The Appalachian Off-Road Club, Inc is a fully legally incorporated organization headquartered in Abingdon, VA. We have club members throughout all of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. We’re just north of Bristol and technically part of the Tri-Cities area. We ride in many different places on a variety of platforms including Jeeps/Trucks, ATV’s and UTV’s. Some of our favorite places are the Spearhead Trails system, Harlan Black Mountain, Windrock Coal Creek, Doe Mountain and of course our more local trails like Holston Mountain and Cash Hollow. We’re a small group, pretty informal, and very family-oriented.
We started the club in March 2001 with only a few members. We’ve grown over the years, and often shrunk back down as well. Just like most hobbies the off road community feels the impact of the economy. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still get together and have a good time. While many of our members have been with the club for a really long time, others are relatively new. We welcome newcomers at all our rides and events. You don’t need a lot of money or time to be a good member of the club, just be willing to participate when you can! Sometimes we really do nothing more than get together and wrench on someone’s rig, have a bonfire, or just sit around and sip a few cold brews with good friends.
One benefit of joining the club is a discount through the 4wd Hardware club discount incentive program. Our club discount number is 6370069. Once you’re a paid member of the club we will submit to 4wd Hardware so you are part of the discount group and can start receiving the great discounts! This not only helps you by saving you money, but the club also gets a rebate check back annually which varies depending on how much the club members purchase in a year. But we use the funds just like the dues money. It goes to fund the operating costs (ie – incorporation fees, website fees, etc) and also for our cookouts and gatherings that we have multiple times a year!
AORC Club Business Meetings are typically held on the first Sunday of each quarter (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct) at 5:00pm. Meeting locations change, so keep an eye on our website and Social Medial postings for the latest information.
AORC Club Rides (ATV and Truck) are scheduled at least once per month and we typically plan two or three months out. Check the calendar and/or our Social Media posts for the upcoming events!
We do have club merchandise for sale at all our club meetings. T-shirts, hats, stickers, etc. We sell all our club merchandise for just $1 over cost. So bring some extra cash to the next club meeting and pick up your goodies!
Concerned about having to pay dues to join a group? Don’t be! We have no paid employees and everyone in the club pays the same dues. Best of all, the club is totally transparent about the funds during our business meetings. The Treasurer is required to give the financial report which includes all expenditures and income amounts. The club membership dues go to pay for several things, but most importantly our official incorporation fees through the SCC since the club itself is a non-profit incorporation. It also pays for our club website, club merchandise, and our periodic family cookouts and gatherings. We also do charitable things for the community such as the Angel Tree at Christmas and food bank donations. So 100% of the club funds go directly to support the club, the members and the local community.
Yes, we have social media presence but we are much more than those random groups of couch potatoes sitting around posting online about things they wish they could do! We are an actual organization with an incorporation, charter, elected officers, official merchandise, and we have goals for the group. We get out and actually go ride, have fun and enjoy the trails. We’re a family-based club so all of our club meetings and rides are always family friendly.
Contact us through Facebook, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, Gmail or by phone at (423) 390-0578