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Last call for Moraine Trail Ride

After 10 memorable years, Moraine Trail Ride participants will be making their last trail ride at Moraine State Park for the 2022 Bantam Jeep Festival. Submitted photo

After 10 memorable years, Jeep drivers will take their last run on Moraine Trail Ride as part of the 2022 Bantam Jeep Festival.

The Moraine Trail Ride, a festival favorite that sells out each year, is a five-mile ride through Moraine State Park on an old logging road that has only been accessible to Jeeps during the Festival.

“This event wouldn’t be possible without our partnership with Moraine State Park,” said Mark Gaydosh, the Moraine Trail Ride manager. “We are grateful for their support and for giving us the opportunity to share this part of the park with our Jeep owners.

“Those who have been on our trail rides come back to explore the lake and hiking and biking trails with their families when they return to the festival each year.”

Despite annual funding from the festival to build a solid base on the trail used for the Moraine Trail Ride, the trail has not been able to hold up without ongoing repairs each year. Because both park and the festival officials want to protect the park’s natural resources, they mutually agreed that this will be the last year for the ride.

The activity sold out in the first month that 2022 registration was open. Moraine Trail Ride participants will receive special badges this year to place on their Jeeps to commemorate their participation in this final ride.