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Spring Meet & Ride - March 10th at the all new Busted Knuckle Off Road Park

Join us on Saturday, March 10th for the first SFWDA Meet & Ride of 2018.

We'll xplore this new privately owned
OHV park together.

$10 per person over 12 - March 10, 9AM - RSVP Online 

$10 per person over 12 - March 10, 9AM - RSVP Online 

 In case you haven't heard there's fresh dirt to ride on, right here in our backyard!

 Busted Knuckle Off Road Park, located just 45 miles from Chattanooga is privately owned and in part by a fellow off road enthusiast. BKORP already offers miles of well marked and mapped full size 4x4 trails. CartoTracks has already completed  smart maps, so its super easy to navigate. Most of the park can be tackled by a stock Jeep. There are a few challenging rock obstacles and waterfalls which can be quite challenging for those who want to try them. 

  • On-site check in will open at 8:00 AM Central Standard Time
  • Our SFWDA meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 AM
  • Trail rides will begin by 10:00 AM and wrap up around 5-6 PM
  • Admission for this special event is just $10 per person, payable by CASH only at the gate
  • Kids 12 and under are always free!
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The owners and staff from the park itself along with the local "Scenic City 4 Wheel Drive Club" of Chattanooga, TN will host the event and provide guided Trail Rides throughout "Busted Knuckle Off Road Park".


Haven't been yet? No worries, we've got you covered, with guided trail rides throughout the park.

Here is what the new BKORP is like?

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Nestled in a cove just outside downtown Stevenson, sits Busted Knuckle Off Road Park. 600+ acres of classic North Alabama terrain. Rocky hills and rising hardwood benches cover the perimeter of the property with a long, open valley running through the center. We have a little of everything, from casual trails to the most extreme hill climbs in the Southeast. Located right on Highway 117, entrance and exit to BKORP is a breeze, even for semi trucks, with plenty of open area for parking. If you've never been here before, come see what all the fuss is about. If you have been here before, come check out the many new trails!

Primitive Camping is available on the park campground. You may arrive on Friday to setup camp and depart on Sunday if you prefer.

Busted Knuckle Off Road Park
17376 AL HIGHWAY 117
Stevenson, Alabama 35772


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Smart Digital Maps Available from Cartotracks.com

Smart Digital Maps Available from Cartotracks.com

 

   CartoTracks has just created a brand new, GPS-enabled smart map of the park! 

                          

 Click on the map image to take you to CartoTracks where you can get the new Hale Mountain map that will work on your smartphone, tablet, or iPad without cell signal but show you a blue dot indicating your location on the map.

SFWDA Member Discount of 15% off when you use your promo coupon code at checkout. (See Member Rewards

 


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Our fresh new "SFWDA Trailfest 2018 - 15th Annual", T-Shirt's are looking sharp! Pre-Order online today and guarantee yours.

Our designers have whipped another killer new graphic for our upcoming 15th Annual Trailfest event.

We hope everyone likes it, and we suspect most will. Be sure to order your shirt online (Tickets & Registration Page) before it's too late.

This will be a two sided multi-color print on a super soft, ring spun cotton material in heather cardinal red shirt with a distressed graphic on back and a coordinating SFWDA logo on the front. 

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Sizes from S-3XL
A very limited supply will be available on-hand during the event,
and those usually go really quick.
Just $20 - all sizes

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Welcome BMS Off Road to the Southern Business Member Family - We're proud you have you!

 We're proud to welcome BMS Off Road!

Out of Hendersonville, Tennessee it's our pleasure to have you onboard the SFWDA Business Family.

Shop them online today or in their shop.

“When it comes to customizing your 4-wheeled baby or beast, we don’t think you’ll find a better option around. Whether it’s wheels and tires, a lift, stereo system or custom exterior or interior, we’ve got you covered.”
— Maccie Stark 

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Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day makes a $5,954.00 contribution to help support a cooperative Grant Project in Uwharrie National Forest

 We wanted to give a huge shout out of gratitude to the Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day; who just made a $5,954.00 contribution in 2017 for support of an all new "Interpretative Trail System" project within the Uhwarrie National Forest. 

This project showcases how the OHV community contributes positively.  By supporting the mapping portion of this project, the OHV community illustrates to the overall outdoor recreation community and the National Forest Service that we are dedicated to promoting responsible use of the trail system by all. 

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Thank You CBJGTD for your generous support!

 What is the Carolina Beach Go Topless Day like? 

 

Check out the aerial video from last years event....

