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the past home of a number of Jeep and motorcycle events. Built in 2001 by Steve Crawford, an avid Jeeper himself, Crawford’s Campground was born. Before long it became known “as the place to stay” when visiting Upper Tellico. At the time, owner Steve Crawford and his son offered an on-site shop that providing repair services to anyone that may have mechanical problems from the trails. The campground itsself has a pretty decent “ROCK Garden” where many events have been held. In 2005 the park was sold and continued its operations until 2009 when the National Forest service began the closing down of Upper Tellico OHV park to motorized vehicles. This began a long and arduous fight where the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, United Four Wheel Drive Associations and Blue Ribbon Coalition filed a law suit in 2010 and a final law suit in 2012, in which the federal courts up held the closure. Many events were held and sponsored at Crawford’s Campground and the owners were very active in Murphy, with the city council and local chamber of commerce supporting the efforts of the Four Wheel Drive communities, of course as known, to no avail.

A statement of the outcome and the law suit can be found at: https://www.sharetrails.org/ news/2012/09/21/legal-efforts-save-tellico-fall-short . Having been closed for almost 2 years, the park fell upon some hard times and came on the market. As of the summer of 2014, a new privately owned, 4000 acre off road Vehicle Park has opened about 8 miles from our campground and we are trying to re-establish this as the place to stay when you want to add something more than primitive camping to your new Durhamtown Tellico experience. Excerpt from Durhamtown Tellico website: “Camping is part of the Full Adventure at Durhamtown Tellico. All campsites are located at least 2 miles into the heart of our park. Roads and trails to our campsites are steep, narrow and curvy and may be a challenge for certain types of vehicles and trailer combinations. Also, weather and trail conditions may affect the accessibility of our campsites.  Though it may be possible to tow a small pop-up camper, it is NOT practical to bring a travel trailer or motor-home.”

UFWDA Voice Sept 14  

The quarterly magazine of United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc., an international organization advocating for 4WD recreation.