Black Mountain

Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area is located in Southeastern Kentucky near the City of Harlan, Ky at Evarts, Ky in Harlan County. This trail system is managed by Harlan County and is made up of old mining and logging roads in the area. All trails can be accessed via either of our two trail heads where you can also obtain information about trails.


 Featuring approximately 150 miles of trails across nearly 8,000 acres of rugged mountain. Created from strip mining roads and logging roads, trails at Black Mountain offer a variety of experiences and levels of difficulty. The majority of trails at Black Mountain are multi-use trails and open to all types of vehicles including ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, trucks, jeeps and buggies. Some trails are restricted for ATV or dirt bike use only.

For more information, pick up a trail map at the trail head. 

The following signage and trail ratings for 4x4 trails are given below. These may be subject to change from time to time and we will try to keep you posted here.

• Class 2 4x4 Trail (Green) Rutted or rocky road. No shelves but rocks up to 9”. Water crossing usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems. • Class 3 4x4 Trail (Blue) Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12”. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6”. Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Side hill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles.s • Class 4 4x4 Trail (Orange) Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12.” Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30” in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle modifications helpful.

• Class 5 4x4 Trail (Red) Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassible by stock vehicles. Winch-ing required. Trail building necessary. May be impassible. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Extreme caution necessary.

For more information on the Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Area visit their website