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Master Tread Trainer Courses are finally available and right here in NC. Don't miss out!

Master Tread Trainer Courses

  SFWDA prides our fellow Master Tread Trainers and would like to encourage more of our memvbes to take advantage of this great training package Trea Lightly! is offering. Learn the right way and be a leader among your club or group. Education is the foundation to our core mission. Learn more about how you can get involved. Everyone is welcome. 

July 15 or 16th
Uhwarrie, NC
Only $100 per 1 Day Class

Space it very limited as these are intimate training courses so please don't wait.
Register today! 

   Tread Lightly!®’s Master Tread Trainer™ (MTT) course is an intensive 1-day workshop designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8 hour course.

2 -One day classes. 12 students max. per class!
Classes will be held at the Eldorado Community Center -Address: 4415 NC Highway 109 North, Uwharrie, NC 27371

$100 per student and one must pre-register to enroll!

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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. 


 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 

  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 , and also check out our Facebook at .



Join SFWDA & Trick N Traction for our Free Inaugural Environmental Stewardship Initiative Workshop


Attention All SFWDA Members;  

  Have you always wondered what Tread Lightly! was all about? Interested in finding out how you can do your part in preventing trail closures? Then join us for a three-hour workshop and our inaugural Tread Lightly! training event free for all members!

This Awareness Workshop is a 3-hour course that will provide attendees with an introduction to Tread Lightly! principles as decision making guidelines while enjoying the great outdoors in a safe and responsible manner. The workshop will provide you with situational awareness, the know-how on minimizing your impact while recreating, and the outdoor ethic that will help sustain our trails for generations to come.

 "The dream for Trick N Traction to host an Environmental Stewardship Initiative Workshop is a reality... The workshop will be conducted on March 19, 2016 at Duke Energy's Oconee World of Energy. We will open the doors at 11:00am for on site registration and start the three hour workshop at noon. A snack for everyone will be provided during a break around 1:15pm. We are pleased to partner with Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, Tread Lightly, Clemson 4Wheel Center and WARN to conduct this workshop. The focus of this workshop will be on the Tread Lightly principals. Uwharrie Off-Road Training Centers'; Scott Fields is a Tread Lightly Master Training. He will be leading the workshop based on Tread Lightly's three hour workshop outline. Note that we will only be able to accommodate the first 100 people to register for this exciting event."    - Al Sweeney (Trick N Traction 4WD Club)


Event Details

There is NO COST for the event to all active SFWDA members. We will soon be launching an online registration and hope you can make it for this first time offering of a Tread Lightly Course Class sponsored by SFWDA.

Duke Energy's Oconee World of Energy,
7812 Rochester Hwy, Seneca, SC 29672

Ensure your SFWDA Membership status is active, and when Online Registration Launches you can sign in and register at no charge, right here on our website. (Links will be provided)
You can also register in person at the event if space is still available but this event is limited to 100 attendees. 

WHEN = March 19, 2016 ( 12 Noon - 3 PM )

  "We have hundreds of dollars worth of off road gear for door prizes donated by Clemson 4Wheel Center,  and WARN. SFWDA will also offer a pair of TrailFest 2016 Gift Certificates.  Sorry...  no WARN Winch because theTrail Fest Team beat me to it..."
 - Al Sweeney (Trick N Traction 4WD Club)



SFWDA & TreadLightly! Thanks YOU, for your gift to the great outdoors!

We may have wrapped it, but we couldn't have given this gift without you.

Thank you to all of our corporate partners, small businesses, enthusiast clubs, Tread Trainers and individual members that have helped make 2015 an unprecedented year in keeping the great outdoor healthy, accessible and open for you! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Tread Lightly! Team!