Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 18, 2013

Crowds expected for off-road opening

Tim Preston
The Independent

Rush — Hundreds of guests are anticipated for the grand opening at the 7,000-acre site of Rush Off-Road on Saturday, according to owner E.B. Lowman III.

“It looks like we are going to have a crowd,” Lowman said Monday, adding nearly 300 people have sent an online RSVP. “I’m guessing we’ll have 350-ish and really ... if the weather is good this week, more than that. If it rains Saturday, I’m not sure. Of course, some people love the mud.”

Lowman said a team of workers have expanded parking at the off-road facility, which straddles the Boyd and Carter County line and features more than 100 miles of trails, often based on old mining roads and logging trails, as well as placing a small office building on site.

Staff members will be selling permits as of 9 a.m. Saturday and Lowman said guests will begin being served by Andy’s Barbecue starting at 10 or 10:30 a.m. Nationally-endorsed off-road pilot Travis Wiggington of central Indiana will be there at 2 p.m. with “this machine that he built,” Lowman said, describing the specialized vehicle as “a completely rebuilt side-by-side rock buggy.” Lowman said Wiggington has honored Rush Off-Road by “showcasing his first ride here.”

A sponsor and rider recognition ceremony will kick off at 6 p.m. followed by live music from The Whipps, Lowman said.

Lowman said response to the off-road park has already been rewarding.

“The last few weekends we’ve been really, really busy,” Lowman said, noting riders from more than 350 miles away have journeyed to Rush for the off-road action. “We have had people from as far away as Clarksville, Tennessee and Ft. Wayne, Indiana and central Indiana here to ride.”

To get there:

From I-64, take the Cannonsburg exit (185) and go south on Rt. 3 past Flying J (away from Ashland) and continue to Ky. Rt. 966 (Trace Road), and turn right. Take the first left onto Four Mile Road, which will dead-end at the entrance of Rush Off-Road. For more information visit rushoffroad.com or call (606) 232-7492

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.