The Swamp Off Road Park
Some folks say you are never too old to play in the mud. If you are into four-wheeling, The Swamp Off Road Park in Chipley has just what the doctor ordered.
The 55-acre park is owned by father and son team Charles ‘Bode’ and Pop Bode. The Bodes’ get a good bit of help managing the park from the Southern Attitude Crawlers, a local group of 4-wheeling Jeep enthusiasts. Open since 2014, the park is open to all types of 4-wheel vehicles. You must bring your own vehicle.
“We wanted to have a place where 4x4s can go legally, and a place that is family friendly” said Bode.
The park offers challenges for every skill level from mild to wild. The obstacle course called the Mud Pit is typically wet, muddy and provides beginner to intermediate challenges with small hills, tire and log obstacles. Throughout the park there are bigger challenges such as Shannon’s Shootout, and the Bounty Hole – a deep muddy bog only one person has successfully completed to date.
Click here for a map of the park.
The park is open from 8 a.m. – dark the first and third Saturday of each month. Cost is $10 per vehicle, and $10 per person 12 and up. A food and drink vendor is on hand along with portable potties, and vehicle wash stations. You may also bring your own cooler, but no glass.
The park is located at 3690 Mobile Swamp Road Chipley, Fl 32428, closer to Sunny Hills than Chipley off of SR 77, 10 miles north of SR 20. Tel: (850) 326-8333.
To learn more about The Swamp, click here. To learn more about the Southern Attitude Crawlers, check out their Facebook group by clicking here. Their page also announces when there are upcoming special events at the The Swamp.
Hard Labor Creek Off Road Park
Are you into off road trail riding? Northwest Florida’s newest offering in Chipley might have just what you’re looking for.
Hard Labor Creek Off Road Park opened in 2010 by off road bike enthusiasts Ted Everett and Dexter Leadbeater. Custom groomed trails transverse and wind around more than 700 acres in the pinewoods off Hwy. 277.
“It’s all about the passion,” said Leadbeater, a life long fan of the sport.
The trails are designed for all skill levels and ages. Several races are held during the year including training classes hosted by nationally ranked competitors.
The park is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in winter, until 6 p.m. in summer.
Video footage of Florida Trail Riders Hare scrambles 2013 competition:
Admission: Riders age 13 and older: $20/day, $30/weekend
Riders Age 5 – 12: $15/day, $20/weekend
Non riders: $10/day, $15/weekend
Kids under 5 years: FREE
Groups: The park is available for rent Monday through Friday for groups of 8 or more. Please contact Dexter or Ted 5 days in advance for pricing and availability.
Tent camping: $8/night + 7% FL State Sales Tax & 3% Bed Tax / Total 10% Tax
Motor home /toy hauler/pop up: $10/night + 7% FL State Sales Tax & 3% Bed Tax / Total 10% Tax. There is 30 amp and 50 amp with water camping hook-ups, no sewer. 30 amp with water: $20/night. 50 amp with water: $25/night. Showers, private flush toilets and dressing areas available.
Helmets or boot rentals: $5/day + tax
Hard Labor Off Road Park is located at 2009 Highway 277, Chipley, Florida 32428
Tel: (850) 527-0615 or (850) 867-4026. For more information, go to: hlcorpark.com
Additional Off Road Parks
West Florida Motocross Park at Walton Plantation
Mossy Head – Open on Sat. and Sun.,
owned by Southern Motocross Association.
For info, go to: www.southernmxa.com or contact Kevin King 850-978-2805.
Near Andalusia, AL: www.boggsandboulders.com