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Backyard Wheeling: 'Bama Trail Buggies

Posted in Events on October 1, 2010
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If you've never been there you may think Alabama is full of mud trucks, mosquitoes, and Mullets, but truth be told, 'Bama has boulders, buggies, and good ol' boys who like to wheel. We swung through Birmingham over Memorial Day weekend and quickly found about eight different parks within a few hours of this southern city. One run we hit was an impromptu trail ride at Choccolocco Mountain on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Alabama, in the Appalachian Mountain foothills.

Choccolocco Mountain is a 450-acre private park with around 200 trails and obstacles to test your skills on. The trails are open to all types of off-road vehicle: ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, four-wheel drives, rail buggies, and rockcrawlers. We tagged along with a small group of buggy drivers as they chugged over some big rock washes and throttled up some very steep hillclimbs. For more info on the park, check out

The buggies back east are different from those out west, but that's because the trails are different. The rocks are often slippery and the hills steep, and since most of the wheeling spots are private parks there is less restrictions on full-throttle driving. We're not saying it's better or worse, but the tire-spinning action does make for cooler photos.
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