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Knoxville Recreation Area

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Other Names

Rocksville, Hunting Creek Camp, Jericho Creek, Morgan Valley Road, Devilhead Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area of public land offers 51 miles of rugged 4x4 roads and some single track motorcycle trails. There are two entrances to this area, Hunting Creek camp (lower camp) and the Northern staging area (upper camp). The upper camp is dry and rocky, has a very rough access road with no signs or directions (bear right at the fork!) and offers only two campsites, both primitive. The upper camp is not recommended for RV or trailers.

While the upper camp does have more trails, lower camp offers much easier access and more room for RVs and trailers. This camp has developed campsites with tables, fire rings and direct access to the creek. Look for an opening in at the back of the campground to find a motorcycle trail that follows the creek and leads to two great swimming holes (first hole is 1/4 mile in, waterfall is 1/4 mile past that).

You can ride from the lower camp to the upper camp by following the main access road right through the campground, across the curved bridge and up over the ridge (make no turns). Follow the road about 7 miles to the upper camp area.

Many locals playfully call this place "Rocksville" because of the many rocks, but we've seen bigger chunk. As long as you use a skid and guards you'll have no problems.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Cycle EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Motocross Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
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TERRAIN

Approx Size24,000 acres (38 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail51
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1000 to 2200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostlymostly small rocks, bigger ones are well spaced & avoidable
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
few cliffs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (W)Shell (707) 987-9794
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Shell (707) 987-9794
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (NW)Edgewater Resort & RV Park (707) 279-0208
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (NW)Edgewater Resort & RV Park (707) 279-0208
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Edgewater Resort & RV Park (707) 279-0208
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site1-2 sites at Upper Camp, 4-5 at Lower Camp
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (W)Tower Mart (707) 994-5846

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prosswim holes, waterfalls, scenery decent, secluded, campsites at lower camp very nice
Consdry, rocky, rough entrance, no signs or directions, not enough camp sites, no turn around in northern area
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Late Spring
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityLower Lake, CA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lower Lake, CA
1) Take Morgan Valley Road east 13 miles to north staging area
2) Upper Camp entrance on right.

For Lower Camp Staging Area:
3) Continue east on Morgan Valley Road about 4 miles (road name changes to Berryessa Knoxville Road)
4) Veer right (south) on Knoxville Devilhead Road, continue about .5 miles
5) Lower Camp entrance on the right (turn is at: N 38º 49.013' W 122º 21.182').

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Ukiah Field Office
2550 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 468-4000
blm_ca_listening@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Knoxville Trail Photo

Knoxville Recreation Area Trail

This waterfall makes for a nice refreshing dip after a long day of riding. To get to this swimming hole take the single track motorcycle trail from Hunting Creek camp for about a half mile.

Knoxville Trail Photo

View of rutted and rugged 4x4 trail with a couple mud puddles.

Most of the motorized trails are wide and rutted but some of the rough sections can be avoided if you choose the right line.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Scenic view of rolling hills and trees.

The views from the top of the trails are very scenic.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Scenic view of dirt bike rider looking out towards rolling hills and valleys.

Some of the off-road trails lead to a scenic viewpoint.

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Scenic view of rolling hills and valleys.

Another view taken from the scenic view point.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Rider on Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike traveling on 4x4 trail.

A good portion of the terrain look like this - wide and hard packed 4x4 trails.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Rider on Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike traveling on rugged 4x4 trail.

Some sections of the 4x4 trails have some loose chunk rock.

Knoxville Trail Photo

View of 4x4 trail with some light elevation changes.

Some of the off-road trails have some light to moderate elevation changes.

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Scenic view of rocky ATV trail surrounded by short bushes and a couple trees.

Another view of a hard packed ATV trail covered with some light gravel.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Rider on Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike on single track motorcycle trail.

This is one of the narrow side routes that are open to dirt bikes.

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A scenic top down view of the of the campground and the ATV staging area.

Hunting Creek camp has five sites that come with a picnic table, shade gazebo and fire ring plus three overflow campsites. There is no fee charged to camp or park but sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Small concrete bridge that leads to Hunting Creek campground.

This small bridge leads out of Hunting Creek camp. The main road heads north and eventually ties into the upper camp area.

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Knoxville Trail Photo

Young woman on Suzuki dirt bike riding over small bridge crossing.

Another view of the small bridge that leads out of the Hunting Creek camp. Stay on this main road to access the northern staging area.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Young woman on Suzuki RM-100 dirt bike riding on hard packed ATV trail.

This is the trail to take from Hunting Creek camp to access the waterfall.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Rider on Suzuki RM 100 dirt bike crossing a shallow stream crossing.

This is one of the shallow stream crossings that you need to cross to access the waterfall.

Knoxville Trail Photo

Man on Suzuki RM-250 dirt bike traveling down hard packed 4x4 trail.

This is a good view of the type of terrain you will find here - wide and hard packed 4x4 trails.

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