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Boggin’ at Carolina Backwoods

Posted in Events on December 1, 2011
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Whether it’s splashing through a puddle, gunning it through swampy ruts, or attempting a seemingly bottomless pit, mud tends to attract wheelers of all ages and types. Sure, it’s a big mess to clean up after, but few things are more enjoyable than bouncing off of the rev limiter as waves of mud and water explode around your rig.

With Dana 60s, 46-inch Baja Claws, and a 454ci under the hood, Ronnie Reave’s ultraclean ’95 Chevy Z-71 was well built to handle the bigger pits. Since Reave had one of the taller trucks, he was usually the first to test the murky waters before the rest of the pack went through.

Nestled in Ash, North Carolina, near the border of South Carolina, is an off-road park built with mud enthusiasts in mind. Known as Carolina Backwoods, the 200-acre private park is designed as a family-friendly weekend wheeling getaway. With trails ranging from easy to extreme and a test area equipped with a rock garden and technical hillclimbs, the park has something for just about every level of wheeler and rig. Since warmer weather is finally pushing out the cold, the park has made the shift from being open weekends only to all week.

We recently got the chance to head down to Backwoods to check out a typical weekend of wheeling in the coastal plains. And while we now have a long date with the pressure washer, we did have a blast exploring the mud-lined forest. For more information on the park, check them out at

Guiding our group through the mud-covered terra was Billy Hamilton and his ’91 Suzuki Samurai. Outfitted with Toyota mini-truck axles, custom cut 35-inch Boggers, and a four-cylinder engine from a Geo Tracker, the little ninja cut through some of the more difficult and narrow trails with ease.
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