Bring your funky beach cruiser to the third annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in South Walton, Florida, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, presented by Land Rover Gulf Coast.
Last year, over 80 vehicles showed up for the rally, which was featured in the Summer 2015 issue of ROVERS magazine. Land Rovers, dune buggies and beach cruisers of ALL MAKES AND MODELS are welcome. Spectators are also very welcome and encouraged to attend! There is no admission fee.
— 30A will be broadcasting LIVE ON FACEBOOK this weekend, so follow 30A’S FACEBOOK PAGE to ask questions and participate!
— Use hashtag #30A on Instagram so we can see all of your photos.
— You can buy official 2016 rally shirts at the rally or online. They feature our 30A SAND ROVER RALLY rally logo on the front, and all of our wonderful sponsors on the back.
SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016:
8:30 a.m. – Noon: Trail Rides (or Early Setup)
This year, we’ll skip the slow caravan crawl out into the woods. Instead, we’ll all meet in Point Washington State Forest at 8:30 a.m. CST. To find the meeting place, ACCESS THE STATE FOREST FROM COUNTY ROAD 395 SOUTH AT THIS ENTRANCE:
Lat: 30° 20′ 12.627″
Long: -86° 7′ 47.7726″
ONCE YOU TURN OFF 395 INTO THE STATE FOREST, SLOWLY FOLLOW THE DIRT ROAD. WHEN YOU COME TO THE 3-WAY FORK IN THE ROAD, BEAR LEFT. WE’LL MEET IN THE LARGE MEADOW AT THESE COORDINATES ON ROAD #13:
Lat: 30° 20′ 33.8274″
Long: -86° 6′ 53.391″
After a few minutes of photos and introductions, we’ll all break up and hit the trails for a few hours! All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles.
THIS YEAR, WE’VE BEEN ADVISED THAT DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON ANY STATE PROPERTY. ALSO, PLEASE NOTE THAT NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON STATE PROPERTY. WE’RE TOLD THAT OFFICERS WILL BE ON PATROL DURING THE EVENT TO HELP ENSURE EVERYONE’S SAFETY.
South Walton features over 25,000 acres of protected land to explore, including Point Washington State Forest. But if getting muddy or dusty just isn’t your thing, no worries! You can hit the beach on Saturday morning instead, or cruise along Scenic Highway 30A, or just head over to the official rally location to mingle with other enthusiasts.
Noon – 5 p.m.: The 2016 30A Sand Rover Rally
We’re expecting another big turnout this year, so if “getting a good spot” in the rally parking lot is important to you (or if you have a stunning “show car”), you might consider skipping the morning trail ride and head straight to the rally location to secure a great spot. We really have no way of knowing for sure how many vehicles are planning to attend, but volunteers will be ready to help park vehicles as they arrive.
If the main parking lot fills up (first come, first served), there are other public parking spaces nearby. Just come prepared to HAVE FUN and bring your best casual beach attitude!
This year, the event will be held in the vacant parking lot at the corner of Scenic Highway 30A and County Road 393 (across the street from Gulf Place and Ed Walline Beach Access). COORDINATES:
Lat: 30° 20′ 50.2254″
Long: -86° 13′ 47.1684″
Once the parking lot fills-up, please find a legal and safe place to park nearby, either in the public parking lot across the street, or along County Road 393 or Scenic High way 30A. We recommend everyone bring sunscreen! Food and beverage will be available for purchase in a variety of nearby businesses. Public bathrooms are available at the beach access across the street.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The After Party!
MORE TRAIL NOTES:
Some of the trails in Point Washington State Forest are very narrow (as in, “knock your mirrors off,” “scratch your paint,” and “tear up your roof rack” narrow). If your don’t like the sound of limbs scratching along the sides of your vehicle, we strongly recommend that you stick to the main dirt roads (see map below).
If you drive down narrow sand trails, you might not be able to back out, especially if you’re part of a long caravan. Please also note that anything on TOP of your truck (flood lamps, luggage, surf boards, etc.) could easily be damaged on the narrow trails, so please take it slow and easy.
Please don’t feel pressured to venture onto these narrow trails. There are plenty of wide dirt roads to explore! This map shows the best access points for trail rides:
WE’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK
OUR 2016 SPONSORS:
Check out this recap of our 2015 event by 8 FIFTY Productions:
Campgrounds fill up fast, so if you plan to camp, please make your reservations as soon as possible. Local camping options include:
Point Washington State Park: $10/night (RSVP: 850-373-1801)
HOTELS & RENTAL HOMES:
Scenic Highway 30A is home to a very wide range of accommodations, from multi-million dollar beach front estates to cabins, studio apartments and boutique hotels. To find some great options, visit 30Ahotels.com and 30Arentals.com.
Photos by Sean Murphy Photography: