Based in the Birmingham area, the Central Alabama Offroad Society is known as CAOS by its members, friends, and community, but there is nothing chaotic about the club’s events. More like a family than a club, CAOS members work like a well-oiled machine to host hundreds of enthusiasts at Gray Rock ORV in Mt. Olive, Alabama, for its annual Fall For All 4x4 event.
The October event draws in all sorts, from seasoned Fall For All veterans in built-to-the-hilt 4x4s to newcomers in stock and slightly modified rigs. It doesn’t really matter what you’re driving at Gray Rock ORV, because there are trails for all levels of skill and vehicle capability. Enthusiasts travel from the reaches of Alabama and surrounding states to experience guided trail runs, often led by club members who helped in the construction of the very trail being traveled. In addition to the trail runs and usual excitement of being among so many like-minded folks and 4x4s, those who attend Fall For All are also treated to an extremely generous raffle that leaves almost no one empty handed.
Though the guided trails leave in the morning the Gray Rock ORV pavilion and parking area is constantly teeming with activity throughout the days and nights. On-site camping is part of the fun of the event and a small RV and tent city forms, complete with traffic access lanes crisscrossing each grouping. Trails that aren’t scheduled for runs are open for exploring from dawn til dusk and some of the more extreme trail obstacles generate crowds of spectators as the big axle-big tire crowd tests their equipment. The small axle-big tire crowd can get in on the action, too, as CAOS keeps a volunteer mechanic (tips accepted!) on site to assist in repairs, and he seems to always have the needed part on hand. By the end of the day the crowds move to Cable Hill, which is a 20-foot-deep, nearly vertical two-track that attracts the biggest tire-highest horsepower rigs. CAOS ups the difficulty factor by dumping a few hundred gallons of water at the top of the hill, making for a muddy and slippery ascent by all who attempt the climb.
Fall For All is a great event that didn’t leave us disappointed. It’s a great reason to visit Alabama if the delicious BBQ the state is known for isn’t enough to draw you in. Great ’wheeling, great people, great scenery, great foodwe’ll definitely make it back for more.
Central Alabama Offroad Society:
CAOS got its start in 1999, forming as a not-for-profit, family-oriented 4x4 club. With most members local to Gray Rock ORV, the club has assisted greatly in building and maintaining the trails and strives to present a positive image of the sport of four-wheeling to its community, as well as for fellow 4x4 enthusiasts to mimic. CAOS is always accepting new members to join its ranks, welcoming all types of 44 vehicles, from bone stock to highly modified rigs.
Central Alabama Off-Road Society (C.A.O.S)
Gray Rock ORV Park
CAOS club president Brent...
CAOS club president Brent Williams makes easy work of the trails in his highly modified Ford Bronco. Brent’s whole family is involved with the club with wife Jonica serving as club treasurer and their kids as eager passengers.
Nathan and Beth Wilson trade...
Nathan and Beth Wilson trade off driving duties in their well-built Jeep YJ. Beth serves as the club PR director and Nathan is the club’s land use advocate.
Trail difficulty factor rises...
Trail difficulty factor rises greatly in the rainy season.