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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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SFWDA Presents - Fall Meet n Ride 2nd Annual at Daniel Boone

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Join SFWDA on November 4, 2017 for our
Fall Meet n' Ride, Slade, KY. 

OHIO RIVER FOUR WHEELERS and Kentucky Krawlers would like to invite our friends from SFWDA to head north for our second annual Meet & Ride day of wheeling in the Daniel Boone National Forest / Red River Gorge area. We would like to show our appreciation for all the support SFWDA has provided to help develop and promote the Daniel Boone Back Country Byway / DBBB.

There are NO registration or trail package fees for this event.

This may change due to Hollerwood Park opening later this year. We will notify through the Facebook event page. We are working on a free cost event even if Hollerwood Park is open.

We have enlisted volunteers from several local clubs to assist as Trail Boss,Mid-gunner, and Tail-gunners, for several trail combination packages, from Mild to Extreme. We will have something for everyone. Experience some of the trails you've heard about in this area: DBBB, Carburetor Hill, HairPin, WidowMaker,
and others. We have added extra trails this year, that were not open last year.

The Slade / Natural Bridge area is about 165 miles north of Knoxville, TN at Exit 33 off the Burt T. Combs Mountain Parkway.

We are eager to help you enjoy the trails we call HOME.
The following pages list registration instructions, hotel, camping & RV accommodations and local restaurants that will be open to make your weekend enjoyable.

Registration & Rules to Ride:

You MUST go through the SFWDA event site to register (RSVP) for this event.
Space will be limited this year to 150 vehicles. We had 138 last year.
Non-registered arrivals may be be added to groups if space allows.
Once you complete registration at SFWDA website, PRINT A HARD COPY OF YOUR REGISTRATION FORM AND BRING IT TO THE EVENT. YOU WILL NEED THIS FORM FOR THE INTAKE &TECHNICAL INSPECTION PROCESS.

We will offer 4 difficulty levels of trail riding this year:

  • EASY - Stock All Terrain Tires (31in.) - Green Sticker
  • MEDIUM - (33in. minimum tire) - Blue Sticker (Locker could be useful)
  • DIFFICULT - (35in. minimum tire)- Red Sticker (Minimum one locker)
  • EXTREME - (38in. minimum tire) - Orange Sticker (Front & Rear locker required)


You may go down in tires size if you like to join an easier group, however you may not go up in difficulty level with a smaller tire size.
This is to insure we keep rigs moving on the trails during the day, since other group will be using the same trails.

Due to the terrific turnout last year, we will begin the Intake / Tech Inspection Process at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Get in line early to ensure your spot in the group you'd like to ride with. Groups will depart the campground beginning at 8:30 - 9:00.

EACH rig must carry a First Aid Kit. You will not be put into a group if you don't have these items onboard.

Your rig MUST have one recovery point on vehicle.

A CB radio and full size spare tire are strongly suggested.

Each vehicle will bring a lunch meal & drinks to enjoy during a break on the trail.

Regardless of what difficulty level of ride you choose, at times you will be traveling on Kentucky county roads. You may not carry or consume any illegal drugs or alcohol when trail riding. Adult beverages around the campfire in the evening are welcome.

Our goal is for everyone to have a safe & fantastic experience.

Hotel / Cabin / Lodge Rentals

Li'l Abner Motel & Cottages
1000 Natural Bridge Rd
(606) 663-5384
http://www.lilabnermotel.com/

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade KY
2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, KY, 40376
(606) 663-2214
http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/natural-bridge/
Black Bear Lodge Motel & Cabin Rental
781 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY, 40376
606-663-0000
http://www.sceniccabin.com/
 

Camping / camper / RV

Natural Bridge Campground
90 L & E Railroad Pl. Slade, KY 40376
606-663-9352
http://www.naturalbridgecampground.com/

This campground is the spot where all activities will start from and has sufficient space to accommodate all camping guests for this event.

Restaurants

At the Slade exit

Miguel's Pizza & Rock Climbing
1890 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9019 (606) 663-1975

Subway
Mountain Parkway Slade exit 33, Slade, KY

Red River Rockhouse Gastropub
4000 KY-11, Campton, KY 41301 (606) 668-6656

Sandstone Arches Restaurant
2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9026 (502) 564-2172

Hill Top Pizza
1341 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9014

FROGGY BOTTOM DINER
1341 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376 (606) 663-3710


Where & When

Natural Bridge Campground
90 L & E Railroad Pl
Slade, KY 40376

Start:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

End:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Time Zone: Eastern Time

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Grant funding fuels the success of the DBBB creating new trails and preserved access.

Grants are available right now for your local club or group project. Apply Today Online. 

Grants are available right now for your local club or group project. Apply Today Online. 

  We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at our Fall 2016 Meet & Ride. Before we move focus onto our Annual Meeting on December 3rd, in which everyone's invited to attend, it's seems worthy to reflect on our success together as an Association for a moment. It is well known how successful this past years SFWDA events were, generating thousands of dollars of revenue for our non-profit association. With the success of these events and through the support of our constantly growing membership base we will never stop fighting the core mission of your Association;  Conservation * Education * Recreation. 

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 For those that were able to join us at  our Meet & Ride this past Saturday you were able to see first hand a rural and majestic part of the Appalachian Mountains. The route there near Slade, KY and the Red River Gorge area that everyone traveled is part of a long term and ongoing project which was made possible by grants from both the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) and TreadLIghtly. Soon several local off road business's and others in the community stepped up to support as well. With combined financial support and together along with the hard work from volunteers like the Ohio River Four Wheeler's club and Friends of Daniel Boone we have created what is now know as the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway.

Current map digitally available from Cartotracks.com 

  These joint efforts have proven successful in reclaiming the nearly 100 miles of the byway into a OHV route for everyone, highlighting the beautiful nature in this area all the while stimulating the economy by attracting many wheeler's and tourists to the area. As members of SFWDA we pride ourselves on being comprised mostly of responsible enthusiasts who practice the TreadLightly principles and we strive to serve as a model of what the OHV community should be perceived as to others. Our core SFWDA mission is in full effect here in the DBBB with grant funds in a variety of ways to include; marking the byway route with kiosks and signage, digitally mapping for smartphones, continual volunteer maintenance of these trails, engineered water and erosion management projects, bridge building, and even routine trash removal. This continued effort is how we plan to protect and preserve access to this beautiful trail.

 If you missed it this past weekend don't worry, with our continued efforts the DBBB will remain open for generations to come. Feel free to look up the ORFW club (links below) for more info about joining them on a ride of the area. 

  For anyone interested in more rides like this..... We host 4 of these Meet & Ride events across the Southeast Region at various off road trails & parks annually. Subscribe to our newsletter and visit our website on a regular basis at www.SFWDA.org , and also check out our Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/SFWDA .

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