Carolina Beach Go Topless Day - 2017 https://youtu.be/1bFoIau6CAA


Venuw Location; Wilmington, NC

Venuw Location; Wilmington, NC

Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day was formed by a few close friends back in 2012 to get out and enjoy the weather, being topless, the beach and most importantly to share a love in our vehicles and give back to the community. We quickly realized just how important this was to the lifelong Jeeper’s and even the newest members to the Jeep community. The first year we had 72 participants and thanks to Neuwirth Motors sponsoring the event, we were able to contribute $1200.00 to local charities around our community. The word quickly got out and the event has beyond grew to 648 Jeeps in 2017 with the help of 4WD joining on and just over $32k being raised and donated to local charities. We invite you to join this event and not only give back for a good cause, but get to be apart of the biggest annual Jeep event in NC.

Learn More.... https://www.jeepgotoplessday.com/ 

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SFWDA joins a Cooperative Grant to provide Smart Maps for all within the Uwharrie National Forest

Uwharrie Co-Op Grant Info Package

Uwharrie Co-Op Grant Info Package

 We are very proud to announce an exciting new Educational Grant project to map the Uwharrie National Forest!

 Made possible together with a dynamic team of both sponsors, and volunteers. The team at CartoTracks will not only be mapping the OHV trails, but also the hiking, mountain bike, horse, and kayak trails. Our hope is that this project will bring trail conservation further into the spotlight, potentially saving the lands we all hold so dearly — at Uwharrie National Forest. 

An educational project has been started to turn the Uwharrie National Forest Trail System (UNFTS) into an Interpretative Trail System (ITS), where important key areas along the trails are identified by local experts and then identified with signage along the trail and highlighted on an Interactive Map Application (IMA). This will be the first of its kind in the nation.  



The UNF Interpretative Trail System project is being sponsored by organizations like Tread Lightly!, 4 Wheel Parts, Carolina Trail Blazers, Carolina Jeep Beach Go Topless Day and the National Forest Service. To date each sponsor has donated in their own way to creating the Interpretative Trails in the Uwharrie National Forest.   

Visit our Grants Page to learn how your club or group can make a difference. 

Visit our Grants Page to learn how your club or group can make a difference. 

 
This project showcases how the OHV community contributes positively.  By supporting the mapping portion of this project, the OHV community illustrates to the overall outdoor recreation community and the National Forest Service that we are dedicated to promoting responsible use of the trail system by all. 


I am really glad to see SFWDA and Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day step up and illustrate to all those that like to recreate in the great outdoors that we are committed to helping provide tools that will help everyone.

While doing the research to determine the value of this Uwharrie National Forest Trail System mapping project, feedback from OHV enthusiasts, hikers, bikers and equestrians indicated a GPS enabled map that requires no cellular network connectivity will help them stay on the designated trails as they trek through the forest.
— Al Sweney - Vice President; SFWDA

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Trailfest 2018 Ticket Sales are LIVE! Save $10 through January & WIN Free WARN Winch Raffle Tickets

Trailfest 2018 Ticket Sales are LIVE!

Register Today for the very best deal.


Save $10, but only through January. Be one of the first 200 and Qualify to WIN a WARN Zeon 10K-s Winch Kit.  

Register online and earn free raffle tickets for our WARN Winch Giveaway! 

Register online and earn free raffle tickets for our WARN Winch Giveaway! 

 Right now day passes are just $50 and weekend passes are $90 but only for a very limited time.

 #sfwda #trailfest2018

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California State Parks earn a HUGE WIN for the OHV Community

Our friends at ORBA have some great news to share.

     -  On Tuesday January 2, 2018, the Superior Court for the County of Sacramento issued its final decision on the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area (OWSVRA) litigation and found in favor of California State Parks and the Off Highway Vehicle Intervenors. This is a HUGE WIN for the OHV Community and means OHV use at OWSVRA can continue without interruption or change.

The Intervenor group was led by Ecologic Partners and their attorney David Hubbard. Ecologic Partners is a consortium of Off Highway Organizations owned by Off Road Business Association (ORBA), District 37 American Motorcycle Association Competition, and American Sand Association (ASA). Tierra Del Sol Jeep Club of San Diego also played a key role in this effort.

 

 

On behalf of ORBA, we are very excited about this decision and will keep forging ahead in keeping access open to all OHV use.

Fred WileyPresident/CEOOff Road Business Associationfwiley@orba.biz

www.ufwda.org  and www.orba.bizAdditional details are available at

Learn More.... http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1106889080304&ca=bef97e64-d259-496d-b369-3a5f152f8bfc

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A look back at 2017 and wishing all a Happy New Year for 2018

Happy New Year

What's your Association been up to.......

