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4LOBOUND Crew Donates $500 to support the ongoing battle of the Daniel Boone Back Country Byway

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We have been holding back on a little secret we are super excited to finally share. So, before we all gather up at this Saturday for our Summer Meet & Ride to benefit an amazing cause I thought this would be an opportunity to announce another great cause. One that SFWDA has been earnest about for years now and one which just received a generous $500 donation from the 4LOBOUND crew! Together they have generated proceeds from patch and sticker sales and put it forth to hit their first goal of $500 and donated it all to SFWDA in support of the DBBB.

We at SFWDA wanted to graciously say Thank You! Thanks to everyone who has supported #4lobound and your efforts to raise money. Your donation will go a long way to support the ongoing expenses of the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway. It could not have come at a better time either. In fact we are deep in a long battle to legally reclaim safe and clear passage throughout the whole planned Byway, but we could use more support.

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You too can now DONATE online right here, and right now, right on our website with any computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is a credit card or even a Paypal account; no registration required. No minimum required. Anonymity is secure.

We appreciate your support!

We really dig the trail and we know this will go a long way to making sure that stays open.
— Thanks again, -4LOBOUND crew

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Dixie Run 33 is going LIVE - Registration opens up at 8 AM - Wednesday June 12th

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Join the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association for the 33nd edition of the premier Southeastern U.S. trail riding event. Join hundreds and hundreds of like minded four wheel drive enthusiasts as we bring our 33rd Annual event to the acclaimed Adventure Off Road Park, in South Pittsburg, TN.

Online ticket sales are going live at 8 AM Eastern on Wednesday, June 12th. Register Here

Driver Weekend Tickets will be just $90 for vehicle through July 7th.

Our event schedule will include Excursion rides on Friday afternoon and Saturday to some beautiful scenic local vistas; scheduled trail rides at the park, Ladies Only rides,Free Hands-On OHV Educational Classes, and much much more!.

All weekend pricing includes access to the trails at AOP, a Saturday night dinner, and camping on site for one night, or the whole weekend. SFWDA and our supporting Business Partners will be supporting a huge raffle on Saturday evening.

Learn More… https://www.sfwda.org/dixierun

#sfwda #dixierun #dixierun33

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Join SFWDA this coming Memorial Day Weekend at Hawk Pride Mountain Offroad!

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Join SFWDA this coming Memorial Day Weekend for our 16th Annual Trailfest.

Trailfest is 3 days and nights worth of fun for the whole family! Explore miles and miles of amazing off road trails. Camping from tents to RV's are all welcome, with hot showers and bath facilities. Dinner on Saturday night. Free Top Notch Off Road Educational Courses, and a TON of Guided Trail Rides. This is all included!
Most importantly though you're supporting a core mission that benefits us all in the Off Road Community. All proceeds from our 501.c4 not-for-profit Association fund our Grants Program. Adopted to assist Parks, Clubs, and the whole Off-Road Community in an effort to preserve OHV trail access in the Southeast Region and educate others on Best Practices. We are proactively fighting to ensure our sport thrives on for many future generations.

Learn More about our Grant program and how it directly benefits us, and how you can put it to use. https://www.sfwda.org/grants

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Want to win a set of BFGoodrich Tires - 5 Tires up to 37" - Scott Fields Benefit Raffle

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Scott Fields Benefit Raffle sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires

Want to win a set of BFGoodrich Tires
 5 Tires up to 37"!

$5 Raffle Tickets are being sold right now. Show your support for a good friend of the whole OHV Community especially here in the Southeast, and literally for decades now. Winner drawn live, June 23, 2018! 

Scott Fields

Scott Fields and family are in need of your support in this challenging moment. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the family.

Get your tickets at a local event near you. 


$5.00 Tickets - Must not be present to Win - Live Drawing June 23, 2018 

BF Goodrich has donated a set of five tires to be raffled off in support of the Scott Fields Benefit effort. Raffle tickets will be available for just $5.00 each at the Scott Fields Benefit Ride, Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day and Clemson 4Wheel Center Poker Run this weekend and other events until June 23 when the winning ticket will be drawn at the SFWDA Uwharrie Meet and Ride. You do not need to be present to win so buy a handful of tickets...

