Buffalo Mountain

Erwin, Tennessee 37650

Buffalo Mountain

Buffalo Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"If you want to test your aerobic fitness and technical riding skills, this trail is for you. This 6.8-mile loop starts off innocently enough with a quick descent down paved Dry Creek Road. That's followed by a long climb to the top of Buffalo Mountain on a scenic, grassy doubletrack. You'll enjoy views of nearby Cherokee and Pinnacle Mountains as the trail winds along Buffalo Mountain ridge.

The trail changes character completely once it leaves the ridge and merges with an all-terrain vehicle trail, known locally as the Blue Trail. The Blue Trail will challenge you with a chaotic mix of banked turns, loose rock, sand and mud bogs, roots, and whoop-de-doos. The last mile of this ride is a very technical descent, which can be treacherous in places and even dangerous when wet. Beginners may wish to walk some of the technical downhill. Buffalo Mountain's maze of trails are maintained primarily for all-terrain vehicle use, so make sure your bike is in good mechanical shape. There are great views of the surrounding Unada Mountains on the climb to Buffalo Mountain ridge; you won't have much time to enjoy the scenery on the downhill."

More Buffalo Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike loops Johnson City’s signature peak, Buff alo Mountain, which looms above the town. Th e view-rich circuit fi rst visits Huckleberry Knob, providing unobstructed panoramas of Johnson City. Work uphill, passing a modest cascade before topping out on Buff alo Mountain. Next cruise the crest, reaching White Rock, with views as far as the clarity of the sky allows. From there, walk the mountain edge before turning to cross a couple of creeks along which wildfl owers proliferate."

"This ride climbs Buffalo Mountain to Pinnacle Tower where you can see Erwin, Johnson City and the Blue Ridge. The view is simply great. Keep it in mind as you make the long climb to the top. Then hold onto your socks for the banking, swooping ride to the bottom. Highlights: ATV use, lookout tower, high banked turns, rocky in places, some very technical sections, long climb."

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Trail Information

Erwin
Nearby City
6.8
Distance
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round.
Season
Nolichucky - Unaka Ranger Districts, 423-638-4109.
Local Contacts
USGS: Erwin.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018