Four-wheeling on private land may very well be the future of our hobby. Like many states across the U.S., Tennessee has seen the troubling trend of government property becoming increasingly more restricted for OHV use. While lobbying for our hobby is constantly being battled through the court system, for many off-road enthusiast it's tough to sit around and wait for all the litigation to go somewhere.
Luckily a group of diehard wheeling enthusiast known as the Damn Locals was able to work with a few property owners in southeast Tennessee to secure an incredible spot of land for groups to ride on. Near Monteagale and along the Cumberland Plateau, the rocky creek beds and step and windy hillclimbs offer something for all levels of rigs and experience.
We wanted to check it out for ourselves, so we headed east and caught up with Steve Melton of the Damn Locals to show us the way. With our bellies full of a delicious Southern breakfast, we headed out into the cool and rainy weather to spend the weekend wheeling through the fall foliage and slick rocks. To find out more about the club and wheeling in southeastern Tennessee visit www.damnlocals4x4.com.