Climb Kentucky’s Highest Mountains
Our trails boast the highest elevations in Kentucky and our mountain terrain provides trails suited for beginners all the way to master thrill seekers. Check out the trails below to see what adventures in offroading await you in Harlan County:
Off-Road Adventure Area
Since opening in 2005, Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area has became a top off-road destination in the United States. Trails are rated by difficulty and signed for easy navigation while offroading. This trail system is the highest elevated offroading trails in the state of Kentucky with some of the most rugged and satisfying climbs. Black Mountain Offroad Adventure Area does require a permit for riding as well as helmets. What are you waiting for? Book your offroading adventure today. You can also find a gift shop at both entrances to the offroad park with plenty of souvenirs to take home.
Over 200 miles of trails
More than 7,000 acres
Allows ATV, 4×4 and dirtbikes
Little Shepherd Trail /
Kentenia State Forest
Kentucky Highway 1679, “Little Shepherd Trail”, is a 38-mile narrow road on the crest of Pine Mountain from US 421 east of Harlan to US 119 south of Whitesburg. This route twists through refreshing overlooks as well as massive, spine-like rock out-croppings. Vehicles of all capabilities can traverse the paved sections while bikers and hikers enjoy the more remote sections of this route.
Mountain bikers and hikers welcome
4×4 recommended, licensed vehicles only
ATVs NOT permitted
Atop Brush Mountain at the end of a seven-mile rugged wagon road, this historic settlement was established in 1904 and occupied until 1951. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith’s shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse.
Licensed vehicles only
ATVs NOT permitted
No vehicles permitted inside settlement
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