approximately 60 degrees from parallel, and then a second water bar in parallel with the trail into a natural drainage channel that empties out behind our retaining wall. We felt these modifications would divert water from the damaged area and work naturally with the path water tends to take in this section.   

In a couple of years time the pressure treated lumber will gray down and take on a natural look with its surroundings. The ties off the piers have been anchored into the surrounding hillside with 4 foot long pieces of ½” re-bar. 

The loose field-stone acts as a break to rushing water, which will allow it to pass through the retaining wall without building so much pressure as to challenge the integrity of the retaining wall. We expect silt from water runoff to fill in some of the gaps in our field-stone and settle our water bars into place.

We feel this is a sustainable repair and should last for many years.

Three months later 

* Update - After three months trail repair is still in good shape and it looks like the water is running in the direction that it was directed toward. Water bars have settle in good into the ground.


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It is time for the 2015 Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Fall MEET & RIDE!

Come join SFWDA at Choccolocco Mountain; everyone's invited to our 2015 SFWDA Fall MEET & RIDE! 


November 14, 9 AM CST


Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park 1312 Louise Dr. SW Jacksonville, AL 36265 33.807620, -85.736513 (Directions Below)


* " Toys for Tots" Charity Toy Drive
* SFWDA News & Updates
* Trail Riding

This Fall the SFWDA Meet and Ride will be hosted by the Warner Robins Jeep Club at Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park in Jacksonville, Alabama. We are also collecting new unwrapped toys for the local Warner Robbins chapter of the USMC Toys for Tots charity. We wil be collecting toys in the morning. Choccolocco MTN is a large and fantastic park that has terrain available for every type of 4x4 from bone stock to heavily modified. From the infamous “Boat Ramp” to the tamer and scenic “Chicken Trail” this fantastic park truly has something for everyone.

The WRJC will be leading groups for those unfamiliar with the park. Their plan is to have guides for all difficulty levels from beginner to advance. Maps will also be available for those adventurous types that want to explore everything that Chocco has to offer.

The schedule for the day will be as follows.
(All Times Local)

  • 8-9am Collection of Toys for Tots
  • 8:30am Sign in and Registration (There is a fee to use the park and it is detailed below)
  • 9:00am SFWDA Meeting
  •  10:00am(ish) Trail Rides
  • Noon (ish) Lunch (Trail Guides will bring everyone back to base for lunch)
  • 1:00pm (ish) More Trail Rides!

Park Rate:

  • Event is free for everyone except for the park fees

  • One Day Riding Pass: $20 per driver $5 per passenger

  • Weekend Riding/Camping Pass: $30 per driver $10 per passenger (Weekend pass includes primitive camping)

Some simple rules:

1. Absolutely no Drinking and Driving. Period.
2. ALWAYS remember that we are a Family Based club and there are usually a lot of kids around.
3. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license
4. Tree Savers must be used at all winch points
5. Seat Belts must be worn at all times by every occupant of the vehicle
6. Stay on designated trails


1. Once you are in Jacksonville turn East at the Sonic on Whites Gap Road
2. Take first left on Church Avenue SE
3. Take a right on Gardner Drive SE
4. At the Y stay right onto Louise Drive SE
5. Take the 2nd Right onto Forest Drive and climb the short hill.
6. At the top of the hill take a Right onto Forney RD
7. Park is just ahead on left


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CartoTracks & SFWDA are offering 100 free GPS Map downloads
to Dixie Run 29 Attendees
Limited Time Only * Act Now *

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How it works you ask?
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How to Redeem:
If you have already registered for Dixie Run 29  the you should have just received an email with a promo code for a one time only use and is only valid for 2015 event attendees and is limited to the first 100 downloads.

Here's a link for more for more info:

CartoTracks continues to offer a 15% discount on GMP and all other park maps for each SFWDA Active Member by use of another promo code found in your
 Member Discounts page
This offering along with other membership discounts do require your SFWDA membership credentials to be viewed.

If you have not yet registered, sign up today! 



Way to go Ohio River Four Wheelers! - SFWDA Grant award in full effect

Thanks to a grant from Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and hard work from Ohio River Four Wheelers, a washout on old Fincastle Road in Lee County was repaired yesterday.

Both groups support Friends Of Boone and the ‪#‎DBBB‬. Southern Four Wheel Drive Association is your regional association of off road enthusiasts. SFWDA includes individuals, clubs, member businesses, and offers national representation on Land Use and trail development as well as family events. Ohio River Four Wheelers is a great group of knowledgeable off road enthusiasts based in Cincinnati. Their strong backs and keen ideas led to this repair of beautiful Old Fincastle Rd.

This is where the rubber meets the road in sustainable multiple use recreation folks. Get involved! #DBBB!

For more info on how your group can utilize our Grant program and to apply today check out our Grant Info page on our SFWDA website.