We recently met up with a few local Toyota 4Runner owners to put the 2018 Toyota Tundra through its paces on some North Georgia trails. Our initial meeting point was the University of North Georgia in Dawsonville, which provided an ample staging ground to prep our vehicles for the excursion.
Our guides for this trip were our buddy Darin with his heavily modified TRDPro 4Runner, and Austin with his heavily modified TRD Off-Road 4Runner. With lots of trail knowledge and all the latest GPS apps on our phones, I was sure the Tundra would be properly tested. From our starting point, we headed North towards Dahlonega to begin our adventure at Nimblewill Gap.
Officially named Road 28-2, this road provides a fairly easy, yet enjoyable ride through North Georgia. Unfortunately, on this particular day, many of the trails that shoot off of the main trail were closed. Once we got further down the path, we ultimately uncovered the reason for the closings. The Georgia DNR had shut down these roads in preparation for Rainbow Family of Light gathering, which people had shown up for weeks early. After meeting a few interesting festival goers, we decided to change course.
After traveling up, down, and across many trails, our guides proved their worth as we ended up near the Chattahoochee National Forest Fish Hatchery.
Here we found some cool trails (trail from picture above), some of which our guides had never been on. And as if our trail ride couldn’t get any more enjoyable, we came across three occupied Army helicopters parked in a field!
The exciting thing about vehicle-based adventure is you never know what you’re going to come across during your travels. We walked down to greet the servicemen on break while training at the nearby Camp Merrill training facility. After a few minutes of chatting and picture taking, we hopped back into our vehicles and continued on our path.
Riding for a few more hours, we eventually hit the pavement again and went our separate ways, muddy but no worse for wear. The Tundra we were testing performed extremely well. Thanks again to Darin, Austin and Corey for adventuring with us! Check out some GoPro footage we caught below!