Scott Fields Benefit Ride
Hosted by Carolina Trail Blazers & True Patriot
Saturday, May 19th
Trail Riding * Camping * Raffle * Fund Raiser
Event Hosts True Patriot Inc and Carolina Trail Blazers welcome all to the Scott Fields Benefit Ride May 19th.
Camping is available for $10 per rig for Friday and Saturday for those wanting to ride in the forest, daily trail pass not included. Camping is included with a $50 donation for the private rides on Big Creek Rocks and Grand Overland District, Ledger Shoals. Rides will be organized by moderate and difficult to take driver experience and vehicle capability into consideration. All rides will leave the event center around 9:30 and return by 5. Lunch is not provided, however, Texalina BBQ will be on hand when the rides return to the events center.
The raffle will start at 6. Many thanks to Piedmont Performance Diesel & Off-Road for reaching out to MetalCloak and providing the complete install of either a Game Changer or Rock Sport lift kit; as well as Hi-Lift Jacks and Accessories, Root One Six Off Road, and Apex Overland for all of the awesome raffle items.
...UPDATE: thank you Rugged Ridge, Southeast Overland, and ARB for adding to the raffle!...
This event is only possible because of the phenomenal community that Scott is a cornerstone of who have come together on short notice to make this happen. He has greatly impacted the wheeling and veteran communities for many decades and we are honored to be able to do this for him. Scott is in a battle for his life against a rare cancer. All monies will go directly to Scott to cover medical costs, bills, and support his family. Please come out and support this event so all can show their love and appreciation for this great man.
Texalina BBQ on site Saturday!!
A $2,500 Grant was Awarded to "4 Wheeling for a Cure" to benefit St. Jude
on April 14, 2018 at
Windrock Park, Oliver Springs, TN
"Another great year for the books! We really appreciate all of the help for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! $36,435!!!! Thank you to everyone who donated to, participated in, and attended our event. Your support means the world to us and the kids of St. Jude! "
- St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital
A message from the Carolina Trail Blazers, James Belcher.
The Uwharries, prior to becoming a national forest in 1961 by decree of President John F. Kennedy, were used for hunting, gold mining, timber and farming. All of those activities left a system of roads and trails throughout the forest which continued to be used by recreationists after the Uwharries were name a National Forest. Motorcycles, trucks and early 4wd vehicles accessed the forest for many purposes. With the advent of the ATV in the early 70’s usage of the forest increased.
In the late 70s and early 80s, motorcycle clubs, notably NC Trailriders, under the leadership of John Worsley, were using the forest trail system and developing and maintaining new trails. At this time Scott Fields was living on Badin Lake and as an active outdoorsman, Scott was an active user of Uwharrie National Forest. Scott was an ATV owner who frequently rode the Forest Service roads and hunting trails in the Uwharries. As a “local” Scott became friends with John Worsley and NC Trailriders. Scott would use his Honda Foreman ATV to serve as a pack mule for the motorcycle club as they performed their trail work carrying chainsaws, axes, gas cans and other equipment the motorcycle riders couldn’t carry.
In 1982 Scott purchased a “79 Dodge Power Wagon. This vehicle was capable of carrying much more trail development equipment and Scott’s role in developing the Uwharrie trail system increased as well. At about this same time Forest Service personnel and motorcycle club leadership began to have issues over the trail system usage and maintenance. Legal motorcycle access was even suspended for a short period between 1982 and 1984. It was at this time that Scott began to have a vision to incorporate the off road trails into a Forest Service operation that would serve the full size OHV users in addition to the motorcycles and three wheeler ATVs that were using the trail system. In 1984 the trail system was reopened for all motor usage and was being used by motorcycles, ATVs and full size 4wd vehicles which were becoming very popular.
During this same period of time, 1982-1986, a 4wd event called the Smoky Mountain Trek was being held in the Nantahala National Forest area called Tellico. With the proliferation of full size 4wd usage, the event began to grow beyond its bounds, and the need developed for a recreationist advocacy group to work with the Forest Service in maintaining the trail system.
In the spring of 1987 a new organization was formed to be an advocate for the many individual and club 4wd enthusiasts in the southeast United States. This association was formed as the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. The inaugural meeting took place in Gatlingburgh, TN. Among the attendees was Scott Fields, a member of the Carolina Trail Blazers 4wd Club, Inc. Scott is a charter member of SFWDA as is the CTB club.
