Toyotas Tackle Uwharrie: Crawling With The Olde North State Cruisers

Toyotas Tackle Uwharrie

Jay KopycinskiPhotographer, Writer

Every year the Olde North State Cruisers club holds several large four-wheeling events, and for the last six years, they’ve traveled to Uhwarrie National Forest for a gathering of camaraderie and trail running they’ve named Logan’s Run.

Uwharrie is located in central North Carolina and covers just more than 50,000 acres. The land was first purchased by the federal government in 1931, and in 1961, it was proclaimed as Uwharrie National Forest. The Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex offers a number of trails of various degrees of difficulty, offering moderate dirt trails to some with more substantial rockcrawling.

The club’s biggest run yet was in 2016 with nearly 70 registered vehicles, and there were Toyotas spanning some four decades of models. The trails were challenging and fun, and it was a great opportunity to share some time with fellow enthusiasts. A dedicated group of cooks rolled out quite a feast including a roast pig on Saturday night. Thousands of dollars in raffle prizes were given out and capped off the big evening of the event.

Olde North State Cruisers is a Toyota-based club and is part of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association with members from the Carolinas and other surrounding states. The club was formed in 2005 and currently boasts more than 100 members. A lot of volunteer work went into making this event a success, and the club was also able to donate sizeable checks to both Blue Ribbon Coalition and to Friends of Uwharrie. If you’d like to learn more about the club and what they do, go to: oldenorthstatecruisers.com.