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Brown Mountain OHV Trails

Friday, January 01, 2016

Alt Names

Pisgah National Forest, Parks Creek, Carroll Creek, Pearcey Creek, Lenoir, Grandfather Ranger District

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

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.

Trail Map... Directions... Nearby Trails...


Nearest CityCollettsville, 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.


LandNational Forest


Recommended StayFull Day


Square Miles13
Miles Of Trail34
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1100 to 2500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Somesome very technical rock climbs
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Somesome very technical and rocky 4x4 trails


Permit RequiredYesTrail Pass
Dates OpenApril 1 - January 1
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersSome Areas
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areas
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
permitted on Trail 8 and section of Trail 1
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areaspermitted alongside trail but not at trailhead
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
Season pass - $30
CampingNo ($0.00)


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry Street Southwest, Lenoir, NC (828) 757-5100
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Hoyle's Grocery Store 4295 Collettsville Road, Collettsville, NC (828) 754-9718
Diesel DieselCollettsville, NC
Potable Water WaterCollettsville, NC
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Brown Mountain Beach Campground
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Brown Mountain Beach Campground
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Brown Mountain Beach Campground 6785 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Lenoir, NC (828) 758-4257
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)Wilson Creek Trading Post 7879 Brown Mountain Beach Road, Collettsville, NC (828) 758-1857
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (S)Brown Mountain Beach Campground
Body of Water Water BodyCollettsville, NC
Boating Launch Boat RampCollettsville, NC


Contact InfoPisgah National Forest - Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Drive
Nebo, NC 28761
(828) 652-2144
(828) 257-4200



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Some terrain at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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OHV traversing the water at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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OHV at Brown Mountain OHV Trails

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