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Scott Fields Benefit Ride - Saturday, May 19th @ Uwharrie - Camping - Raffle - Fund Raiser

Scott Fields Benefit Ride

Hosted by Carolina Trail Blazers & True Patriot

Saturday, May 19th

Trail Riding * Camping * Raffle * Fund Raiser 


Scott Fields has dedicated decades of service and support of OHV recreation in North Carolina. 


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.

https://www.gofundme.com/scott-fields-mtn-of-medical-bills

Texalina BBQ on site Saturday!!

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Win This Jeep - Help Support our dear friend Scott Field's fight with Cancer

Many of you do not know our good friend Scott Fields. Here is a little look into his OHV life. Scott is very sick and we are trying to support him, his family and the current issues. Please help us help Scott in this time of need. Support the Carolina Trail Blazers, Jason Watson and Team, as they support the Fields family.
— SFWDA President; Ray Stanley

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!

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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......

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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:
https://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#id=146&wid=201&cid=1044

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the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes in PDF format are now available online for your convenience

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 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.

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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/ 

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A look back at 2017 and wishing all a Happy New Year for 2018

Happy New Year

What's your Association been up to.......

Video from meeting archived on Facebook from our LIVE stream


SFWDA Membership Status

  • Membership overall is up over 10% on a year to year bases.
  • Active club members: 2018 / up 16%
  • Individual members 375 / Premium members 223
  • Clubs 36/ up 12.5%
  • Business members: 62 /up 19.2%

Social Media (Dec. 2017)

  • Facebook Group: 7,006 / up 13%
  • Facebook Page 1,000 Likes + since mid 2017 inception 
  • 500+ followers for Instagram
  • 300 followers on Twitter

Third party awards for BOD Members

  • UFWDA Four-Wheeler of the Year Award:  Flint Holbrook
  • ORBA/SEMA Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment:  Walter Shafer and Pete Mier

Regional Land Use Updates

Brent Galloway: WindRock – state of park activities

  • Additional cabins to be built on WR land and within the next 2 months online reservation will be available.
  • Building new parking lot next to T2- will be open for special events.  
  • WRP be getting into the concert business.  Spring 2018 will be timeframe of first event.
  • Currently has a Shooting range- shoot your own or rent.
  • A new restaurant on site:  WR Grill   
  • WR Bike Park- leased area for a prof mountain cyclist.   WR is diversifying. 
  • WR ATV Club is involved with trail systems since inception.   Disbanding at end of year.

DBBB Mountain Springs Rd Update:

  • Another hearing schedule on December 6.  We are trying to show 15 years of public use of roads. 
  • Goal to move forward to receive from the court system a Summary Judgement by Feb 2018.

New dialogues about the Blackwater Watershed.

  • Aaron Roddy- Carburetor Hill update:  
  • Early this year Forrest Service has closed it to OHV traffic due to landslide. 
  • Next few years to start process to do a land swap with the Forest Service and County. 

Uwharrie National Forest update: updates by Flint Holbrook and Ray Stanley

  • New District Ranger Michael Spisak  
  • USFS approved Interpretive OHV Trail system developed by Tread Lightly, 4Wheel Parts and Path Less Traveled, Inc.
  • Construction of expansion of Baldwin Lake Trail starting mid-December and will be RTP funding.

Beasley Knob OHV

  • GBR GA RTP grant complete.  The ongoing maintenance continues.
  • Problem area at Nicholson Gap, the potential solution may be re-route.
  • GBR proposed adding camping to Satterfield Station area.
  • Jay Bird discussed new Rock Garden at Beasley Knob.

Tennessee Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails

  • Update provided by Bob Yarbrough: 
  • Things are more positive than in years past.
  • Currently in the planning stage which includes the study and surveys of OHV usage

NFS Region 8 Southern Region Recreations Resource Advisory committee

  • Ray Stanley has seat on committee
  • First meeting was elections, setting up structure and by-laws.

South Carolina Recreation Trail Program

  • Updates provided by Flint Holbrook
  • Rebecca Smith is the point of contact.
  • Trick N Traction looking for RTP grant to provide help to land area.

GA Recreation Trail Program Ken Sutz GA RTP committee

  • Completed a 2year cycle for RTP grant funds.
  • Estimating roughly 2million dollars available for motorized RTP grant funds.
  • Pre-application phase in progress and Phase 2 scheduled to commence April 2018
  • GA NR Projects for 2017
  • Conassuga Ranger district OHV trail Maintenance $70K
  • Bush Head Shoals State ATV Park $1.1M ATV project
         Proposal had public resistance with NEPA issues; the project was not approved.
  • GA DNR Projects for 2018, preliminary $2M to develop OHV trails.

