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The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway (DBBB) is a high clearance 4wd route comprised of improved and unimproved county and public roads over 100 miles long centered around the scenic Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky.
Back in 2016 SFWDA started developing a strategy to allow public access to all of the DBBB trails. We have already made great strides on physical trail improvements, in addition to reclaiming trails that were illegally blocked and barricaded by residents. We also Digitally mapped this great trail, and placed maps on kiosks throughout the trail system.
The fact is we are very close to setting a new precedent on the matter with a Summary Judgment in the works now. This would be a HUGE victory for us and the OHV Community as a whole for future land access battles. It’s been a costly battle though. Our own SFWDA Grant Program has been vital to get us this far. Our current expenses on the DBBB alone in 2016 were $8,477 then in 2017 $26,006 and now in 2018 we’re already at $36,075. Our last legal bill alone was over $18,000. It’s all well worth it when we claim victory. This is why we are asking for your help. A small donation today will ensure we can finish the fight and preserve these amazing trails forever. Scroll to the bottom of this message of this link to learn more and donate now.
More about the DBBB.
* The DBBB is of moderate difficulty and open to licensed vehicles only. It is designed for entry level off-roading and providing a safe and rewarding driving experience.
* Historically, this area of Kentucky hosted the Jeep Jamboree for many years, as far back as 1969. In 2004, a travel management rule change by USFS closed off many of the routes and ended the organized events.
* Tourism was a huge part of the rural economy of the area and the loss of access equaled a drop in economic input both direct and indirect.
* Since the mid-2000's, a concerted effort between SFWDA members, five local counties, and USFS resulted in the DBBB. Some of the important routes previously utilized by the Jeep Jamboree are now open and drawing organized events and support.
* The DBBB was launched in 2016. SFWDA supported the development of a digital map of the DBBB which allows users to navigate these beautiful 4wd roads with smart phone technology. The DBBB Facebook page has over 3200 followers and some posts have reached 10k.
* The roads are part of the historical county transportation systems which make the right-of-ways county property and allows access to the public.
* A few recent challenges to the public access of these roads have arisen due to the increased traffic of the DBBB. None have resulted in a loss of access due to support from the counties and SFWDA's grant program, which has provided generous financial support in the form of legal fees and road maintaining resources.
* There are 50-100+ miles of expansion of the DBBB planned to meet the growing need of the OHV community for entry level experience.
* The DBBB is within 5 hours drive of the northeast megalopolis which represents 17% of the US population or roughly 50 million Americans. It is also convenient to southern states as well.
* Future financial support of the DBBB is critical to sustaining and growing these world class OHV opportunities. We have recently filed for a Summary Judgement which along with our ongoing efforts have become a considerable investment.
We are seeking additional financial resources to complete our battle for access via public roads to the DBBB. If you would please consider a donation today to help support and to preserve trail access for future generations.
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.
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.
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 .
Jeffrey Dozier receives national recognition on the DBBB project, earning the 2016 - UFWDA - Four Wheeler of the Year Award!
A well deserved congratulations to another one of our very own SFWDA members. Jeffrey Dozier (Ohio River Four Wheelers / Friends of Daniel Boone) on being selected to receive the UFWDA 2016 - FOUR WHEELER OF THE YEAR AWARD. This award is designed to recognize, on a national level, the overall significant achievements and contributions of individuals to the sport of recreational four wheeling. Jeff, you most certainly deserve it. Your hard work and dedication on the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway over the past years will continue to benefit generations of off road enthusiasts.
The DBBB provides designated maps, markers, and preserved access to a beautiful rural route through sections of un-maintained county roads in the Slade and Red River Gorge area of Kentucky creating the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway offering approximately 100 miles of scenic trails offering up many unique and challenging obstacles. For more about the DBBB visit ; www.sfwda.org/dbbb
For more about UFWDA visit; http://www.ufwda.org/
For more about the ORFW club visit : http://www.sfwda.org/orfw
For more about the Friends of Boone visit: https://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Boone-Backcountry-Byway-694090960601745/
A great SFWDA Meet & Ride Saturday hosted by your association and the Ohio River Four Wheeler's. We had 135+ vehicles and over 200 people from KY, TN, IL, IN, OH, WVA, SC, GA and MI.
Beautiful fall day exploring the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway. And to top off our day we presented the Jeffrey Dozier the UFWDA Four Wheeler of the Year award for dedication, focus and efforts on the DBBB. Our sincerest thanks Jeff.
Also special thanks to Aaron Roddy, Joe Kling, and all of the ORFW members for outstanding work in organizing the day and also for your efforts on the DBBB.
OHIO RIVER FOUR WHEELERS
welcomes everyone to the
Fall 2016 SFWDA Meet & Greet
When: Saturday, November 12th, 2016 @ 9am
Where: Slade Kentucky / Red River Gorge
9 AM local time at the
Natural BridGe Campground
90 L&E Railroad PL Slade, KY 40376.
The OHIO RIVER FOUR WHEELERS would like to invite everyone whether you're an SFWDA member or not. Head north for an exciting day of wheeling with ORFW 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 fees or trail access fees for this event.
