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SFWDA continues the fight for your trails on the DBBB! Learn more about this World Class OHV System

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.


www.sfwda.org/dbbb


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.

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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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Daniel Boone Forest Updates - Call to Action

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.

Dave Manner
Cumberland Ranger District
606-784-6428


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!


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