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Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Other Names

Black Mountain, Black Mountain Recreation Park, Black Mountain OHV Park, Evarts Trailhead, Putney Trailhead, Harlan County

Last Known StatusOpen

This 7,000 acre OHV trail system is open year-round to all vehicles. There are two trailheads to access this area, the Putney Trailhead to the north and Evarts Trailhead to the south.

The northern trailhead is located at Harlan County Campground and a small fee is charged to park. The southern access has no fee to park but is located near the general store which carries basic camping supplies, maps and permits.

Primitive campgrounds, cabin rentals, RV hookups/cabin rentals and a zipline are also available.

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Permit RequiredYesBlack Mountain General Use Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitNo
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets are not required in UTVs but seat belts are mandatory
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesvehicles must have front and rear lights
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule EnforcementMany


Approx Size7,000 acres (11 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail150
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 3300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily 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 some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
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 county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis county land has no roads.None
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
CommentBear sightings are common at the park.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Buddies Gas (606) 837-9021
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Buddies Gas (606) 837-9021
Potable Water WaterOn SiteHarlan County Campground And RV Park, North and South Evarts RV Campgrounds
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SiteHarlan County Campground And RV Park, North and South Evarts RV Campgrounds
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteHarlan County Campground And RV Park, North and South Evarts RV Campgrounds
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreOn SiteBlack Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area And General Store (606) 837-3205


ParkingCertain Areas ($5.00)
Fee required at Putney Trailhead
RidingYes ($30.00 per OHV)
31 Day Permit - $30; Yearly Permit - $50
Tent: $20.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Harlan County Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityEvarts, KY
Address711 Bailey Creek Road, Evarts, KY 40828
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Harlan, KY
1) Take SR-38 East about 8 miles
2) Turn left (north-east) on SR-2430/Kelly Street, continue .6 miles
3) Turn left (north) on Bailey Creek Road, continue about .5 miles toward Evarts Trailhead.

For Harlan County Campground/Putney Trailhead:
4) Take US-421 north about 1 mile
5) Bear right (north-east) on US-119, continue 8 miles
6) Campground entrance is on the right (south).


Contact InfoBlack Mountain Off Road Adventure Area
711 Bailey Creek Road
Evarts, KY 40828
(606) 837-3205
CommentStore hours 8am-4:30pm Sunday through Thursday, 8am-8pm Friday and Saturday.
Contact InfoHarlan County Campground And RV Park
8331 Highway 119
Putney, KY 40865
(606) 573-9009
(606) 273-6189
CommentPrivate campground with direct trail access.
Contact InfoEvarts Tourism Commission
(606) 837-0609
(877) 737-0778
CommentTourism info and RV/campground reservation line for North and South Evarts RV Campgrounds.


Black Mountain Trail Photo

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area Trail

Photo Submitted 3/13/2012 (Thanks!)

Black Mountain Trail Photo

Yamaha Rhino UTV with three Yamaha Grizzly ATVs carrying camping supplies parked off trail.

Photo Submitted 4/20/2012 (Thanks!)

Black Mountain Trail Photo

Two people pushing ATV thorugh rocky section of trail.

Photo Submitted 4/20/2012 (Thanks!)

Black Mountain Trail Photo

Two men wearing camouflage pants and jackets standing next to ATV that has turned over onto side on rocky trail.

Photo Submitted 4/20/2012 (Thanks!)

Black Mountain Trail Photo

Group photo of four young men standing next to ATV carrying camping gear and winch on front bumper.

Photo Submitted 4/20/2012 (Thanks!)

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