Buffalo Mountain

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.25 out of 5
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Intermediate
8.0
miles

Singletrack
2,308
elevation (ft)

Loop
1:40
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
For the Mud Hollow (Pronounced "Holler" in these parts) From the back of the parking lot, take a small foot path down and right to a logging road. The logging road in question stays fairly flat for a while and then starts a 25-30 minute climb to the top. From the parking lot to the top is about 3.5 miles. At this point, you'll come out into a clearing that is actually a gas pipeline where you'll want to go right up a short hill (about 50 yards). At the top of the hill, when the pipeline starts back downhill, turn left into the woods and follow this singletrack until you come to a trail a little wider than singletrack and and more narrow than a logging road. This is the blue trail. From here you can continue left to go up to a fire tower and then return. Or go right for a fun (but sometimes rocky) descent back to the parking lot. For the Blue Trail, blue blazes mark this trail, thus its name. The trail is intended for motercycle and ATV use and is maintained by these groups. There is no friction between the motorized folks and mountian bikers, though they often give a shake of the head, letting us know we're a little off for supplying our own power. The Blue Trail heads up the path to the right of the motorcycle loading platform, and continues up for what seems forever. This climb is steep, rocky, and, depending on the time of year, muddy. It is, however, easy to follow--just follow the blue blazes up to the fire tower. You will continue up the trail, crossing a few logging roads, until you come to an exit from the trail with no obvious path on the opposite side. Go right up this logging road and ignore the blue blazes that go off to the left just below an orange gate on the trail unless you want to commit to a three or more hour out-and-back ride. Past the orange gate, you'll finally reach the fire tower just past a 100 yard, and really steep climb. Turn around and follow the blue blazes back, or you can follow the logging road down. If you do this, go left at the first fork and right at the second. Once you reach the road, turn right and the parking lot is about a two mile climb.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

October 4, 2014
ztlh Granny Gear  
 
Review: I see there are no reviews for a while so I'll update and try to clarify but this is a difficult mountain to find all the trails unless with a local. The most ridden loop is 8 miles descending the blue trail/ ATV trail down to the Dry Creek Dr parking lot. There is a new trail called Pinnacle Trail. If you want a full day climb Mud Hollow and take left up the Blue Trail. Gets steep but the descents are fast and flow. At the fire road crossing turn left and you will see a parking area. Pinnacle crosses the road here. Climb to the top of pinnacle and then descend to the bottom. Unfortunately the only way back is the way you descended. When you get back to the parking area go right on ATV trail. We call the top section the whoops you'll know why when you ride it. Stay on Blue Trail all the way down. Best 20 mile ride anywhere, IMHO. There are ways to use the fire road and a couple other trails that are difficult to find on this side of Dry Creek. There are also trails on other side but much shorter and steeper. Best place to ride in Tennessee hands down.

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Granny Gear

March 24, 2016
 
Review: Do you park in the ATV parking lot for this ride? I have ridden pinnacle several times. However, still pretty new to the area and have heard lots about these trails but haven't been able to hook up with anyone riding them yet. If I could figure out where the start of this ride is, I'd like to try to do it

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2009
zxfool Granny Gear  
 
Review: First and foremost, this trail is NOT in Elizabethton. It is in Johnson City,Tn bordering Unicoi. The written directions are right on but loking on a map for it you will have to look at the south east corner of JC. I have ridden this trail numerous times on dirtbikes and the start of the trail is very steep. It doesn't take long to level off and get to the pedal sections and seeing as how you can fly through here being motorized, pedal biking is going to offer much more trail width. There are some really great high speed berms that you can get way high on if you have the speed. Go around mud holes as the motorized guys really dig these things out and you will get mired up. There are lots of side trails that come back into the main trail so you can bounce off to the side and get good views off of the ridge. It is a pretty long network and if you go real far out you could get confused about directions.

* Review edited 7/12/2009

Similar Trail: Iron Mountain Trail in Damascus, Virginia

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Bunny Hop

October 3, 2004
mikerider Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a challenging trail. If your looking for a nice mountain to climb on a bike, this is it. The first half of the trail up the mountain has its assortment of ups, downs, roots, rocks and water. The second half up is some pretty challenging uphill riding. The pipeline which begins the descent is actually at the third clearing. The trip down is very fast and at times dangerous. After the recent rains, the Blue Trail on the way down was at times, tough to negotiate. I encountered a lot of smooth rock surface and loose rock on the trails were trenched out from the rain. Overall, the mountain bikers and ATV riders keep these trails pretty clear. Anybody who does this loop will have a great workout.

Similar Trail: Holston Mountain Fire Roads

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Buffalo Mountain MTB Trail 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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