Overview on Land Use:

Adventure Off Road Park:

  • change of ownership in 2017  
  • Committed to hosting Trailfest May 3-6 2018
  • Troy discussed conversations with Shawn and his continued commitment to the AOP.

Big Creek Rocks LLC Uwharrie NC

  • Mapping by Cartotracks/ campsites built / entrance gate and fencing installed / road repaired and shelter pad rocked.

Busted Knuckle Off-Road Park, Stevenson AL

  • Monitor progress of BKOR / hosting SFWDA M&R March 3, 2018

Coalmount TN Southern Gulf Off Road Park:

  • Roger Theurer provided status of construction.
  • TN RTP grant – purchased 1340 acres with an additional RTP grant for Construction
  • Started the project in 2010; $528K construction grant coming in.
  • Will need volunteers to help complete this park.  
  • Will be requesting SFWDA grant to help maintain water issues and road access.
  • Target is to open in end of year 2018.

Golden Mountain Park – Sparta Tn

  • Property is for sale and was reclassified for tax purposes.
  • GMP loss significant monies in recent periods.
  • DR31 & DR32 on GMP calendar, but no firm commitment if property sells.
  • Review findings of Event Planning Committee in the 2018 SFWDA calendar building portion of meeting. SFWDA will continue to monitor progress of any potential investors.

Tread Lightly updates

Al Sweeney:  Master Trainer Regional training projected schedule

  • July in Troy NC
  • November in Greenville SC   
  • Support of UNF Interpretive trail and SFWDA Educational Initiatives
  • Membership discussion on cost, time and requirements for having a Master Training Class with individual clubs in the Southeastern area.

ORBA and UFWDA

  • ORBA association of motorized offroad related businesses formed to promote and preserve off road recreation.
  • One Voice: explanation of the purpose and what is stands for “one voice to our government leaders”

2018 Grant opportunities:

  • Regional Tread Lightly Training  
  • Educational Videos
  • Organizational Support
  • Charity Contributions
  • UNF Mapping Project

2018 Organization support

Charity Contributions

  • Grant request to continue annual commitment to $1K each to TreadLightly, UFWDA, ORBA, and BRC
  • Grant request to donate $2500 each charity Crawling for Reid and 4 wheeling for a Cure

UNF Interpretive Trail System Project

  • Scope: create printable map of 173 miles in UNFTS which includes OHV, hiking, mountain bike, horse back and Kayaking trails.  Key part of Treadlightly interpretive trail project.
  • Start Dec 2017 / projected complete date May 2018
  • Total cost $10,954 / Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless contributing $5954/4 Wheels Parts $10,000
  • Approved $5K SFWDA grant to help support

We are optimistic for a very successful and prosperous year ahead in 2018.


Hope to see you on the trails soon. 

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Congratulations to all 3 of our newly elected Board of Directors joining the SFWDA Team!

 Welcome our three newly appointed Board of Directors. 

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 This past Saturday during our Annual Meeting we conducted elections for four BOD positions due for turnover under the SFWDA leadership bylaws.

  We were fortunate to have three well qualified candidates express interest.  After the formal voting process we have appointed each of these newly elected representatives to an Assistant Position for this first 2 year period,  at which time they will each assume the Directors role of each respective position.

 Those three positions were each filled with existing SFWDA members, while some are new and and some have been around for decades, they all have a deep passion and commitment to supporting the core mission of SFWDA; COnservation * Education * Recreation. 


Welcome our new Board of Directors

  • President -  open needs fulfilled before 2020 elections 

  • Treasurer -  newly appointed "Assistant Treasurer"
         - K
    im Spangler Mcgee

  • Director Conservation and Land Use - newly appointed
         "Assistant Director Conservation and Land Use" 
         - Robert Parmer

  • Director of Membership - newly appointed
          "Assistant Director of Membership" 
          - Bo Rosa


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 If you get a chance please take a moment to Thanks and Congratulate these folks. They have taken a leap forward and a rewarding commitment to support a regional non-profit off road stewardship organization. Their efforts and actions over the next 2-4 years will have a direct impact in our community.


From all of us here at SFWDA, and to all of our BOD, Leadership, and Volunteers.

Thanks gain for all your support! 

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