Through his contacts with local enthusiasts, Forest Service personnel and SFWDA leadership, Scott brokered a deal whereby SFWDA would assist the Forest Service in developing an OHV system in the forest which would bring to fruition his vision of a multi-user trail system.
Several of SFWDA’s leaders at that time were experienced heavy machinery operators and Scott recruited their services in operating the machinery that modified the single track trails into something suitable for full size 4wd vehicles. Gunnar Byrd, 2011-2013 SFWDA president, and Griff Shirley were the men on the machines during this phase of the Uwharrie OHV trail system development.
As with many Forest Service programs, the participation of the general public, especially sport specific enthusiasts, was a key to maintaining the new OHV trails. As Scott’s vision began to take shape, the need for someone to coordinate volunteer efforts in this maintenance was self evident. As a resident of the area, an enthusiast and visionary of the project, Scott was the logical choice, and so began his 16 year run as OHV volunteer coordinator for the Uwharrie OHV trail system.
In the mid 2000s Scott suffered some business problems which forced him to curtail his OHV volunteer activities and move away from the Uwharie area. The OHV volunteer coordinator position passed through several people and as participation and communication between the coordinators and the Forest Service declined the Forest Service decided to began using an Adpot-A-Trail Partner program. Instead of having a volunteer coordinator that would work with the various clubs and individuals, clubs would adopt a specific trail to maintain in the Uwharrie OHV system and the Forest Service personnel would coordinate with club leadership.
Without Scott Fields and his vision it is very doubtful that there would even be an OHV trail system in Uwharrie National Forest. He is owed a debt of gratitude from every enthusiast who uses those trails!
This years Trailfest Premium Members Experience will be a little different than at past events. Here's How....
Trailfest Premium Members Experience is back in 2018! Better than ever......
Premium Members Experience is Back!
You've been waiting for it and here it is!
Join us at Trailfest on Friday morning at the main pavilion at 8:30 AM for coffee, donuts and a Premium Members EXCLUSIVE raffle. ALL Premium Members who come to Trailfest are welcome! There will be some great prizes and the only way to win them is to be an active Premium Member (with no outstanding dues!)
Afterwards, there will be a Premium Members ride. to sign up for that, go to the Trail Ride sign up page and register. We will pick names from those who show interest and be in touch with them on Monday of Trailfest week to confirm our Ride lineup.
Register for the ride here:
We have just launched the Volunteer Sign Up's for this years Trailfest 2018 event. We need your help to make it all happen.
We have just launched registration for all of our 2018 Guided AOP Trails & Scenic Excursion Rides for Trailfest 2018. Please grab your spot now. We will leave this up and running until the 30th of April when all online tickets and pre-registration will cease. You can still register at the ride staging area during the event if spots are still open. We are limiting each group to just 15 rigs, for everyone's best interest. Don't wait, register for your rides now!
Check out the Full Schedule and more details about the rides on our ride info page.
These 2018 Meeting Minutes have been added to our Google Drive directory for archive and are also available for a direct download right here on our website.
Archived Meeting Minutes from 2014-Current are available here.
We also have the complete Video "LIVE" stream view-able on any device through our Facebook Page - Videos. https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org/videos/534150473610555/
In case you missed in the Fourth Annual Crawling for Reid event on Saturday, March 17th at Adventure Off-Road Park in South Pittsburg, TN. Many SFWDA members were in attendance and our President Mr. Ray Stanley presented this very special $2,500 grant to the event organizers and the Underwood family in support of the "Crawling for Reid" event. SFWDA can't express how much we love to support great causes like this one. We hope to do the same again next year, and maybe we'll see you there.
Overall we're told they had a very successful event with over 2000 people in the gates and $178,000 dollars raised for Reid Underwood and his Doctor’s (Dr. Jakub Tolar) research foundation at the University of Minnesota.
"This brings us one step closer to raising the money we need to cure the devastating disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). We could not have the success we did without the generous support and contributions from our vendors and off road organizations such as SFWDA. We are truly grateful to have you on our team and hope that you will continue to be a part of this growing off-road event. We have exciting plans for 2019 and are working hard to get your products in front of even more people in the off-road community. So, thank you again for partnering with us and we look forward to working with you again in 2019." - Bobby Underwood
Join us on Saturday, March 10th for the first SFWDA Meet & Ride of 2018.
We'll xplore this new privately owned
OHV park together.
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!
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?
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
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)