North Carolina’s Uwharrie Forest
We idled our way through tall trees that were still full of green in the early fall before the temperatures started to drop drastically. The forest laid before us scenic views and interesting dirt routes. The Uwharrie National Forest is a 51,000-acre span of greenery in central North Carolina and is named for the Uwharrie Mountains that protrude from the earth's surface here.
Inside this forested region lie recreation opportunities for fishermen, hunters, hikers, and boat enthusiasts. It's little known, but gold was discovered near this area in 1799 and there was increased gold mining activity here during the Great Depression. People still pan for gold in the waterways today. There is camping available in both established campsites and in primitive camping locations through much of the forest. On this weekend, we came to explore the 4WD trails that are strewn about in the forest. OHV access is open here from April through the middle of December.
We were attending the Cruisin' Carolina Logan's Run put on by the Olde North State Cruisers (ONSC) club. The club event has now become an annual gathering here at Uwharrie and has been dedicated to the memory of Logan Monk, a 21-year-old member who died tragically in an accident in 2011. His fellow club members gather to enjoy 'wheeling, camaraderie, and celebrate the memory of their lost friend. We ran some great forest trails over the weekend and enjoyed a tasty smoked pork dinner along with a raffle on Saturday night.
The ONSC is a North Carolinabased club that welcomes Toyota 4WD enthusiasts to enjoy trail events and club member builds. They have a number of outings throughout the year and are a member club of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association. You can find further details on the club by pointing your mouse to www.oldenorthstatecruisers.com