Video from meeting archived on Facebook from our LIVE stream


SFWDA Membership Status

  • Membership overall is up over 10% on a year to year bases.
  • Active club members: 2018 / up 16%
  • Individual members 375 / Premium members 223
  • Clubs 36/ up 12.5%
  • Business members: 62 /up 19.2%

Social Media (Dec. 2017)

  • Facebook Group: 7,006 / up 13%
  • Facebook Page 1,000 Likes + since mid 2017 inception 
  • 500+ followers for Instagram
  • 300 followers on Twitter

Third party awards for BOD Members

  • UFWDA Four-Wheeler of the Year Award:  Flint Holbrook
  • ORBA/SEMA Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment:  Walter Shafer and Pete Mier

Regional Land Use Updates

Brent Galloway: WindRock – state of park activities

  • Additional cabins to be built on WR land and within the next 2 months online reservation will be available.
  • Building new parking lot next to T2- will be open for special events.  
  • WRP be getting into the concert business.  Spring 2018 will be timeframe of first event.
  • Currently has a Shooting range- shoot your own or rent.
  • A new restaurant on site:  WR Grill   
  • WR Bike Park- leased area for a prof mountain cyclist.   WR is diversifying. 
  • WR ATV Club is involved with trail systems since inception.   Disbanding at end of year.

DBBB Mountain Springs Rd Update:

  • Another hearing schedule on December 6.  We are trying to show 15 years of public use of roads. 
  • Goal to move forward to receive from the court system a Summary Judgement by Feb 2018.

New dialogues about the Blackwater Watershed.

  • Aaron Roddy- Carburetor Hill update:  
  • Early this year Forrest Service has closed it to OHV traffic due to landslide. 
  • Next few years to start process to do a land swap with the Forest Service and County. 

Uwharrie National Forest update: updates by Flint Holbrook and Ray Stanley

  • New District Ranger Michael Spisak  
  • USFS approved Interpretive OHV Trail system developed by Tread Lightly, 4Wheel Parts and Path Less Traveled, Inc.
  • Construction of expansion of Baldwin Lake Trail starting mid-December and will be RTP funding.

Beasley Knob OHV

  • GBR GA RTP grant complete.  The ongoing maintenance continues.
  • Problem area at Nicholson Gap, the potential solution may be re-route.
  • GBR proposed adding camping to Satterfield Station area.
  • Jay Bird discussed new Rock Garden at Beasley Knob.

Tennessee Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails

  • Update provided by Bob Yarbrough: 
  • Things are more positive than in years past.
  • Currently in the planning stage which includes the study and surveys of OHV usage

NFS Region 8 Southern Region Recreations Resource Advisory committee

  • Ray Stanley has seat on committee
  • First meeting was elections, setting up structure and by-laws.

South Carolina Recreation Trail Program

  • Updates provided by Flint Holbrook
  • Rebecca Smith is the point of contact.
  • Trick N Traction looking for RTP grant to provide help to land area.

GA Recreation Trail Program Ken Sutz GA RTP committee

  • Completed a 2year cycle for RTP grant funds.
  • Estimating roughly 2million dollars available for motorized RTP grant funds.
  • Pre-application phase in progress and Phase 2 scheduled to commence April 2018
  • GA NR Projects for 2017
  • Conassuga Ranger district OHV trail Maintenance $70K
  • Bush Head Shoals State ATV Park $1.1M ATV project
         Proposal had public resistance with NEPA issues; the project was not approved.
  • GA DNR Projects for 2018, preliminary $2M to develop OHV trails.

Overview on Land Use:

Adventure Off Road Park:

  • change of ownership in 2017  
  • Committed to hosting Trailfest May 3-6 2018
  • Troy discussed conversations with Shawn and his continued commitment to the AOP.

Big Creek Rocks LLC Uwharrie NC

  • Mapping by Cartotracks/ campsites built / entrance gate and fencing installed / road repaired and shelter pad rocked.

Busted Knuckle Off-Road Park, Stevenson AL

  • Monitor progress of BKOR / hosting SFWDA M&R March 3, 2018

Coalmount TN Southern Gulf Off Road Park:

  • Roger Theurer provided status of construction.
  • TN RTP grant – purchased 1340 acres with an additional RTP grant for Construction
  • Started the project in 2010; $528K construction grant coming in.
  • Will need volunteers to help complete this park.  
  • Will be requesting SFWDA grant to help maintain water issues and road access.
  • Target is to open in end of year 2018.

Golden Mountain Park – Sparta Tn

  • Property is for sale and was reclassified for tax purposes.
  • GMP loss significant monies in recent periods.
  • DR31 & DR32 on GMP calendar, but no firm commitment if property sells.
  • Review findings of Event Planning Committee in the 2018 SFWDA calendar building portion of meeting. SFWDA will continue to monitor progress of any potential investors.

