Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area is located in Southeastern Kentucky
near the City of Harlan, Ky at Evarts, Ky in Harlan County. This trail system is
managed by Harlan County and is made up of old mining and logging roads in the
area. All trails can be accessed via either of our two trailheads where you can also Click here for
information about trailheads.
Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area features approximatley 150 miles of trails across
nearly 8,000 acres of rugged mountain. Created from strip mining roads and logging roads, trails
at Black Mountain offer a variety of experiences and levels of difficulty.
The majority of trails at Black Mountain are multi-use trails and open to all types of vehicles
including ATVs, side-by-sides, dirtbikes, trucks, jeeps and buggies. Some trails are restricted
for ATV or dirtbike use only. For more information, pick up a trail map at the trailhead. Be
sure to check out the Rules section on the website here http://www.harlancountytrails.com/
blackmountain-rules.php before you go.
There is a fee structure for riding at Black Mountain. Please check here http://
www.harlancountytrails.com/blackmountain-fees.php for the current and applicable fees. All of
the fees are put back into managing and updating the trail system.
The following signage and trail ratings for 4×4 trails are given below. These may be subject to
change from time to time and we will try to keep you posted here.
• Class 2 4×4 Trail (Green)
Rutted or rocky road. No shelves but rocks up to 9”. Water crossing usually less than hub deep.
Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD
under most conditions. No width problems.
• Class 3 4×4 Trail (Blue)
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12”. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong
currents. Shelves to 6”. Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to
20 degrees. Side hill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be
required with stock vehicles.s
• Class 4 4×4 Trail (Orange)
Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12.” Deep mud
or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings
may exceed 30” in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. Body damage possible. Experience needed.
Vehicle modifications helpful.
• Class 5 4×4 Trail (Red)
Sever conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassible by stock vehicles. Winch-ing
required. Trail building necessary. May be impassible. Impassable under anything but ideal
conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Extreme caution necessary.
The Kentucky Mountain Crawlers , a SFWDA member club, are responsible to assisting with
trail maintenance and upkeep of Black Mountain OHV area. Also, the Harlan County Ridge
Runners ATV Club is a big supporter of the OHV area.