LIGHT-VENTURES: Customer Highlight, Uhwarrie National Forest & More

February 18, 2021

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”​

- John Muir


Vehicle: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Instagram Handle: @the_panda_taco

How'd You Get Into Overlanding? After I bought my truck I didn’t really have many plans. It was my first truck and I wasn’t sure it would be something I wanted long term. A friend invited me to ride some trails with him and I was hooked. I always customize my cars so when I started getting into mods with the Taco it was no surprise.

Brandon and @the_panda_taco

Current Cali Raised LED Products: I have the MOLLE Panels in the bed and several interior accents. On several trips I have used the MOLLE  Panels. I attach an axe to the panels and also use them to hold my cooler against the bed with bungees, they really come in handy.

@the_panda_taco crossing a stream

Favorite Trip: That’s tough. It’s probably a toss up between Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina and the Georgia Traverse trail. Both were 3 day trips for me because of my work schedule. Uwharrie has some really fun/challenging trails. The Traverse is just an overall fun ride with some great camping along the way.

Taco sauce only for @the_panda_taco
Bucket List Trips: Windrock, Moab, and anything in California or the Pacific Northwest. 

FEATURED TRAIL: Uwharrie National Forest

Location: 49 miles outside of Greensboro, NC

Terrain: Forest

Difficulty: Easy - Difficult

Uwharrie National Forest is 52,000 acres that offers a wide array of outdoor recreation including camping, fishing and off-roading. The forest derives its name from the Uwharrie Mountains, the ancient mountains atop which the forest sits. The western border of the forest is made by the Yadkin River and Great Pee Dee River and the northern border is made up of the northernmost range of the Uwharries near Asheboro. 

To help navigate your way around Uwharrie National Forest check out Gaia GPS, the best outdoor GPS app for off-roading, overlanding and camping. The app has a free and paid version, both offering maps from around the world to help plan your next trip. If you use our link below to purchase a premium paid membership you can receive 20% to 50% off.

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