Tread Lightly updates

Al Sweeney:  Master Trainer Regional training projected schedule

  • July in Troy NC
  • November in Greenville SC   
  • Support of UNF Interpretive trail and SFWDA Educational Initiatives
  • Membership discussion on cost, time and requirements for having a Master Training Class with individual clubs in the Southeastern area.

ORBA and UFWDA

  • ORBA association of motorized offroad related businesses formed to promote and preserve off road recreation.
  • One Voice: explanation of the purpose and what is stands for “one voice to our government leaders”

2018 Grant opportunities:

  • Regional Tread Lightly Training  
  • Educational Videos
  • Organizational Support
  • Charity Contributions
  • UNF Mapping Project

2018 Organization support

Charity Contributions

  • Grant request to continue annual commitment to $1K each to TreadLightly, UFWDA, ORBA, and BRC
  • Grant request to donate $2500 each charity Crawling for Reid and 4 wheeling for a Cure

UNF Interpretive Trail System Project

  • Scope: create printable map of 173 miles in UNFTS which includes OHV, hiking, mountain bike, horse back and Kayaking trails.  Key part of Treadlightly interpretive trail project.
  • Start Dec 2017 / projected complete date May 2018
  • Total cost $10,954 / Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless contributing $5954/4 Wheels Parts $10,000
  • Approved $5K SFWDA grant to help support

We are optimistic for a very successful and prosperous year ahead in 2018.


Hope to see you on the trails soon. 

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas SFWDA Jeep Santa

 On behalf of everyone one of us within the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, we would like to cordially wish each and every one of our Members and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Holiday Season! 


As our Jeep was a-jeeping
Crawling rock and slinging mud,
As our wheels were a-wheeling
And singing Thud-Thud-Thud.

As our Wrangler was a-wrangling
And our Air bags were a-sway,
We thought how awesome it would be
If our Jeep were Santa’s Sleigh.

So we called to the North Pole
From our direct line.
We spoke to Santa’s Engineer
And told him what we had in mind!

Genius! He exclaimed
Let me run it by the Big Man!
Santa loved the idea.
He thought it was grand!

The Elves began building
With fenders and grill,
Adding BFG Tires
TERAFLEX Skid plates and
all the RUGGED-RIDGE Frills.

It was Red and It was shiny
And it had HIGH BEAM-OFF ROAD lights.
The Jeep had a 13 inch lift kit
And it looked like it could take flight.
But how would this Jeep Sleigh
Lift up in the sky?
It is unbeatable on ground
But how can it fly?

Christmas Eve came too soon
And it still couldn’t fly.
Santa’s Elves and Engineer
Had big tears in their eyes.

When what to their wondering
Eyes did appear...
But Santa with his toy bag
And all his TOMS’s 4x4 jeep gear.

He climbed into his Sleigh
And said “Step aside!”
The Jeep began flying
”Let the Big Man Ride!”

As he locked in his WARN lockers
And flew out of sight.
Merry Christmas to all
Echoed all through the night.

Merry Christmas to all, and
to all a good night!
— Modified Source; https://www.jk-forum.com/forums/anything-everything-22/jeep-christmas-poem-22307/

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Congratulations to all 3 of our newly elected Board of Directors joining the SFWDA Team!

 Welcome our three newly appointed Board of Directors. 

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 This past Saturday during our Annual Meeting we conducted elections for four BOD positions due for turnover under the SFWDA leadership bylaws.

  We were fortunate to have three well qualified candidates express interest.  After the formal voting process we have appointed each of these newly elected representatives to an Assistant Position for this first 2 year period,  at which time they will each assume the Directors role of each respective position.

 Those three positions were each filled with existing SFWDA members, while some are new and and some have been around for decades, they all have a deep passion and commitment to supporting the core mission of SFWDA; COnservation * Education * Recreation. 


Welcome our new Board of Directors

  • President -  open needs fulfilled before 2020 elections 

  • Treasurer -  newly appointed "Assistant Treasurer"
         - K
    im Spangler Mcgee

  • Director Conservation and Land Use - newly appointed
         "Assistant Director Conservation and Land Use" 
         - Robert Parmer

  • Director of Membership - newly appointed
          "Assistant Director of Membership" 
          - Bo Rosa


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 If you get a chance please take a moment to Thanks and Congratulate these folks. They have taken a leap forward and a rewarding commitment to support a regional non-profit off road stewardship organization. Their efforts and actions over the next 2-4 years will have a direct impact in our community.


From all of us here at SFWDA, and to all of our BOD, Leadership, and Volunteers.

Thanks gain for all your support! 

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