Last week was a great week for me. I was introduced to a great new group of people that enjoy some of the same outdoor activities as I do. For me, one of my favorite things to do is drive off-road. I've been off-roading with my close friends since I was 16 years old. 20 years!
Most of my off-roading career wasn't done in a Jeep, but in other 4x4 pickup trucks. I started out in a 1988 GMC S-15 that was completely stock. I just recently bought a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was in great shape but needed a new engine. We put a brand new engine in it as well as a Rough Country 2” Spacer Lift, a set of Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Wheels, and topped it all off with new 265/65R17 General Grabber AT2 Tires. One of my best friends (You might recognize him from our recent off road and General Grabber AT2 review video) joined the NRV Jeep Club and invited me to come to a cookout and social at Fat Back Soul Shack. I decided to join as an associate corporate sponsor for both of my businesses, MAACO and Campus Automotive.
They talked about a trip up to the George Washington National Forest near Stuarts Draft, VA called Big Levels or as the Forest Service named it, Bald Mountain Jeep Trail. Bald Mountain Trail is a 10 mile long trail that runs from Stuarts Draft up over the mountain to The Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail takes about 3.5 hours to complete and it’s not for the faint of heart.
Bald Mountain was very challenging for my mostly stock rig. It was very narrow and rocky. In addition, there are many deep water holes that you must proceed through with caution because of the large rocks at the bottom. You can’t see the rocks so if you have low ground clearance you need to be slow and deliberate when driving through them. Nonetheless, my General Grabber AT2 tires performed flawlessly and I came through unscathed with the exception of some brush scratches and a broken tag bracket. All in all there were around 8 jeeps from the NRV Jeep Club. I met some great new friends and I look forward to many more wheeling trips with them.
If you are a Jeep enthusiast and live in the NRV, I suggest you get in touch with these guys. They are great people. You can find them on Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/nrvjeepclub