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 Hardcore. 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.
The Slade / Natural Bridge area is about 165 miles north of Knoxville, TN at Exit 33 off the Burt T. Combs Mountain Parkway.
We will be meting at Natural Bridge Campground,
90 L&E Railroad PL Slade,KY 40376.
You can now download the complete and current comprehensive DBBB map electronically and use it without cell service signal required on your own smartphone.
For more details visit;
We are eager to help you enjoy the trails we call HOME. The following list includes local hotel, camping & RV accommodations in addition to restaurants that will be open to make your weekend more enjoyable.
Hotel / Cabin / Lodge Rentals
Li'l Abner Motel & Cottages
1000 Natural Bridge Rd
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade KY
2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, KY, 40376
Black Bear Lodge Motel & Cabin Rental
781 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY, 40376
Red River Gorge Cabins
Rock Bridge Rd
Natural Bridge 5 Star Cabin Rental
12075 Campton Rd ·
Red River Outdoors Cabin Rental Agency
415 Natural Bridge Rd
Natural Bridge Cabin Company
1231 Natural Bridge Rd
87 E College Ave.
Stanton KY 40380(11 miles from Natural Bridge / Slade exit)
Camping / Camper / RV
Whittleton Campground primitive / camper / RV
2135 Natural Bridge Rd
888 459 7275http://reserveamerica.co
Natural Bridge Campground
90 L & E Railroad Pl. Slade, KY 40376
Middle Fork Campground
Address: 2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376
4 Guys RV Park
0137 Campton Road, Stanton, KY,
Make sure you exit Mountain Parkway at the Slade Exit 33. This will make it much easier!
At the Slade exit
Miguel's Pizza & Rock Climbing
1890 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9019
Sandstone Arches Restaurant
2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9026
Hill Top Pizza
Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9014
Mountain Parkway Slade exit 33, Slade, KY
Red River Rockhouse Gastropub
4000 KY-11, Campton, KY 41301
FROGGY BOTTOM DINER
Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376
( 11 miles west at Stanton KY exit )
S Sipple St, Stanton, KY 40380
86 Maple St, Stanton, KY 40380
Various fast food chain store options nearby........
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.
While these photos are now almost a month old we need to continue to follow through and be sure to not let this go without protest. Call the USFS Winchester Office, ask for the acting forest supervisor Bill Lorenz and let them know this action will not be tolerated. 859-745-3100.
A little more background on the subject.
On Nov. 15th our very own Jeff Dozier of behalf of Freinds of Boone posted an update we all need to consider, to share, and to take action against.
Our SFWDA Representative of the Daniel Boone national Forest region; Jeffrey Dozier commented by saying; "We are very sad and outraged to report that this past June, the United States Forest Service took malicious actions to stop the momentum of the counties in getting Sand Lick Rd. CR 1057 and Sterling Rd. back. They authorized a track hoe to further destroy the entire length of goat hill from top to bottom, they left tank traps 15' tall, pulled soils from the cliff side down the slopes and pulled hundreds of trees over the counties' road. They created land slides, erosion disasters, massive wild fire hazards, isolated oil well heads, leaving no access to service these dangers. The USFS maliciously destroyed more land they are paid to protect with tax payer dollars."
"The FS is unshaken by any tactic we've tried. This lower portion of sand lick rd. was a natural corridor to the top of the ridge and whites branch arch for eons. In one week the FS has destroyed it for the second time in a way that is hard to describe. They literally pulled the road from the cliff side to the slopes. The county tried to get justification and the FS claims they are acting under the ordinal 2006 action that destroyed the sand lick rd initially. I cannot believe the FS's action. In fact they are threatening to come out with an EIS to rationalize closing all the roads in the sand lick area, completely disregarding the documented county roads existent. I'm unsure of the future but it's ominous. It seems they'll stop at nothing to keep multiple use recreation out of sand lick."
As more of the tangled web has been discovered, we now know the USFS district ranger Dave Manner, who is responsible for the 2006 destruction of the narrows (Sand Lick Rd. And Sterling Rd.) and the additional destruction this past June, is retiring as of December 31 2014.
Please call him and protest his destruction of county roads as well. Have everyone you know call.
Cumberland Ranger District
Now, if your on the fence about whether r not to actually pick up the phone and make a call here are a few things to consider.
It has been asked, "what good is calling the forest supervisor?". (Bill Lorenz 859-745-3100)
- 1. The county wants a public outcry. Your call counts!
- 2. There will be a new district ranger, this is an opportunity to let them know the new decision maker needs to honor the counties' roads and cease destruction of public land as well as demand repairs.
- 3. When the USFS initially damaged these roads in 2006, they did so with zero public comment and no approval from the counties. This is a chance to make your voice heard, it is much needed!
-Be polite and respectful, most USFS employees are good people who aren't responsible for the damages.
Call at your convenience but please take the action of calling, this is important!