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Brown Mountain OHV Trails

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alt Names Pisgah National Forest, Parks Creek, Carroll Creek, Pearcey Creek, Lenoir, Grandfather Ranger District
Last Known Status Open

This popular trail system offers about 34 miles of marked and maintained OHV and single-track trails with challenges ranging from easy to difficult.

The main entrance road is RV accessible and the staging area offers ample parking opportunities. A trail pass is required and is around $5/day or $30/season but must be obtained in advance by contacting the Grandfather Ranger District at (828) 652-2144. Primitive camping is permitted but the area is very busy during the weekends.

Interestingly, nearby Brown Mountain has a mysterious reputation for unexplained light orbs which have been reported on moonless nights.

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Nearest City Collettsville, NC
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From: Hickory, NC
1) Take US-321 north towards the town of Lenoir, about 17 miles
2) Turn left (south) on N. Main Street, continue .3 miles
3) Turn right (west) on SR-90, continue about about 9 miles
4) Turn left (south) on Adako Road, continue about 4 miles
5) Turn right on FS 299. Continue towards the staging area.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating        
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 13
Miles Of Trail 34
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 1100 to 2500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has little sandy areas.Little
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some some very technical rock climbs
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has some single track trails.Some
Roads This national forest has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some some very technical and rocky 4x4 trails
Permit Required Yes Trail Pass
Dates Open April 1 - January 1
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (99 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four Wheelers Some Areas
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Some Areas
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Some Areas Not Recommended
permitted on Trail 8 and section of Trail 1
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Yes
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas permitted alongside trail but not at trailhead
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited stay on the trail
Alcohol Prohibited
Fireworks Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($5.00 per rider)
Season pass - $30
Camping No ($0.00)
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (SE) Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry Street Southwest, Lenoir, NC (828) 757-5100
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (NW) Hoyle's Grocery Store 4295 Collettsville Road, Collettsville, NC (828) 754-9718
Diesel Diesel Collettsville, NC
Potable Water Water Collettsville, NC
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (S) Brown Mountain Beach Campground
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (S) Brown Mountain Beach Campground
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (S) Brown Mountain Beach Campground 6785 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Lenoir, NC (828) 758-4257
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (NW) Wilson Creek Trading Post 7879 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Collettsville, NC (828) 758-1857
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles (S) Brown Mountain Beach Campground
Body of Water Water Body Collettsville, NC
Boating Launch Boat Ramp Collettsville, NC
Contact Info Pisgah National Forest - Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761
(828) 652-2144
(828) 257-4200


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Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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Terrain example at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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OHV crossing the water at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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OHV at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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