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By: Robert Janis

Windrock ATV Club

Tennessee ATV Club Encourages Members to be Involved

Windrock ATV Club Fall Benefit Ride

Windrock ATV Club Fall Benefit Ride

Windrock ATV Club

There are clubs that are introvert, only caring about their own members and their concerns. Then there are clubs like Windrock ATV Club (WATVC) in Tennessee. A handful of enthusiastic ATVers who rode the trails every weekend started the group in 1993 and, according to club member and President Doug Murphy, it has had up to 300 active members who live in several states throughout the country. A membership includes all immediate family members which permit Murphy to estimate that total membership can be 1500 to more than 2000.

WATVC is the largest ATV club in Tennessee and one of a small number that is actually chartered. Members also belong to the American Motorcyclist Association, All Terrain Vehicle Association, Blue Ribbon Coalition, Tread Lightly, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. Members are encouraged to more than belong to these organizations. They are expected to participate, noted Murphy.

And, unlike many clubs, WATVC supports other clubs within the state including the Soggy Bottom Boyz, Royal Blue Rangers, Quad Abusers, East Tennessee ATV Riders, Southern Off-Road Riders, and the Harlan County Ridge Runners.

Windrock ATV Club Fall Benefit Ride

Windrock ATV Club Spring Jam

To show its concern for the protection of riding areas, the WATVC partnered with the Coal Creek Mining Company to create and maintain a 72,000 acres off-road trail system known as the Coal Creek OHV Trail System. In 2008, the group ceased being the official manager of the area, but its members still volunteer to assure that the site is clean and safe for riders. The club holds clean up days at Coal Creek and continues to promote the sport of ATV riding and recreation there. In addition, it gets involved in the community and sponsors local charities and events and participates in holiday activities including the local Christmas parade and does fundraising for the less fortunate.

The club is not confined by the borders of the great state of Tennessee. It also promotes several other areas for riders throughout the southeastern region of the U.S, explained Murphy. Riders of the region are encouraged to use the forum of the group’s website to exchange information. Moreover, the club sponsors rides in locations throughout Tennessee as well as in surrounding states.

According to Murphy, the major issue concerning ATVers in Tennessee is trail closures. “We support many foundations that ‘take a stand’ in keeping OHV areas open,” he said. “We have an active member going to Utah to participate in the ‘Take Utah Back Rally and Parade.’” He explained that the ‘Take Back Utah’ movement is a grass roots effort of many local and regional organizations to make certain that lands remain open for ATV use. “We are committed to responsible use of and access to public land in Utah,” he said.

Anyone can join the club. Simply visit the WATVC website at and complete an application. Membership fee is $20 a year, and membership covers the family members living with the joining individual.

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