Every spring near the small town of Gore, Virgina, off-road enthusiasts gather for the Big Dogs Spring Fling. We attended in early June 2014 where we had the opportunity to do some great eastern wheeling in the wooded Virginia hills.
Started in 1990, Big Dogs Offroad offers a number of public and private events throughout the year. The primary location sits on 6,000 acres of heavily wooded land that includes four mountains and an elevation change of 1,500 feet. The Cove Campground provides camping facilities on a property that also provides trail access and opportunities for fishing, hiking, and target shooting.
This year, Spring Fling was a three-day event with trail rides on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The event organizers provided helpful guides for groups based on the level of difficulty they sought. After wheeling, there were in-camp activities into the night, including a turtle race, mud-bog competition, and kid’s games. There was also an RTI ramp to play on and an exo-caged Cherokee that they would let you roll if you wanted.
The weekend we attended was preempted with some healthy doses of rain, and we awoke Friday morning to another shower. This sent water down the trails and provided a few soupy spots. The weather cleared as the weekend progressed, and we had the chance to hit some challenging trails in the wooded hills. There were vehicles of all types, from stock JK Wranglers to trail buggies. It was a family friendly event, and we had a great time meeting new people and sharing trail time with friends. For more information on Big Dog events in the area, simply look to bigdogsoffroad.com.