Hortense's Trucks Gone Wild event is one of those places I personally haven't been able to make it out to yet, and I hate it every year when I miss it. I always get texts from folks from N.C. down to Florida askin' if I'm gonna make it, and dang it, I always have scheduling conflicts. Regardless, I've never heard anything but sick stuff about the park and that the place always pulls in a huge crowd. One of my main 4x4cross crew guys, Patty G., went down to cover it for us, and from what he and everyone else said, attendance was beyond epic. —Ricky B. Wilson
Typically every spring Trucks Gone Wild hosts an event at East Coast Off-Road Park (ECORP) in Hortense, Georgia, and it is always a great time. It is located in the southeastern corner of the state and very close to the Florida state line, which makes it a great location to draw trucks from multiple areas. Every year you can easily find mud revelers and racers from South Carolina to Florida in numbers at the event. Another great aspect about the park is that it offers open riding in the mud and around the park, which is what everyone seems to like so much.
The park also hosts multiple events throughout the year. There is everything here too, from mud racing to open riding and concerts. The park covers over 450 acres, and over 100 acres of lakes. It offers miles of trail riding and most importantly plenty of mud bogging for trucks, ATVs, and whatever else can be driven through the mud. The park has all the amenities needed for a good time, such as ATV/truck washes, hot indoor showers, free lakeside camping, and fishing. Lenny Cooper also hit the stage Saturday night and put on a really hot show for a very enthusiastic crowd of mud revelers.
During the day everyone rushed to the mud pit to play and try to show off. There were so many people and trucks at the event that it was rough to get around, but once they made it to the mud pits it was GAME ON! Big names—from Ronnie Bates to Twitty to Clifford Wright—came out to give all the Trucks Gone Wild and ECORP fans the show they deserve.
With such a large park it would literally take forever to walk around and get the coverage that we needed, but luckily we saw our friend Joe Dean the main man at Club Mud and met Drue Holdeman, who toted us around all day Saturday. Don't think when the sun sets the party is over—heck, that's when the party starts! ECORP had two live bands playing on stage at sunset, and the Club Mud boys threw a killer after party till midnight.
All in all, if ECORP in Hortense isn't on your to-do list you better pencil it in, it is one crazy party you don't want to miss.