Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 23 riders
 

Mountain Biking Buffalo Mountain

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#42 of 196 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#2,841 in the world

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.

First added by stripes on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"From Highway 181, take the Elizabethton/ETSU exit and head west towards the campus on University Parkway. On your left you will see first a golf course, and then a fire station. Between the golf course and the fire station, turn left onto Cherokee Road. Continue on Cherokee Road until you see a school on your right where you'll turn left on Lone Oak Drive. Follow this road to the top of the mountain where, at the apex, you'll see a sign for ATV parking. Park in the ATV lot. I've never had any problems leaving a car here, but I would be weary on night rides. From the parking lot you have two options (actually more but these two are easy to explain), which are Mud Hollow and Blue trail.
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  • Joe Hoekstra

    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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  • mikerider
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    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.

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