BFG Recognizes The Georgia Bounty Runners
According to Native Cherokee Indian lore, a flood of biblical proportions once engulfed the entire region we now call the Southeast. The legend recounts a safe haven where many of those displaced by the deluge sought refuge. It describes how the tribe's people found safety on the back of a massive turtle. Indians believed the turtle's spirit was watching over those in need. Today that turtle's head is thought to be the Brasstown Bald, which at 4,784 feet, is the highest point in all the state of Georgia. To its west, the shell of the turtle, where flood refugees found sanctuary from rising waters is known today as Beasley Knob OHV area, part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Beasley Knob is also valued by Georgians and inhabitants of adjacent states as the only officially recognized public OHV area that allows owners of Jeeps, SUVs, and pickups a place to enjoy a handful of medium to expert-rated 4WD trails.
BFGoodrich Tires recently inducted Beasley Knob among the six Outstanding Trails of 2008. As such, the dedicated folks of Georgia Bounty Runners 4x4 club were gifted $4,000 to aid their current program with trail preservation and maintenance projects. We recently spent a day with members of BFG and the Bounty Runners to get to know the hard-working individuals who donate their own personal time to ensure future generations will get to enjoy what Beasley Knob has to offer. We're proud to say Beasley Knob is in good hands. Where some OHV areas fall short on volunteers and organization, Beasley Knob enjoys much the opposite. Active participation from all members year round exemplifies precisely how a balance of conservation and recreation can be achieved. After our brief visit to the area, we couldn't help but wonder if the ideals of the Cherokee Indian and their admiration for the territory were somehow passed on to the current regime, as if to demonstrate appreciation for the many lives spared during the flood.