Bring your funky beach cruiser to the fourth annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in South Walton, Florida, on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Last year, over 100 Land Rovers, dune buggies, Broncos, Jeeps and beach cruisers showed up for trail rides, live music and much more at the family-friendly event, presented by Land Rover Gulf Coast. Spectators are always welcome, and there is no admission fee to participate.
This year, the rally, will be held on the Gulf Place green and will feature live music.
You can still buy official 2016 rally shirts online. They feature the 30A SAND ROVER RALLY rally logo on the front, and our 2016 sponsors on the back. New 2017 shirts will be available as the event draws closer.
SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: The 2017 30A Sand Rover Rally
We’re expecting another big turnout this year, so if “getting a good spot” in the rally lot at Gulf Place is important to you, or if you have a gorgeous “show car”, you might consider skipping the trail rides and heading straight to the rally location to secure your 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.
Once the green fills up, parking will be available in the spots directly around the green and throughout Gulf Place. Just come prepared to HAVE FUN and bring your best casual beach attitude.
8:30 a.m.: Trail Meeting
Once again this year, attendees are welcome to 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 break up and hit the trails for as long as you like. All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles.
We’ve been asked to remind everyone that DRONES are not allowed on any state property. Also, please note that NO ALCOHOL is allowed on state property. Officials will be on patrol in the forest 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, cruise along Scenic Highway 30-A, or just head over to the official rally location at Gulf Place to hang out with other enthusiasts.
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:
Our local 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.
Here are some photos from the 2015 rally by Sean Murphy: